University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Writers' Project
Title: Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative
Dates: 1812-1939
Abstract: Works created by the Texas Writers' Project during the Great Depression.
Accession No.: 1942
Extent: 6 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Works Projects Administration (WPA) was established on May 6, 1935 by F.D.R. during the Great Depression. The WPA established the Texas Writers’ Project, which participated in the Federal Writers’ Project. It created and published material for tourism development and to create historical narratives. Its best-known publication was Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State (1940). Participants in the Texas Writers’Project produced guides for local towns and narratives relating to folklore, legends, epigrams, and the customs of different areas. Writers additionally researched town histories, transcribed newspaper articles, gathered biographical information, and wrote essays on business, industry and architecture. They also produced regional guides such as America Eats (on culture and traditions relating to regional cuisine and recipes), Hands that Built the Nation (a history of handicrafts), and The Western Range: The Story of the Grasslands. As part of the Federal Writers’ Project, workers also located and interviewed more than 300 interviews with ex-slaves. These interviews have been deposited in the Library of Congress.


Johnson, John, G. "Texas Writers’ Project."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 9, 2010.

Randle, Mallory B. "Works Projects Administration."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 9, 2010.

Scope and Contents

The Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939, contains historical and biographical notes compiled by the Texas Writers’ Project of the Work Projects Administration, which presents a comprehensive history of the Fort Worth area from 1912 to 1939. The narratives concern biographical data on many citizens and developing areas, such as business, industry, civic projects, ranching, agriculture, and transportation. Papers relate to agriculture, commerce, cultural affairs, education, government, industry, military affairs, politics, religion, science, and social affairs.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Federal Writers' Project of the Works Projects Administration for the State of Texas.
United States. Work Projects Administration.
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the City of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2R314 Volume I, part I, chronology
Volume I, part II, index
Volume II, part I, chronology
Volume II, part II, index
2R315 Volume III, part I, chronology
Volume III, part II, index
Volume IV, part I, chronology
Volume IV, part II, index
2R316 Volume V, part I, chronology
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Volume VI, part I, chronology
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2R317 Volume VII, part I, chronology
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Volume VIII, part I, chronology
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2R318 Volume IX, part I, chronology
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Volume X, part I, chronology
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2R319 Volume XI, part I, chronology
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Volume XII, part I, chronology
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2R320 Volume XIII, part I, chronology
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Volume XIV, part I, chronology
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2R321 Volume XV, part I, chronology
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Volume XVI, part I, chronology
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2R322 Volume XVII, part I, chronology
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Volume XVIII, part I, chronology
Volume XVIII, part II, index
2R323 Volume XIX, part I, chronology
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Volume XX, part I, chronology
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2R324 Volume XXI, part I, chronology
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Volume XXII, part I, chronology
Volume XXII, part II, index
2R325 Volume XXIII, part I, chronology
Volume XXIII, part II, index
Volume XXIV, part I, chronology
Volume XXIV, part II, index
2R326 Volume XXV, part I, chronology
Volume XXV, part II, index
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