The materials proposed for digitization are a group of Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) negatives dating from 1934 to 1955. These negatives are just a portion of an estimated corpus of 4 million FWST negatives (mid-1920s-1990) donated to UTA Libraries in several accessions beginning in 1984. The composite FWST Collection is the 20th-century morgue of Fort Worthâ€™s principal newspaper and is the largest and most heavily used collection in UTA Libraries Special Collections repository. This collection constitutes irreplaceable documentation of Texas culture and history and local and national perspectives of the daily happenings around Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the North Texas region. A particularly rich aspect of this collection is the visual heritage of Fort Worth, a city with national stature in the cattle industry, railroads, civilian and military aviation (birthplace of American Airlines; home of Convairâ€™s bomber plant; Bell Helicopter; and Carswell Air Force Base, one of the first Strategic Air Command bases), communications (WBAP-TV was the first television station in Texas), oil and natural gas, sports, and the arts. Fort Worth citizens garnered national limelight during the two decades covered by this digitization project, including golfer Ben Hogan; baseball great Bobby Bragan; and politicians John Nance Garner (vice president to FDR) and Texas Governor W. Lee Oâ€™Daniel. The targeted era of this collection also contains the only known photographs of the debris collected from the Roswell, New Mexico, UFO incident in 1947. The collection also provides a pictorial record of the public and personal life of the Star-Telegramâ€™s founder and publisher, Amon Carter (â€œMr. Fort Worthâ€), an icon who played a national role in business, politics, communications, aviation, and philanthropy and who counted Will Rogers, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Charles Lindberg, and Admiral Nimitz among his friends.
University of Texas at Arlington
Ms. Brenda McClurkin
The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
Department Head, Digital Creation
1934 - 1955
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection is the only extant major newspaper photo morgue publicly available in a wide geographic area. The targeted segment of this collection (1934-1955) documents local and national perspectives of daily happenings in and around Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the state of Texas.