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Ida Turner Manuscript Collection

Identifier: W-0062

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the memoir of Ida Turner, other narratives, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook. The correspondence consists of letters by Ruth A. Dishrow and her attempts to get the manuscript published. Digital objects include an Invitation to Opening Exercises of the Woman’s Building of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, The World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago Employee Passbook, and a portrait photograph of Ida L. Turner. Contents of folders 11-19, Box 2, and the digital objects were an addition to the collection, donated to the Archives on April 22, 2016. Extent of the collection is 2 boxes (1.80 linear feet) plus 511.2 MB of data.


  • 1876 - 1991


Biographical / Historical

Ida Turner was born in Carrollton, Mississippi on March 28, 1856. After the Civil War, Ida moved to Fort Worth with her mother and sisters. Ida writes about her mother’s story and her own life. Ida Turner, a suffragist, was Fort Worth’s first female postmaster. During her tenure, rural free delivery was established. She also represented Texas on the Board of Lady Managers at the World’s Fair at Chicago in 1893 and helped found the Fort Worth Children’s Hospital in 1918. Mrs. Turner passed away on August 20, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland.


1.8 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials


Ida Turner Manuscript Collection
In Taro
Harry Max Hill
23 September 1996
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Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102