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American Red Cross, Fort Worth Chapter

Identifier: R-0085

Scope and Contents

The American Red Cross Records consist of documents, photographs, slides, and negatives, publications, newspaper clippings, textiles, and realia. The materials date from 1916-2010, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1940s-1980s.


  • 1916 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1940s-1980s

Conditions Governing Access

Folder 6, Box 2 contains personal information and is restricted to protect the privacy of the person involved. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C). W. D. Smith photographs are protected by copyright.


The American National Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness, and emergency and non-emergency services to the United States military. Volunteers at chapters across the country help provide relief to those affected by disasters and empower residents to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The Fort Worth Chapter of the American National Red Cross was granted a Charter by Congress on February 1, 1916.


  • December 28, 1917: Tarrant County Chapter
  • 1923: Fort Worth and Tarrant County Chapter
  • October 1, 1938: Tarrant County Chapter
  • Date unknown: Chisholm Trail Chapter
  • 2014: Merged with the Chapter in Dallas and became the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter.

  • Locations
  • May 2, 1917: building the corner of 5th St and Main
  • April 1942: 201 Majestic Building
  • Date unknown: Dancinger Building
  • Date unknown: 1404 El Paso
  • 1951: 1302 Ballenger
  • December 1959: Southern Geophysical Building at 6640 Camp Bowie
  • September 29, 1989: 1515 South Sylvania
  • May 1, 2018: 6000 Western Place, Suite 100
  • Extent

    70.8 Linear Feet

    Language of Materials



    The records came to the library with little, if any, of their original order intact. The material is arranged into 11 series.

  • Series I, Administrative, 1916-2007. Contains minutes, annual reports and meetings, Board of Directors lists, financial statements and committee reports.
  • Series II, History, 1918-2006. Contains magazines, pamphlets, small posters and other items relating to the history of the American Red Cross. It also contains a folder with items relating to Edith Mary Kelly, a nurse during WW I.
  • Series III, Communications, 1917-2009. Contains Proclamations, Certificates of Appreciation, telegrams, clippings, newsletters and other publications relating to the American Red Cross.
  • Series IV, Operations, 1917-2010. Contains Operating Instructions, pamphlets, and handbooks relating to the American Red Cross.
  • Series V, Facilities, 1984-1988. Contains plans, proposals, contracts, and maps for selling the old chapter house at 6640 Camp Bowie and buying a new chapter house at 1515 South Sylvania.
  • Series VI, Photos and Slides, 1941-2001. Contains photographs, slides and negatives of disasters, war, local activities, and youth. Many of the items are unidentified and/or undated.
  • Series VII, Scrapbooks, 1940-1988. Contains scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, Fund Campaign activities, Talking Letters, 50th Anniversary, Public Relations, and Blood Donor Service.
  • Series VIII, Oversize. Contains proclamations, calendar artwork and miscellaneous items related to the American Red Cross.
  • Series IX, Realia, 1919-1944. Contains a 1919 book, the book Red Cross Girls on the French Firing Line, a tile from the San Antonio Chapter, the Tarrant County Chapter embossing seal, plaques, 2 gavels, a pair of boots, a pair of shoes, buttons, pins, and belts.
  • Series X, Media, 1983-2010. Contains compact discs and cassette tapes with accompanying transcripts. Subjects include marketing, disasters, war, and miscellaneous topics.
  • Series XI, Textiles, 1939-1986. Contains American Red Cross armbands and patches, clothing and hats/caps with American Red Cross patches or buttons, United States Flags, a Texas flag, and Red Cross flags.
  • Technical Requirements

    Cassette tapes and compact discs in present in collection require equipment specific to their formats in order to be accessible.


    The materials were donated to the Fort Worth Public Library by Kristen O’Hare in August 2017. The building at 1616 Sylvania Ave had been sold and the Chapter was downsizing to move into a small portion of the building until a new location could be acquired. Closets and desks were cleaned out and donated as part of this effort.

    Separated Materials

    A panoramic photograph of Nurses at Camp Logan, Houston, TX, undated, was removed from the collection and placed in the Panoramic Photos Box.

    Processing Information

    Due to poor condition some scrapbooks were disassembled and put in folders. The end boards on other scrapbooks were removed due to mold contamination. The pins in boxes 28 and 29 were researched using the CD Collectors Guide to American Red Cross Pins by Shirley Powers, January 2019. The page number on the CD where the pin is found is indicated for each pin. The CD is with the accession materials.

    In Taro
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Fort Worth History Center Repository

    500 West 3rd Street
    Fort Worth Texas 76102