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Kassel Family Papers

Identifier: W-0030

Scope and Description

The Kassel Family Papers consists of correspondence, clippings, daybooks, calendars, scrapbooks, photographs, and personal artifacts created and collected by the Kassel, McCamey, and Yeidel families. The majority of the materials appear to have belonged to Jeannette Kassel McCamey and her immediate family members. The collection is arranged into five series: Biographical, Daybooks/Calendars, Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Oversize/Memorabilia. The materials date from 1852-1971 and measures 4.68 linear feet (15 boxes).

Series I, Biographical (1852-1971), contains correspondence, programs, diplomas, certificates, manuscripts, school records, obituaries, and other printed materials created and collected by the Kassel, McCamey, and Yeidel families. A significant portion of the series is made up of letters written by Jeannette to her parents during the years 1920 to 1937.

Series II, Daybooks/Calendars (1938-1958), is comprised of Ms. McCamey’s daybooks and calendars where she recorded her activities for each day. The folders also contain loose items that she had tucked in her daybooks.

Series III, Photographs (1879-1968), is made up of photographs of the Kassel and McCamey families, family homes, and family trips. Not all of the photographs are identified.

Series IV, Scrapbooks (1879-1950), contains 3 scrapbooks belonging to members of the Yeidel family. The scrapbooks contain clippings, letters, postcards, and other printed materials.

Series V, Oversize/Memorabilia (1897-1950), contains items such as wallets belonging to members of the McCamey family, Paul McCamey’s dog tags and bible, certificates and marriage licenses belonging to members of the Kassel family, and oversized photographs.


  • 1852-1971

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Jeanette Kassel McCamey was born on December 4, 1915 in Fort Worth, Texas to Leo Herman and Chic Yeidel Kassel. Her father’s family emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1884 and settled in Gainesville, Texas where he mother’s family also resided. Leo Kassel established a food products distribution company, L.H. Kassel Company, in Fort Worth in 1909. The company later expanded to include a wholesale antiques department. Her younger sister, Dorothy, was born in 1919.

Ms. McCamey graduated from Central High School, earned a degree from Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended the University of Texas. She married Paul R. McCamey on November 30, 1935. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II in air transport command. Mr. and Mrs. McCamey were the founders and co-owners of the Lamp Shop, and Ms. McCamey was a member of the Woman’s Club. She passed away on March 11, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.


4.68 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Kassel Family Papers
April 2011

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102