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Accession 1989-90-0006, 1887 - 1974

The Jarvis – Van Zandt Family papers include legal documents, land titles, photographs, personal correspondence, news clippings, genealogy notes, and ephemera covering a period of more than one hundred seventy years. Letters, diaries, and reminiscences written in the 19th and 20th centuries found in the papers offer insights on the life of Texas pioneers. Other materials, such as business, tax, and real estate records shed light on some aspects of Fort Worth’s economic history. The collection does not include substantial information about Texas Christian University, although some correspondence and administrative materials related to Ida Van Zandt and her son Van Zandt Jarvis pertain to TCU students’ life at the turn of the century. Special Collections received the papers in several stages. The listing begins with the personal correspondence between James J. Jarvis and Ida Van Zandt Jarvis, the first records received in this collection. From there, the papers are arranged by accession, meaning each successive donation of papers has been kept separate from those that came before it.


  • 1887 - 1974


From the Collection: 9.00 Linear feet


The accession consists of correspondence, news clippings, notes, photographs and writings gathered by Ann Day McDermott. The photographs are of members of the Van Zandt, Jarvis, and Lipscomb families, as well as Ann Day McDermott’s travels in Asia. The accession also includes information on the history of the Lipscomb and Van Zandt families, diaries and autobiographical notes written by their members, as well as Ann Jarvis’ ephemera. The accession is arranged alphabetically by document type.


Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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