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Accession 89-90-0005, 1841 - 1970


Description of the Papers

From the Collection: 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.


  • 1841 - 1970


From the Collection: 9.00 Linear feet


The accession includes the business records of Khleber Miller Van Zandt; his brother-in-law, James Jones Jarvis; and James’ son, Daniel Beall Jarvis. Van Zandt’s documents include correspondence, maps, receipts, deeds, and other legal documents related to his activities as president of Tidball, Van Zandt and Co., predecessor of the Fort Worth National Bank, and as president of K.M. Van Zandt Land Company. The Jarvis’s papers—correspondence, titles, deeds, and other legal documents—pertain to their business in real state in the Azle and Fort Worth area. James served as attorney and land agent, while Daniel acted as director of Jarvis Land Co. and Old Cobweb Co.


Repository Details

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

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