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Amon G. Carter papers, 1806-1997 (inclusive), 1935-1955 (bulk).

Identifier: MS 014

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The papers document the life and career of Amon G. Carter, Sr. Subject files make up the largest portion of the papers and include correspondence, financial information, programs, photos, and news clippings. These files reside in two series. The majority of the subject files are in Series I, while the rest are listed as correspondence in Series III. The papers document Carter's involvement with a wide variety of people and interests. They contain a large amount of correspondence documenting Carter's business career with companies such as American Airlines, Inc., the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and WBAP. Sections of the material detail his personal life, especially the papers dealing with various members of Carter's family and those describing his friendship with Will Rogers. The papers documenting his son's imprisonment in a Nazi POW camp are especially poignant.

The papers also include a substantial number of photographs. The highlights of the photograph collection in Series II include photos of Amon Carter, his family, friends, and business associates, as well as various politicians and celebrities. The scrapbooks in Series III include additional photographs of Carter and his family as does the material from Katrine Deakins, his longtime personal secretary, in Series IV.

The collection's strength is its breadth of coverage of Amon Carter's multi-faceted career and eclectic interests. His energy, ingenuity, and humanity shine through in the papers.


  • Creation: 1806-1997
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1935-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Copyright has been transferred to TCU. Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Amon G. Carter was born on December 11, 1879, in Crafton, Texas. Ceasing to attend school at a young age, Carter focused the rest of his life on his career, beginning with his job as the advertising manager of the Fort Worth Star in 1905. His journalistic endeavors included a long tenure as the owner, publisher, and president of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


204.50 Linear feet (416 Hollinger and oversize boxes.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series and one addition: I. Subject Files, 1880-1990. II. Photographs, 1880-1970. III. Memorabilia, 1806-1986. IV. Katrine Deakins Material, 1874-1984. Accession 2007-M-006, 1957-1997. Accession 2011-M-005, 1916-c. 1950's.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Amon Carter Museum in 1999. The museum and foundation still hold some material that relates directly to their offices. The papers had been transferred from the Amon G. Carter Foundation to the Amon Carter Museum in late 1982 or early 1983.

Related Materials

Collection Guide to the Amon G. Carter Papers at the Amon Carter Museum

Guide to the Amon G. Carter Papers
Manuscript Group 14
Compiled by Claire C. Galloway, Lisa Peña and Amon Carter Museum Staff
June 2008, January and June 2009
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Repository Details

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

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Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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