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Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Papers

Identifier: MS 118

Scope and Contents

The papers are arranged in four series: Business/Government, Community Betterment, Economic Development, and Organizational Relations. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Papers includes correspondence, news clippings, photographs, and publications related to the growth, history, and economic development of Fort Worth. There is notably a large section on aviation with the development of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Also, a large part of this collection includes air service cases of the Civil Aeronautics Board, the federal agency which promoted and regulated the civil air industry until 1985, in which airlines petitioned to create or change air routes and services.


  • 1873-1982 (inclusive)
  • 1955-1968 (bulk)


Terms governing use

Copyright has not been transferred to Texas Christian University. Collection is open for research.

Administrative History

In 1882, a group of businessmen gathered to discuss the promotion of business development and the interests of the local business community. What began as the Fort Worth Board of Trade eventually became the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. In the early days, efforts included bringing to town the Texas & Pacific and the Santa Fe railroads. In 1896, the Chamber sponsored the first Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show. Beginning in the 1930s, the Chamber of Commerce worked extensively to develop the aviation and airline industry. In its 130-year history, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has had a hand in nearly every major business development in the city, attracting packing companies, persuading TCU to relocate here, and organizing trade missions to China and Germany. Recent chamber initiatives include programs for young professionals and businesswomen, global and regional business pitches, and legislative efforts focusing on critical livability issues such as education, air quality, water sources and transportation. The Chamber is a 501(c) six membership association with more than 2,000 member businesses throughout North Texas (mostly in Tarrant County) and more than 4,500 individuals who participate in events, committees and/or leadership positions. About 90% are small business owners, and about 30% of these are women. The Chamber’s core business functions are to recruit and to retain businesses to work with educational institutions to provide a skilled, educated workforce; and to provide resources for its membership of business owners and employees.


30.00 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: I. Business/Government, 1949-1970; II. Community Betterment, 1929-1982, III. Economic Development, 1873-1980; IV. Organizational Relations, 1910-1982.

Physical Location

Vault CC 5 - CE 3

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Repository Details

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

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)