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Oscar Monnig Papers

Identifier: MS 124

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection includes correspondence, booklets, articles, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, catalogues, tax receipts, leases, advertisement flyers, brochures, and minutes from the Monnig Dry Goods Company. The photographs of the building, located in news clippings, dated from 1912-1962 provided the best documentation to illustrate the various stages of growth and change of the building interior and exterior. Most of the correspondence and legal documents are dated from the late 1920s through the 1950s, during William Monnig's presidency. Of note is a letter from Billy Rose, dated 1936.

The second series of the collection includes articles, newspaper clippings, and publications about astronomy, reflecting Oscar Monnig's strong interest in this area.


  • Creation: 1878-1978 (inclusive), 1901-1978 (bulk)


Conditions Governing Access

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

Summary Biography

Oscar Monnig inherited the Monnig Dry Goods Company from his father. He became president in 1976 and sold the company in 1980. He later donated his extensive collection of meteorites to Texas Christian University in 1987, which became the Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery.

Detailed Biography

The Monnig Dry Goods Company began in 1889 when William Monnig with his brothers, George and Otto arrived in Fort Worth. William acted as President and Treasurer, George became Vice President and secretary, and Otto took over the hardware department. Their store soon became one of the most successful retail operations in Fort Worth. By 1900, their store expanded into the wholesale business as well.

William Monnig had two sons, Otto and Oscar. When William died in 1947, Otto became President until Oscar took over in 1976. In 1980, the Monnig family sold the company as well as the family name.

Oscar Monnig developed a love for astronomy and interest in meteorites while a student at the University of Texas at Austin. He spent years pursuing his avocation, finding and collecting meteorites from around the United States. In 1987, he donated his collection of approximately 3,000 specimens from 400 different meteorites to Texas Christian University, fulfilling his lifelong wish to keep his collection in the city that had supported his family business. The Monnig Meteorite Collection is a lasting tribute to Oscar's long and successful career in meteoritics. It is housed in the Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery on the TCU campus.


4.00 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: Series I. Monnig Dry Goods Company Records, 1901-1978; Series II. Astronomy, 1878, 1918-1967, and Series III. Records of the Monnig Meteorite Gallery, 1934-2010.

Physical Location

Vault CF 2

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Special Collections by Oscar Monnig in 1980.

Guide to the Oscar Monnig Papers
Compiled by Lisa Pena
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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
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