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National Archives--Southwest Region:
Resource Center for the Public"
Are you interested in the
original, the interesting, the funny, or the unique shades of history?
You might consider visiting the National Archives & Records
Administration--Southwest Region located at 501 West Felix, Building 1, in Fort
Worth (hours are Monday through Friday 6:30 AM to 4 PM and the 1st and 3rd
Saturdays from 8:00 AM - 4:00PM).
The records (more than 95,000 cubic
feet) at the Southwest Region are evidence of the impact of Federal government
policies and programs on Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. The records are preserved because of their permanent
historical, fiscal, or legal value, and their importance to the continuing work
of the U.S. Government. They are
available to both private individuals and public officials.
Citizens settling legal claims, genealogists researching family history,
scholars writing local, state, or national history, and Federal employees
engaged in Government programs will find unique resources at the Southwest
The holdings document regional and
national history from the early 1800's with emphasis on the impact of westward
expansion on the Southwest. Records
generated by the settlement of Native Americans in Indian Territory comprise one
of this regional archive’s largest record groups.
Other subjects covered include the Civil War, slavery, Chinese exclusion,
repatriation, segregation, World Wars I and II, treason business, economic
development, oil, and the space program. Popular figures and topics include: Jackson Barnett, Bonnie
and Clyde, the Blue Angels, the Dalton Gang, Billie Sol Estes, Henry O. Flipper,
O. Henry, Madalynn Murray O’Hair, Isaac Parker, and the Texas City Disaster.
Historians, genealogists, writers,
students, and many others have frequented the Southwest region. The Southwest Region has the Federal population censuses for
all states, 1790-1930; military service records, pension and bounty land warrant
applications; passenger lists; Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the
Five Tribes of Oklahoma.
All it takes is a little bit of time and
a little bit of curiosity. Who
knows--you might be able to add some interesting facet to your family history or
research topic? Try out the
National Archives website: www.archives.gov.