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    Scott Barker Collection

     
    Summary: Fort Worth accountant and cultural historian Scott Grant Barker is widely recognized as one of the premier authorities on a local group of artists known as the "Fort Worth Circle." His collection reflects his research and accomplishments in this arena.
     
    Lancaster Post Office Mural Fort Worth Texas
     
    Publications by Donor:
    • Powerful Currency: Recalling A True Story about Fort Worth Art History and JFK  by Scott Grant Barker - 14-page typed manuscript written by donor from interviews held with various participants of JFK visit in 1963; Copyright 1999 by Scott Grant Barker
    • Samuel Moore Gaines: A Pioneering Art Collector in Early Fort Worth  by Scott Grant Barker. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 107(3) January 2004
    • Letter from author dated March 5, 2004
     
    Photographs by Donor:
     
     "Communication by Mail" U.S. Post Office Mural, 1934. 251 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas.   Murals showing various means of delivering the mail to local recipients from early fort days to modern times, c. 1934.  12 color photographs, presented in a booklet, with the following description from the donor: Lancaster Avenue Post Office Mural. This booklet illustrates the six paintings which comprise the Fort Worth post office mural. The mural is housed in the old Postmaster's Office. The mural was commissioned in December 1933 by the Federal Public Works of Art Project and completed in early 1934. The mural was jointly created by two Fort Worth artists, Dwight Holmes and William H. Baker.
     
    1. Frontier Fort Worth, scene with Fort, covered wagon;
    2. Frontier Fort Worth, with detail of oxen, river on horizon;
    3. Frontier Fort Worth, with detail of covered wagon, out-riders, fort;
    4. Stagecoach delivery, with pony express rider holding letter;
    5. Closer detail of number four;
    6. Railroad locomotive in mid-ground of frontier town, river in background; group of men reading letter, postal worker with bag of mail from train;
    7. Man plowing field with horse and plow, early airplane flying overhead;
    8. Airfield scene with hanger, mail cart being pushed towards plane marked U.S. Mail, aviator being welcomed, factories in background (Progress);
    9. Futuristic scene with ship at dock across street from this Post Office building, airship in sky along with airplanes, river has old sailing ship in distance framed by rising sun, industrial buildings surround scene;
    10. Close-up of number nine, with ship, mail being loaded;
    11. Close-up of number nine, with ship and including facade of recently completed Post Office building; A streamliner locomotive is shown alongside an old smoking locomotive.
     
    Photograph: Elizabeth Simmons Scott (Mrs. Winfield Scott) and Josephine Harrold (Barnes), daughter of E. B. Harrold in Flower Parade Fort Worth 1890 by Swartz. Studios. 
     
    Publications:
     
    1.  Southwestern Historical Quarterly 107(3) January 2004. Issue dedicated to articles written about various Fort Worth subjects. Authors are Richard Selcer, Jan Jones, Hollace Weiner, and Scott Barker. Subjects are: Catherine Arnold, widow of Ripley Arnold who established Fort Worth in 1849; Casa Manana plans and accomplishments in 1936; Jewish history in Fort Worth; and Samuel Gaines, art collector (written by donor)
     
    2.  Langdon Review of The Arts in Texas, Volume 6. 2009-2010. Published by Tarleton State University, 2009. An essay (page 161) by donor on modern art debut in Fort Worth: "The Serendipity of Second Chances: Modern Art Appears in Fort Worth and then Returns"
     
    3. Art and Artists of Texas, Chapter XI "Public Works of Art Project" book chapter by Esse Forrester-O'Brien. Documentation on the Public Works of Art Project, 1934. Various public murals and sculptures were commissioned in 1934 Fort Worth, including works by Evaline Sellars and Blanche McVeigh