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.
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
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,
4. Stagecoach delivery, with pony express rider holding
5. Closer detail of number four
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
8. Airfield scene with hanger, mail cart being pushed
towards plane marked U.S. Mail, aviator being welcomed, factories in
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
- American Cyanamid Plant, ca. 1950.
- Amon Carter and Dr. Joe McVeigh, 1953.
- Amon Carter, Dr. Joe McVeigh, and Nurses at St. Joseph's
Hospital groundbreaking, 1953.
- Armour wagon with dog and
team of horses, Fort Worth Stockyards, undated.
- Bridge connecting Lake Erie passenger station to amusement area,
- Burrus Mill, ca. 1940.
- C.D. Beck Motor Coach Outfitted for Bowen Bus Lines, ca.
- Central High School Football Team, 1929.
- Coy W. Beauchamp Building, undated.
- DFW Turnpike
toll booths by W.D. Smith, 1964.
- DFW Turnpike worker by
W.D. Smith, 1964.
- Elevator at 2101 Terminal Road,
- Elizabeth Simmons Scott (Mrs. Winfield
Scott) and Josephine Harrold (Barnes), daughter of E. B. Harrold in
Flower Parade Fort Worth 1890 by Swartz. Studios.
Methodist Church, ca. 1930s.
- Forest Park Apartments
by Marie Orrick, ca. 1940.
- Fort Worth Litho Club,
Near John Peter Smith Triangle, May 1960.
- Fort Worth Street
Scene, ca. 1915.
- Girl in Forest Park, 1921.
- Jim Noah, Untitled (Second Alarm), 1981.
Swartz, Untitled, ca. 1915.
- Kimball Art Museum,
- Livestock Exchange Building, ca. 1905.
- Ronald Thomason, Look to the Southwest, ca.
- Looking North on Houston Street from 10th, ca.
- Northern Texas Traction Company car barn at
Lake Erie Power Plant, ca. 1915.
- Northern Texas
Traction Company car barn on Belknap Street, ca. 1902.
- Northern Texas Traction Company passenger terminal at Lake Erie,
- OLV Chapel by Bill Wood, 1956.
- Portrait of R.M. Wynne, Lake Worth, ca. 1920s.
Portrait of Sid Richardson, ca. late 1950s.
Crest Country Club Fire, 1981.
- Robert Tigner, President
Trinity Valley Railroad Club, 1975.
Turnpike Mosaic, late 1950s.
Untitled (Portrait of a Society Woman), ca. 1915.
- Wedding photo of Dorothy Gillette McVeigh, 1924.
- World War I Panorama of Student Army Training Corps, University
of Texas medical department, Galveston, Texas, December 4,
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).
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
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.