Series I: McGown Personal, undated, 1934–1994
The McGown Personal Series contains the personal records and
correspondence of the McGown family, particularly George Quentin
McGown Jr. during the 1940s. From 1942 to 1946, the period during
which McGown served in and returned home from World War II, is the
most significant period for his personal correspondence. His most
common correspondent was his brother, Harry McGown. Items within this
series may be with people connected to the boat club, especially from
1942 to 1946, but as they were primarily personal in nature, they were
categorized with McGown’s personal series.
Series II: Correspondence, undated, 1929–2013
The Correspondence Series contains four large categorizations of correspondence – club members, non-club members, George Quentin McGown and William F. Crosby and the auxiliary fleet – as well as a few other groups. The club members’ correspondence frequently relates to issues such as membership and the maintenance and improvements of the club. The non-club correspondence includes several letters with boat aficionados outside of the Fort Worth Boat Club. Several concern the construction of boats, particularly in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Also prevalent within the non-club member correspondence folders are letters with members of other clubs as well as the correspondence of organizations such as the Texas Yachting Association, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. Some correspondence with Hub Isaacks may be in non-club folders. George Q. McGown Jr. corresponded prolifically with New York City resident William F. Crosby, boat designer and the longtime editor of The Rudder magazine. The auxiliary fleet’s correspondence is from a period of time during which George Q. McGown Jr. served as their leader. Some pieces of correspondence are organized within other series.
Series III: Meeting Minutes, 1958-1977
The Minutes of Meetings Series includes the records from meetings,
particularly the Board of Governors, but also some annual meetings and
the meeting of the harbor committee. These records are in folders and
Series IV: Business Records, undated, 1915-2019
The Business Records Series contains records of the everyday
dealings of the boat club, including legal and financial documents,
bulletins, newspaper clippings, information about races, construction
of boats as well as the boat club and membership. This series includes
items that were donated during the Fort Worth Boat Club History
Roundup held on March 2, 2019 in the Commodore's Room of the Fort
Worth Boat Club.
Series V: Classes, 1935–2019
The Classes Series contains materials related to some of the classes
of boats the club specialized in, such as Longhorns, Snipes, Rhodes
19’s and Falcons. Some materials relating to classes of boats may be
sorted into other folders, particularly the correspondence
Series VI: Boat Club History, undated, 1941–2019
The Boat Club History Series contains oral histories and historical
notes of the boat club, such as a 1972 round table with George Q.
McGown Jr. and other founders recollecting on the boat club’s origins.
This series includes items that were donated during the Fort Worth
Boat Club History Roundup held on March 2, 2019 in the Commodore's
Room of the Fort Worth Boat Club.
Series VII: Ledgers, 1977-2001
The Ledgers series consists of two ledgers: T.I.S.A. Laser Equipment Sales and Billing, from 1977, and a Skipperettes Account book of various receipts and handwritten tallies, 1994-2001.
Series VIII: World Youth Sailing Championship, 1978-1980
In September 1980, the Fort Worth Boat Club served as the host for
the World Youth Sailing Championship, an annual competition of the
International Youth Racing Association. The championship included
young sailors from several countries. The World Youth Sailing
Championship Series consists of materials related to hosting the
championship, including team registration forms, newspaper articles
Series IX: Outside Clubs and Associations, undated, 1930–1985
The Fort Worth Boat Club formed relationships with many other boat
clubs and associations. The Outside Clubs and Associations Series
holds the documents of these clubs and organizations, such as their
races, guidelines and some correspondence.
Series X: Memorabilia and Sail Samples, undated, 1968–1989
The Memorabilia and Sail Samples Series carries a few pieces of
memorabilia, such as plaques, as well as several sail samples, sent to
George Q. McGown Jr. and others as they planned the construction of
Series XI: Log Books, 1933–2011
The Log Books Series consists of the yearly report of the Fort Worth
Boat Club, alternately called “year books.” These books include
information such as photographs, lists of officers, and updates on
activities and events. While the collection contains almost a complete
set of log books, a few years may be missing, particularly in the
1950s and the 2000s. The series also contains two yearbooks of the
North American Dinghy Association.
Series XII: Newsletters, 1934–2019
The Newsletters Series consists of the newsletters of the Fort Worth
Boat Club, as well as a few newsletters from other boating
organizations. The Boat Club utilized two titles for their
newsletters, Breeze and Fueler (alternately spelled Breeze
‘n Fueler) and Full and By. Though the collection
contains almost a complete set of newsletters from 1973 to 2019, some
issues may be missing from some years.
Series XIII: Oversized, undated, 1934-1984
The Oversized Series contains one box with a variety of documents,
including financial accounts, bulletins, map overlays and
Series XIV: Photographs, undated, 1931–2019
The Photographs Series contains photographs of various sizes, as
well as negatives, slides and transparencies, related to the boat
club. These photographs center mostly around boating, activities on
the grounds and at the club house, pictures of the Fort Worth Boat
Club property, and the activities of the Skipperettes. Some materials
are digital images only. These items were scanned during the Fort
Worth Boat Club History Roundup held on March 2, 2019 in the
Commodore's Room of the Fort Worth Boat Club.
Series XV: Scrapbooks, undated, 1938-2007
The Scrapbook Series consists of twelve scrapbooks, containing
newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, letters and news releases.
Five of the scrapbooks are digital copies only and were digitized as
part of the Fort Worth Boat Club History Roundup event held on March
2, 2019. Some of the Boat Club scrapbooks have been digitized by
Tarrant County, and are available under the Fort
Worth Boat Club McGown Family Scrapbooks page of the archives
Series XVI: Maps and Boat Schematics, undated, 1933-1978
The Maps and Boat Schematics series contain maps of the boat club and Eagle Mountain Lake, as well as boat design drawings.
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