Kennedale Historical Society Collection


The Kennedale Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2011. Their mission is to identify, collect, and preserve items relevant to Kennedale history as well as promote study and research of the city’s history. They provide a variety of educational programs and outreach events, and they maintain a website for sharing their research. The Kennedale Historical Society began donating materials to the Tarrant County Archives in 2023. Kennedale newspapers and other items are housed at the Kennedale Public Library.


The Kennedale Historical Society Collection contains clippings, correspondence, digital images of photographs, documents, ephemera, photographs, publications, scrapbooks, and yearbooks. The materials, related to Kennedale community members and its history, are dated from the early 1900s to 2020.

The collection consists of the following items:


  • Letter from H. L. Johnson to Marvin Coker, postmarked September 5, 1936

Digital Images

  • Brown Family portrait at New Hope Community School, 1912
  • Verna Price Collard with Kennedale school students, circa 1914
  • John Henry Rodgers, Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2 portrait, circa 1910
  • First Baptist Church Kennedale Singing School group portraits, 1901-1902
  • First Baptist Church Kennedale group portrait, June 13, 1954
  • First Methodist Church of Kennedale and First Baptist Church, early 1900s
  • Harris Corporation Printing Press Division buildings, 1970s or 1980s
  • Kennedale picnic at Frog Island on Village Creek, early 1900s
  • Kennedale School group portraits, 1910s; 1911
  • Kennedale Public Schools group portrait, 1950s
  • Lucy Sargent’s Brick Yard in Kennedale (Kennedale Brick Works), 1908


  • North Side High School graduation invitation from Doys Kennedy to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Coker and Marvin, May 1934
  • Receipt from Dr. S. B. Miller to M. N. Coker on prescription pad sheet, May 27, 1935
  • United States Civil Service Commission Notice to 12th District Eligibles, July 1936


  • The Western Nite Club grand opening invitation, August 1936
  • Texas Brahmas Hockey Club rosters, 2007-2015
  • Texas Brahmas Hockey Club games schedule magnets, 2008-2022
  • Dance at Crystal Springs promotional card, undated
  • F. W. Woolworth Co. Lunch Department menus, undated
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Maternity Department instructions, undated


  • James F. Delaney Elementary School PTA photograph album, 2005-2006
  • Loose photographs removed from Kennedale Independent School District scrapbook, 1958-1986


  • Arlington Citizen Journal, July 20, 2011
  • Arlington Morning News, May 29, 2000
  • Arlington Star-Telegram, June 8, 1997; December 5, 2006
  • Holiday Greetings, The Star Group, December 2006
  • Mansfield News-Mirror, June 16, 2005
  • Fort Worth's Pioneer Days: Honoring 100 Years of the Fort Worth Stockyards, 1987
  • South Tarrant Venture, by the South Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce, 2002-2004


  • James A. Arthur Elementary School PTA scrapbook, 1967-1968
  • James F. Delaney Primary School PTA scrapbooks, 1985-2007
  • James F. Delaney’s Third Grade Super Stars scrapbook, 2001-2002
  • Kennedale Elementary PTA scrapbook, 1960-1987
  • Kennedale Independent School District PTA scrapbooks, 1980-1982


  • James A. Arthur Elementary School yearbooks, 1978; 1982
  • James F. Delaney Elementary/Primary School yearbooks, 1991-2020
  • Kennedale Primary School yearbooks, 1990-1994
  • Kennedale Kat, Kennedale High School yearbook, 1942


Materials related to Kennedale resident Vera Murray Coker and her interest in history, running hobby, and volunteer work with the United Way of Tarrant County range from the 1970s to the early 2000s and include:

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Documents
  • Ephemera
  • Publications


Group portrait of the Kennedale First Baptist Singing School posed against the exterior wall of a building. Blackboard on wall behind group with a musical score and words Kennedale Class, August 27, '01. Handwritten inscription below the image reads Kennedale Church Group August 27, 1901. 


Above: Group portrait of the Kennedale First Baptist Singing School, photographer unknown, August 27, 1901. Digital image of monochromatic photograph mounted on tan card stock. A blackboard centered on the wall behind the group has a musical score and the words Kennedale Class, Aug 07, '01. Handwritten inscription below the image reads Kennedale Church Group Aug 27, 1901.  Handwritten inscription on the left of the mount includes names of the people pictured.

Studio portrait of seated man, Commissioner John Henry Rodgers, circa 1910. 

Above: Studio portrait of John Henry Rodgers, Tarrant County Commissioner of Precinct 2, photographer unknown, circa 1910. Digital image of vertically-oriented monochromatic photograph with overall rich brown tone presented in portrait folder.

Horizontally-oriented oval group portrait of the Brown Family, 1912. Six women and three men are posed against a building's exterior wall. 

Above: Group portrait of the Brown Family, photographer unknown, 1912. Digital image of horizontally-oriented oval monochromatic photograph with yellow-brown tone. Some hand-coloring appears in the background. Possibly a crayon portrait originally mounted in a convex frame.