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
  • American Cyanamid Plant, ca. 1950.
  • American Cyanamid, 1952.
  • 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, ca. 1915.
  • Burrus Mill, ca. 1940.
  • C.D. Beck Motor Coach Outfitted for Bowen Bus Lines, ca. 1939.
  • 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, undated.
  • Elizabeth Simmons Scott (Mrs. Winfield Scott) and Josephine Harrold (Barnes), daughter of E. B. Harrold in Flower Parade Fort Worth 1890 by Swartz. Studios.
  • First 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.
  • John Swartz, Untitled, ca. 1915.
  • Kimball Art Museum, 1975.
  • Livestock Exchange Building, ca. 1905.
  • Ronald Thomason, Look to the Southwest, ca. 1975.
  • Looking North on Houston Street from 10th, ca. 1907.
  • 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, ca. 1915.
  • OLV Chapel by Bill Wood, 1956.
  • Portrait of R.M. Wynne, Lake Worth, ca. 1920s.
  • Portrait of Sid Richardson, ca. late 1950s.
  • River 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, 1918.
  • Capps House, lithograph by Maris Shepherd, digital copy, undated
  • Edleman, Ball, McFarland House, lithograph by Maris Shepherd, digital copy, undated
  • Garvey Viehl House, lithograph by Maris Shepherd, digital copy, undated
  • Thistle Hill, lithograph by Maris Shepherd, digital copy, undated
  • 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 Returns."
  • 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.
  • Materials related to Dr. Joseph McVeigh receiving the Gold-headed Cane medical award in 1961. Follow the link to view scanned PDFs of Scott Barker Collection Scrapbooks.

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