Kevin Foster Collection

Summary: Donor is a retired sergeant of the Fort Worth Police Department and currently works as a sergeant of the Texas Christian University Police Department. He is also a researcher of law enforcement in Tarrant County. He has served as the Research Director of the Fort Worth Police and Firefighters Memorial since 2001 and as Chairman of the Memorial Committee since 2009. In addition, he has been a volunteer researcher for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, the Texas Peace Officers Memorial and the Texas Sheriff's Association's "Lost Lawman Memorial." He currently serves as the Chairman of Texas' "End of Watch Program." Foster is also the co-author of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909 with local author and historian Richard Selcer. Foster donated the following digital images, letters, and subject files regarding the history of law enforcement in Fort Worth.

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Digital Images

  • Tarrant County Lawmen, 1880s
  • Fort Worth Police Department, photo by Swartz, 1901
  • Fort Worth Police Department, 1910
  • Fort Worth Detective Department, 1910
  • Portrait of Ben W. Bell, undated
  • Portrait of Marshal Samuel Farmer, undated
  • Marshal Samuel Farmer as an older man, undated
  • Texas City Marshals and Chiefs of Police Convention, Fort Worth, 1911
  • Police Band, Post Office, June 24, 1927
  • Ollie Hargrave, 1911
  • Nolan Maddox, 1911
  • Mrs. RC Vernon, Travelers Aid at Tex and Pacific, 1911
  • Mrs. Eva McCorrle, Sante Fe Station Travellers Aid, 1911
  • Miss Florence Dibrell Probation Officer, 1911
  • Jail, Eddie Lee, 1960s-1970s
  • Jail 1-3, 1960s
  • Badge Convention Worn in Group Photo, 1911
  • Convention Chief Polk, 1911
  • Convention, 1911


  • Letter from A.C. Howerton of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association to Amon Carter, February 11, 1952
  • Letter from Justice of the Peace Walter Prichard to A.C. Howerton, January 13, 1933

Subject Files

  • "Pioneer Peace Officer Dead," Dallas Morning News, March 24, 1927
  • "Veteran detective recalls when gambling flourished and police payroll was $705," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 11, 1922
  • Fort Worth City Detective, Lee Tignor, Statement on Shooting Occurrence, January 10, 1909
  • Spreadsheet containing a list of law enforcement deaths in Texas, 1870s-Present

Fort Worth Detective Department, 1910

Pictured: Fort Worth Detective Department, 1910.  Starting in center: L.J. Polk, Chief.  Beginning at the top center and going clockwise: Lee Tignor, M. J. Williams, Rufus Porter, J. A. Connelly, Sergeant Tom Haynie (Bottom Center), Ben U. Bell, Abner Speight, Tom Jackson.  

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