Duane Gage Collection

Duan Gage in 1970

Above: Duane Gage in 1970

Summary: Duane Gage served both as Chair of the Tarrant County Historical Commission and as an instructor of History at Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus during the 1970s and 1980s. Duane Gage was a strong proponent of Community Archives, initiating the Heritage Room Archives on the campus where he taught, as well as helping to found the Tarrant County Archives. His contributions are far more than the items listed below in that he played a significant role in bringing in collections that were designated part of the Tarrant County Historical Commission Collection. See also Oral History.

Follow link to view the Duane Gage Image Gallery.

Northeast Tarrant County Community

  • Local newspaper clippings from 1970s and 1980s
  • Church bulletins from Northeast Tarrant County
    • First Baptist Church of Hurst, Messenger, May 1988 - May 1989
    • Birdville Church of Christ, Birdville Newsletter, April 1987 - May 1989
    • Christian Temple, Christian Temple News, May 1988 - May 1989
    • First Baptist Church of Colleyville, May 1988 - May 1989
    • St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fishnet, February 1987 - May 1989
    • St. Michael Catholic Community, May 1988 - May 1989


  • Thirteen black and white prints, 8 by 10 inches, related to Arlington's early history
    1. Zack and Jane Melear married December 15, 1878
    2. Lillian and Sally Melear, daughters of Zack and Jane Melear
    3. Lillian, Frank and Julian Melear, children of Zack and Jane Melear
    4. Melear Home, Johnson Station, c. 1890
    5. Johnson Station School, date unknown. Frame building
    6. Johnson Station School, possibly 1897
    7. Johnson Station School, date unknown, brick building
    8. Lewis C. and Zachery Taylor Melear
    9. Zachery Melear and unknown young man
    10. Lillian and Sally Melear. Date unknown
    11. Annual homecoming service, old Presbyterian Church at  Johnson  Station
    12. Mary Frances Swafford married H. G. Rice, constable in Arlington. Married September 30, 1886
    13. Six young men on a porch: Mac Beard, Harry Swaim, Frank Melear, Vaughn McMurry, Tyler Short, and Julian Melear. c. 1903.
  • Black and white photograph taken by Byrd Williams IV, November 26, 1983 in preparation of hanging historical photographs throughout the newly restored 1895 courthouse. Carol Roark, Dee Barker, Duane Gage, and Lon Burnam.
  • Eleven black and white images of First United Pentecostal Church Euless


  • Texas Public Buildings of the Nineteenth Century by Willard B. Robinson, Photographs by Todd Webb. Published by the University of Texas Press, Austin and London, for the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, 1975
  • Texas Homes of the Nineteenth Century by Drury Blakeley Alexander. Photographs by Todd Webb. Published by the University of Texas Press, 1979, for the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
  • Gone from Texas, Our Lost Architectural Heritage by Willard B. Robinson. Published by Texas A&M University Press, 1981. Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, No. 9
  • Local History Collections: A Manual for Librarians by Enid T. Thompson, 1978

Selections from The Newberry Papers in family and Community History

  • Ethnocultural Studies and Local History, A Preliminary Overview. By Paul 
     Kleppner, November 1976
  • Teaching Community History Guides to Readings in Colonial Studies, Family
     History, Multimedia, and Oral History. By Willia Baum, Kirk Jeffery, Stephen
     Schoenherr, Daniel Scott Smith. January 1977
  • Material Culture as a Resource in Local History: A Bibliography. By Patrick
     H. Butler, III. January 1977
  • State History: A Look at an Old Field. by John Alexander Williams, January
  • Teaching Community History Guides to Readings in Women's and Ethnic History, Regional and County History. By Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Hillyer Davis, Rudolph J. Vecoli, Robert Stevens, James E. Fogerty. January 1978
  • Folklore and History: The Tangled Relationship, by Charles W. Joyner. January 1978
  • Internships in History: An Argument and Example, by Miles L. Bradbury. January 1978
  • Social Structure in State and Local History, by Mark Friedberger and Janice Reiff
     Webster. January 1978
  • Historical Preservation Projects, by Walter B. Edgar and Julie Roy Jeffrey.
     January 1978
  • New Approaches in Teaching Local History, by W. Wayne Smith, Steve Schoenherr, Judy Wellman. January 1978
  • Modernization and Community History, by Richard Jensen. January 1978

Publications - Information from student projects may not be accurate

  • Follow the link to view 31 PDFs of the Fort Worth High School Student, Volume 3, Number 7, published December 23, 1923.  This was the official publication for eight Fort Worth High Schools: North Side, Polytechnic, Riverside, Arlington Heights, Central, Fort Worth Vocational, Diamond Hill, and Fort Worth Junior High.  
  • Follow the link to view 23 PDFs from Sheryl L. Walling's student project Lovely Old Homes on Fort Worth's South Side.  Likely completed for Duane Gage's history class in June 1982.  Images include houses on Elizabeth Blvd, pillars at corner of 1000 block of Elizabeth Blvd. and College Ave., and St. John's Episcopal Church.   
  • Follow the link to view 38 PDFs from Beth Collins' student project Fort Worth Japanese Garden.  Likely completed for Duane Gage's history class in June 1986.  
  • Accessibility Notice: Due to the age and complexity of the original materials, these linked PDFs are made up of scanned images. If you need assistance accessing the content in one of the documents, please contact the Archives at 817-884-3272 or archives@tarrantcountytx.gov.