B. Douglas Harman Collection

Sam Boaz, circa 1907-1915

Pictured: Portrait of Sam Boaz, circa 1907-1915

Summary: Donor is a consultant and antique dealer who has served as City Manager of Fort Worth (1985-1989), President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau (1989-2006) and Interim President and CEO of the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau (2007-2008). Harman has won numerous awards for leadership and service, including the Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership in 2011 and the Cowtown Legend Award presented by Texas Christian University in 2007. He serves on the Tarrant County Historical Commission and has numerous heritage-related boards, committees and foundations. Harman’s collection focuses on early Tarrant County leaders and land owners, including Captain B.B. Paddock and the Boaz family, and the general history of Fort Worth.


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Early Fort Worth Leaders and Families

This collection includes family papers, financial documents, land records, legal papers, photographs, estate items and maps. Materials also include newspaper articles and research. Families and individuals included are listed below:

  • B. B. Paddock
  • Boaz family
  • Etta Place
  • Roy D. Russell
  • Van Zandt family
  • Wiley/Green family

Fort Worth History

  • Early Fort Worth directories, programs, charters and maps
  • Matchbook covers and ephemera related to historic and present Fort Worth hotels and restaurants
  • Articles and research on the development of downtown Fort Worth and the cultural district
  • Heritage tourism in Fort Worth
  • Pamphlets, photographs, and ephemera related to the Ku Klux Klan in Fort Worth
  • Articles, columns and other publications written by the donor
  • Newspaper clippings, articles and items related to President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth on November 22, 1963, and the 50th anniversary of the visit in 2013