Donna and David Matney Collection, [1870]-1966

S. L. Reese and wife, ca. 1900

Pictured: S.L. Reese and wife, [ca. 1890-1900]

Summary: Donated by Donna Matney.  

This collection contains photographs, scrapbooks and cabinet cards from Fort Worth and other Texas communities. Some items relate to military service and include World War II ration books. Some materials relate to businesses in Fort Worth, such as Swift and Company, Meacham's Department Store, Bachrach/Gittings Studio Photography and Scott Awning Company. Items within this collection date from approximately the 1870s to 1987.

Bracketed dates are approximated.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three series: Photographs; Personal and Military Records and Ephemera; and Scrapbooks, Oversized Cabinet Cards and Portraits. The Photographs series contains studio portraits and snapshots, many of which are unidentified.  Images listed within the Texas Cities Photographs are organized alphabetically based on written notes or printer stamp on the reverse of the photographs. Some images may be of places other than that of the printer stamp on the back. The Personal and Military Records and Ephemera series contains military correspondence, war ration books and a U.S. Air Force roster. This series also contains ephemera from Fort Worth and Texas. The Scrapbooks, Oversized Cabinet Cards and Portraits series contains three scrapbooks, seven large cabinet cards, one portrait and an artistic rendering of a couple. View the Donna and David Matney image gallery of photographs.

Subject Terms


Places (all cities/counties in Texas unless otherwise noted)

Corpus Christi
Del Rio
Ellis County
El Paso
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fort Worth
Greenbay School, Highland Park, Illinois
Itasca [Itaska]
Mineral Wells
Petula [Petulia]
San Antonio
Swisher County
Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Colorado Springs, Colorado



Bray, Glen Dale
Craine, Kenneth
Edwards Family
Garriott, Bob
Garriott, Jessie
Gree, Lillie (Tillie)
Hook family
Horsman family (Lelia Horsman, possibly of Oklahoma)
Johnson, Eddie Ray
Kinsley, Blanche [Lane]
Linn, Gertie
Linn, Joe
Linn Sr., Chester
Long Family
McKee family
Robinson family
Rowland, Frank J. and Lorene
Stewart. John H. "Jack" and Mercedes
Watson, William "Bill"
Wiley, Harry Fulton and Llewellyn
Wilson, Don / James D.



Bachrach / Gittings Studio
Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) at Camp Maydelle, Texas
E. M. Daggett School
Female Athletes in Ennis, Texas
First Methodist Episcopal Church
Frank J. Rowland Watch and Clock Maker
General Dynamics
Meacham’s Department Store Ephemera
Monnig’s Department Store Ephemera
Nolan High School
Order of Railway Conductors of Texas
Sam Rosen Elementary
Scott Awning Company Ephemera
Swift and Company Pension
World War I
World War II

Items in the Collection



  • Actors, undated [ca. 1905-1920]
  • Miscellaneous Unidentified, undated, 1935, 1948
  • Miscellaneous Unidentified Cabinet Cards, undated, [ca. 1870s-1910s, 1940s]
  • Outside of Texas, undated, 1935
  • Scene at Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp, Maydelle, Texas, [ca. 1933-1937]
  • Texas Cities—B, undated, 1921
  • Texas Cities—C, undated, 1935
  • Texas Cities—D, undated, 1919, 1938
  • Texas Cities—E-F, undated, [ca. 1890s-1930s]
  • Texas Cities—Fort Worth, undated, [ca. 1870s-1910s], 1912, [ca. 1920s-1940s], 1948, 1960
  • Texas Cities—Fort Worth—Bachrach/Gittings Studio, [ca. 1920-1960s]
  • Texas Cites—Fort Worth—E. M. Daggett School, 1944
  • Texas Cities—G, undated, [ca. 1890-1910]
  • Texas Cities—H-I, undated, [ca.1900-1930], 1931
  • Texas Cities—K-P, undated, [ca. 1904-1918], 1906, 1912, 1914, 1928, [ca.1950s]
  • Texas Cities—S-T, undated, [ca.1890s-1910s], 1926, 1935, 1942, 1947, [ca. 1940s-1950s]
  • Texas Cities—W, undated, 1925
  • Texas Cities—Waco—Robinson and McKee families, [ca. 1880-1910]
  • Unknown Location—With Names/Some Identification, undated, [ca. 1880-1910], [ca.1904-1918], 1917, [1918-1930], 1921, 1922, [1927-1940], 1934, 1936
  • Unknown—School Teacher, 1930, [ca.1930s]
  • Unknown—Women and Swing, undated, 1913
  • World War II / Military-related, undated, 1944

Personal and Military Records and Ephemera:

  • Baby Book—Deborah Germaine Moore (possibly Fort Worth), 1949
  • Books—The History of the A&M College Trouble, 1908; Lengthening Shadows, [ca. 1948]
  • Correspondence - Leonard, R. H., 1931, 1936
  • Correspondence - Monning (Handley, TX), 1912
  • Euless—Euless High School Diploma and Memory Book—John Barton Hurt, 1947
  • Exercise and Dictation Book “Jolly Times” belonged to Margaret Jordan, 1918
  • Fort Worth—Grady Brown Daybook—Produce Department—Receiving, 1919-1920
  • Green, Lillie (Tillie) - Correspondence and Personal Documents, 1958-1960, 1963-1965
  • Johnson, Eddie Ray - Correspondence, 1951, 1955, 1962
  • Long Family - Correspondence and Ephemera, undated, 1918, 1946, 1948
  • Fort Worth—Military Cap—Veterans of World War I, undated
  • Fort Worth -- Miscellaneous Correspondence, undated, 1953, 1958, circa 1970s
  • Fort Worth—Miscellaneous Ephemera and Receipts, undated, 1927, 1940, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1954-1955, 1960-1961, 1967
  • Ephemera, undated, 1941, 1950-1951, 1955-1956
  • Fort Worth -- Postcards (subject or address), undated, 1944, 1959-1960, 1962-1963, 1967-1968
  • Fort Worth—Premium Receipt Books and Insurance Policies—Hazel Austin, 1919, 1926, 1927, 1931
  • Stewart, John H. (Jack) and Mercedes, undated, 1965-1967, 1969
  • Fort Worth—Tax Records and Deed—Ed Freeman/W. A. Duringer, undated, 1943-1948
  • Fort Worth—Texas Christian University—Ephemera, 1931, 1987
  • Fort Worth—Title Insurance—Jack and Margaret Orren, 1948
  • Wiley, Harry Fulton and Llewellyn, undated, 1968
  • Fort Worth—World War II Ration books and  Military Correspondence, 1942-1944, 1966
  • Edwards Family - Lewis Edwards, 1942-1953, 1955
  • Edwards Family - Mary, Eddie, and Robert Edwards, 1918, 1938-1939, 1942
  • Edwards Family - Oscar Edwards, undated, 1934-1935, 1942, 1944
  • Publications - Brand Name Recipe Booklets for KARO syrup, A1 Sauce, and Gerber, undated, 1937, 1963
  • Publication - Twenty-first Biennial Session of State Legislative Committee - Order of Railway Conductors of Texas, held in Waco, April 22-24, 1936 (includes names of Fort Worth people)
  • Texas (Non-Tarrant County) - Correspondence - Watson, William (Bill), undated, 1950-1951, 1956
  • Texas (Non-Tarrant County)—Ephemera and Travel Literature, undated, 1912, 1924, 1934, 1938, 1943, 1970, 1978, 1981, 1987
  • Texas (Non-Tarrant County)—Insurance and Land Records, Ephemera, undated, 1904, 1907/1908, 1917, 1926-1929, 1940, 1953
  • Texas (Non-Tarrant County)—Iotex Oil Corporation vs. W. J. Collins, et al—Agreement, 1933
  • Texas (Not Tarrant County subjects or addresses) - Postcards and other Correspondence, undated, 1901, 1944, 1957, 1963, 1982
  • Wilson, Don / James D., 1946-1947, 1949
  • Outside Texas—Ninth U.S. Air Force Roster of Officers, 1943
  • Miscellaneous Correspondence, undated

Scrapbooks, Oversized Cabinet Cards and Portraits:

  • “Girls Athletics Annual” Scrapbook, Ennis, Texas, [not scanned into NAS], [ca. 1910-1930]
  • Small Black Scrapbook [scanned into NAS], undated, 1938 [Includes photos of Frank J. Rowland, Lorene Rowland]
  • Disassembled Scrapbook [scanned into NAS], 1945-1959 [Includes photos of Horsman family]
  • Sketch/Painting of Unknown Couple, undated
  • Portrait of Man, [ca. late-1940s-1950s]
  • [Women], 1512 Lee Avenue, July 20, 1911
  • [Family Portrait –same family as “Women, 1512 Lee Avenue”], undated
  • “Hazel Garner”, Large Cabinet Card Portrait of Woman, undated
  • [Family Portrait] in Miami by McDougal, December 29, 1892
  • Large Cabinet Card Photograph of Group of Men at Stairs, [ca. 1930s-1940s]
  • Large Cabinet Card Family Photograph, nine people [likely same family as Small Black Scrapbook], two copies, undated
  • Large Cabinet Card Family Photograph, 36 people [likely same family as Small Black Scrapbook], undated


Subject Files:

  • Aviation -- Industry - General Dynamics - "News"
    • General Dynamic News, Fort Worth Edition, Vol. 18, No. 12, June 9, 1965
  • Churches -- Methodist - Fort Worth - First Methodist Episcopal Church South
    • First Methodist Episcopal Church South, small booklet with image of church showing through small window of folder surrounding a page with prayers.
  • Civic Organizations--Rotary--Rotary Rotagraph
    •    Rotagraph, November 14, 1947
  • Education -- Private Schools - Nolan High School
    • Nolan High School Announcements and Receipts, 1968
  • Railroads--General
    • Order of Railway Conductors of Texas State Legislative Committee Program, April 17 to 19, 1934