National Archives at Fort Worth

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National Archives at Fort Worth
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Contact Information



Textual Research
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76140

Microfilm Research
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, Texas 76115-3405

Telephone:[1]  Textual research: 817-551-2051  Microfilm Research:  817-831-5620
Fax:  Textual Research: 817-551-2034  Microfilm Research: 817-551-2034

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Closed weekends and holidays.

Directions to Textual Research:[2]

From I-20 W

1.Slight left at I-20 W (to Abilene/I-20 W) 3.4 mi 4 mins
2.Take exit 439 toward Campus Dr. 0.2 mi
3.Merge onto SE Loop 820 0.2 mi
4.Turn left at Campus Dr. 1.2 mi 3 mins
5.Continue on Oak Grove Rd. 1.3 mi, 4 mins
6.Turn right at John Burgess Dr. 0.1 mi

From I-35 W

1.Continue on I-35W S 7.8 mi 9 mins
2.Take exit 42 toward Everman Pkwy 0.2 mi
3.Merge onto S Fwy 0.1 mi
4.Turn left at W Everman Pkwy 0.5 mi 2 mins
5.Turn left at S Will Rogers Blvd 0.5 mi 2 mins
6.Turn right at John Burgess Dr 0.4 mi 1 min

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Serves Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.[3] Includes federal censuses of all states, 1790-1930 (and indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920); military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications; passenger arrivals; Dawes Commision for the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma. Manuscripts, photos, maps received from federal district and bankruptcy courts and 85 federal agencies in four states. Subjects emphasized are regional and national history, westward expansion and Southwest settlement, American Indians (especially Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles), Revolutionary War, American Civil War and Recontruction, slavery, Chinese exclusion, segregation, World War I, World War II, economic development, oil, U.S. space program, public administration, political science, law, ethnology, and U.S. diplomacy.[4]


  • A researcher I.D. card is required. To obtain it you must show photo identification, and fill out a form showing your name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of the proposed research topic.
  • Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Southwest Region staff.


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Fort Worth, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.
  • Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, OK
  • University of North Texas Libraries, Denton, TX
  • George Bush Library, College Station, TX
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library, Lewisville, TX
  • William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, TX

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee records.
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "National Archives Southwest Region in Fort Worth" in The National Archives at Forth Worth at (accessed 23 December 2010).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Services for the Public" in The National Archives at Fort Worth at (accessed 23 December 2010).
  3. "Services for Federal Agencies" in The National Archives at Fort Worth at (accessed 23 December 2010).
  4. "Research at the Archives Facility" in The National Archives at Fort Worth at (accessed 23 December 2010).