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Lone Star Booster: The Life of Amon G. Carter

Description: Abstract Though a very influential Texan during the first half of the twentieth century, Amon Carter has yet to receive a full scholarly treatment, a problem which this dissertation attempts to rectify by investigating the narrative of Carter’s life to see how and why he was able to rise from humble beginnings to become a powerful publisher who symbolized boosterish trends within Texas and the New South. Publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, philanthropist, oilman, and aviation supporter, Carter used his power and influence to become a leading booster of his city and region seamlessly making the transition from being a business progressive to New Deal supporter to an Eisenhower Democrat. His connections with corporations like American Airlines and General Motors helped bring aviation and industry to his region, and his ability to work with public and private entities helped inspire his failed attempt to make the Trinity River navigable up to Fort Worth. His own success at building the Star-Telegram into the largest circulating newspaper in Texas encouraged him to expand his media empire into radio and television, while the wealth he gained from his oil activities enabled him to form a philanthropic foundation that would provide support for Fort Worth’s medical, cultural, and educational needs for the future. Possessing a life marked by both success and failure, it is clear throughout this dissertation that Carter embodied the idea of the New South civic booster, a figure who at once promoted his goals for his city and region while understanding how this fit within the larger national context.
Date: December 2011
Creator: Cervantez, Brian
Partner: UNT Libraries

At the Crossroads: Museum plans big changes while keeping its commitment to art

Description: A newspaper clipping featuring an article on struggles the Amon Carter Museum faces by dealing with the declining resources. The Amon Carter Museum is also looking to replace, former museum director Jan Muhlert, who abruptly resigned. Museum officials have discussed for several months what to do to carry the museum to a new stage.
Date: April 24, 1995
Creator: Tyson, Janet
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Amon Carter director resigns after 15 years

Description: A newspaper clipping featuring an article on Jan Muhlert, former director of the Amon Carter Museum of fifteen years, resigning for personal reasons. Muhlert said that it was time to step back, to catch up on reading, writing and to travel. Board president Ruth Carter Stevenson praised Muhlert contributions to the museum.
Date: [1995..]
Creator: Kutner, Janet
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Support your local museums

Description: A newspaper clipping featuring an article on the struggles the Amon Carter Museum faces by dealing with the declining resources that are affecting museums across the country. Former museum director Jan Muhlert resigned and the Museum will have to appoint a new director who needs to be a scholar, an able administrator and someone with people skills who can take the museum to the community.
Date: June 11, 1995
Creator: Tyson, Janet
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Rick Stewart to Colleagues, August 24, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Rick Stewart, Acting Director and Chief Curator of the Amon Carter Museum, to his colleagues. In regards to the send-off party for Allison Perkins, Education Director of the Amon Carter. The event is to be held, September 11, 1995 at the Amon Carter Museum Library from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Date: August 24, 1995
Creator: Stewart, Rick
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Bill McCarter to Bob Crow, May 18, 1990]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Bill McCarter, co-director of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Bob Crow, Executive Director at the Amon Carter Foundation. In regards to Crow's attendance and contribution to NTIEVA's Leadership Retreat, June 1st. Because of Crow's experience in problems of funding in the arts they have reserved special time for Crow to give informal observations. Included in the letter are a few points that McCarter and others would like to consider going over.
Date: May 18, 1990
Creator: McCarter, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Bill McCarter and Jack Davis to Don R. Roberts, October 9, 1990]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Bill McCarter and Jack Davis, co-directors of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Don R. Roberts, Superintendent of Fort Worth ISD. In regards to good news that the Amon Carter Foundation has granted NTIEVA $150,000 for the next three years of their program. McCarter and Davis are thrilled as this amount will go a long way towards meeting their five year matching requirement for the Getty grant. It also insure the ongoing work of the institute. Included in the letter are details about how the Getty grant will release their pay increments during the years. McCarter and Davis write that they need some materials from Roberts, discussing some points they've enclosed in the letter, in order to secure the grant with the Getty Center.
Date: October 9, 1990
Creator: McCarter, William & Davis, Donald Jack
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Little Journeys

Description: A clipping from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, featuring information current exhibitions being shown at the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, free tours of collections, gallery talks, and general information on the current happenings of the museum.
Date: July 1995
Creator: Forth Worth Star-Telegram
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Don R. Roberts to Bill McCarter and Jack Davis, October 25, 1990]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Don R. Roberts, Superintendent of Forth Worth ISD, to Bill McCarter and Jack Davis, co-directors of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. Roberts is writing to confirm Fort Worth ISD's commitment to the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. Their Site Coordinator, Beverly Fletcher, will contribute 15% of her time during the 1992 calendar year to activities related to staff development. Roberts end his letter by congratulating McCarter and Davis for their received grant from the Amon Carter foundation. Cc'd on the letter are, Nancy Timmons and Beverly Fletcher.
Date: October 25, 1990
Creator: Roberts, Don R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jan Keene Muhlert to Jack Davis and Bill McCarter, April 5, 1990]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jan Keene Muhlert, Director of the Amon Carter, to Jack Davis and Bill McCarter, co-directors of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. Thanking them for their invitation for Muhlert to join the advisory committee of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. Muhlert writes that she will be happy to do so and participate in the activities as time allows.
Date: April 5, 1990
Creator: Muhlert, Jan
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Leilani Lattin Duke to Bob Crow, September 13, 1994]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Leilani Lattin Duke, director of the Getty Center, to Bob Crow, Executive Director at the Amon Carter Foundation. In regards to an invitation Crow had received from Harold M. Williams, President of the J. Paul Getty Trust, to attend a dinner on January 12, 1995 in connection with the Getty Center's national conference. Duke is writing to give more information on the conference, which is being held from January 11th - 14th at the Washington Hilton and Towers in Washington, D.C. The three day conference will feature speakers from business, education, government and the arts.
Date: September 13, 1994
Creator: Duke, Leilani Lattin
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Nancy Cason to Melinda Mayer, May 22, 1990]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Nancy Cason, Project Coordinator of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Melinda Mayer, Amon Carter Museum. In regards to a meeting at the museum for the institute and the resources provided by the museum to the art specialists and coordinators. Cason writes that she loved the postcards provided by the museum and has attached a chart, to the letter, which shows how the schools in each district will be added to the Institute year.
Date: May 22, 1990
Creator: Cason, Nancy
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Bill McCarter, Jack Davis and Nancy Cason to Melinda Mayer, February 6, 1991]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Bill McCarter, Jack Davis and Nancy Cason, North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Melinda Mayer, Amon Carter Museum. In regards to a summarization of NTIEVA's summer institute plans such as staff training, institute dates, the team participants and a tentative schedule for the first few weeks of the program. Enclosed with the letter is a schedule for week one of the Institute.
Date: February 6, 1991
Creator: McCarter, William; Davis, Donald Jack & Cason, Nancy
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter to Celia Munoz, November 11, 1992]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter, co-directors of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Celia Munoz. Describing the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts fifth year as a staff development program for the school districts and museums, and as such Davis and McCarter established an advisory board several years to serve the community as well as receive their input. Davis and McCarter continue, explaining how fortunate they are to have Jan Muhlert, Director of the Amon Carter Museum chair their board, and how much they would like to have Munoz serve as a board member for the Institute. At the end of the letter Davis and McCarter ask Munoz to take their request into consideration and that the board will meet at the Amon Carter December 1 at 4 pm. The letter mentions a fact sheet being given to Munoz about current board members, fact sheet not present with letter. Copied on the letter is Jan Muhlert.
Date: November 11, 1992
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack & McCarter, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Amon Carter: The Founder of Modern Fort Worth, 1930-1955

Description: From 1930 to 1955, Amon Carter, publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, exerted his power to create modern Fort Worth. Carter used his stature as the publisher of the city's major newspaper to build a modern city out of this livestock center. Between 1930 and 1955, Carter lobbied successfully for New Deal funds for Fort Worth, persuaded Consolidated Aircraft to build an airplane plant in the city, and convinced Burlington Railways to stay in the city. He also labored unsuccessfully to have the Trinity River Canal built and to secure a General Motors plant for Fort Worth. These efforts demonstrate that Carter was indeed the founder of modern Fort Worth.
Date: May 2005
Creator: Cervantez, Brian
Partner: UNT Libraries

Amon Carter Museum Educator Receives National Award

Description: A news release from the Amon Carter Museum awarding Allison Perkins, Education Director at the Amon Carter, National Art Education Association Western Region Museum Educator of the Year for 1994. The award was presented to Perkin at the 1994 National Art Education Association convention in Baltimore in April, 1994.
Date: June 24, 1994
Creator: Amon Carter Museum
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 7-13, 1995]

Description: An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the upcoming collections and events at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. It is titled Little Journeys and has information about tours and group visits.
Date: [1995-07-07..1995-07-13]
Creator: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Amon Carter director resigns after 15 years]

Description: An article written by Janet Kutner, the art critic for The Dallas Morning News, covering the resignation of Jan Muhlert from the Amon Carter Museum. It gives a short history of Muhlert's time at the museum and words from past co-workers.
Date: 1995
Creator: Kutner, Janet
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Will Rogers storage]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the cattle exhibits buildings at Amon Carter square were gradually being filled today with furniture and families from the stricken areas.
Date: May 25, 1957
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Allison Perkins to Bill McCarter, August 11, 1995]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Allison Perkins, Education Director, Amon Carter Museum, to Bill McCarter, co-director of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. In regards to leaving her position at the Amon Carter and leaving Texas for southern California to work for the J. Paul Getty Museum as the Education Manager for Family, Teacher, and School Audiences. Perkins writes how sad she feels leaving her many friends, colleagues and the members of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts and hopes she can get together with McCarter before her departure.
Date: August 11, 1995
Creator: Perkins, Allison
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter to Sharon Benge, February 27, 1992]

Description: Photocopy of a letter from Jack Davis and Bill McCarter, co-directors of North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts, to Sharon Benge, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Confirming a planned meeting of the Advisory Committee for North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts on Wednesday, March 4, 1992. The meeting will be held at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth with Jan Muhlert as chair of the Advisory Committee. Davis and McCarter have enclosed an agenda for the meeting which will go over a number of topics. Davis and McCarter ask Benge is she has any additional items which need to be added to the list and to bring them to the scheduled meeting for discussion. List of topics not present with letter.
Date: February 27, 1992
Creator: Davis, Donald Jack & McCarter, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts newsletter, January 1991

Description: A North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts newsletter for the January 1991, Vol. 2 No. 1. The purpose of the newsletter published by North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts from the University of North Texas it to provide readers the art and art education accomplishments and news within the metroplex. Such news like, "Remington Sculpture At The Amon Carter," a bronze sculpture of the American West which will be displayed during their Cast and Recast: Sculpture by Frederic Remington in the Amon Carter Museum Collection.
Date: January 1991
Creator: North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Non Stop Flight]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about American Airlines Flight 62 becoming America's first non-stop flight from Fort Worth to New York City.
Date: April 27, 1958
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections