Gaston Family Papers


W. H. Gaston was a key figure in the early development of the city of Dallas, especially in the areas of banking, real estate, and in his involvement with the State Fair of Texas. The Gaston Family Collection contains the papers and records of members of the Gaston Family, and, in particular, those of W. H. Gaston. The types of materials found within the collection include property records, financial documents, legal documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, books, and visual materials.

R. L. Thornton Papers


R. L. Thornton was a major figure in the civic life of Dallas during the early to mid-20th century, particularly through his involvement in the Mercantile National Bank, the State Fair of Texas, and in his role as mayor of the city. The R. L. Thornton papers reflects this through the archival and visual materials related to Thornton’s role as mayor of Dallas and as president of the State Fair of Texas, and the visual materials that relate to Mercantile National Bank. The majority of the materials found within this collection are correspondence, although there are also reports, booklets, newspaper clippings, certificates, documents, photographs, and negatives.


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