Manuscript Vertical Files 

Collection Number: MVF 17-05

Accession Number: 0506-74

Item(s): A brief autobiography of Jim Widener's early career in Irving during the 1950s and Jim Widener’s résumé. 

Producer: Jim Widener         

Donor: Jim Widener

Date Received: December 30, 2005 

Literary Rights Statement: 

Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained from the Irving Archives,
Irving Public Library.


     The file contains a nine-page autobiography by Jim Widener in which he describes his early life and first days in Irving. Mr. Widener wrote the material in conjunction with his oral history interviews for the Irving Archives. Mr. Widener came to Irving during the late 1940s. He graduated from SMU law school in 1950. In 1951, he opened the local office of the Dallas Title Company. His big business break came when Dallas Title Company became involved with Carr Collins and his Plymouth Park housing development in Irving.