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W. Smythe Shepherd Papers

Identifier: AC-410

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records and photographs related to W. Smythe Shepherd, Shepherd Laundries, and local organizations Shepherd was involved in.


  • Creation: 1836-2015

Conditions Governing Use

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsiblity for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical / Historical

William Smythe Shepherd was born to Gertrude Smythe Shepherd and George Harry Shepherd on February 1, 1916. A Beaumont native, Shepherd attended local schools including: Averill Elementary, Dick Dowling Junior High, and Beaumont High Schools. He would also go on to attend Texas A&M, as well as Illinois Industrial Engineering Institute. After college, Shepherd would marry Priscilla Townsend, a Port Arthur native. They would have three children together: Anne, Bill, and John. As a child, Shepherd worked for the family company, Shepherd Laundry, which was founded by his grandfather. During World War II, the company would serve both ships and local ports. The business would eventually expand and have branches in Houston and San Antonio, as well. Smythe Shepherd worked with the family company until he retired at 95 years old. Shepherd was involved in many community organizations including: Sons of the Republic of Texas, Knights of San Jacinto, the Texas Gulf Historical Society, and the Downtown Beaumont Rotary Club. Additionally, Shepherd was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Smythe Shepherd passed away January 6, 2015.


2.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials belonging to W. Smythe Shepherd, a Beaumont native and business man. Smythe Shepherd was heavily involved in the family business, "Shepherd Laundry". Additionally, he was also active in several local organizations such as: The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Rotary Club, and Texas Gulf Historical Society.This collection contains papers related to Shepherd's involvement with these organizations, as well as business records, photographs, and personal papers.


Series 1: Personal

Series 2: Shepherd Laundry

Series 3: Genealogy

Series 4: School

Series 5: Articles

Series 6: Organizations

Series 7: Photographs

Finding Aid for W. Smythe Shepherd Papers
Sarah Grimm, Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository