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Southeast Texas Postcard Collection

Identifier: AC-137

Scope and Content Note

This collection was pieced together by Mr. Don Kelly from postcards discovered at yard, antique, and estate sales over the period 1970-2000. The postcards range in subject from Beaumont agriculture, to buildings and street scenes, to churches and social organizations, to port and river scenes, to oil fields and airports. The time of postcard creation is from the early 1900's to circa 1980. The postcard collection gives the patron an exceptional idea of the visual history of Beaumont as well as information about key elements of the city.


  • Creation: circa 1900-1975


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. 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 responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical Note

Don Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 22, 1940. He was the first Executive Director of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, from 1970-2000. During that time, he served on many local and state Boards as president, including the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Society (1990-1992), Lamar University's Friends of the Arts, the Jefferson County Mental Health Association (four terms), the Golden Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association, the Sabine Area Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Texas Assembly of Arts Councils, the Beaumont Steinhagen YMCA, the Volunteer Services Council of the Beaumont State Center, the Volunteers Service Council of the Jefferson County Youth Facility (Texas Youth Commission), the Diocese of Beaumont's Hospitality Center of South Jefferson County, and the Texas Association of Mayors' Committees for the Disabled.

Mr. Kelly was selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He ran a kilometer through the City of Liberty, Texas. He donated his official Olympic running outfit and the Olympic torch he carried to the State of Texas, Sam Houston Archives, in Liberty, Texas. He also donated additional postcards of South East Texas to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Archive, now housed there as the "Don Kelly Postcard Collection."


0.35 Cubic Feet (0.35 cubic feet in two boxes)


Don Kelly collected this assortment of postcards of Southeast Texas from 1970 to 2000. They were acquired either through flea markets, postcard sale shows, or mail order publications. The postcards depict a wide variety of subject matter for Southeast Texas that includes such things as agriculture, industry, shipping, and noteworthy buildings found within the region.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into categories, with the postcards numbered consecutively within each of the given categories.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Kelly of Beaumont, Texas. The bulk of the collection arrived in 1992, with some additions in 1997.


No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 September.

Finding Aid for the Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1975
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository