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Gwendolyn Wingate Papers

Identifier: AC-435

Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed primarily of materials generated during the 1960's through the 1980's. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and one artifact. The collection was compiled for Wingate's research and writing. It is comprised equally of papers on agricultural topics such as rice, soybeans, and beef cattle; and historical and genealogical topics. It is particularly strong on local history, especially on the area south and west of Beaumont. It also has a great deal of genealogy research, especially of the Wingate and Rosser families. Additionally, the collection contains photocopies of letters sent and received by Wingate's brother, James L. Rosser, during World War II.


  • Creation: 1909-1987


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for materials created by Wingate. Copyright for other published items is retained by their creator and/or publisher. 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

Gwendolyn Rosser Wingate was born to James H. and Inez Rosser on July 26, 1920, in Crockett, Texas. The Rossers, who were the parents of five children, were both educators. After the death of her father, Gwendolyn came with her family to Beaumont in 1928. She graduated from Beaumont High School and worked for the Security State Bank before her marriage to Rube M. Wingate in 1938. She was the mother of two sons, Dan and Jim Wingate, and a foster son, Rocco Binaggia.

Wingate was a talented writer blessed with great imagination and powers of description. She co-authored with John H. Walker the book, Beaumont: A Pictorial History, published in 1983. She provided the text for Walker's collection of photographs. Walker characterized her as "a great lady, a great historian and a meticulous researcher."

Wingate wrote "The Kishi Colony,' the story of Japanese settlers near Orange, Texas, which was published in The Folklore of Texan Cultures, a bicentennial publication of the Texas Folklore Society. She wrote hundreds of articles for the Beaumont Enterprise, and for Texas and Louisiana agricultural journals, including Southwest Farm Press and Texas Farmer-Stockman. These articles included history and genealogy, personality profiles, and agricultural topics. Wingate was a member of the Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society and contributed many articles to their publication, The Yellowed Pages.

She died on March 14, 1989, at her home in Fannett, Texas.


15.0 Cubic Feet (15.0 cubic feet in 31 boxes)


Gwendolyn Wingate wrote extensively on the history of Beaumont and the history of immigrants who settled in Southeast Texas. This collection holds her research papers, personal and historical photographs, and correspondence. The topics of agriculture and genealogy are especially well covered.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into seven series.

  1. Agriculture and Natural Resources
  2. Contemporary Topics
  3. History, Genealogy, Personality Profiles
  4. Roman Catholic Church in Southeast Texas
  5. Speeches
  6. Photographs
  7. Artifacts

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dan and Jim Wingate, 2005.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

John H. Walker Papers, 1863-1994, AC-241, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas

James Rosser Papers, 1944-1950, AC-178, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas

Separated Material


Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2005 June.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 August.

Finding Aid for the Gwendolyn Wingate Papers, 1909-1987
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
2013 August 30
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository