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General Photographic Archives Collection

Identifier: AC-665

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists entirely of photographs.


  • Creation: 1835-2000


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.

Historical Note

This collection consists of more than 2,000 photographs found by Marcus Robbins, the first archivist of the Tyrrell Historic Library, in file cabinet drawers. Each drawer contained a pile of photographs without enclosures of any kind and lacking any type of organization or description. There was no documentation confirming the transfer or donation of this material and no one working at the library at the time had any information concerning the origin of the photographs. It appeared as though library personnel had just thrown the photographs into the file cabinet drawers as they either received or found the items.

Mr. Robbins recruited a group of volunteers from the Beaumont Rotary Club who were long-time residents of Beaumont to help identify as many of the photographs as possible. The identification work was completed by the end of May, 1991, and then under the guidance of Mr. Robbins, the volunteers worked on a system for describing, organizing, and indexing the collection of photographs to make them useful and accessible to library patrons. This work was completed in November of 1992. Since that time the list has been updated twice and new photographs have been added to the collection.


7 Cubic Feet (7 cubic feet in five file cabinet drawers)


This collection consists of photographs acquired from multiple donors over an extended period of time. The donations began around 1950 and continued through to 2000. The photographs include such topics as agriculture, businesses, well-known residences and landmarks, street scenes, aerial views, and people in Beaumont and nearby locations as far back as 1835 and as recent as 2000.

Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system and thereunder by two subgroups being either identified or described items.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Multiple Donors, 1950-2000.


Further accruals are possible.

Related Material

John H. Walker Papers, 1863-1994, AC-241

Separated Material


Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2008 December.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 May.

Finding Aid for the the General Photographic Archives Collection, 1835-2000
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
2015 May 26
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository