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Birdwell Family Papers

Identifier: AC-231

Scope and Content Note

The Birdwell Family Collection contains business records, business and personal correspondence, photographs, high school yearbooks and newsletters, newspaper and magazine clippings, and books.


  • Creation: 1891-1969


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

Seth K. Birdwell was born on February 9, 1902, in Lindale, Texas. He married Jessamine Hale and they had three daughters by the name of Linda, Caroline, and Lou. The family moved to Beaumont in 1923. Seth was the proprietor of two different businesses, the Birdwell Fence Company and Birdwell Cutlery, the latter specialized in hand crafted knives. Seth Birdwell died at the age of 74 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in Beaumont. His motorcycle missed a turn into a private drive on 11th Street, then jumped a curb, and afterward crashed into a ditch that killed him.


2 Cubic Feet (2 cubic feet in two boxes.)


The Birdwell Family Papers consists of materials related to the Birdwell family and the Birdwell Fence Company. Contained in the personal correspondence are letters written and received by Seth and Jessamine Birdwell. Other items in these papers pertain to fence company correspondence with accompanying financial receipts, statements, and printed matter. Also found in this same collection are a poem book, newspaper clippings, photographs, Beaumont High School newsletters (1919-1922) and yearbooks (1920-1922).

Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged chronologically in folders according to subject matter in the first box. The second box contains business records of the Birdwell Fence Company as well as plans for a house that was built at 1792 Broadway in Beaumont sometime in the early 1900’s.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda B. Bullard, Lou B. Paris, and Caroline B. Patrick, 1995 August.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material


Separated Material


Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 1995 November.

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

Finding Aid for the Birdwell Family Papers, 1891-1969
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
2015 August 10
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository