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Sallye J. Keith Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC-822

Scope and Contents

This collection, consisting largely of materials belonging to William C. Keith Jr. and Sallye Jones Keith, spans several decades and multiple generations of the Keith, Doucette, Jones, and Bryan families. These papers consist of business and legal records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, oil leases, deeds, scrapbooks and other assorted memorabilia related to the Keith family as well as Sallye's personal involvement with the YWCA. A few documents of interest in this collection include a relatively large collection of historical photographs including portraits of Keith and Doucette family members dating from the 1900s and historical views of Beaumont Texas at the turn of the 20th century. as well as John Keith's original deeds and Alabama slave purchase records from the 1850s.

Dates

  • c. 1880-1979

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions may apply.

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 responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical Note

Sallye Theodosia Jones was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1923. Her parents were Ednah Bryan Jones (1888-1951) and Cleve Clayton Jones (1886-1954). Sallye moved to Beaumont as a young woman in 1957, where she worked for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) as a young adult program director. She was known for her community service and has a lasting legacy in Beaumont through her contributions to youth programming, the arts, and philanthropy. Sallye married William Carroll Keith, Jr. (1907-1996) on April 22, 1975. As a married couple they had no children. William died in 1996 and Sallye later died in 2019.

William Carroll Keith, Jr.'s parents were William Carroll Keith, Sr. (1886-1931) and Blanche Doucette Keith (1888-1973). The Keith family were long-established residents of Beaumont and had been engaged in the lumber industry for several generations. Blanche Doucette Keith's father, Albert Berton Doucette (1846-1931), was a French-Canadian land surveyor who arrived in Beaumont around 1877 and worked with various lumber companies in southeast Texas. Doucette street in Beaumont is named after him.

Extent

6.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Keith family were long-established residents of Beaumont and had been engaged in the lumber industry for several generations. These papers consist of business and legal records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, oil leases, deeds, scrapbooks and other assorted memorabilia related to the Keith and Doucette families as well as Sallye's personal involvement with the YWCA. A few documents of interest in this collection include a relatively large collection of historical photographs including portraits of Keith and Doucette family members dating from the 1900s and historical views of Beaumont Texas at the turn of the 20th century. as well as John Keith's original deeds and Alabama slave purchase records from the 1850s.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into ten series in order to better assist the researcher. The first two series consist of personal materials belonging to William C. Keith, Jr. and Salley Jones Keith, who were the two most represented family members in the collection. The next four series consist of other Doucette family and Keith family materials as well as the Jones and Bryan families. The final four series consist of assorted documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and oversize materials.

Series 1: William C. Keith, Jr., 1890-1975

Series 2: Sallye Jones Keith, 1900-2015

Series 3: Doucette Family, 1880-1970

Series 4: Keith Family, 1880-1960

Series 5: Jones Family, 1897-1959

Series 6: Bryan Family, 1820-1969

Series 7: Assorted Documents, 1897-1991

Series 8: Photographs, 1899-2008

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1927-1979

Series 10: Oversize Materials, 1902-1986

Title
Finding Aid for the Sallye J. Keith Papers, c. 1820-2015
Author
Jennifer Perritt
Date
November 24, 2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository

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