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Abstract The Abescoe Club was a social club for Bethlehem Shipyard employees and was created to promote social activities for employees of the company. The collection includes the “Abescoe News” newsletters from 1949 – 1958 (only partially inclusive) as well as approximately 400 photographs of club activities.
Abstract The Appleman family owned the first Buick dealership in Beaumont, and actively participated in the social life of the town. This collection of digital photographs, scanned from the originals, includes photographs of family members, their travels, the B. K. Appleman Buick dealership, and photographs of early Beaumont. It also includes advertisements for the B. K. Appleman Gumbo Bit and patent applications.
Abstract John Thomas ("Tom") Arrington grew up in Fayette County, West Virginia. While attending high school he met his future wife, Sandra Ray Beck. The couple soon dated and then in 1960 married. Tom Arrington went on to graduate with a chemistry degree from West Virginia University. In 1967, the Arrington family moved to Beaumont, Texas, where Tom assumed a position as chemist with the Goodyear Chemical Plant and then later with the Valspar Paint Plant. The family papers consist of photographs,...
Dates: 1880 - 1999
Abstract Barrie Scardino Bradley is an author and scholar who has published several books on Texas architecture, including "Improbable Metropolis: Houston’s Architectural and Urban History" (2020, University of Texas Press) and "Fair Winds: The History of Kirby Corporation" (2017, Herring Press). She worked as the first architectural archivist for the City of Houston. She became executive director of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, and the Houston Architecture Foundation until...
Dates: 1886 - 2018
Abstract A group of women established the Altrusa Club on April 11, 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee, as the first women's classified service club. The founders designed the organization as a "main channel through which women leaders in business and the professions can work together as an effective service force to help solve community and world problems and promote understanding among all people." This collection consists of correspondence, regular meetings and board of directors minutes, organizational...
Dates: 1930 - 1996
Abstract The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce was organized on January 22, 1903, at a meeting attended by at least 165 people shortly after the Lucas Oil gusher was discovered in 1901. The subsequent activity at the Spindletop Hill oil field brought increased population and interest to the city, necessitating a chamber of commerce. The Chamber has been instrumental in the promotion and development of Beaumont and its industry, including the Port of Beaumont and the deep water (Neches River) shipping...
Dates: 1924-2006, bulk 1950-1980
Abstract Founded in 1880, the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper has served its local community for over one hundred and thirty years. This collection contains newspaper clippings and photographs from the paper, organized by subject. The bulk of the materials were created in the 1970's and 1980's.
Abstract Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) originated in 1883 with Beaumont High School. By 1948, the district had absorbed French High School and established a high school for black students, Charlton-Pollard High School. In 1983, the original Beaumont ISD board voted to dissolve the district and officially merged with South Park ISD in 1984, forming the current Beaumont Independent School District. This collection is an artificial collection of community materials that consists of...
Dates: 1880 - 2014
Abstract The Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society was founded in 1963 by the choirs of First United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church to perform concerts of sacred choral music free of charge for the Beaumont community. During their many years of contribution to the music culture of Beaumont, members of the society have represented more than forty churches and synagogues. The collection includes business records, membership records,...
Abstract The Beaumont branch of the Young Men's Christian Organization was formed in 1901 following the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the subsequent population boom. Throughout the 20th century, the Beaumont YMCA served as an important community center and continuously fundraised in order to open new locations and complexes. This collection consists of organizational records and historical materials related to the Beaumont chapter of the YMCA dating from the years 1903 to 1999.
Dates: 1903 - 1999
Abstract The Beaumont Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) dates back to 1911 and for several decades it provided enrichment and entertainment activities for women of all ages in the Beaumont area.
Abstract 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...
Abstract The Brooks Family Papers consists of four family members. Henry C. Brooks, Dorothy G. Brooks, and their two daughters, Rebecca A. Brooks and Nancy B. Neild. Mr. Brooks for many years managed the Fashion department store in Beaumont. His wife helped to raise their two daughters, Nancy and Rebecca. Nancy has long been active in several civic organizations in Beaumont including the Junior League and the the Spindletop Chairty Horse Show. Her sister, Rebecca, was a professional model and actress...
Dates: 1900 - 2008
Abstract American National Bank of Beaumont was formed on May 4, 1901. It quickly grew as a financial institution and in 1972 was merged with the name changed in 1981 to Texas Commerce Bank. This was followed in 1987 with the bank becoming an owned subsidiary of Chemical Bank Corporation of New York and in 1996 the name of the bank was changed to Chase Bank of Texas. Then in 1999 the bank was purchased and the name changed to Hibernia National Bank. And finally, in March of 2006 the bank was again...
Dates: 1906 - 2013
Abstract Charlene Kiker (1929-2004) was a lifelong resident of Beaumont, Texas. She worked as a secretary for over thirty years with Mobil Oil Corporation and was president of the Desk and Derrick Club of Beaumont. She had a strong interest in the arts and music and was also involved with the Beaumont Civic Opera, Beaumont Symphony Orchestra, Beaumont Music Commission, Melody Maids, Interfaith Choir, and the choir of the First United Methodist Church. The Charlene Kiker Papers consist of meeting...
Dates: 1903 - 1999
Abstract Claire Rhorman is a resident of Beaumont, Texas. Her family moved from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, to Port Arthur, Texas, when she was about three months old. She attended Port Arthur schools and continued living in the area into adulthood. Many of the photographs in this collection reflect family events and locations in and around Port Arthur. Her grandfather, Carlos Castille, inherited land in St. Martin Parish which had been in his family for about 200 years. A number of the early photographs...
Abstract Cleveland Nisby was a prominent civic leader and activist in the Beaumont, Texas area. While employed by the Magnolia Refinery, Mr. Nisby worked to get union representation for Black workers and to eliminate dual lines of promotion for Black and White workers. In the 1960’s he made numerous appearances before local elected officials to encourage the hiring of Black clerical and professional employees. His efforts led to the hiring of the first Black employee hired for a clerical position in...
Abstract This small collection includes fifty-six photographs of Dodge trucks sold by the Jackson Motor Company in Beaumont, Texas, with logos of local area businesses painted on them. Some of the businesses displayed on the trucks are for bakeries, coffee companies, feed companies, the fire department, florists, funeral homes, furniture companies, grocery stores, hardware stores, ice companies, lumber companies, newspaper companies, office suppliers, oil companies, plumbers, and tobacco companies...
Abstract Clyde Vincent was a lifelong resident of Port Neches, Texas, who did extensive research on the cultural and historic heritage of the Acadian people of East Texas. He founded an organization called Les Arcadians du Texas which sponsored a choral group, tours to France and Canada, and the restoration of an authentic Acadian house. He also compiled genealogical information and engaged in efforts to preserve the Cajun language and culture. This collection includes genealogical records,...
Abstract This collection contains correspondence to and from Walter Joshua Crawford during the 27 years he practiced law in Beaumont, Texas, as well as title abstracts and corporate stocks for land and businesses located in Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston, and Liberty Counties. Mr. Crawford was born in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, in 1873. He attended the University of Texas and after obtaining a law degree, he began practicing law in Beaumont. Mr. Crawford was active in politics throughout the...
Abstract This is a collection of photographs and slides which show before and after conditions of the Beaumont Historical Library located at 695 Pearl Street in Beaumont, Texas, while the building was being restored and renovated in the years 1989 – 1990. Also included are photographs of the building when it was the First Baptist Church of Beaumont and when it was the main building of the Beaumont Public Library. There are a few photographs of buildings in Sabine Pass. David Hoffman, FAIA was the Design...
Abstract The Desk and Derrick Club was established in March 1949 as the first professional organization for women working in the oil and gas industry. The Desk and Derrick Club’s original mission was to educate and support women who were working in the energy industry. The Desk and Derrick Club produced this scrapbook in its first year of existence. The collection includes newspaper clippings of the Club's organizational meetings, and original activities
Dates: 1901 - 2006
Abstract Eleanor Woods Lavelle was the daughter of Tom and Lottye Woods. Tom fought in World War I, and Eleanor collected and transcribed the approximately 76 letters he sent to Lottye during the war. The collection also contains family photograph albums and memorial books.
Abstract Elmo Willard, III, was a leader of Beaumont's civil rights movement. He and his law partner, Theodore Johns, won cases for the desegregation of Beaumont's public parks and Lamar University. These papers include correspondence, legal documents, news clippings, and photographs.
Abstract Emmett A. Fletcher was a Beaumont businessman and elected official. He was elected as mayor of Beaumont in 1906 and served two terms over 12 years. He was involved in the creation of Beaumont's infrastructure, business, and city development. This is a small collection consisting of photographs, newspaper clippings, funeral remarks, and licenses for steamboat inspection and operation belonging to Emmett A. Fletcher.
Dates: 1919 - 1953
Abstract The Delta Kappa Gamma Society is a professional society for women educators, founded on May 11, 1929 at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The mission of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society is "to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education." Materials consist of organizational records, administrative records, newsletters, yearbooks, rosters, programs, meetings, correspondence, photographs, by-laws, financial records, history, and programs related to...
Dates: 1929 - 2004
Abstract This collection consists of approximately 994 photographs from the Fire Museum of Texas, which opened in 1984 in Beaumont, documenting firefighting in Southeast Texas from 1856 to 1993, with heavy emphasis on the first half of the twentieth century. The Fire Department of Beaumont was established in 1881 and images in this collection cover many aspects of the department including firefighters, firehouses, and fire engines; fires and local buildings damaged by fire; fire prevention...
Abstract Founded in 1872, the First Baptist Church of Beaumont, Texas, and its members, have contributed immensely to the religious, social, economic, and political life of the city. The records of the church include photographs, publications, administrative records, records of the Sunday School, and membership records.
Abstract Founded in 1894, the First Christian Church is a congregation for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. The records of the church include directories, committee minutes, papers on church doctrine, photographs, facility records, worship bulletins, records of Camp Wildurr, records of its Sunday School classes, treasurer's reports, and special anniversary and dedication programs.
Abstract This collection consists of administrative records, correspondence, photographs, film, and scrapbooks related to the corporate history of First City Bank, whose origins can be traced through First National Bank of Beaumont, Gulf National Bank, Texas National Bank, Security State Bank, and First Security National Bank.
Dates: 1889 - 1990
- Photographs 64
- Correspondence 52
- Beaumont (Tex.) 51
- Scrapbooks 36
- Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place) 30
- Community life--Beaumont (Tex.) 24
- Newspaper clippings 23
- Programs (documents) 17
- Newsletters 16
- Clippings (information artifacts) 14
- Financial records 14
- Women--Societies 14
- Black-and-white photographs 13
- Genealogy 13
- Minutes (administrative records) 13
- Annual reports 11
- Family life 11
- Petroleum industry 11
- History 10
- Performing Arts 10 ∧ less
- French 1
- Beaumont Music Commission (Beaumont, Tex.) 3
- Jefferson Theatre (Beaumont, Tex.) 3
- Jefferson Theatre Preservation Society (Beaumont, Tex.) 3
- Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 3
- Melody Maids (Beaumont, Tex.) 3
- Tyrrell Historical Library (Beaumont, Tex.) 3
- American National Bank (Beaumont, Tex.) 2
- Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs (ADDC) 2
- Beaumont Chamber of Commerce 2
- Beaumont Civic Opera (Beaumont, Tex.) 2
- Beaumont Exporters Baseball Team 2
- Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) 2
- Beaumont Junior League (Beaumont, Tex.) 2
- Beaumont Library Commission 2
- Beaumont Symphony Women's League (Beaumont, Tex.) 2
- Brooks, Jack, 1922-2012 2
- Delta Kappa Gamma, Eta Nu Chapter 2
- Desk and Derrick Club (Beaumont, Tex.) 2
- First City Bank 2
- First National Bank of Beaumont 2 ∧ less