Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the First Baptist Church of Beaumont Records, 1876-2013

Descriptive Summary

Creator: First Baptist Church of Beaumont
Title: First Baptist Church of Beaumont Records
Dates: 1876-2013
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.
Identification: AC-630
Extent: 45 cubic feet in 61 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Historical Note

The First Baptist Church of Beaumont was founded in 1872 as the Beaumont Baptist Church. Beginning with just four members, the church was first organized on March 10, 1872, under the leadership of J. W. D. Creath and J. H. (M.) Fant. George W. Carroll and his wife, Underhill Mixson Carroll, were two of the first members, and went on to be important leaders in the church for decades to come.

At the time of its founding, the Baptists lacked a church building of their own. They met irregularly in the courthouse and in a school building. In 1876, they united with Beaumont Methodists to build a church that was to be shared by both denominations. This frame church, built at the corner of Main and Fannin in 1877, was officially deeded to the Methodists, with the understanding that the Baptists would use the structure until they were able to construct their own church. The Baptists helped pay for the building and also supplied its bell, which had previously served as the bell on Captain W. E. Rogers' river boat.

The permanent church building brought increased stability to the church, but it did not receive its first permanent pastor until 1882, when H. C. Weymouth accepted the position. Prior to this time, several men had served as pastor on an intermittent basis, including Jeff Rhodes, Sr., J. H. Fant, B. Beauchamp, and Joseph Mitchell. The church elected its pastors on a yearly basis for some time, and so its early pastors often served relatively short terms. After Weymouth's resignation in 1884, L. C. Kellis became pastor, and despite only serving for one year, he oversaw one of the most important revivals in the history of the church.

In 1885, Kellis brought in Major William Evander Penn, a famous Texas evangelist, to lead a revival in Beaumont. Held in the opera house, the ten-day revival drew many listeners and brought about many conversions. The most famous convert of the revival was Pattillo Higgins, the "Prophet of Spindletop." Higgins became a leader of the church, faithfully pledging whenever the church was in need of funds, purchasing land for the church, and becoming a Sunday School teacher and deacon. Gladys Bingham, for whom Higgins named Gladys City, was one of the pupils in his Sunday School class.

R. P. Davant was elected as pastor in 1886, and in 1887, buoyed by the revival's success and its continued increase in membership, the congregation began to plan the construction of its own church building. This new church, built of red brick, was constructed at the corner of Pearl and Forsythe, and allowed the Baptists to begin meeting every Sunday for the first time, instead of twice a month. Around this time, the church also changed its name from the Beaumont Baptist Church to the First Baptist Church of Beaumont.

The church grew rapidly over the next fifteen years. In 1888, it helped form the Southeast Texas Baptist Association, along with the First Orange, Evergreen, and Orange Baptist Churches. The Association merged with the Orange Baptist Association in 1966 and became the Golden Triangle Baptist Association, with almost ninety churches as members. First Baptist also began to focus on evangelistic work throughout the city in the 1880s.

The regular growth of the church, combined with the oil boom that brought thousands of people to Beaumont in 1901, made evident the need for a larger church building. In 1902, the congregation resolved to construct a new building, while also not allowing this work to interfere with its offerings to missions and benevolences. In 1903, construction on the new church was complete. Built on the same site as the red brick church, the new church was built of grey stone in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, with some elements of the Victorian Gothic style.

The church continued to experience remarkable growth. In 1918 and 1919, its Sunday School, including long-standing bulwarks such as the Theta Beta Class and the T.E.L. Class, had almost a thousand members enrolled, and attendance sometimes came close to 600. By the early 1920s, the grey stone church could not adequately hold such a large membership. The congregation finalized the sale of the grey stone church to Captain William C. Tyrrell in 1923, but continued to worship there until construction of its new building was complete. Tyrrell purchased the building in order to donate it to the City of Beaumont for the establishment of a public library. Named the Tyrrell Public Library, in memory of Tyrrell's wife, Helen, it opened in 1925. It served as Beaumont's main library building until 1974, when a new Main Library building was opened. The Tyrrell was closed temporarily, until its reopening in 1975 as the Tyrrell Historical Library.

First Baptist's Church new building was constructed at the corner of Broadway and Willow. It consisted of two buildings, the main auditorium and the educational building. Built of red brick trimmed with stone, the front of the main church auditorium featured Greek columns. The first service was held there on April 5, 1925. The educational building had over one hundred classrooms, a necessary amount considering that by 1924 the average Sunday School attendance was at one thousand members. The Sunday School superintendent at this time was J. Earl Mead.

The church paid off the loans necessary for the building construction by August 1943, and it then held a special Dedicatory Service in celebration of this accomplishment. The Financial Secretary of the church, A. C. Head, did much to ensure its financial stability during its time of indebtedness.

Under the leadership of L. E. Stagg, a deacon at First Baptist, the church spearheaded a campaign to construct a Baptist hospital in Beaumont. First Baptist pledged $100,000, while the rest of the Beaumont community pledged $54,000. The groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital, named the Southeast Texas Baptist Hospital, took place on September 14, 1947, and First Baptist remained a crucial supporter of the facility.

Thomas Armour Patterson accepted First Baptist's call to become its pastor in 1946. He remained at First Baptist for fourteen years, and helped the church regain its energy after the difficult days of World War II. Patterson oversaw a much-needed building renovation and new construction project. In addition to renovating the existing buildings, another educational building was erected in 1951, and an activities building was completed and dedicated in 1961. The Activity Building eventually contained a gymnasium and a bowling alley. First Baptist also established a Baptist Student Union at Lamar State College of Technology.

First Baptist experienced great evangelistic fervor in the 1950s. The Baraca Sunday School class began a practice of sending pairs of men to neighborhoods across the city, going door-to-door and witnessing to the people they met. The music ministry of the church also expanded rapidly, with ten different choirs and an orchestra, for a total enrollment of approximately 739 people in September 1957.

The Woman's Missionary Union was an important part of the missionary activities of the church. Originally founded as the Woman's Auxiliary before changing its name to the WMU, the organization worked zealously in many aspects of missions work, including raising money for orphans, for foreign missions, for college financial aid, and other endeavors.

First Baptist experienced a decline in membership in the 1960s, along with other Baptist churches across the area. In the early 1960s, its membership was estimated at approximately 7,000 people, but by 1972, that number had declined to 3,639 people. Attempts to rejuvenate the church through a bus ministry, modeled after the bus ministry of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, were largely unsuccessful, probably due to the large number of Baptist churches already spread all across Beaumont. Additionally, in 1969, the Sunray DX Oil Company moved its Gulf Coast regional office from Beaumont to Houston, causing a further drop in First Baptist's membership.

First Baptist established a thriving Deaf Ministry sometime in the 1970s. The church employed deaf pastors who led special worship services for the deaf, and the deaf department of the Sunday School was staffed by volunteers who had learned sign language. It also has a successful Spanish ministry and Chinese ministry.

Another long-serving pastor of First Baptist was Dr. Ed B. Bowles, who served from 1971 to 1985. He oversaw the celebrations when the church celebrated its one hundredth and one hundred and tenth anniversaries. Along with Reverend George W. Daniels, he co-led a joint worship service attended by First Baptist Church and Sunlight Baptist Church, a historically African-American congregation, in 1983.

By the 1990s, much of the population of Beaumont had moved away from the downtown area of the city to the west side. In 1995, the church considered moving to a new location on land it owned on Major Drive, but rejected those plans at the time. The downtown area continued to lose population in favor of the west side of the city, however. Thus, in 2012, the congregation voted to leave its building at Willow and Broadway, and construct a new church at Major and Folsom Drives. Its last worship service at the Willow and Broadway location was held on May 5, 2013.

Scope and Content Note

The First Baptist Church of Beaumont Records contain thirteen series and twenty subseries. A significant portion of the collection consists of photographs and slides, from all eras of the church's existence. These photographs document group meetings, special events at the church, the construction of new church buildings, the addition of new members, the choir and music ministry of First Baptist, and important individuals at the church.

The collection also contains Baptist publications, both internal and external to First Baptist Church. This series contains an extensive run of the Baptist Standard, from 1947 to 2007, with a few additional issues dating from 1914 and 1920. There are also worship service bulletins from First Baptist Church, ranging from 1912 to 2007. The set is incomplete, but still provides a detailed, weekly look at the events of the church. This series also contains issues of the First Baptist Messenger, In the First Place, First Family Focus, the Beaumont Baptist Banner, and First Family Update, all various newsletters issued by the First Baptist Church.

The collection includes many programs from special events in the church's history, such as programs commemorating the major constructions and renovations of the church, and the groundbreaking and opening ceremony for the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas. Programs from the centennial celebrations and 110th anniversary celebration are included. Some programs from other organizations are also placed here, such as a program for the Spindletop Boom Days annual event.

A good number of early papers from the church have survived and are contained in the collections. Many of these papers were likely donated by Marjorie Carroll, a descendant by marriage of George W. Carroll, a founding member and leader of the church. Marjorie Carroll was in charge of First Baptist's Heritage Room for many years, and compiled much of the material in this collection. George W. Carroll was also a close associate of Pattillo Higgins, the "Prophet of Spindletop", so early papers related to Higgins' entrepreneurship and his investments at Spindletop are included. In addition to the church papers, this series holds personal family papers of the Carrolls, such as their family photo album, Underhill Carroll's diary, and their family Bible.

In the Membership series, papers on many of First Baptist's pastors have been collected, along with directories of the church and membership cards and reports. The collection contains the records of various church groups, including the Sunday School and the Vacation Bible School. Yearbooks from adult Sunday School classes are included, with the Theta Beta Class, the Baraca Class, and the Priscilla Class being particularly well-represented. The series also holds records from the Woman's Missionary Union, such as the society's yearbooks and minutes.

The collection contains administrative records such as minutes from the meetings of the Board of Deacons, budgets, fundraising programs, and property and deed records from 1876 to 1953.

Many photographs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks are oversized and have been placed in their own series. The scrapbooks document the activities of Sunday School classes, the Woman's Missionary Union, and general church events. Finally, audiovisual materials, such as recordings of sermons and choir performances, have been given their own series, subdivided according to format.


Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 13 series and 20 subseries.
Special Events and Programs
Early Papers and Carroll Family Papers
Church Groups
Outreach and Evangelism
Oversized Items
Audiovisual Materials
Items to Be Digitized
Loose Items


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for some, but not all, materials in the collection. 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.

Items for which the Tyrrell does not hold copyright include: Issues of The Baptist Standard; any published books or sermons; and newspaper articles. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Carroll, George W., 1855-1935
Higgins, Pattillo, 1863-1955
First Baptist Church of Beaumont (Beaumont, Tex.)
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas
Southeast Texas Baptist Association
Golden Triangle Baptist Association
Christian missions
Evangelistic work
Hospitals - Beaumont (Tex.)
Palacios (Matagorda county, Texas : inhabited place)
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Color film
Color photographs
Color slides
Journals (periodicals)
Minutes (administrative records)
Programs (documents)

Related Material

AC-606, Westminster Presbyterian Church Records, 1880-2009.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], First Baptist Church of Beaumont Records, 1876-2013, AC-630, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by First Baptist Church of Beaumont, 2013 February.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 April.

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


Further accruals are expected.


Estep, William Roscoe. And God Gave the Increase: The Centennial History of the First Baptist Church of Beaumont, Texas. Beaumont, Texas: First Baptist Church, 1972.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Publications, 1912-2007

This series collects Baptist publications, both internal and external to the First Baptist Church. A copy of the 1972 Beaumont Enterprise-Journal issue which commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of First Baptist Church is included. It also holds issues of the Baptist Standard, a publication for Texan Baptists, from 1947 to 2007, with additional issues from 1914 and 1920. It has copies of many of the newsletters published by First Baptist, including the First Baptist Messenger, In the First Place, First Family Focus, the Beaumont Baptist Banner, the Update, and the FBC Scoop Sheets. Finally, it holds many issues of First Baptist's weekly worship service bulletins, from 1912 to 2007.
1 First Baptist Church Centennial Edition of Beaumont Enterprise-Journal, 1972 October
2 Baptist Standard, 1914 November 19; 1920 July 1
3 Baptist Standard, 1947-1985
4 Baptist Standard, 1986-1992
5 Baptist Standard, 1993-1997
6 Baptist Standard, 1998-2005
7 Baptist Standard, 2006-2007; First Baptist Messenger, 1940-1941, 1944; In the First Place, 1975-1981; First Family Focus, 1991, 1993; Beaumont Baptist Banner, 1961-1966; 1970-1974; Centennial issue of Beaumont Baptist Banner, 1972 October 6
8 Beaumont Baptist Banner, 1967-1974
9 FBC Sunday Service Bulletins, 1912-1982
10 FBC Sunday Service Bulletins, 1983-1996
11 FBC Sunday Service Bulletins, 1997-2007; Bulletins for Revivals and Special Events; Patriotic Worship Service Programs, 1973-1976; Easter Programs, 1976, 1979; Special Programs, 1920s-1930s; Music Programs; Hub Work Copies; Bulletin Proofs
Box Folder
12 1 Sunday School Update, 1976-1977
2 First Family Update, 1982 October-December
3 First Family Update, 1983
4 First Family Update, 1984
5 First Family Update, 1985
6 First Family Update, 1986
7 First Family Update, 1987
8 First Family Update, 1988
9 Update, 1984-1986
10 Update, 1986-1989
11 FBC Scoop Sheets, 1968-1969


Special Events and Programs

This series holds programs and records from various special events that First Baptist has held. These primarily include programs from the church's various Grand Openings (held after new building projects and renovations were completed), its 100th, 110th, and 125th anniversary celebrations, and important musical and theater programs. It also holds programs from the groundbreaking and dedication of the Southeast Texas Baptist Hospital, and from other city-wide events.
Box Folder
12 12 Special Programs: 10th Anniversary for Ed Bowles as Pastor, 1981; "Lottie D." Musical Drama, 1984; Texas WMU Centennial Program, 1980; An Evening Recital, 1977
13 Papers on First Baptist Church's Move to Building on Broadway and Willow, 1925 March
14 Program for Opening of Church at Broadway and Willow, 1925; Program for Dedicatory Services, 1943
15 Program for Dedication of Buildings and Fundraising Plans, 1961
16 Building Renovation Program, 1976
17 "Together We Build a Greater First Baptist Church," 1976 May 10
18 "Ten Days in April" Grand Opening Events, 1977
19 Program for Groundbreaking Ceremony for Baptist Hospital, 1947; Program for Opening Ceremony for Baptist Hospital, 1949
20 Baptist Hospital Expansion Fund booklet, circa 1950s
21 Information on Baptist Hospital, undated
22 100 Years: Centennial Anniversary Program, 1972; Crowning a Century for Christ Centennial Homecoming Week program, 1972
23 Centennial Papers, 1972
24 First Baptist Church History at Centennial, 1972
25 And God Gave the Increase, 1972
26 Program for Dedication of Historical Marker of First United Methodist Church, 1974 January 20
27 Heritage Day "One" Program, 1976
28 110th Anniversary Papers, 1982
29 125th Anniversary Papers, 1997
30 Recognition of 125th Anniversary from Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1997
31 Recognition of 125th Anniversary from Mayor of Beaumont, 1997
32 Wedding programs (for weddings held at First Baptist and other churches), 1989-1998
33 Invitation to Last Service Held at Willow/Broadway Church, 2013 May 5
Box Folder
13 1 Program for Golden Deeds Banquet of the Exchange Club, 1940
2 First Security National Bank history pamphlet, 1969
3 Program for Leadership Appreciation Banquet, 1973
4 Program for 6th Annual Spindletop Boom Days, 1984 September 29-30
5 Newspaper clippings on Spindletop Boom Days
6 Tyrrell Public Library informational brochure, undated
7 Seminars, workshops, and revivals, 1970s-1980s
8 Ministries, 1980s-1990s
9 Newspaper clippings on First Baptist Church history, History Committee, and Heritage Room, circa 1970s
10 Church History Interviews and Notes, circa 1971


Early Papers and Carroll Family Papers, 1876-1992

This series holds some of the earliest surviving records of First Baptist, such as an original list of subscribers to the building fund for the Baptist-Methodist church, and an 1888 report of the church treasurer. It also holds papers related to Pattillo Higgins, the "Prophet of Spindletop" and one of First Baptist's most famous members. The series holds papers related to the Carroll family, founding members of the church. George W. Carroll was also the Prohibition Party's candidate for the vice-presidency of the United States in 1904. The Carroll papers include a family photograph album, a family Bible, and the papers of Marjorie Carroll, a Sunday School teacher and director of the church's Heritage Room. Items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
13 11 Handwritten document on Henry Millard, undated
12 List of contributors to Rosedale Church, undated
13 List of Subscribers to the Building Fund for the Baptist-Methodist church, 1876
14 Invitation to wedding of Alice Carroll to Frank Keith, 1882 March 29
15 Handwritten history of First Baptist Church, by H. C. Weymouth (photocopy), 1882
16 Newspaper transcripts about First Baptist Church, 1885, 1887
17 List of subscribers to the fund for construction of church building for Beaumont Baptist Church, 1887 March 10
18 Report of Church Treasurer, H. W. Smith, 1888
19 Copy of convention minutes, 1888 February 10
20 Contract between Pattillo Higgins and George W. Carroll, 1893 August 19
21 Warranty deed, Pattillo Higgins to George W. Carroll, signed 1892 September 12, filed for record 1901 February 15
22 Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Co. letterhead
23 Letter from Beaumont Citizens regarding Pattillo Higgins' role in discovery of Beaumont oil fields, 1901 December 3
24 The Baptist Church Manual, Containing the Declaration of Faith, Covenant, Rules of Order and Brief Forms of Church Letters, 1903
25 Church Minutes, 1903 December 9
26 Church bulletin that belonged to Charles Carroll, July 29 of unknown year, circa 1903-1924
27 The Advance: "George W. Carroll Wins Nomination for Vice-President for Prohibition Party", 1904 July 8
28 F. L. Carroll Memorial Number, Baylor University Bulletin, 1907 January
29 Constitution and Bylaws of the Coworkers Bible Class, 1910
30 Certificate of Honorable Discharge for Levi S. Hatch from The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1911 August
31 Stock certificates: Sunshine Oil Company; Higgins Wonder Oil Company, 1914
32 First Baptist Church calendar, 1916
33 Tonic for Team Work in the B.Y.P.U., by J. Earl Mead, undated
34 B.Y.P.U. Monthly Report, 1917 September
35 International Cross and Crown Certificate of Attendance for Teachers, to Mrs. E. W. Lowry, 1918 November 30
36 Report from Thomas J. Baten, Clerk, on First Baptist Church Membership, 1919 July 4
37 Telegrams from F. E. Carroll to Dr. Robert G. Lee, 1924
38 Booklet for opening of First Baptist Church building at Broadway and Willow, 1925
39 Budget Campaign for 1926
40 The First Baptist Mid-Year Review, 1926 July
41 The Trail of Blood by J. M. Carroll, published 1931
42 Treasurer's Report, 1936 July 31
43 In Memoriam: George Washington Carroll, 1855-1935; Memorial Service held 1937 April 11
44 Baptist Training Union of Texas, 47th Annual Session, 1937 November 25-27
45 Texas Baptist Encampment Attendance Certificate, 1943
46 Letter of Commendation to First Baptist Church on its Centennial, from President Richard Nixon, 1972
47 Letter: James E. Barcus of Baylor University to Mrs. Ed E. Carroll, 1984 May 30
48 Papers on George W. Carroll and Spindletop
49 Letter from Mrs. T. A. Patterson to Mrs. Ed Carroll, 1962 August 13
50 Marjorie Carroll Papers
51 Marjorie Carroll's Teacher Papers
52-54 Correspondence sent to Marjorie Carroll (3 folders)
55-56 Correspondence about Heritage Room (2 folders), 1979-1986
57 Heritage Room Committee, 1991-1992
58 100 Years of Beauty: Program for Centennial of Tyrrell Historical Library, 2003
Box Folder
14 1 Church Check Register, 1927-1928
2 Underhill Mixson Carroll's (wife of George W. Carroll) Personal Diary, 1891 January 1 - 1891 April 18; 1893 August 18
3 Theta Beta Class Minutes, 1917-1919
4 Official Church Register, 1891-1900
5 Carroll Family Bible
Box Folder
15 1 Carroll Family Photo Album
2 Two presidential campaign buttons for the Silas C. Swallow/George W. Carroll ticket of the Prohibition Party, 1904



This series contains information on First Baptist's pastors and other congregational members, copies of its directories, membership cards, and membership reports.
Pastors and Directories
Box Folder
16 1 Chronology of Pastors and Other Staff
2 Information on J. W. D. Creath, 1872
3 J. A. Smart (pastor 1895-1903
4 Robert Page Davant and J. M. Long
5 Christmas Card from Caleb A. Ridley, 1912 (pastor 1908-1912)
6 The Many-Sided Man from Galilee, by Caleb A. Ridley, undated
7 "The Call of the Far-Away": poem by Caleb A. Ridley, undated
8 Record of the Year 1922: "Greetings from the Pastor of the First Baptist Church" (Pastor Adonnas E. Booth, 1919-1923)
9 Sermons Given by J. H. Pace (pastor 1924-1938)
10 In Memoriam: Dr. Julian Harrison Pace, 1878-1938
11 James Ralph Grant (pastor 1939-1946): "Crowning Christ Head," 1939; "God and the Nation," 1941
12 Tribute to Judge Thomas J. Baten (Member of Board of Deacons), 1938 July 17
13 The Texas Evangel: Issue on First Baptist Church of Beaumont, 1940 May
14 The Texas Evangel, with article on J. Ralph Grant's first year as pastor, 1940
15 Papers of Dr. Thomas Armour Patterson (pastor 1946-1961)
16 Papers of Dr. Jaroy Weber (pastor 1961-1966)
17 Papers of Dallas C. Bivins, Jr. (pastor 1967-1971): Pamphlet on the Trinity; Sermon, "God's Spirit and God's Child," 1967 April
18 "The Baptist Voice", First Baptist Church of Floydada, Texas (Ed Bowles, pastor), 1960
19 Papers of Ed B. Bowles, pastor 1971-1985
20 Articles by Ed B. Bowles, 1971
21 Sermon by Ed Bowles at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1976
22 Papers on S. Z. Sandlin, pastor 1990-1996
23 Chris Moody's Call to be Pastor, 2007
24 Beaumont Baptist Banner clippings on church staff (Jim Fairchild, H. R. "Pat" Martin, and Dr. and Mrs. Wright), 1971
25 The Link clipping on Bill Mason, administrator at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas, 1971 January
26 Service of Ordination for Charles S. Kelley, Jr., 1972
27 Papers of Ray Pace, Board of Deacons, 1964-1970s
28 Greeting cards sent to Ray Pace Family, 1966, 1984, 1989, 2000
29 Kay Hanks Papers
30 June Holton Papers
31 Frances Reid Papers
32 Letter: J. Earl Mead to Gensie Singleton, 1926 October 1
33 Certificate given to W. M. (Brad) Bradshaw in recognition of service, 1978 October 15
34 Handbook of First Baptist Church, 1903
35 Handbook of First Baptist Church, 1905
36 Handbook of First Baptist Church, 1907
37 Handbook of First Baptist Church, 1907, and Sunday Service Bulletin, 1939 March 19 (donated by Sarilee Ferguson to FBC)
38 First Baptist Church Directory, 1918
39 First Baptist Church Directory, 1936
40 First Baptist Church Centennial Directory, 1972
41 Leadership Directories and Committee Handbooks, 1973-1979
42 Administrative Directories and Handbooks, 1980-1989
43 First Baptist Church Directory, 1980
44 First Baptist Church Directory, 110th Anniversary, 1982
45 First Baptist Church Directory, 1983
46 First Baptist Church Directory, 1987
47 First Baptist Church Directory, circa 2009-2012
Membership Cards and Reports
17 Membership Cards, undated
18 Membership Cards, undated
19 Membership Cards, undated
Box Folder
20 1 Church Membership Reports, 1955-1968
2 Church Membership Report, 1961-1962
3 Church Membership Report, 1963-1964
4 Church Membership Report, 1965-1966
5 Church Membership Report, 1967-1968
6 Church Membership Reports, 1969 January - 1970 September
7 Resident and Non-Resident Members, 1965-1970
8 New Member Lists, 1967-1968
9 New Member Lists, 1969-1970


Church Groups

This series holds papers, such as minutes, yearbooks, and newsletters, related to various church groups. Such groups include committees, adult Bible classes, the Sunday School, the Vacation Bible School, and the Woman's Missionary Union. It also holds papers of the Baptist Young People's Union (B.Y.P.U.), including convention programs, and papers on the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Box Folder
20 10 Correspondence, 1920s-1930s
11 Correspondence, 1966; 2005
12 Nominating Committee, 1969
13 Church Council, undated
14 Church Staff, 1961, 1986
15 List of Deacons, 1948; 1961 January; 1963-1964; 1977-1978
16 Deacons' Meeting Minutes and Letters
17 Business Meeting Minutes
18 Finance Committee, 1967
19 Interim Advisory Committee, 1966
20 Counseling
21 Activities Directors (Prospects), 1967
22 Committees, 1967
23 Membership and Personnel Committees, 1962
24 Intercessory Prayer League
25 High School Graduates
26 Young People's Department
27 Married Young People's Department
28 Brotherhood Association, 1966, 1968
29 Yearbook of Ladies' Aid Society, 1906
30 "The Grapevine" Newsletter of First Ladies Women's Ministry, 1993 February
31 Women's Missionary Union Papers
32 WMU Minutes, 1985-1986
33 WMU Yearbooks, 1941-1942; 1947-1949
34 WMU Yearbooks, 1953-1959
35 WMU Yearbooks, 1960-1968
36 WMU Yearbook and Minutes, 1960-1961
Box Folder
21 1 WMU Yearbooks, 1975-1979
2 WMU Yearbooks, 1980-1987
3 WMU Yearbooks, 1991-1995
4 "The Civic and Educational Influence of Texas Baptists"
5 The Mediator, Vol. XI, No. 4; Vol. XII, No. 1, 1938-1939
6 Minutes of the Conference of Representatives of the Southern Baptist Missions in China and Japan, 1919 February
7 Visitors' Guide to the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Beaumont, 1929 November 18-24; Program for Texas State Baptist Training Union Convention, 1937 November 25-27; Southeast Texas Baptist Encampment, First and Second Annual Session, 1924-1925
8 Templo Bautista Dedication Service, 1976 February 22
9 The Baptist Catechism, 1920
10 Baptist Publications
11 The Baptist Review, 1949 June
12 Bible study notes, undated
13 Correspondence, 1920s-1930s
14 B.Y.P.U. Annual Convention Programs, 1919-1921; 1923; 1927; 1944
15 Victory Union Program, 1921
16 First Baptist Church History, 1902-1913
17 The First Baptist Mid-Year Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1926 July
18 New Years Appreciation Banquet, 1928 January 3
19 B.T.S. Revival Committees, 1932 September 7-11
20 Correspondence of State B.T.S. (Baptist Theological Seminary) Convention, 1932, 1972
21 Church Activities, 1986-1987
22 Bulletins, Senior Adult Ministry, 1987-1989
23 Church Activities, 1988
24 Jay Strack Crusade, 1988
25 Children/Preschool Activities, 1989
26 Church Events, 1989
27 History of First Baptist Church, written 1882; List of early pastors, 1865-1905
28 Centennial Papers, 1972
29 Sources for History of First Baptist Church, circa 1972
30 First Things First Long-Range Goals, 1978
31 Church Minutes, 1890 April 13
32 Church Planning Committee Report, 1947 October 22
33 Application of E. K. Sams to Join First Baptist Church, 1962
34 Baptist Foundation of Texas Annual Report, 1980
35 Notes and Draft of And God Gave the Increase, circa 1972
Adult Sunday School Classes
This subseries collects the yearbooks and minutes of various adult Sunday School classes, including the Theta Beta Class, the T.E.L. Class, the Baraca Class, the Agoga Class, the Amoma Class, the Priscilla Class, and others.
The Theta Beta Class was organized in 1904 by Mrs. E. V. Hayden and Mr. M. W. Lowry. It started as a class for men and women, eventually became a class for married couples, and finally settled into a class for married women in 1915. The T.E.L. Class ("Timothy, Eunice, Lois") was organized in 1918 by Mrs. F. Ed Carroll, who also taught the class for over 25 years. The Baraca Class was organized in 1937 by R. C. Black and Lloy Frost. The class initiated a weekly visitation program, and also supported two or three ministerial students each year.
Box Folder
21 36 Baraca Class Minutes, 1937 July - 1940 March
37 Baraca Class Business Meeting Minutes, 1943-1947
38 Baraca Class Correspondence, 1960s
39 Baraca Class Minutes, 1942 July - November
40 Baraca Class Business Meeting Minutes, 1951-1953
41 Baraca Class Business Meeting Minutes, 1954-1964
42 Baraca Class Business Meeting Minutes, 1968-1983
Box Folder
22 1 Baraca Class History, 1937-1982
2 Baraca Class Outreach Papers
3 Baraca Class Rosters
4 Baraca Class Miscellaneous Papers, 1930s-1960s
5 Baraca Class Correspondence, 1980s
6 Baraca Class Members' Correspondence: Robert Killbuch[?] to L. E. Stagg, Jr., 1942 September
7 Baraca Class 45th Anniversary Reunion, 1982
8 Baraca Roundup, 1946 February 1 - 1947 July 30; 1947 October 29
9 Baraca Roundup, 1950; 1956-1963
10 Baraca Class Yearbook, 1982-1983; 1986-1987
11 T.E.L. Class Financial Statements, 1950 October - 1951 October
12 Theta Beta Class Handbook, 1908
13 Theta Beta Class History, 1904-1920
14 Theta Beta Class Scrapbook/Autograph Book, 1921
15 Theta Beta Class Record Book, circa 1931
16 Theta Beta Class Yearbook, 1959-1960
17 The Agoga Class, 1921, 1924
18 Baptist Bible Class "Blue Bonnet" Banquet, 1922 April 12
19 Cards and Newsletters, 1940s
20 Handbooks of Sunday School Classes
21 Alpha Theta Beta Standard Class certificate, 1963-1964
22 Class Books, 1969-1970
23 Esther Class, 1981-1994
24 Other Classes: Berean Class; Bonoth Class; Elisabeth Class; Hannathan Class; Sarah Class; Magdalene Class; Amoma Class; The Logos Class; Bethany Class; Volunteer Class
25 Class Officers, 1969-1970
26 Priscilla Class Yearbooks, 1960s
27 Priscilla Class Record Book, 1962-1963
28 Seekers Class, 1977-1981
29 The Agogan Publication, 1921
30 Magdalene Class Yearbook; Elisabeth Class Yearbook
31 Sodalitan Class Yearbooks, 1949-1960
Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Records
This subseries holds the general records of the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Of special interest are the records and reports of the Sunday School from 1919-1927, and A. C. Head's reports as education director of First Baptist, from 1940-1946.
Box Folder
23 1 Stationery of Sunday School during Pastorate of Dr. J. T. Early, 1918
2 Sunday School Records, 1919
3 Sunday School Records, 1920
4 Sunday School Records, 1921
5 Sunday School Records, 1922
6 Sunday School Records, 1923
7 Sunday School Records, 1924
8 Sunday School Records, 1925
9 Sunday School Records, 1926
10 Sunday School Records, 1927
11 Sunday School Annual, 1927
12 A. C. Head's Educational Director Reports, 1940-1943
13 A. C. Head's Educational Director Reports, 1944-1946
14 Booklets: "Presented to the Bible Class by Mrs. Pearlie Rogers," 1941; "Ministering Angels" by Pearle Rogers, 1963
15 Vacation Bible School, 1946-1947
16 Vacation Bible School Record Books, 1947-1949; 1951-1953
17 Vacation Bible School Record Books, 1954-1956; 1958-1959
18 Vacation Bible School Record Books, 1961-1962
19 Vacation Bible School Record Books, 1963-1965
20 Vacation Bible School, 1969
21 Vacation Bible School, Good Samaritan Mission, 1969
22 Vacation Bible School Record Book, 1970
23 Sunday School Papers
24 Associated Vacation Bible School Reports, 1965
25 January Bible Conference, 1969
Box Folder
24 1 Program Planning Council, 1974
2 New Member Orientation, 1972
3 "A Fresh Touch" Sunday School Outreach Ministry, 1980-1981
4 Training Booklet for Survey on Aging, 1977 April
5 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1968 October 6 - 1969 June 29
6 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1969 July 6 - 1970 June 28
7 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1971 October - 1972 September
8 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1972 October - 1973 September
9 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1973 October - 1974 September
10 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1974 October - 1975 September
11 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1975 October 5 - 1976 September 26
12 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1976 October 3 - 1977 September 25
13 Sunday School Attendance Logs, 1977 October 2 - 1978 September 24
14 Bible Study Programs
15 Sunday School Leadership, 1965-1966; 1968-1969
16 Correspondence, 1980-1981
17 Wednesday Activities, 1966-1967
18 Revivals, 1968-1969; 1980
19 Business Administrator Papers
20 Deaf Ministry, 1980
21 Staff Meeting Minutes, 1968
22 Requests for Church Letters, 1963-1970
23 Sunday School Awards, 1959-1964
24 Evangelism and Sunday School
25 Life and Work Sample Lessons
26 Newsletters, Sunday School, 1978-1981
27 Guides: "The Conservation of Childhood"; "The Standard of Excellence for Adult Bible Classes"; "Effective helps and suggestions for building and conducting Young People's and Adult Bible Classes"


Outreach and Evangelism

This series holds records related to First Baptist's outreach and evangelism efforts, and its relationships with other faith organizations. These include mission papers, special concert and theater production programs, publicity posters and announcements, awards from Baptist organizations, and records of the Southeast Texas Baptist Association from the 1930s. It also holds correspondence from Pastor J. H. Pace.
Box Folder
25 1 Newspaper clippings on First Baptist Church, 1970s-1980s
2 "Beaumont's Elder Churches" Newspaper Series, 1973
3 Deaf Ministry, 1970-1978
4 Deaf Ministry Papers, 1970s
5 Monthly Reports of Jerry Don Jamison, Deaf Ministry Intern, 1979-1980
6 FBC Promotional Materials, 1990s
7 Awards, 1991, 1993
8 Commendation from Baptist General Convention of Texas, 1997-1998
9 First Baptist Christian Academy Task Force, circa 1993
10 T. A. Patterson's writings on the candidacy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy for president, circa 1960
11 Music Ministry, 1947-1990s
12 Plays and Skits
13 The Historical Pageant play, 1943 December 10
14 Programs and Outreach
15 Southeast Texas Women's Conference, 1998
16 Diamond Anniversary of First Baptist Church of Lubbock, Texas, 1966
17 Bulletin: "First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, Texas, Observes Fifth Anniversary of Dr. Eastham as Pastor," 1941 October 19
18 Promotional Materials for Missions
19 "This Nation Under God": A Sermon by B. Locke Davis, 1960
20 Texas Baptist Family Album, 1885-1985
21-22 Newspaper Clippings (2 folders
23 Jefferson Theater
24 Correspondence
25 Newspaper Clippings about Youth Revival with Bailey Stone and Frank Boggs, undated
26 Church Audiovisual Education Plan
Box Folder
26 1 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, 1933-1934
2 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, Uniform Associational Letters, 1933-1934
3 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, 1934-1935
4 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, Uniform Associational Letters, 1935
5 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, 49th Annual Session Programs, 1935 September 11-12
6 Southeast Texas Baptist Association Session Programs, 1889, 1891, 1934, 1942, 1943
7 Southeast Texas Baptist Association, 1966-1967
8 Correspondence Sent to A. C. Head, 1933-1934
9 Finance Committee Meeting Minutes, 1947
10 Requests for Church Letters, A-F, 1943-1944
11 Requests for Church Letters, G-M, 1943-1944
12 Requests for Church Letters, N-Z, 1943-1944
13 Members Dropped from Sunday School, 1932
14 Sunday School Comparison Sheets, 1929-1931
15 Members Joining First Baptist Church, 1929-1932
16 General Organization of the Baptist Young People's Union (B.Y.P.U.), undated
17 B.Y.P.U. Monthly Reports, 1928
18 Financial Secretary's Reports, 1931, 1939
19 Correspondence from J. H. Pace to Recipients A-G, 1928
20 Correspondence from J. H. Pace to Recipients H-Z, 1928



This series holds records related to the administration of First Baptist. It includes the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Deacons, financial reports, papers from fundraising campaigns, budgets, deeds, insurance records, mortgage papers, and tax receipts. Box 28 contains ledger books from various church organizations, which were placed in one box due to their similar size and weight.
Box Folder
27 1 Minutes of the Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1942 January - 1944 December
2 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1945-1947
3 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1948-1950
4 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1951-1953
5 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1954-1955
6 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1956-1957
7 Minutes of Meetings of Board of Deacons, 1958-1959
8 Minutes of Financial Secretary, A. C. Head, 1925-1929
9 Minutes of Financial Secretary, A. C. Head, 1930-1934
10 Minutes of Financial Secretary, A. C. Head, 1935-1939
11 Financial Reports, 1949
12 Financial Reports, 1950
13 Guestbook, with brown cover, for unidentified event(s), undated
14 Guestbook for Heritage Room (white cover), 1972-1981
Box Folder
28 1 Women's Missionary Society Minutes, 1929 October - 1930 September
2 "Records kept by Publicity Chairman of the Woman's Auxiliary of the First Baptist Church of Beaumont, Texas for year 1931-1932"
3 General B.Y.P.U. Secretary's Record Book, 1932
4 General B.Y.P.U. Secretary's Record Book, 1934
5 Baptist Training Union General Secretary's Record Book, 1936
6 Budget Ledger, 1949-1951
7 Check Register, 1960-1962
8 Application Lists from Churches across Southeast Texas, undated
9 Keith Class Record Book, 1952-1959
10 Record book of unknown organization, 1945
Fundraising Campaigns and Expenditures
Box Folder
29 1 Christian Heritage Academy
2 Church Correspondence
3 Together We Build Steering Committee, 1976
4 Together We Build - Miscellaneous Papers, 1976
5 Together We Build Spiritual Emphasis Committee
6 Together We Build Promotion Committee
7 Together We Build Evaluation Meeting, 1976 January 22
8 Together We Build Campaign Secretary
9 Together We Build Newspaper and Brochure Copy
10-11 Together We Build Newsletter Drafts
12 Together We Build Canvass Committee
13 Together We Build Correspondence, 1976
14 Together We Build Banquet Committee
15-16 Together We Build Telephone Campaign for Banquet (2 folders)
17 Bold Believers in Giving, 1972; Bold Venture Treasure Map, 1979
18 "First Things First: Forging the Future" Final Report, 1974 May 15
19 New Horizons Building Campaign brochure, 1950
20 Upon This Rock Campaign, 1987
21 Baptist Hospitals Living Memorials and Designated Gifts Campaign, undated
22 W. M. Montgomery's File on Long-Range Planning Committee, 1960-1963
23 E. F. McGonegel's File on Long-Range Planning Committee, 1963
24 Administrative Records
25 Administrative Records, 1986-1987
26 Record of Loan of Archival Materials to Tyrrell Historical Library, 1997
27 Weekly Calendar, 1968 June - 1970 September
28 Church Calendar Material for 1968-1969
29 Church Calendar, 1969-1971
30 Calendars and Plans, 1969-1970
Budgets and Property Records
Box Folder
30 1 Auditors' Report, 1938 December 31
2 Budget, 1934
3 Finance Committee, 1948-1949
4 Budget Reports, 1951
5 Budget, 1961-1962
6 Budget, 1963-1967
7 Budget, 1968
8 Budget, 1969
9-12 Budget (4 folders), 1970
13 Budget, 1971-1972
14 Budgets and Reports, 1980-1989
15 Budget, 1982, 1989
16 Budget, 1991
17 Safe Deposit Box, 1985
18 Civil Engineering Sketch of First Baptist Church Property, 1924 November 15
19 Building Fund Report, 1925
20 Land Purchase, 1949
21 Construction of Annex, 1950
22 Building and Grounds
23 Building Expansions
24 Equipment Contracts, 1950-1960s
25 Contractor Estimates, 1961
26 Installation of Bowling Alley, 1961
27 Sanctuary Remodeling, 1963-1966
28 Lien Note from First Baptist Church to Howard Gardner, 1965 June 9
29 Building Reports, 1966
30 Renovation Plans, 1977
31 FBC Property
32 FBC Mortgage, 1929
33 FBC Mortgage, 1970
34 Loan from First Security National Bank, 1970 September 23
35 Insurance Policies, 1969
36 Contracts regarding Stackhouse property on Grand Avenue, 1923-1929
37 Sale of Property in Oakwood Addition, to Highland Avenue Baptist Church, 1952 December
38 H. D. Laughlin Property, 1974
39 Parking Lot Contract, 1964, 1971
40 Specifications for Alterations to FBC, 1975 August 1
41 Sale of House in Lots 10 and 11 in Block No. 4A, 1984
42 Renovation Plans for First Baptist Church and Capital Improvements Campaign, 1998
43 Appraisal of 3810 Major Drive, Beaumont, 2000
44 Market Analysis of FBC Property, circa 2000s
Box Folder
31 1 Warranty Deed for Property for Methodist-Episcopal/Baptist Church, 1876 November 14
2 Warranty Deed, 1887
3 Warranty Deed, R. H. and Rosalia Leonard to G. W. Carroll et al, Forsythe Street Property, 1887 April 12
4 Warranty Deed, Forsythe and Pearl Street Property, 1887 July 19
5 Warranty Deed: Carroll, Smith, and Higgins to Trustees of First Baptist Church, 1887 December 26
6 Quit Claim Deed, from Leonard, Levy, and Solinsky, to Carroll, Smith, and Higgins; Forsythe Street Property, 1888 April 13
7 Warranty Deed, Forsythe Street Property, 1888 July 10
8 Warranty Deed, 1888 August 1
9 Warranty Deed, Buford Street Property, 1899 September 26
10 Warranty Deed, J. A. Bellar and Wife to G. W. Carroll, 1902 October 8
11 Lien Note, George C. O'Brien to F. W. Steinman, 1911 March 11
12 Warranty Deed, Beaumont Land & Building Co. to B. S. Sheffield, 1911 August 14
13 Tax Receipts for Irma Avenue Property, 1913
14 Abstract for Sale of Smyth Lot, 1913 February 21
15 Deed of Trust, F. W. Steinman et ux to First Baptist Church, 1913 May 31; Note with Vendor's Lien, 1913 May 31; Tax Notice, 1913 June 2
16 Building Committee Minutes, 1915
17 Correspondence on Jersey Farm Addition Property, 1915
18 Release of Lien, Kate R. Townes to First Baptist Church, 1915 May 9
19 Release of Lien, Julia Burnett to F. W. Steinman, 1915 May 17
20 Deed of Trust, First Baptist Church to R. E. Hardwicke, Jersey Farm Addition Property, 1915 May 31; Loan Notice, 1915 May 31; Extensions of Liens, 1917, 1918; Release of Deed of Trust, 1919 April 3
21 Paving Contract, 1916 February 16
22 County Clerk Recording Fees, 1918-1919
23 Paving Forsythe Street Contracts, 1920
24 Resolutions of Building Committee, circa 1920
25 Notes Given as Security, 1921
26 Riverside Property Sale, 1921 April 1
27 Papers on Oakland Addition Property, 1921, 1935, 1949
28 Furniture Contracts, 1925
29 Warranty Deed, B. S. Sheffield to R. E. Smith, West Oakland Addition Property, 1925 June 26
30 Tax records, 1925, 1949
31 Organ Bids and Contract, 1928-1929; 1933
32 Property Deed, Mississippi Valley Trust Company to First Baptist Church, 1928 October 1
33 South End Full Gospel Church Papers (Land Sale), 1931-1932
34 Statement of Exempt Property, 1932
35 Warranty Deed, R. E. Smith to F. E. Carroll, West Oakland Property, 1934 August 10
36 Release of Lien, Oakwood Realty Company to First Baptist Church, 1935 June 22
37 Trustees of First Baptist Church, 1913-1941
38 Affidavit Attesting to Heirs of Walter A. Ives, Given by Mrs. J. Frank Keith, 1947 May 29
39 Gas Contracts, 1947, 1952
40 Warranty Deed, F. E. Carroll to Rodney and Martha Phills, 1949 September 20
41 Right-of-Way Agreement with Lower Neches Valley Authority, 1949
42-43 Papers on Van Wormer Addition, Lot 41, Block 12 (2 folders)
44 Loans from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
45 Deed, Abner and Bertha Mullen to First Baptist Church, 1953 August 8
46 Demand Note from Highlands Baptist Church of Farmington, New Mexico, 1958 November 3
47 Loan from First Security National Bank, 1977 September 26
48 Tax Receipts, 1979


Photographs, 1910s-2000s

This series holds photographs and slides documenting First Baptist's vibrant community life. The photographs are divided into seven subseries: Church Groups; Individuals; Special Events; Buildings, Equipment, and Beaumont; the Lewie H. Miller Collection; Miscellaneous Photos; and Slides. The photographs range in date from the 1910s to the 2000s. Many of the photographs from the 1960s and 1970s are in slide format.
Church Groups
Box Folder
32 1 First Baptist Church Activity Photos, circa 1970s
2 Women Group Photos, circa 1960s
3 Baptist Missionary Group Photo, circa 1970s
4 FBC Adult Group Photos
5 FBC Activities Photos, circa early 1990s
6 FBC Activities Photos
7 FBC Activities Photos
8 FBC Activities Photos
9 Baptist Missionary Photos
10 FBC Adult Group Photos
11 West Brook High School Religious Gathering Photos
12 Baraca Class Photos
13 Baraca Class Photos
14 Baraca Class Picnic and Clyde Black Photo
15 Church Group Photos, 1930s-1940s
16 Sunday School Photos, 1980
17 FBC Activities Photos
18 Church Groups, 1950s-1960s
19 Church Groups and Activities, 1970s
20 T.E.L. Class Photo, 1924
21 T.E.L. Class Photo, and Fannie Burnett Photo, 1956
22 Theta Beta Class Photos
23 Pearlie Rogers Photo and Pearlie Rogers Bible Class Photo
24 Rehearsal Class Photo, 1906
25 Native American Costume Group Photo
26 Templo Bautista Photos
27 FBC Basketball Team Photos
28 Texas Baptist Disaster Service Truck Photo
29 Photo of church members at dining bar
30 Photos of Church Maintenance Staff
31 Clerical Staff Photos
32 FBC Sunday School Teacher Photos
33 Photo of FBC Congregation Seated in Church
34 Photo of Staff Meeting with Pastor Jaroy Weber
35 BPS Members at Tape Recorder Photo
36 FBC Staff Photos
37 Criterion BYPU Photo, 1924 April 27
38 FBC Gathering Photos
39 FBC Gathering Photos, including the Theta Beta Class, circa 1940s
40 "The Three J's and a Flat E" Quartet, with Jim, Jimmie, James, and Ed (Bowles)
41 Reverend Dallas Bivins and Church Staff Photo
42 Photo of Youth Sports Award
43 Photos of Nursery School
44 Photos of Sunday School
45 Photos of Sunday School
46 Photos of Sunday School
47 Photos of Sunday School
48 Photos of Youth Activities
49 Photos of Youth Activities
50 Photos of Youth Sports
51 Photos of Youth Activities
52 Photos of Adult Group
53 Photos of Planning Committee
54 Photos of African-American Church Activities
55 BPC Assorted Photos
56-59 Baptist and Methodist Joint Meeting Photos (4 folders), 1970s
60 Youth Activities Photos
61 FBC Youth Group Photos
Box Folder
33 1 Sunday School Classes Photos
2 Nursery School Photos
3 Youth Week Photos, 1966
4 FBC Members Photos
5 Sunday School Pupils Photos
6 Children and Youth Activities Photos
7 After Game Fellowship "Scarey [sic] Movie" Negatives
8 Staff Photos
9 Clerical Staff Photos
10 Assorted Photos
11 Assorted Photos
12 Sunday School Photos
13 Junior Board Photos
14 Greeters Photos
15 Graduation Photos
16 Deaf Ministry Photos
17 Deacons Photos
18 Kitchen Photos
19 Historical Committee
20 Chapel Church Photos
21 Staff Photos
22 Activities Photographs
23 Worship Services Photos
24 Training Photos
25 Templo Bautista Photos
26 Bus Ministry Photos, 1970s
27 Sunday School Classes; Chapel and Auditorium Photos
28 FBC Event Photos
29 Beaumont City Council Meeting Photos
30 FBC Members Photos
31 Sunday School Photos
32 Youth Gathering Photos
33 Youth Activities Photos
34 Youth Group Photos
35 Food Drive Event Photos
36 Adult Outdoor Outings Photos
37 Staff Photos
38 Sunday Service Event Photos
39 Assorted Photos
40 Trophy Winners, District 3 Olympics, 1960
41 Photo of FBC Members
42 Church Staff, 1956
43 Church Staff, 1960
44 Second Place Crusader Tug-o-War Team, R.A. Olympics, 1964
45 TAAF Region 1 Champs, 1963
46 Church Group, at Grey Stone Church[?], circa 1910s
47 Church Activities, circa 2000
48 Photo of Kitchen Staff, circa 1960s
49 Pastor Ed Bowles and FBC Staff Photos, circa 1971-1985
50 Youth Activities Photos, circa 1990-1996
51 Civic Involvement Photos, circa 1990-1996
52 Adult Bible Study Group Photo
53 FBC Various Meetings Photos
54 FBC Dinner Meeting Photo
55 FBC Adult Women's Group Photo, 1956 June
56 FBC Members Photos
57 T.E.L. Class Printed Information Photo
58 FBC Sunday School Photos
Box Folder
34 1 Photos of Church Groups and Sunday School/Nursery
2 FBC Clergy Photo
3 FBC Congregation Photo, 1960s
4 Royal Ambassadors Olympics Opening Ceremonies Photo
5 Royal Ambassadors Leaders Photo
6 Royal Ambassadors Olympics 50 Yard Dash Photo
7 Royal Ambassadors Basketball Team Photo, 1960
8 Royal Ambassadors Baseball Team Photo, 1961
9 Royal Ambassadors Basketball Team Photo, 1964
10 Royal Ambassadors Basketball Team Photo, 1965
11 Deacons Basketball Team, 1961
12 Crusaders Basketball Team Photo, 1965
13 FBC Basketball Team Photo
14 Royal Ambassadors Fishing Derby Photo, 1960
15 FBC Regional Champs Baseball Team, 1961
16 FBC Baseball Team Champs Photo, 1964
17 Junior Girls Gymnastics Team Photo, 1961
18 Summer Tennis Classes Photo, 1961
19 FBC Youth Entertainment Gathering, 1960s
20 Junior Day Camp "Ponderosa" Photos, 1963
21 Junior's Indian "Pow-wow" Banquet, 1960 December
22 Day Camp Beginner-Primaries "Nature Hike" Photo
23 Youth Activities Committee and Staff Photo, 1961 March
24 Speaker at Youth Activities Event, 1960s
25 Accent on Youth photo, 1950s
26 Photo of Women - the Theta Beta Class[?], 1910s
27 Photos from Jim Wilson's Pastorate, 1986-1989
28 Photos of Baptist Church in Moscow, Russia, taken by Lady Clare Summerville, 1975
29 B.Y.P.U. Palacios Camp Photos and Button, 1920s
30-32 Photos of Church Members (3 folders), 1920s
33 Group Photo, Baptist Bible Institute, 1920
Box Folder
34 34 Portrait Photos of Individual Church Women, circa 1920s
35 FBC Couples Photos, circa 1920s
36 C. P. Clements, age 24
37 FBC Directory Proofs
38 FBC Directory Proofs
39 Locke Davis Photo, 1923
40 Reverend G. B. Rogers Photo, Pastor, 1891 September - 1893 November
41 Family Portrait of the Gobers, early 1900s
42 George W. Carroll Family Photo
43 George W. Carroll Photo
44 FBC Early Members Photo - Mrs. T. S. Long and Mrs. F. L. (Sarah) Carroll, late 1890s
45 Photo of man in kitchen with sandwich; Photo of group of women with man and pitcher
46 Reverend R. P. Davant and Family; pastor 1886 January - 1887 September
47 Reverend R. P. Davant and Family; pastor 1886 January - 1887 September
48 Photo of Reverend R. P. Davant
49 Photo of Reverend John Allen Smart, pastor; Photo taken by Bernard Way, circa 1894-1901
50 Photo of G. B. Butler, pastor 1912-1917
51 Photo of F. L. Carroll
52 Photo of Major W. E. Penn
53 Photo of E. B. Bell and wife[?]
54 Photos of Dr. Julian H. Pace
55 Photo of Fred Eastham, circa 1920
56 Photo of Earl Mear[?] [Mead?]
57 Photo of Couple
58 Reverend Julian H. Pace and George W. Carroll with Church Members (photocopy of original)
59 George W. Carroll (photocopy of original)
60 John L. Keith photo
61 John Matthews (Music Minister) and Family Photo
62 Jimmie Sheffield (Pastor) and Family Photo
63 Photo of Mrs. Weldon Webb, Church Pianist and Organist
64 Photo of Mary Windham Kinard, Church Librarian
65 Photo of pastor and another man
66 Photo of unknown woman
67 First Baptist Church Pastors Photos
68 Photo of Man in Canoe
69 Photo of Woman Seated in Chair
70 Photo of Jimmie Sheffield and Family
71 Photo of Dr. Bowles and Family
72 Church Family Photos
73 Photo of Pollye and Jim Fairchild, assistant to the pastor
74 Photos of R. "Chip" Turner, Sandy, and Chris
75 R. C. Black and Family Photo
76 Portrait of young woman, circa 1920s
77 Photo of Oleta Holmes and Melvin Bradley, Minister of Education
78 Oleta Holmes and Oliver Beall Photo
79 Reverend and Mrs. Oliver Beall Photo
80 Reverend and Mrs. Oliver Beall Going Away Party Photo
81 Photo of Mrs. R. D. Wilcox, Church Organist, 1972
82 Ronald Wells Family Photo and Special Music Event Photo
83 Dr. and Mrs. John Wright, Interim Pastor, 1971
84 Photo of Frank Marshall, Minister of Music
85 Robert Shaddock and James C. Fairchild Photos
86 Photo of John L. Keith
87 Photo of Marjorie and Ed Carroll at Valentine Banquet, 1955 February 11
88 Photos of Reverend Jaroy Weber
89 Photo of Reverend Dallas C. Bivins and Family
90 Photo of Reverend Dallas C. Bivins and Church Staff
91 Photo of God and Country Award, presented by Oliver Beall
92 Photo of Elmin K. Howell, Jr., and Family
93 Photo of Don Mattingly (Youth Director) and Bride, circa 1960s
94 Photo of Robert Shaddock, Educational Director
95 Photo of Cliff Baker Family
96 Photo of T. D. McCulloch, Minister of Education
97 Photo of Mrs. Evans
98 Photo of Unidentified Man
99 FBC Member Photos
100 Mrs. Keith's Car Photos
101 Family Photos of Children
102 Pearlie Rogers Photos
103 Dr. Bowles Photos
Box Folder
35 1 Photo of John Bewley
2 Photo of John Bewley
3 Church Library: Mary Kinard at vertical file; Margaret Bell and Lena Hagan at table
4 Dickey Dunn, Turingtine, Kennedy
5 Mack Nichols; Beverly Walker
6 Wilcox, Gibson, Hatton
7 Wright and King with preschool class
8 Royal Ambassadors Banquet
9 Photos of Earl Tucker
10 Mrs. Alice J. Bell[?]
11 L. E. Stagg, Jr., 1972
12 Former Pastors Photographs
Special Events
Box Folder
35 13 Seven Last Words rehearsal photos, 1978 March 25
14 Children's Spring Music Festival Photos, 1973 May 23
15 Celebrate Life Choir Photos, 1973 August 24-25
16 SBC Youth Choir Festival Photos, Glorieta, New Mexico, 1974
17 Christmas Choir Photos, 1981
18 SBC Youth Activities Photos
19 Dinner Banquet Photos, 1959 February 13
20 Christmas Event Photos, circa 1960s
21 FBC Adult Events Photos, 1981
22 Photo of FBC Trip to Shepherd of the Hills, Branson, Missouri, 1993 December
23 Colorado Youth Ski Trip
24 Falls Creek Youth Trip, 1985
25 Youth Beach Trip Photos, 1970s
26 First Baptist Churches Photos
27 FBC Check Payment Photos
28 FBC Youth Swimmers Event Photos
29 Youth Summer Camp Photos
30 Church Summer Outing Photos
31 Fishing Trip Photos, circa 1970s
32 Church Services; Choir; Banquet
33 Church Services Photos
34 FBC Youth Choir Photo, 1985
35 FBC Youth Activities Photos
36 Photos of Theater Play
37 FBC Choir and Music Photos
38 BPC Special Ceremony Photos
39 FBC Special Ceremony Photos
40 FBC Christmas Event Photo
41 Veterans Museum Exhibit Photos, July 4
42 FBC Youth Theater Play Photos
43 Highland Lakes Youth Camp Photos, 1966 June
44 FBC Christmas Event Photos
45 Brad Club Event Photos
46 FBC Assorted Photos
47 Youth Retreat at Wildwood Photos
48 Hamburger Fry Party at Mrs. Donna Thomason's House, circa 1970s
49 Forty Days of Purpose Event Photos
50 Forty Days of Purpose Event Photos
51 Youth Trip to Ridgecrest, North Carolina, 1956
52 Church Trip, 1982 July 9
Box Folder
36 1 4th of July Celebration Photos, circa 1990-1996
2 Beaumont Passion Play Photos, circa 1990-1996
3 West End Ground Breaking Photos, circa 1990-1996
4 Hee-Haw Musical Program Photos, circa 1990-1996
5 Living Christmas Tree Photos
6 Choir Photos
7 FBC Pulpit and Choir Photos
8 Church Activities, 1980s
9 FBC Family and Member Photos
10 FBC Homecoming Event Photos
11 FBC Food Drive Event Photos
12 FBC Choir Photos
13 Event Speakers Photos
14 The Passion of Christ Theater Play Photos
15 FBC Christmas Music Event Photos
16 FBC Music Event Photos
17 Groups of Singers Photos
18 FBC Special Music Event Photos
19 Valentine Event Photos
20 Mobil/Target Music Concert Photos
21 FBC Event Photos
22 Veteran Museum Event Photos
23 Veteran Museum Event Photos
24 Veteran Museum Event Photos
25 FBC Monthly Birthday Events Photos
26 FBC 125th Year Celebration Photos
27 FBC Mission Event Photos
28 FBC Women's Conference Photos
29 FBC Women's Conference Photos
30 FBC Country Theater Play Event Photos
31 FBC Special Event Photos
32 FBC Youth Choir Photos
33 FBC 4th of July Outdoor Events Photos
34 FBC Celebration Event Photos
35 Baptismal Event Photos
36 Senior Adult Bluebonnet Tour Photos, 1989 April
37 Missions Photos
38 Outreach Photos
39 Servicemen Prayer Lift Photos
40 Family Life Conference Photos
41 Choir Photos
42-43 Passion of the Christ Photos (2 folders), 1990s
Box Folder
37 1-6 Passion of the Christ Photos (6 folders), 1990s
7 Church Events and Baptisms
8 Christmas Programs
9 Youth Activities, circa 1995
10 Walk the Walk Summer Camp, 1992
11 Photos of New Members, 1980
12 Photos of New Members, 1982
13 Photos of New Members, 1983
14 Photos of New Members, 1984
15 Photos of New Members, 1985
16 Photos of New Members, 1987 and undated
17 FBC Missionary Event Photos
Buildings, Equipment, and Beaumont
Box Folder
37 18 First Baptist Churches photos
19 Photo of Castle and Angels Figurines
20 Church Historic Marker Photo
21 Photo panel of buildings used by FBC
22 Photos of FBC Exterior, Broadway Street
23 Horsemen on Pearl Street with First Baptist Red Brick Church in background, circa 1887-1903
24 Photo of FBC Activities Building
25 Fig Grove Photo, 1914
26 New Television Equipment, circa 1970s
27 FBC Renovation Photos, 1987 November
28 FBC Buildings Photos
29 Sketch of Little Frame Church, circa 1872
30 Library Photos
31 Church Building Photos
32 Residential Home Exterior Photos
33 Check Payment Photos
34 Port of Beaumont, 1941
35 First Baptist Exterior and Interior Building Photos
36 Church Auditorium Renovation Photo
37 Church Auditorium Photo
38 Reception Table Photo
39 First Baptist Church Postcard, 1908
40 FBC Negatives
41 Photo Proofs and Film
42 Pages from And God Gave the Increase (photos)
43 Aerial Photos of Downtown Beaumont and First Baptist Church, 1950s
44 Captions for historical photos (photos not in folder)
Lewie H. Miller Donations
This subseries holds photographs and accompanying materials donated by Lewie H. Miller, a descendant of Dr. Porter, an assistant pastor at First Baptist.
Box Folder
38 1 Letter from Lewie H. Miller to Sandy Sandlin, 1994 June 4
2 Framed photograph of Dr. Porter, Assistant Pastor
3 The Ministry of the Spirit, by A. J. Gordon, 1896
4 Directory of First Baptist Church Members, circa 1914-1915
5 Baptist Publications: "Tithes and Offerings"; "The Department of Evangelism'
6 Photographs, circa 1914-1915
7 Rolled Photograph: Baraca Philathea Convention, Waco, Texas, 1913
8 Rolled Photograph: Unidentified Group Photo
Miscellaneous Photographs
This subseries holds rolled panoramic photographs of Bible classes from the early 1920s. It also holds photographs that were found placed together in one box, likely by Marjorie Carroll. The original order of these photographs was maintained as much as possible by keeping them together.
Box Folder
39 1 Secretary Gardner's Bible Class, at Palacios, Texas, 1922 July
2 The Junior Department, First Baptist Church, 1920s
3 Women's Bible Class at Keith Park, 1920s
4 Theta Beta Class, 1924
Box Folder
40 1 Church Members, 1970s
2 Church Events; Mision Bautista
3 Church Gathering, 1970s
4 Church Activities, 1970s
5 Dinner Banquet, 1970s
6 Renovation Photos, 1970s
7 JWB Committees
8 Banquet, 1970s
9 Music Ministry, 1970s
10 Sunday School Photos, 1970s
11 Church Activities, 1970s
12 Worship Services, 1970s
13 Wild Game Dinner, 1976
14 Renovations, 1970s
15 Broadcasting Department, 1970s
16 Wednesday Meal, 1970s
17 High School Seniors Pictures, 1976
18 People Exiting Church Outside Front of Building, 1970s
19 Photos from Ed Bowles' Last Day as Pastor, 1985 January 27
20 Historical Marker Dedication Photos
21 Church Service, 1970s
22 Church Activities, 1950s
23 Centennial Photos, 1972
24 Choir Photos, from John Matthews, 1950s
25 Banquet Photos, 1970s
26 Brazil Trip Photos, 1970s
27 And God Gave the Increase History Book Photos
28 Centennial Photos, 1972
29 Youth Group, 1950s
30 Sunday School and Missions Photos
31 Christmas Service Photos, 1970s
32 Women's Group Party, 1980s
33 Photos of the Presentation of And God Gave the Increase, 1972
34 Church Event/Open House, 1980s
35 Building Committee, 1920s
36 Exterior of Front of First Baptist Church, 1990s
Second Floor Display Cases
This subseries holds photographs that were kept on display on the second floor of First Baptist, just outside the doors to their auditorium. It also includes a few important historical documents that were on display.
Box Folder
40 39 Photo of Groundbreaking for Willow-Broadway Church, 1924
40 Photo of L. S. Hatch, caretaker, standing next to organ in grey stone church, 1917
41 Photo of red brick church, circa 1887-1902
42 Sketch of frame church, circa 1872
43 Photo of grey stone church, 1906
44 Centennial Program, 1972
45 Photo of church members in front of Grey Stone Church, undated
46 Photo of Congregation Leaving after Service, 1956 November 18
47 Dedication Sunday Program, 1988 January 31
48 Photo of Mrs. J. H. Rachford, circa 1890
49 Letter from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to M. F. Goodnight, 1937 November 5
50 Photo of J. Earl Mead Class, 1920s
51 Photo of coach instructing boys in baseball, 1950s
52 Photo of young people at party, 1950s
53 Photo of hayride, 1959 December 22
54 Photo of children in gym
55 Photo of people bowling
56 Photo of couples roller skating
57 Photos of B.Y.P.U. swimming and at baseball game, 1920
58 Photo of teenagers at party
59 Photocopy of photo of Activities Building, 1959
60 Photo of women eating watermelon, 1950s
61 Inner City Worship Mission photo
62 FBC Hispanic Sunday School Mission photo
63 Internationals Conversation Class Mission Photo
64 ESL Teachers, Mission Photo
65 Group Gathering, Mission Photo
66 Local Mission Photos
67 International Missions Photos
68 Italian Mission and Mexican Mission Photos
69 Missionary Leaders Photo
70 Photo of Grace, Pastor Chen's Daughter
71 Deaf Chapel Photo
72 Deaf Ministry Photo
73 Worship Leaders Choir Photo
74 First Baptist Church Choir Photo
75 Children's Choir Photo
76 Chinese Musicians Photo
77 Junior Choir Photo
78 Organist Photos
79 Choir Pageantry Photos
80 Choir Members Photo, 1960
81 Sunday School Class Photo
82 Sunday School Class Photo
83 Preschool Sunday School Class Photos
84 Youth Group Special Event Photos
85 Sunday School Class Photo
86 Sunday School Youth Gathering Photo
87 Framed photo: The Pioneer Basketball Team, with Dr. Chuck Kelley, future President of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1965
88 Framed photo: Dr. and Mrs. Weber at Bowling Lanes Dedication, 1961 July
89 Framed photo: The Best Agers Fishing Trip/Retreat
90 Photos of Second Floor Display Cases (taken by Tyrrell Historical Library staff for reference), 2013 February
Box Folder
41 1 Ski Trip, 1989 March
2 Reconstruction, 1976 February
3 Live It Up Summer Camp, Panama City Beach, 1989 June 5
4 World Missions Banquet, 1974
5 Senior Trip to Panama City Beach, Florida, 1984
6 Second Annual Youth Camp, 1967
7 Box labeled "Grady"
8 Lakeside PCB (Panama City Beach) - 3 boxes, undated
9 Reconstruction (at least 15 boxes), 1976
10 Toledo Bend, 1973 July
11 Highland Lakes
12 Glorieta, New Mexico Trip
13 Y. L. (Youth League?) Ski Trip, 1980
14 Summer Camp (2 boxes), 1993
15 World Changers (2 boxes), 1993
16 Ski Trip, 1985
17 Wolf Creek Ski Resort, Pagosa Spring, Colorado (2 boxes), 1983 October
18 Camp, 1995
19 Ski Trip for Youth, Wolf Creek, 1983 December
20 Sunday School Classes and Members, 1976
21 Breckinridge Ski Resort Trip
22 Retreat at Sky Ranch; Dallas Cowboys Game
23 Children's Department
24 Vacation Slides, 1983 September
25 Panama City Beach Camps
26 Sunday School Classes, Choir Pictures, 1965


Oversized Items

This series holds oversized items that require special storage. Such items include photographs, certificates, newspapers, and scrapbooks.
Oversized Photos
Box Folder
42 1 Photocopy of photo of man standing at pulpit in grey stone church
2 Sketch of Frank L. Carroll
3 Photograph of the Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Carroll Family
4 Duplicate of Photograph of the Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Carroll Family
5 Photo of Group of Men (Fellowship Class?)
6 Photo print of the Eastern Texas Electric Company's Interurban Railway Station on Liberty Avenue, circa 1917
7 Photo of men's choir, 1950s
8 Photo of early church members at grey stone church, circa 1910s
9 Newspaper article on George W. Carroll, written by Penny Clark, circa 2002
10 Photo of congregation at 125th Anniversary, 1997
11 Final Payments for Church Renovations, 1974, 1990
12 First Baptist Child Development Center Photo Collage, 1984 September
Box Folder
43 1 Photo of the Living Christmas Tree, 1980s
2 Photo of Tyrrell Historical Library with National Historical Landmark banner at door
3 Baraca Class Photo, 1970 August 2
4 Baraca Class Photo, 1930s
5 Baraca Class Photo, 1950s
6 Baraca Class Photo, 1968
7 Baraca Class Photo (photocopy)
8 Baraca Class Photo, 1996
9 Baraca Class Photo, 2002 December 13
10 Jehu Frank Keith Photo
11 F. Ed Carroll Photo
12 Mrs. F. Ed Carroll Photo
13 Alice Carroll Keith Photo
14 John L. Keith Photo
15 Photo of Ed B. Bowles
16 Photograph of Congregation on 125th Anniversary
17 Artist's Sketch of First Baptist Church during Pastorate of Reverend G. W. McCall
61 Portraits of John L. Keith and Ida Long Keith
Oversized Certificates and Newspapers
Box Folder
44 1 Enrollment Certificate for the Friendship Bible Class, 1932 March 29
2 Certificate of Promotion to the Intermediate Department, granted to Nellie Lee Bell, 1924 September 28
3 Broadcasters Class Enrollment Certificate, 1932 December 22
4 Certificate of Promotion; Daily Vacation Bible School Certificate, granted to Ethel Weesner, 1928, 1930
5 B.Y.P.U. Training Course Diploma, granted to Edgar Carroll, 1924 March 25
6 Certificate for Promotion to Young People's Department, 1934
7 Certificates of Promotion in Sunday School, awarded to the Bain Family, 1932-1938
8 B.Y.P.U. Training Course Diploma, granted to Nellie Lee Bell, 1920 July 27
9 Certificate of Promotion to Intermediate Department of First Baptist Church Sunday School, 1931 September 27
10 Convention Normal Course Diploma, given to F. E. Carroll, for becoming a King's Teacher, 1921 March 26
11 Hope Class Sunday School certificate, 1962-1964
12 Hope Class Stewardship Achievement Award, 1964
13 Southern Baptist Convention Adult Bible Class Certificate of Registration, 1918 July 5
Box Folder
45 1 Newspapers on: Ed Bowles; the Tyrrell Historical Library; Texas Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers helping victims of flooding in Bevil Oaks and Pinewood; Spindletop Museum and anniversaries; Articles on other Christian denominations; "50 Years of South Park High School Football, 1915-1965"
2 Sunday School Board Standard Diplomas, declaring the recipients to be King's Teachers, awarded 1913-1936
3 Standard Adult Class certificate, awarded to Theta Beta Class, 1959-1960; 1961-1962
4 Sketch of [Ed Bowles?]' pulpit at front of First Baptist Church, undated
Box Folder
46 1 Newspaper article on Charles S. Kelley's Inauguration as President of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997
2 Newspaper Clippings on First Baptist Church Members, 1970s-1980s
3 Centennial Edition of Beaumont Enterprise-Journal, 1971 October 1
4 Newspaper Clippings on Pastor Ed B. Bowles, circa 1971-1985
5 Newspaper Clippings on First Baptist Church's Move to Willow/Broadway Location, circa 1925
6 Centennial Newspapers, 1972
7 Newspaper Clippings on First Baptist Church Leaders
8 Newspaper Clippings on First Baptist Church Members
9 Newspaper Clippings on George W. Carroll, Spindletop, and Early Beaumont
10 Newspaper Clippings on Beaumont Society, circa 1970s
11 Renovation Plans for First Baptist Church, 1977
12 Conceptual Drawings for Church Renovation, 1977
13 Sketch of Front of First Baptist Church
Box Folder
47 1 Newspaper Clippings on the Centennial of First Baptist Church, 1972
2 "Church History" newspaper clipping, on history of Beaumont churches, 2002 January 26
3 Beaumont Journal Issue with historical photos of Beaumont (Photos from collection of Harry Jirou), 1950 September 22
4 Historical Photos of Beaumont, made for exhibit on First Baptist Church's history
5-6 Exhibit Photos (2 folders)
7 Pastors' Portraits Exhibit Photos
8 Exhibit Captions
9 Papers on grey stone church
10 Conceptual Drawing of Proposed Renovation to Calder Avenue Facade, undated
11 Blueprints for Proposed Activity Building on Major Drive, 1994
Oversized Framed Photos
Box Folder
48 1 Baraca Class Photo
2 Performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah by the Civic Chorus of Beaumont, 1931 May 4
3 Photo of Mrs. J. H. Pace, Charter Member and First Teacher of the Hannathan Class
4 Postcards of early Beaumont residences (J. Frank Keith; F. T. Smith; M. L. Hinchee; W. C. Averill; W. P. H. McFaddin; V. Wiess; and the corner of Pearl and Crockett Streets
5 Chalk/Pastel Drawing of Front Exterior of First Baptist Church, made by Jake Pruett, Nephew of Eulah Bell, in 1953
6 Certificate: "Honor Recognition awarded by Woman's Missionary Union, SBC for attainment in 1966-1967 Aims for Advancement"
7 Certificate given by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to Robert Lauderdale, for attainment of status of King's Teacher, 1925 May 1
8 Photo Collage of Church Activities, 1977
Box Folder
49 1 Collage of red brick church and grey stone church
2 Sketch of original frame church
3 Photo of Ski Trip, 1980s
Oversized Scrapbooks
Box Folder
50 1 Baraca Class Scrapbook, 1950s
2 Poetry Scrapbook, 1930s
3 Downtown Men's Bible Class Scrapbook, 1948-1969
Box Folder
51 1 Centennial Scrapbook, 1972
2 Acteens Scrapbook, 1970 October - 1971 September
3 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1963-1964
4 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1981-1983
Box Folder
52 1 Sunbeam Band Scrapbook, 1963-1964
2 New Members' Pictures, 1962-1969
3 Baptist Women's Meetings, 1986-1992
4 Leader Training Union Scrapbook, 1960
5 Girls'a Auxiliary Scrapbook, 1960-1962
6 General Church Events Scrapbook, 1950s
7 General Church Events Scrapbook, 1950s
8 Mary Class Scrapbook, 1940s
Box Folder
53 1 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1962-1963
2 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1964-1965
3 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1965-1966
4 Woman's Missionary Union Scrapbook, 1966-1967
5 Baptist Training Union Scrapbook, 1937
6 First Baptist Church Guestbook, 1937-1939
7 Women's League and Women's Auxiliary Minutes, 1917-1928
8 General Church Scrapbook, 1930s-1950s
Box Folder
54 1 Photo Album, 1950s
2 Photo Album, 1950s
3 Retreat at Wildwood Photo Album, 1979 Summer
4 Photo Album of Staff and Congregation, 1950s
5 Red binder with photocopies of photographs, depicting Sunday School classes, banquets, 1920s-1950s
6 White photo album: Photos of worship services, 1960s
7 Photo Album of 1989 Wildgame Dinner, 1989 January 28
Box Folder
55 1-3 Married Young People's Department Scrapbook. Items were removed from album due to extreme bending and curvature of album pages, and the stickiness of the plastic page sleeves. They were placed into three folders, maintaining the order of the pages in the scrapbook, with the exception of newspaper clippings, which were separated from the other items for preservation concerns.


Audiovisual Materials

Music Ministry and Centennial
Box Folder
55 4 Music Ministry (John Lee)
5 "A Mighty River, the Rio Grande", by Ronald Wells, 1968
6 "From the Pastor's Study" Records made by Jaroy Weber, 1960s
1 Tape Recording of the Centennial Sermons Preached by Dr. Jaroy Weber, former Pastor: "Under God's Almighty Hand", Morning Service; and "Crowning a Century for Christ", by Dr. Ed B. Bowles, Pastor, Evening Service, 1972 March 12
Box Othertype
56 1 Southeast Texas Christian Women's Conference, Anne Graham Lotz: #1 - Friday Afternoon; #2 - Saturday Morning
2 Southeast Texas Christian Women's Conference, Anne Graham Lotz: #3 - Saturday Afternoon
3 First Baptist Church of Beaumont, Texas, Presents The Beaumont Passion Play (Time: 1 hour 27 minutes)
4 News Broadcast of Channel 6 KFDM-TV: First Baptist Church Women's Conference; 1BC-@C-98, circa 1998
5 "If the Foundations Be Destroyed," Psalm 11:30, A Sermon by Clif Cummings, 1999 July 4
Cassette Tapes and Records
Box Othertype
56 6 Unlabeled Tape (Ampex, 90 minutes)
7 Evangelistic Conference Sermon, "Proclaiming in the Spirit," 1974
8 Choir Concert: Fourth Grade, "Angels," "Little Grey Donkey"; Fifth Grade, "Twelve Days of Christmas," 1970
9 Joint Service, Sunlight Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Part 1 and Part 2 (two tapes), 1983 July 3
10 Sermons by Ed Bowles: 11 AM Service, "At the Foot of the Cross"; 7 PM Service, "The Lord's Supper," 1985 January 27
11 Sermons by Ed Bowles: 11 AM Service, "And God Gave the Increase"; 7 PM Service, "Jesus, Name Above All Names," 1985 January 20
12 11 AM Service, featuring the Overseas Call of Mona and Bill Mason, 1974 December 9
60 Recordings of "He's Alive!" performance by the First Baptist Church Choir
Reel Film and Tape
Box Reel
56 1-3 Unlabeled Tape (3)
4 Magnetic tape recording of Bette Stalnecker, undated
5-6 Christmas (2 reels), 1973
7 7 boxes of Color Movie Film produced by Fox Photo. Two boxes are labeled "Brian - May 1974"
8 One reel of Kodachrome Super-8 Duplicate
9 One unopened box of Kodak Super-8 Ektachrome Color Movie Film



57-58 Centennial Directory; 1980 Directory; 1985 Administrative Directory; 1988-1989 Administrative Directory; 1982 Directory; 1936 Directory; 1987 Directory; 1927 Sunday School Annual


Items to be Digitized

Box Folder
59 1 Newspaper Clipping on 125th Anniversary of First Baptist Church
2 Newspaper Clipping on Reverend William A. Shifflett, Deaf Minister
3 Newspaper Clipping on Reverend James Dean Fair, Deaf Minister
4 110th Anniversary Directory, 1982
5 "100 Years" Centennial Program, 1972
6 Centennial Photo Album, 1972
7 Early Beginnings Scrapbook


Loose Items

1 Newspaper article, "First Baptist Church of Beaumont and Its Pastors," 1923 December 23
2 Diploma from School of Oratory of Baylor University, granted to Alice J. Bell, 1895 June 3
3 Framed collage of First Baptist Church Choir, 1950s
4 Framed Collage of Single Adult Mission Trip (2 collages), 1995
5 "Our Timothys" Photo Collage
6 Framed photo of Pastor Chris Moody and Family
7 Panoramic Photo of Alto Prio Encampment, 1922
8 Panoramic photo of John L. Keith Class, 1921 February 13
9 Duplicate of Photo of John L. Keith Class, with note from the donor, 1921 February 13
10 Panoramic photo of the Philathea Class, 1920 November 28
11 Panoramic photo of the Agoga Sunday School Class, 1920 December
12 Panoramic Photo of the Theta Beta Class, 1924 May 4
13 Duplicate of Photo of the Theta Beta Class, 1924 May 4
14 Panoramic photo of the Junior Department, 1921 January 30
15 Bunny Hop Award, given to First Baptist Day Care for participation in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Bunny Hop, 1986
16 Certificate: Charter from The Order of Royal Ambassadors, recognizing the David Livingstone Chapter of First Baptist Church, 1949 December 20
17 Architect's Sketch of Renovation of Calder Avenue Facade
18 Southern Baptist Missions Around the World poster
19 Photo posters of church activities
20 Plaque: "With Appreciation: First Baptist Church, 35 Year Member of Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1962-1997"
21 Plaque: "With Appreciation: First Baptist Church, 40 Year Member of Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1962-2002"
22 Plaque: First Baptist Church Music Department Choir of the Year, 1955-1959
1 A History of Texas Baptists, by J. M. Carroll, 1923; Presented to Ed and Alice Carroll by the Author, 1924 March 4
2 Baylor University Round Up, Volume 61, 1962