Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the John C. Hooper, Jr. Photograph Collection, 1903-1959

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hooper, John C., Jr., 1918-2001
Title: John C. Hooper, Jr. Photograph Collection
Dates: 1903-1959
Creator Abstract: John C. Hooper, Jr. was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. He lived in Beaumont, Texas for 73 years and was the owner of Hooper Graphic Arts as well as being a freelance photographer for the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper. The collection includes photographs of landmark structures around the City of Beaumont, landscapes, industrial photographs and portrait photographs dating back to the early 1900’s.
Content Abstract: The collection contains photographs of the area around Beaumont, Texas and copies of the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper. There is a program for an event in honor of Pennsylvania Shipyards.>
Identification: AC-631
Extent: .50 cubic feet in one box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

John C. Hooper, Jr. lived in Beaumont most of his life and owned a small business, Hooper Graphic Arts. He married Mary Jane Langham in 1941 and they had 6 children. John was an avid photographer of the Beaumont area and also collected old photographs. His photographs depict Beaumont in the early twentieth century from approximately 1902 to the 1950’s. Included are photographs of the original central fire station, torn down in 1903, “Lovers Lane” which ran near the O’Brien mansion; the old police station; aerial views of the city, the Harvest Club, South Park High School and St. Anthony High School.


Organization of Collection

This collection is organized according to subject matter.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hooper, John J., 1918-2001
Castle, Don, 1917-1966
Grant, Cary, 1904-1986
Cities and towns
High schools
Fire departments
Law enforcement
School buildings
Church buildings
Business enterprises
Hotels and motels
Banks and banking
Bands (Music)
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Photographs, black-and-white
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Souvenir programs

Related Material


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of photograph or item], Folder Number, Box Number, John C. Hooper, Jr. Photograph Collection, 1903-1959, AC-631, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by an anonymous donor as a gift to the library from 2013 to 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 March.

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


None are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


John C. Hooper, Jr. Photographs and Printed Materials, 1900-1960

Box Folder
1 1 Photographs of the City Port and Beaumont Buildings that Include Hotels, Businesses, Schools, Houses and Fire Station, 1900-1959
2 Photographs of the City Port, Beaumont Buildings and Scenes that Include Community Centers, Police Station, Airport and Bus, 1900-1959
3 Photographs of the Beaumont Buildings that Include Businesses, Banks, Hotels, Schools and County Courthouse, 1900-1959
4 Aerial Views and Photographs of Beaumont Buildings that Include Police Station, Businesses and Neighborhoods, 1940-1959
5 Photographs of the City Port, Movie Actors and Actresses and School Band, 1940-1959
6 Pennsylvania Shipyards Souvenir Program, April 18, 1943
7 Photographs of Bridges, Refinery Fire and Rice Field, 1930-1959
8 Assorted Newspaper Clippings, 1937-1940
9 Photographs of Beaumont Flood Damage, November 6, 1946