Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Claire Rhorman Photograph Collection, 1920-1959

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rhorman, Claire, September 29, 1943-Present
Title: Claire Rhorman Photograph Collection
Dates: 1920-1959
Creator 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 feature the family homestead located in Louisiana. Her uncle worked for Skelly Oil Drilling Company and there are several images that depict oil derricks in this collection.
Identification: AC-662
Extent: .25 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

This collection consists of family photographs belonging to Claire Rhorman. The photographs cover the time period of early 1920’s through the 1930’s in Louisiana around St. Martin Parish and the time period of early 1940’s through 1950’s in Port Arthur, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of family photographs covers the time period of early 1920’s through the 1950’s in the areas of Louisiana around St. Martin Parish and in Port Arthur, Texas. Featured are family members, special events, the flood of the Atchafalaya River Basin in the 1940’s, oil derricks worked by Skelly Oil Drilling Company, and houses, bridges and landscapes.


Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged in folders according to time period and subject matter.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Rhorman, Claire, 1943-
Castille, Carlos
Skelly Oil Drilling Company
Saint James Catholic Church
Petroleum industry
Port Arthur (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Breaux Bridge (Saint Martin parish, Louisiana : inhabited place)
Saint Martin (Louisiana, United States : parish (political))

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Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Folder Number, Box Number, Claire Rhorman Photograph Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Claire Rhorman, 2015 May.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 May.

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


None are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Claire Rhorman Photograph Collection, 1920-1959

Box Folder
1 1 Claire Rhorman as Girl and Woman
2 Family, 1950’s
3 Family and Area Landmarks
4 Family Events – including Pageants and Ceremonies 1930’s and 1940’s
5 Family Homestead, 1920’s
6 Children and Family Members, 1930’s
7 Atchafalaya River and Mississippi River Flood, 1927
8 Family, 1930’s and 1940’s
9 Early Family Photographs