Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the the General Photographic Archives Collection, 1835-2000

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Multiple Donors
Title: General Photographic Archives Collection
Dates: 1835-2000
Content Abstract: The collection consists of photographs acquired from multiple donors over an extended period of time. The donations began around 1950 and continued through to 2000. The photographs include such topics as agriculture, businesses, well-known residences and landmarks, street scenes, aerial views, and people in Beaumont and nearby locations as far back as 1835 and as recent as 2000.
Identification: AC-665
Extent: 7 cubic feet in five file cabinet drawers
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Historical Note

This collection consists of more than 2,000 photographs found by Marcus Robbins, the first archivist of the Tyrrell Historic Library, in file cabinet drawers. Each drawer contained a pile of photographs without enclosures of any kind and lacking any type of organization or description. There was no documentation confirming the transfer or donation of this material and no one working at the library at the time had any information concerning the origin of the photographs. It appeared as though library personnel had just thrown the photographs into the file cabinet drawers as they either received or found the items.

Mr. Robbins recruited a group of volunteers from the Beaumont Rotary Club who were long-time residents of Beaumont to help identify as many of the photographs as possible. The identification work was completed by the end of May, 1991, and then under the guidance of Mr. Robbins, the volunteers worked on a system for describing, organizing, and indexing the collection of photographs to make them useful and accessible to library patrons. This work was completed in November of 1992. Since that time the list has been updated twice and new photographs have been added to the collection.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists entirely of photographs.


Organization of Collection

The collection is arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system and thereunder by two subgroups being either identified or described items.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. 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.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Faucett, William T., 1921-2010
Beaumont Rotary Club
Aerial photography
Boats and boating
Business enterprises
Banks and banking
Hotels and motels
Petroleum industry
Lumber and lumbering
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Port Arthur (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Jefferson (Texas, United States : county)
Orange (Texas, United States : county)
Texas (United States, North and Central America : state)
Louisiana (United States, North and Central America : state)

Related Material

John H. Walker Papers, 1863-1994, AC-241

Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Folder Number, Box Number, General Photographic Archive Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Multiple Donors, 1950-2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2008 December.

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


Further accruals are possible.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Photographic Archives Collection, 1835-2000

Box Folder
1 1 Agriculture (AG): Cotton
2 Agriculture (AG): Farms
3 Agriculture (AG): Ranches
4 Agriculture (AG): Rice
5 Agriculture (AG): Beaches (BH)
6 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Aerial Views
7 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Churches
8 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Floods
9 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Homes
10 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Medical Services
11 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Museums, Historical Markers
12 Beaumont, TX(BJ): Neches River
13 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Public Buildings
14 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Schools
15 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Storms
16 Beaumont, TX (BJ): Street Scenes
17 Business (BS): Banks
18 Business (BS): Funeral Directors
19 Business (BS): Hotels
20 Business (BS): Industrial Supply Houses
21 Business (BS): Manufacturers
22 Business (BS): Newspapers
23 Business (BS): Office Buildings
24 Business (BS): Public Utilities
25 Business (BS): Restaurants
26 Business (BS): Retail
27 Business (BS): Theaters
28 Business (BS): Wholesale Trade
29 Cemeteries (CM)
30 China, TX (CJ)
31 Civic Organizations (CV): Beaumont Civic Opera
32 Documents (DC)
33 Groves, TX (GT)
Box Folder
2 1 Hamshire, TX (HJ)
2 Harbors (HR): Mobil Marine Terminal
3 Harbors (HR): Aerial Views
4 Harbors (HR): General Views
5 Port of Beaumont: Aerial Views
6 Port of Beaumont: General Views
7 Jefferson County Aerial Views (JC)
8 Landscape- Rural (LR)
9 Lumber (LM)
10 Military (MY)
11 Miscellaneous (MS)
12 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB): Fairgrounds
13 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB): Fire Department
14 Fire Department: Accidents
15 Fire Department: Fires
16 Fire Departments: Fire Stations
17 Fire Departments: Fire Equipment and Supplies
18 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Libraries
19 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Parks
20 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Officials and Employees
21 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Police
22 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Public Buildings
23 Municipal Government- Beaumont (MB)- Services
24 Nederland TX (NJ)
25 Nome, TX (MJ)
26 People (PL): Groups
27 People (PL): Individuals(and family groups)
28 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, Aerial Views
29 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, General Views
30 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, Buildings
31 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, Process Units and Equipment
Box Folder
3 1 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, Official and Employees, Groups
2 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil Corporation, Individuals
3 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Chemical- West Plant
4 Petroleum (PM): Oilfields
5 Petroleum (PM): Colonial Pipeline
6 Petroleum (PM): Sinclair Oil Company
7 Petroleum (PM): Texaco
8 Petroleum (PM): Port Arthur, TX (PJ)
9 Petroleum (PM): Port Neches, TX (RJ)
10 Petroleum (PM): Race Relations (RR)
11 Petroleum (PM): Sabine Pass, TX (SJ)
12 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Island Park
13 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Island Park, Aerial Views
14 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Island Park, General Views
15 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Island Park, Equipment
16 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY), Island Park, Products, Marine New Construction
17 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY), Island Park, Products, Marine Repair and Conversion
18 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY): Island Park, Products, Fabricated Products
19 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY): Island Park, Officials, Employees and Customers
20 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY): Island Park, Associated Shipyards, Singapore
21 Petroleum: Shipyards (SY): Island Park, Associated Shipyards, Port Arthur
22 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Beaumont Shipbuilding Company
23 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Beaumont Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
24 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), McBride and Law Shipyard
25 Petroleum (PM): Shipyards (SY), Piaggio Shipyard
26 Sour Lake, TX (SJ)
27 Sports and Recreation
28 Town Bluff, TX (TJ)
29 Transportation (TR): Air
30 Transportation (TR): Automotive
31 Transportation (TR): Busses
32 Transportation (TR): Marine
33 Transportation (TR): Primitive
34 Transportation (TR): Railroads
35 Transportation (TR): Trolleys
36 Waterways (WW)
Box Folder
4 1 Agriculture (AG)
2 Anahuac, TX (AT)
3 Buna, TX (BT)
4 Business (BS)
5 Cameron, LA (CL)
6 Cemeteries (CM)
7 Cities- Unidentified: Street Scenes
8 Cities- Unidentified (CD): Churches
9 Cities- Unidentified (CD): Homes
10 Cities- Unidentified (CD): Public Buildings
11 Cities- Unidentified (CD): Schools
12 Construction (CN)
13 Dallas, TX (DT)
14 Documents (DC)
15 Galveston, TX (GT)
16 Goliad, TX (GX)
17 Houston, TX (HT)
18 Jasper, TX (JT)
19 Lumber Industry (LR)
20 Madisonville, TN (MT)
21 Military (MY)
22 Miscellaneous (MS)
23 Nachitaches, LA (NS)
24 New Orleans, LA (NL)
25 Newton, TX (NT)
26 Orange, TX (OT)
27 People (PL): Groups
28 People (PL): Individuals
29 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil, Corpus Christi, TX
30 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil, Corsicana, TX
31 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil, Houston, TX
32 Petroleum (PM): Mobil Oil, Hull, TX
33 Petroleum (PM): Oil Fields
34 Petroleum (PM): Refineries
35 Sports and Recreation
36 Thicket, TX (TT)
37 Transportation: Automotive
38 Transportation: Merchant Marine
39 Transportation: Primitive
40 Transportation: Railroads
41 Tyler County, TX (TC)
42 Waterways (WW)
43 Weirgate, TX (WE)