Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the John E. Glasgow Photograph Collection, 1920-1950

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Glasgow, John E., 1944-2014; Glasgow, Collis F., 1914-1977; Glasgow, Clinton B., 1888–1949
Title: John E. Glasgow Photograph Collection
Dates: 1920-1950
Creator Abstract: This collection consists of photographs obtained from John E. Glasgow of Pacific Palisades, California, which were taken by his grandfather, Clinton B. Glasgow of Beaumont, Texas. The photographs depict the travels of Clinton Glasgow as a private chauffeur and salesman in the area of Texas and Mexico, primarily the region of southeast Texas, and his further travels to Kentucky, Maine and New York. The images also reflect Clinton Glasgow’s interest in the Pierce-Arrow automobile, trucks, and trailer extensions to trucks.
Identification: AC-650
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

The photographs in this collection were taken by Clinton B. Glasgow who lived in Beaumont, Texas. His work as a chauffeur and salesman for prominent Texas businessman, John Gilbert, took him to locations in the Humble and Orange oil fields as well as to locations in other states such as New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota and to Juarez, Mexico. The photographs he took on these trips reflect his interest in the oil industry and in daily life around Beaumont and the surrounding area and in things he observed in his travels. These photographs remained in the Glasgow family for many years before being donated to the Beaumont Historical Library.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photographs of well-known landmarks, people and businesses in and around the Beaumont, Texas area in the 1920’s and 1930’s. There are also photographs taken on trips to New York, Kentucky, and Minnesota and to Juarez, Mexico and to other cities in Texas.


Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged by subjects or images depicted in the photographs.


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
Glasgow, Clinton B., 1888-1949
Gilbert Company
Nona Mills Lumber Company
Lake Oil Company
Gilbert Cattle and Pasture Company
Clyde Fletcher Auto Repair
Oil well drilling
Petroleum industry
Lumber and lumbering
Travel trailers and campers
Automobile travel
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Port Arthur (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
High Island (Galveston county, Texas : inhabited place)
Kountze (Hardin county, Texas : inhabited place)
Liberty (Liberty county, Texas : inhabited place)
Kerrville (Kerr county, Texas : inhabited place)
Humble (Harris county, Texas : inhabited place)
Orange (Orange county, Texas : inhabited place)
Fort Stockton (Pecos county, Texas : inhabited place)
Del Rio (Val Verde county, Texas : inhabited place)
Juarez (Chiapas, Mexico : inhabited place)
Black-and-white photographs

Related Material

Gilbert Family Papers, 1850-1995, AC-159

Wanda L. Pauler Papers, 1920-1980, AC-638

Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Box Number, Folder Number, John E. Glasgow Photograph Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Anna Glasgow, 2014 December.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 January.

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


No further accruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


John E. Glasgow Photograph Collection, 1920-1950

Box Folder
1 1 Scenes of Beaumont, Texas
2 Clyde Fletcher Auto Repair, Beaumont, Texas
3 John Gilbert House on Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas
4 Gilbert Ranch
5 Port Arthur and High Island, Texas
6 Village Creek, Kountze, Liberty and Kerrville, Texas
7 Fort Stockton and Del Rio, Texas
8 Oil Field at Humble, Texas
9 Orange Oil Fields and Orange, Texas
10 Maine, Kentucky and New York
11 Juarez, Mexico
12 Pierce-Arrow Automobiles and Dealerships
13 Trucks
14 Truck/Tractor-Trailers