Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Sprott Family Papers, 1906-1984

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sprott, Edward D., Jr., 1908-1970; Sprott, Maxie, Jr., 1951-
Title: Sprott Family Papers
Dates: 1906-1984
Creator Abstract: Ed and Myrtle Sprott reared five sons and four daughters in a house on Roberts Avenue in Beaumont, Texas. Each child worked their way through school. All nine sons and daughters earned college degrees. The collection consists of photographs, newspaper articles, and a compiled family history.
Identification: AC-203
Extent: .10 cubic feet in one folder
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Ed and Myrtle Sprott moved to Beaumont from Coldspring, Texas, around the turn of the century and were married in 1906. They bought a home on Roberts Avenue and raised nine children from the salary that Mr. Sprott received as a postal employee. All nine of their children earned college degrees. Three of their children earned M.D. degrees, one child a Ph.D. degree, and another child a M.A. degree.

One son, Dr. Ed D. Sprott opened the Sprott Clinic on Cartwright Street in Beaumont. It was the first modern black medical facility in segregated Beaumont that provided African American doctors of Beaumont access to facilities not available to them in other hospitals of the city. The clinic specialized in minor surgery and childbirth for the African American community.

Members of the Sprott family were well-known leaders in the pursuit of civil rights for the black population of Beaumont and a city park was later named in honor of Dr. Ed D. Sprott in recognition of his contributions to the city and its citizens.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains eleven copies of family photographs and four copies of newspaper articles about the Sprott family and the Sprott Clinic and a brief family history.


Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Sprott, Edward D., Jr., 1908-1970
Sprott, Maxie, Jr., 1951-
Sprott Hospital (Beaumont, Tex.)
Hospitals--Beaumont (Tex.)
Health facilities--Beaumont (Tex.)
Medical care--Beaumont (Tex.)
Physicians--Beaumont (Tex.)
Race relations
Family--Beaumont (Tex.)
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Clippings (information artifacts)

Related Material


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sprott Family Papers, 1906-1984, AC-203, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by a unknown donor, circa 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 June.

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


No further accruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Sprott Family Papers, 1906-1984

Box Folder
1 1 Brief family history
2 Photographs – Virginia Ireland and Dan Sprott
3 Copy of family portrait with identification of each family member
4 Copy of family portrait – no identification
5 Copy of family portrait with identification of each family member
6 Copy of newspaper article about Dr. Maxie Sprott
7 Copy of family portrait with family members identified
8 Copy of a photograph of Sprott Hospital
9 Copy of a newspaper article reporting on the naming of a city park in honor of Dr. E.D. Sprott
10 Copy of family portrait with family members identified
11 Portrait of unidentified man
12 Portrait of unidentified woman
13 Copy of newspaper article reporting on a Sprott family reunion
14 Copy of family portrait without identification of family members
15 Copy of newspaper article on Dr. Maxie Sprott Jr.
16 Pencil drawing of a bayou scene by Siegfried Reinhardt
17-24 Eight miscellaneous newspaper clippings, partial headlines, and lists of family members