Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Mary Ogden Hayden Papers, 1945-1978

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hayden, Mary O., 1957-
Title: Mary Ogden Hayden Papers
Dates: 1945-1978
Creator Abstract: Members of Mary Ogden Hayden’s family were longtime residents of Southeast Texas. Her uncle, Louis Ogden, owned a hardware store and Chevrolet dealership in Anahuac. The family was also involved in rice farming in Winnie. The collection includes photographs of students in South Park High School when Mrs. Hayden was attending, photos of the Melody Maids while Mrs. Hayden was a member of the group and photos of local disasters and events which were taken by Mrs. Hayden’s brother. Other items in the collection include 1945 gas ration tickets, a 1948 Melody Maids Souvenir Booklet and newspaper clippings.
Identification: AC-659
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

Mary Ogden Hayden was a lifelong resident of Beaumont and the surrounding area. She attended South Park High School and was a member of the Beaumont Melody Maids. The collection includes photographs of her high school classmates and photos of programs and activities of the Melody Maids. Some of the photos were taken during a trip the Melody Maids made to New York City to appear on the Ed Sullivan show. Also included in the collection are photographs taken by a family member of a Nome train wreck and other local area disasters. There are also photos of local residents looking at a beached whale which was on exhibit in Port Arthur.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photographs, artifacts, and newspaper clippings related to the Ogden family.


Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged into folders according to subject matter.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hayden, Mary O., 1957-
Melody Maids (Beaumont, Tex.)
South Park High School (Beaumont, Tex.)
High schools—Beaumont (Tex.)
Choral societies—Beaumont (Tex.)
Choral music
Railroad accidents—Nome (Tex.)
Marine mammals
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Port Arthur (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Nome (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Souvenir programs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Artifacts (object genre)

Related Material

Melody Maids Collection, 1930-2013, AC-633

Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Folder Number, Box Number, Mary Ogden Hayden Papers, 1945-1978, AC-659, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Odgen Hayden, 2014 April.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 May.

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


No further accruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Mary Ogden Hayden Papers, 1945-1978

Box Folder
1 1 World War II gasoline ration cards
2 Melody Maids newspaper article, August 11, 1974
3 Assorted City photos
4 South Park High School photos
5 Nome train wreck photos
6 Melody Maids memorabilia including a 1948 Souvenir yearbook and photos
7 Port Arthur whale photos