Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Birdwell Family Papers, 1891-1969

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Birdwell, Seth K., 1902-1977; Birdwell, Jessamine H., 1904-1933
Title: Birdwell Family Papers
Dates: 1891-1969
Creator Abstract: The Birdwell Family Papers consists of materials related to the Birdwell family and the Birdwell Fence Company. Contained in the personal correspondence are letters written and received by Seth and Jessamine Birdwell. Other items in these papers pertain to fence company correspondence with accompanying financial receipts, statements, and printed matter. Also found in this same collection are a poem book, newspaper clippings, photographs, Beaumont High School newsletters (1919-1922) and yearbooks (1920-1922).
Identification: AC-231
Extent: 2 cubic feet in two boxes.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Seth K. Birdwell was born on February 9, 1902, in Lindale, Texas. He married Jessamine Hale and they had three daughters by the name of Linda, Caroline, and Lou. The family moved to Beaumont in 1923. Seth was the proprietor of two different businesses, the Birdwell Fence Company and Birdwell Cutlery, the latter specialized in hand crafted knives. Seth Birdwell died at the age of 74 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in Beaumont. His motorcycle missed a turn into a private drive on 11th Street, then jumped a curb, and afterward crashed into a ditch that killed him.

Scope and Content Note

The Birdwell Family Collection contains business records, business and personal correspondence, photographs, high school year yearbooks and newsletters, books, newspaper and magazine clippings.


Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged chronologically in folders according to subject matter in the first box. The second box contains business records of the Birdwell Fence Company as well as plans for a house that was built at 1792 Broadway in Beaumont sometime in the early 1900’s.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Birdwell, Seth K., 1902-1977
Birdwell, Jessamine H., 1904-1933
Birdwell Fence Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
Birdwell Cutlery (Beaumont, Tex.)
Family life—Beaumont (Tex.)
High schools—Beaumont (Tex.)
School yearbooks—Beaumont (Tex.)
Small business—Beaumont (Tex.)
Petroleum industry
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
School yearbooks
Business records

Related Material


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Box Number, Folder Number, Birdwell Family Papers, 1891-1969, AC-231, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Linda B. Bullard, Lou B. Paris, and Caroline B. Patrick, 1995 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 1995 November.

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


Further further accruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Birdwell Family Papers, 1891-1969

Box Folder
1 1 Minnie LeFeatt Correspondence, 1891-1904
2 Correspondence, 1917-1918
3 Correspondence, 1919-1952
4 Personal Correspondence, 1952-1953
5 Seth and Jessamine Birdwell Correspondence, 1954-1964
6 Birdwell Fence Company vs. I.J. Condon—Legal, 1960
7 Seth Birdwell Business Correspondence, 1949-1957
8 Business Correspondence, 1958
9 Business Correspondence, 1958
10 Business Correspondence, 1959
11 Business Correspondence, 1959
12 Business Correspondence, 1960
13 Business Correspondence, 1961-1962
14 Financial Receipts, 1938
15 Financial Receipts, 1937-1939
16 Financial Receipts, 1939
17 Financial Receipts, 1939-1941
18 Financial Receipts, 1937-1959
19 Poem books, 1919-1920
20 Poem books, 1919-1920
21 Marks of Punctuation Literature
22 Crochet books
23 Crochet books
24 Literary Materials
25 Beaumont High School News Newsletters, 1919-1922
26 Beaumont High School News Newsletters, 1920-1922
27 Beaumont High School (Pine Burr) Yearbook, 1920
28 Beaumont High School (Pine Burr) Yearbook, 1921
29 Beaumont High School (Pine Burr) Yearbook, 1922
30 Printed Materials, 1970-1980
31 Newspaper Clippings, 1926-1974
32 Photographs, 1918
33 Photographs, 1920's
34 Photographs
35 Photographs
36 Hotel Dieu Photographs, 1960's
37 Photographs, 1910-1916
38 Beaumont Postcards
Box Folder
2 1 Loose, unarranged items that include Birdwell Fence Company bank statements and other business records, 1952-1959
2 House blueprints for 1792 Broadway Street, 1900's