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General Photographic Archives

This collection consists of 3,677 photographs that pertain to the history of the greater Beaumont area.  The images can be categorized into many general subject related themes that include such things as:  street scenes, aerial views, agriculture, churches, schools, libraries, restaurants, hotels, banks, businesses, commerce and …

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General Photographic Archives

Melody Maids Collection

The Melody Maids of Beaumont, Texas, was an all-girls choral group that performed from 1942 to 1972. It traveled around the world to military bases in order to entertain the troops. The group was directed by Eloise Rush Milam (1908-2008), who had studied music her entire life, and taught music at Dick Dowling Junior High School. …

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Melody Maids Collection

John D. Martin Papers

John D. Martin was a long-time official for the city of Beaumont.  He came to Beaumont in 1923 and held the position as city engineer from 1930 to 1971.  These papers consist of historical background files of engineering endeavors undertaken by the city of Beaumont for the time period between 1910 and 1939.  The materials contained in …

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John D. Martin Papers

Julian R. Gonzales Photograph Collection

Julian R. Gonzales was born on July 3, 1919, in Bon Ami, Louisiana.  The family later moved to Voth, Texas.  In 1936 he became a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) laborer in construction projects at Tyrrell Park in Beaumont.  During the Second World War he served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and after military service worked …

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Julian R. Gonzales Photograph Collection

Bernard and Elizabeth Way Photograph Collection

The Bernard and Elizabeth Way Photograph Collection is primarily composed of studio portraits taken by the Bernard Way Studio in the 1930s and 1940s. Bernard Maxwell Way was born in Georgia on October 13, 1891. He developed an interest in photography early on, and at age 18, moved to Washington, D.C to study the art. For a time, he …

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Bernard and Elizabeth Way Photograph Collection

About the collections



The Tyrrell Historical Library is a unique library in that it collects and preserves the history of the greater Beaumont area, which includes the history of southeast Texas.  The library as a historical research repository was established in 1975.  Restoration of the library building began in 1989 and was completed in July of 1990.  The local history archives section of the library consists of personal papers, business, civic, fraternal, and city records.  The collections capture a wide array of material including family letters, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, business reports, minutes and correspondence, along with thousands of photographs.

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