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Finding Aid for the Southeast Texas Postcard Collection

Southeast Texas Postcard Collection

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Finding Aid for the Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1975

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Creation: 2012 September 04. Encoded in Exchanger XML Editor by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.

Descriptive Summary

Repository:Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries, 695 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701
Creator:Kelly, Don, 1940-
Title:Southeast Texas Postcard Collection
Dates:circa 1900-1975
Extent:2 boxes, approximately 0.35 cubic feet
Abstract:Mr. Kelly collected these postcards of Southeast Texas from the years 1970-2000. They were acquired through flea markets, postcard shows, and mail order publications. They depict many aspects of life in Southeast Texas, including agricultural and industrial scenes, buildings, and shipping scenes, among others.
Language:Materials are in English.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into categories, with the postcards numbered consecutively in each.

Scope and Content Note

This collection was pieced together by Mr. Don Kelly from postcards discovered at yard, antique, and estate sales over the period 1970-2000. The postcards range in subject from Beaumont agriculture, to buildings and street scenes, to churches and social organizations, to port and river scenes, to oil fields and airports. The time of postcard creation is from the early 1900s to circa 1980. The collection gives the patron an exceptional idea of the visual history of Beaumont as well as information about key elements of the city.

Biographical Note

Don Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 1940. He was the first Executive Director of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, from 1970-2000. During that time, he served on many local and state Boards as president, including the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Society (1990-1992), Lamar University's Friends of the Arts, the Jefferson County Mental Health Association (four terms), the Golden Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association, the Sabine Area Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Texas Assembly of Arts Councils, the Beaumont Steinhagen YMCA, the Volunteer Services Council of the Beaumont State Center, the Volunteers Service Council of the Jefferson County Youth Facility (Texas Youth Commission), the Diocese of Beaumont's Hospitality Center of South Jefferson County, and the Texas Association of Mayors' Committees for the Disabled.

Mr. Kelly was selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He ran a kilometer through the City of Liberty, Texas. He donated his official Olympic running garb and the Olympic torch he carried to the State of Texas, Sam Houston Archives, in Liberty, Texas. He also donated additional postcards of South East Texas to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Archive, now housed there as the "Don Kelly Postcard Collection".

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Folder, Box, Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1975, AC-137, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Kelly of Beaumont, Texas. The bulk of the collection arrived in 1992, with some additions in 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 September.

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