Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection

Don Kelly:

An Inventory of the Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, about 1898- about 1997, bulk about 1898-about 1930

Arrangement History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

Christian Church in Beaumont

Christian Church in Beaumont

Creator: Kelly, Don, 1940-
Title: Don Kelly Southeast Texas postcard collection
Dates: about 1898-about 1997
Dates: bulk about 1898-about 1930
Abstract: Don Kelly, Southeast Texas community leader, collected 1473 postcards, picture postcards, photographic postcards, and photographs depciting notable scenes of life, locale, and architecture in an area of Southeast Texas surrounding the cities of Orange, Beaumont, and Port Arthur. These three cities comprise the principal subjects of the collection; additional places depicted include the Spindletop Oil Field, Sabine Pass, Sour Lake, the Sabine River, and the Neches River. Dates covered are about 1898 to about 1997, the bulk about 1898 to about 1930. Subjects covered include church buildings, public schools, school buildings, hotels, oil fields, oil wells, oil refineries, restaurants, dwellings, streets, central business districts, parks, city halls, hospitals, post office stations and branches, courthouses, floods, industrial buildings, railroad stations, rivers, waterfronts, mills and mill-work, cargo ships, commercial buildings, the properties of John Warne Gates, the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company, the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company, Texaco, Inc., and the Gulf Oil Corporation.
Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft. (1473 items)
Location: Please note that these records are housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: The preparation and digitization of this collection for online public access was funded in full or in part with a Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. ยง 9121) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Arrangement of the Records

The Collection consists of a single series:

Please see the finding aid on TARO (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/60012/tsl-60012.html) for details on how to access paper-based materials.


Biographical Sketch

Several workers resting during the harvesting of a rice farm.

Several workers resting during the harvesting of a rice farm.

Don Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 1940. He attended the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1962. After serving three years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Kelly received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. Kelly would go on to study Urban Studies at Texas Christian University and at the Texas Public Executive Institute of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin.

Kelly has been engaged in the political and civic life of Southeast Texas for decades. He served as Assistant City Manager of Victoria, Texas, and then as the first Executive Director of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission from 1970 to 2000. During that time, he served on a number of 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, 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. Additionally, Kelly served as an Olympic torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and ran the torch for a kilometer through the Liberty, Texas. The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission named one of its annual accolades the Don Kelly “South East Texan of the Year” award.

Sources: Biographical note, finding aid for the Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1975, Tyrell Historical Library http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tyrrell/00013/thl-00013.html.; and “SETRPC hosts 40th annual dinner meeting.” The County Record (Orange County, Tex.), January 20, 2012. http://therecordlive.com/2012/01/20/setrpc-hosts-40th-annual-dinner-meeting/, both accessed November 13, 2013.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

postcard of an oil well in Orange.

postcard of an oil well in Orange.

Don Kelly, Southeast Texas community leader, collected 1473 postcards, picture postcards, photographic postcards, and photographs depicting notable scenes of life, locale, and architecture in an area of Southeast Texas surrounding the cities of Orange, Beaumont, and Port Arthur. These three cities comprise the principal subjects of the collection, though additional places depicted include the Spindletop Oil Field, Sabine Pass, Sour Lake, the Sabine River, and the Neches River. The collection also includes local advertising postcards, and QSL (message receipt code) cards sent by amateur radio operators in the area. Dates covered are about 1898 to about 1997, the bulk about 1898 to about 1930.

Subjects covered include church buildings, public schools, school buildings, hotels, oil fields, oil wells, oil refineries, restaurants, dwellings, streets, central business districts, parks, city halls, hospitals, post office stations and branches, courthouses, floods, industrial buildings, railroad stations, rivers, waterfronts, mills and mill-work, cargo ships, commercial buildings, the properties of John Warne Gates, the Texas and New Orleans Railroad Company, the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company, Texaco, inc., and the Gulf Oil Corporation. The majority of the postcards feature visual representations of their subjects; the minority are decorated with illustrations, or feature business advertisements. Most postcards were printed by local and national companies, but several are photographic prints produced by individuals and photography studios. The QSL cards feature the name and contact information of the radio operator who created the card, usually accompanied with a whimsical illustration.

The postcards were published by a variety of companies both based in the subject area and elsewhere, including Colourpicture Publishers, Curt Teich & Co., E. Szafir & Son Co., Albertype Co., S.H. Kress & Co., D.J. Hick’s Book Store, Beaumont Cigar Co., E.C. Kropp Co., C.U. Williams, Raphael Tuck & Sons, Tom Jones, Walraven Brothers, Inc., Edwards News Co., Graycraft Card Co., Commercialchrome, Leon Vaxler, Dexter Press, The Rotograph Co., C.E Wheelock & Co., W.C. Griggs, W.M. Cline Co., Curio Art Store, McGrew Color Graphics, Port Arthur Souvenir Store, W.F. Hada, M.L. Zercher, and the Business Men’s Studio. Most of the responsible photographers are unknown; the known photographers are John A. Stryker, Frank J. Trost, Orman S. Longstreet, and L.L. Allen.

A detailed item inventory will be available on a forthcoming database, which will soon be available on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website. Images of the postcards will be digitized. An internal list of the postcards is available at the Sam Houston Library and Research Center until the database is online.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Materials available for online are those in public domain. Materials in the collection that may still be protected by copyright are not accessible online, but may be used in the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center reading room.

Restrictions on Use
The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.). Due to copyright concerns, not all images in this collection are available for viewing in the Texas Digital Archive. Please consult with Archives Reference staff for information about the restricted images.

Technical Requirements
For physical materials: researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center staff when reviewing photographic material.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Rigsbee Postcard Collection, [ca. 1900-ca. 1909], 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1953, and [19–], 0.24 cubic ft. [56 postcards depicting government buildings, hotels, schools, parks, industries, missions, natural settings, and other scenes in various Texas cities and towns.]
L.L. Cook Company Collection, 1940, 1946-1951, 1953, 1955-1957, 1959, 6.25 cubic ft. [A collection of postcards depicting Texas cities published by the L.L. Cook Company.]
Norman Erickson postcards of Texas Collection, 1900-1920, 1960, 312 photographs.
Neal collection, 1895-1917, 197 items. [184 postcards and 13 photographs collected by the Trautwein family between 1900 and 1917, in part depicting places of interest in Texas.]
Photographic Postcards of Texas, 1909-1910, 1916, 1930-1942, 1957, 14 postcards.
D.E. Williams collection, about 1910-1930, 68 items. [The collection consists of postcards and souvenir folders showing Texas cities from 1910 – 1930.]
Texas Cities postcard collection, before 1971, 214 postcards.
Missouri State Museum collection, about 1940, 1 album of 20 images. [One photo album of postcard scenes of Beaumont, Port Arthur and the Spindletop Oil Field.]
Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries
Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, circa 1900-1975, 0.35 cubic ft. [A collection of 217 postcards depicting Southeast Texas donated by Don Kelly.]

Administrative Information
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Don Kelly Southeast Texas postcard collection. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1991/183, 1991/232, 1992/063, 1992/153, 1993/020, 1993/114, 1993/160, 1993/168, 1993/272, 1993/297, 1994/067, 1994/175, 1994/213, 1994/365, 1995/015, 1995/043, 1995/278, 1996/021, 1996/048, 1996/098, 1996/105, 1996/276, 1996/327, 1997/116, 1997/150, 1997/218, 1998/001, 1998/073, 1998/077, 1998/222, 1999/011, 1999/087, 2001/203, 2002/088

This collection was donated to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Don Kelly on September 24, 1991, with additional accessions on December 8, 1991; March 21 and July 19, 1992; February 2, May 1, July 10, July 19, November 12, and December 17, 1993; March 1, June 13, April 21, and December 11, 1994; January 11, February 10, and November 14, 1995; January 13, February 13, April 1, April 5, October 18, and December 11, 1996; June 28, August 14, and November 15, 1997; January 3, March 31, April 5, and November 21, 1998; January 12, 1999; December 28, 2001; and April 24, 2002.

Processing Information
EAD finding aid prepared by Jonathan King, April 2014