Sam Houston Center

Sam Houston Center Collections

Sam Houston Regional Libary and Research Center

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is a component of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) Archives and Information Services Division (ARIS) and serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 southeast Texas counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler. The Center’s collections include over 12,000 cubic feet of historical materials related to Southeast Texas, including local government records, manuscripts, fine art prints and photographs, blueprints and maps, newspapers, rare books and journals, three-dimensional artifacts, and a variety of audio-visual materials and microfilm.  For more information on the Sam Houston Center and its holdings, including materials not available online, visit the Center’s page or contact reference staff at samhoustoncenter@tsl.texas.gov.

These images have various known copyright and other restrictions but are available for reference purposes. See individual copyright statements at the item level for more information regarding copyright and publication options. Please include the credit “(image number, collection name,) Courtesy of Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission” when using these images in any way.

These collections can be found elsewhere in the Texas Digital Archive and are grouped together here for convenience purposes as a virtual collection.


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Group portrait in front of porch

Group portrait in front of porch

L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection consists of 39 glass plate negatives of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1890-about 1910. Select images within this collection were created by photographers Hughes and Lane of Batson, Texas. Images are of group portraits, street scenes and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Some of the plates are cracked, broken or damaged.

Man on horseback with young child

Man on horseback with young child

Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negatives collection consists of 122 glass plate negatives and eight contact prints of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1905-about 1920. One image was created by Fletcher Photo Company; other creators are unknown. Images are of group portraits, street scenes, and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Some of the plates are cracked, broken, or damaged.

Beaumont: The Town of Towns postcard

Beaumont: The Town of Towns postcard

Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection
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; 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.