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 Web Access to Tyrrell Historical Library Resources

There are two ways to access web resources for the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives. First through the Digital Collections Portal and second through the Master Index to the Archives Collections. The digital portal allows you to directly access online collections or documents and photographs. The Master Index allows access to an alphabetical list of collection descriptions. You can follow the links below for access.. 



Tyrrell Historical Library Digital Collections©






About the Tyrrell


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William Grace, Branch Manager

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Archives. including material from the Jefferson Beaumont family; the George W. O'Brien diaries from the Civil War and the O'Brien family papers; and, an autograph album which belonged to Captain Randolph Owen of Alabama which included autographs of Confederate military leaders imprisoned by Union Forces at Johnson's Island, Ohio after the War Between the States.


Census microfilm and indexes for the years 1790 through 1920


Microfilm: Magna Carta Barons and their descendants (1-7), Family History Library Catalog-Localities, the AGLL Catalogue, Everton Publishers "Roots" cellar, The Genealogical Helper, 1950-70. LDS Parish and Vital Records List, the U.S. Postal Guide - alphabetical lists of post offices in 1905, and materials on many states with particular emphasis on Texas and Louisiana. Included are such things as city directories, marriage lists, lists of confederate soldiers, Texas newspapers, Galveston passenger lists, indexes to deeds, tax rolls, probate records, and much more. Some family genealogies are also found on microfilm.



About Us

Captain W. C. Tyrrell purchased the First Baptist Church and donated the building to the city for a library in 1923. The library opened in 1926. It served as the main public library for the city until 1974, when the new library opened. At that time, it became the Tyrrell Historical Library, with a Texana collection and genealogical collection. In 1987, restoration of the Tyrrell was adopted as a high priority and the restored Tyrrell reopened on July 19, 1990. In addition to the Texana and genealogical book collections, it contains outstanding archives centering on Southeast Texas.


Digital Archives

The Tyrrell Historical Library has begun a new and exciting program called the "Tyrrell Historical Library Digital Collections©". Started with a generous donation by the Tyrrell Historical Library Association, this project allows the library to present selected parts of our collections digitally through OCLC's ContentDM digital portal program. Please click on the link at the top of this page to begin your journey through the history of Beaumont and Southeast Texas!


Policies of the Tyrrell Historical Library
To read policies regarding research at the Tyrrell Historical Library, please click here. 








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