Finding Guides are tools that allow researchers to get an in-depth look at a collection before actually seeing the collection. Not all collections have finding guides, and not all finding guides are available on the website. Finding guides are created as collections are processed, with special attention given to the most used and requested collections. Here are our online finding guides available so far.
Edgar Tobin Aerial Surveys is an aerial survey and mapping company based in San Antonio, Texas. The Edgar Tobin Aerial Survey Collection depicts the East Texas landscape during the 1930s, including the locations of oil and gas wells, cities, towns, railroad lines, canals, rivers, creeks, pipelines, railroad logging spurs, and logging scars. The surveys also show towns and settlements no longer in existence (mostly connected to the lumber industry), railroad lines that have been abandoned, and how East Texas appeared prior to most modern highways and the creation of Lake Sam Rayburn.
Elodie Miles Edwards (1905-2000) was a school teacher in Diboll, Texas from 1926-1931. This collection consists of photographs, literary works, clippings, and correspondence documenting her career as a teacher in 1920s Diboll, Diboll students, community and social life, as well as her other interests such as Christianity.
The Irv Engelbrecht Railroad Lease Papers consists of general lease agreements, standard industrial track agreements, standard industrial ground leases, transfer contracts, and related maps and correspondence. The leases are between the Southern Pacific owned St. Louis Southwestern Railway, Texas and New Orleans Railroad, or the Houston, East and West Texas Railway and various Lufkin businesses for use of property along the right of way. The collection provides a record of many Lufkin businesses no longer in existence along with their location.