Finding Guides are tools that allow researchers to get an in-depth look at a collection before actually seeing the collection.

Finding Guides

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.


Aerial Surveys of East Texas Collection, 1990s.

Approx. 1,211 surveys

This collection consists of aerial surveys and a flight line map of East Texas and western Louisiana dating from 1993-1994 and created for Temple-Inland. Although the surveys do not label city and place names, bodies of water, railroads, oil and gas wells, pipelines, and county lines like the 1930s Edgar Tobin surveys, they provide a record of East Texas and Louisiana geography in the mid 1990s.

Ainsworth, Jane Collection

1 cubic foot

Jane Ainsworth is a Lufkin native who graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with an MBA from The Wharton School. She graduated from Lufkin High School and collected materials to remember her time there. Charlie Wilson was a United States Representative and Lufkin native. In 1972, his work in the U. S. Congress was recognized by the State of Texas through his appointment as Governor for A Day. During that program, Wilson recognized the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, located outside Livingston. This collection contains student publications made at Lufkin High School in the 1970s. Most prominently, this collection features newspaper articles, programs, and brochures related to U. S. Representative Charlie Wilson and his service as “Governor for a Day” in 1972. Also included are a newspaper from Washington, D. C. and a Texas Department of Transportation brochure.

Alevra, Carolyn Collection

30 cubic feet

This collection was assembled by Temple family historian Carolyn Alevra and contains correspondence, deeds, wills, marriage records, death records, census records, books, newsletters,  and  notes pertaining to the Temple family and it’s ancestors and descendants.  In addition to the documents and publications in this collection, Mrs. Alevra used the resources to create the Temple family wheel genealogy tool.

Allen, Ann Temple, Family Photographs, Late 19th Century.

1 folder (7 photographs)

The Ann Temple Allen Family Photographs is a small collection of photos depicting T. L. L. Temple, Annie Waring Temple, T. L. L. Temple, Jr., Marguerite Temple Keeler, Gertrude Temple Webber Gregory, and Arthur Temple, Jr.

American Lumberman Photographs of Southern Pine Lumber Company Operations in East Texas, 1903 & 1907

3 cubic feet (9 volumes, 3 boxes)

American Lumberman was a weekly trade journal created on January 1, 1899 from the merger of Northwestern Lumberman, established in 1873, and The Timberman, established in 1886. The magazine featured the Southern Pine Lumber Company, founded in 1894 in Diboll, Texas, in three issues: November 16, 1901; April 16, 1904; and January 18, 1908. This collection contains more than 300 gelatin silver prints made by American Lumberman photographers during visits to Diboll in 1903 and 1907, documenting the lumber company’s management, logging operations, lumber camps, sawmills, commissary, and social life.

Anderson, Mary Anna Crary, Big Thicket Collection, 1974-1993.

.2 cubic feet (1 box)

The Mary Anna Crary Anderson Big Thicket Collection consists of clippings, the Big Thicket Association’s Petals, Pine, and Print newsletter, correspondence, Big Thicket Bulletin newspapers, pamphlets, and other newspapers documenting the activities of the Big Thicket Association primarily from 1974-1987. The collection focuses on Big Thicket expansion, conservation, environmental issues, Big Thicket history, and the early 1980s controversy over the firing of Big Thicket National Preserve museum staff.

Angelina County Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1924-2017

89 cubic feet

The Angelina Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1919 as the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce and had 102 members at its founding.  In 1948 its name was changed to the Angelina Chamber of Commerce to reflect its mission to promote and assist business through the entire county.  From its founding and continuing through the present day, the Chamber is supported by its business community members for the purpose of advocating for and improving the business climate in the county.  The approximately 90 cubic feet of materials consists of mostly paper records and some photographs.  These records range from permanent files kept by office staff, board and committee minutes and their supporting documents, annual reports, financial statements, agreements and contracts with the Industrial Foundation and the Exposition Center, records of programs and events, including the Hushpuppy Championships, the Junior Livestock Show, the Youth Fair, and the Forest Festival. 

Angelina County Historic Site Survey Collection, 1986.

.5 cubic feet (3 volumes, 1 photograph album)

The Angelina County Historic Sites Survey Collection consists of three volumes and a photograph album produced during the 1986 Historic Site Survey and National Register Multiple Resource Nomination project. The collection is a record of historically significant structures such as houses, churches, schools, and commercial buildings throughout the county.

Angelina County Medical Society Minutes Book

1 Volume

Angelina County Medical Society Minutes Book is a 9 x 14.5 x 3 ledger book containing the minutes and meeting records of the Angelina County Medical Society.  Each meeting’s record describes the proceedings, papers read, topics discussed, guests and members present, dues paid, and officers at the time. 

Angelina County School Superintendent’s Records, 1885-1971.

43.25 cubic feet (50 boxes, 36 volumes, 1 album)

This collection of records of the Angelina County School Superintendent's Office documents the students, teachers, school buildings, and administration of Angelina County schools from 1885-1971. Included are minute books, school census records, teacher registers, financial records, school photographs, school bonds, and student permanent record cards. The records also provide insight into the debate over state versus local control of schools.

Armstead, Charles Collection

.33 cubic feet

The Charles W. Armstead Collection contains correspondence, photographs, business contracts, awards, certificates, and other personal papers related to his youth in Lufkin, Texas and his career all over the world. Many of the records pertain to Mr. Armstead’s work in South Africa in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The collection also contains government-issued IDs and award pins, including his father, Jack Armstead’s, 35-year service pin from Southern Pine Lumber Company.

Arrington Family Collection, 1895-1992

1 cubic foot

This collection contains the history of Jeptha Talmage Arrington, born December 8, 1888 and died July 31, 1972, and Kate Kirby Smith Arrington, born October 16, 1893 and died January 13, 1978. Marguerite Talmage Arrington Sapp, Jeptha & Kate’s daughter collected these research materials to write an entry in the Angelina County History Book. The Arrington Family Collection consists of photographs, family history records, deed records and tax records, as well as genealogy material of the Arrington Family, Sapp Family, Smith Family, Husband Family, and Stockstill Family.

Arrington Family’s Photographs of Diboll, c. 1890s-1920s.

.25 cubic feet (1 box)

The Arrington family was a pioneer family in the Diboll and Burke areas of Angelina County, Texas. This collection consists of vintage photographs depicting members of the Arrington family; early Diboll school classes; members of prominent Diboll families such as the Massingills, Renfros, Stovalls, and Ashfords; and Diboll's Woodmen of the World members and Woodmen Circle members. The photographs show early images of individuals who later became leaders in the Southern Pine Lumber Company or Texas politics such as P. H. Strauss, E. C. Durham, Ernest Rutland, O. H. Weise, Titus Mooney, Rhoda Faye Chandler, and I. D. Fairchild.