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.


Baucum, Ed, Collection, 1913-2000.

.25 cubic feet (1 box)

Ed Baucum was an engineer for the Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company from roughly 1907-1915, when he was murdered by fellow employee Monroe Smith over a work promotion. This collection contains photographs of Ed Baucum with Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company locomotives, newspaper articles relating to Baucum's death, and a letter from TSE general manager E. C. Durham praising Baucum for his engineering skills. All of these records are reproductions of originals.

Berry Family Collection

1 cubic foot

The Berry family is a Lufkin family that once owned the locally-known Berry Dairy. This collection of materials related to the Berry family primarily consists of genealogical research and books regarding the Berry family and their ancestors. There is also a yearbook from Lufkin High School for the year 1954. Also included are magazines published or collected by members of the Berry family. Of particular note is a copy of a first edition of the first issue of True West magazine, started by Berry relative Joe Small in Austin, Texas in 1953. True West is currently the oldest continuously-published magazine about the American West in the world.

Booker Family Photographs.


This collection of photographs documents the lives of several members of the Booker family in Diboll and Pineland, Texas during the 20th century. The main subject of the early photographs is John Olin Booker, Sr., a surveyor and engineer who worked for Southern Pine Lumber Company in Diboll, Texas before moving to Lufkin, Texas. His son, John Olin Booker, Jr. collected the photographic slides, which document his family’s vacations, the Pineland sawmills, and hunting at Scrappin’ Valley Lodge, a recreational and conference facility owned by the Temple companies. There is also a family scrapbook containing unidentified family members traveling in the United States, most notably in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Bradford, Jesse, Future Farmers of America Collection, 1950s-2001.

2 cubic feet (6 boxes)

The Jesse Bradford Future Farmers of American Collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, and FFA special edition newspapers. The collection documents Jesse Bradford's leadership in agricultural education, Diboll FFA students, and their involvement in the organization and agricultural exhibitions.

Brashears, J.C., Family Collection, 1888-1975.

2 boxes

John Clisby Brashears, born in 1859, was a farmer, school teacher, lumber worker, and elections official in Angelina County, Texas. consists of correspondence (1888-1945), poll lists and tally lists for Burke, TX Precinct No. 3 Angelina County (1917-1926), state and county tax receipts (1883-1928, 1946), poll tax receipts (1904-1928), school tax receipts (1920-1930), newspapers and clippings (1891-1975), bank receipts (1896-1910), and undated photographs, legal documents, envelopes, notepad, and a manuscript. The records document Brashears’ courtship with Mollie Clayton, early 20th century Burke residents, and daily life in Angelina County.

Brown, A. E., Photographs of Southern Pine Lumber Company Locomotives, 1951-2003.

.25 cubic feet (1 box)

This collection consists of original negatives created by railroad photographer A. E. Brown depicting Southern Pine Lumber Company engines 13 and 20, as well as A Symphony in Steam 1959 audio recording of the Angelina and Neches River Railroad engine 110 operated by William "Mr. Jay" Morrison. Also included is a small amount of correspondence and copy prints of the negatives.

Burke, City of

1.5 cubic feet

The city of Burke began in 1882 as a stop on the Houston East and West Texas Railroad halfway between Houston and Shreveport.  The population fluctuated through the middle of the 20th century and fell following the two world wars, but by the 1960’s the community and grown enough to become an incorporated city in 1966. The City of Burke Collection covers the years 1977-2020.  Materials range from City Council minutes to correspondence, to election documents and audits to legal documents describing agreements with utility companies.  The bulk of the collections concerns city business with Texas Power and Light Company.