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The J. Shirley Daniel Photograph Collection consists of 4x5 vintage prints, contact prints, and original negatives depicting Diboll's and Pineland's manufacturing industries, employees, community, and social life. J. Shirley Daniel was Southern Pine Lumber Company’s official photographer, owner and operator of the Timberland Theater and "Tonk," and an independent pulpwood contractor.
Marie Davis was a member of the Diboll Historical Society and Angelina County Historical Commission. She played an integral role in conducting interviews for the oral history-based Cornbread Whistle book (1986), and led efforts in the designation of numerous markers in Angelina County. This collection consists of research notes, clippings, and publications compiled by Davis documenting Angelina County history with emphasis on the Diboll region.
Frank Devereaux served as a togglier on a B-25 Mitchell bomber in the 380th Bomb Squadron (M), 301th Bomb Group (M) based in Italy. This collection contains digital copies of Devereaux's flight log and photographs documenting his missions over Brenner Pass, northern Italy, and southern Austria from December 1944 to March 1945.
The Dial Family Collection contains photographs relating to John Dial including Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company train accidents; TSE engines 5, 9, 10, and 13; Diboll students and teachers; and Temple Manufacturing Company employees. Also included is a photograph of Victoria, Fisher and Western Railroad Company engine 6. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, insurance papers, and land documents of Levy W. Stovall. These letters document Stovall's management and accounts at the Southern Pine Lumber Company logging camp Alcedo, as well as personal relationships and business.
The Diboll Booster Club Collection contains 2 ft³of records collected by 4 club officers. These records contain information, correspondence, reports, By-Laws, and records from groups who received financial support from the Booster Club, most notably the Katherine Sage Temple Day Care Center.
An artificial collection created from multiple accessions over 20 years, the Diboll Day Collection is 13ft³ of artifacts, official records, photographs, signs, fliers, handouts, tickets, video, and memorabilia documenting Diboll Day from its beginning in 1953 to the present day. This is a growing collection and the finding guide will be updated annually to reflect new additions.
The Diboll Garden Club Collection contains program booklets, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, budget reports and scrapbooks from 1960 to 2015 which were donated in six different accessions.
The Diboll Parent Teacher Student Association began as a Mother’s Club in the early 1930’s and evolved through the years to include parents, teachers, students, and community members. Through its history it has provided scholarships for students, paid for students’ and teachers’ needs, promoted school beautification and drug free lifestyles, and documented life at Diboll’s schools. This collection primarily covers the 1990’s, although some earlier and later items are included.
The Diboll Pilot Club Collection is comprised of administrative documents, yearbooks, correspondence, events and calendars, financial statements, charity reports, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and correspondence pertaining to Sarah Larson who was once President of the Diboll Pilot Club from 1971-1972 and then promoted to Governor of District-8 with Pilot International. At the state level, the collection is comprised of administrative documents, convention and workshop documents while at the National level directories, and publications have been gathered. The collection also contains various blank or sample forms, mementos, newsletters, and other area club information. Scrapbooks and awards pertaining to Sarah Larson comprise approximately one-quarter of the collection.
The Rotary Club of Diboll was a community service organization serving Diboll, Texas, chartered in 1972 and disbanded in 2005. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, notes, pamphlets, newsletters, financial records, membership directories, awards, and clippings documenting the clubs many activities, programs, and meetings.
Diboll Independent School District formed in 1952 out of the county school system of Angelina County, although there had been a school for Diboll’s children since the late 1890s. Following creation of the independent district, the schools grew and were remodeled, with new buildings added as population growth and other factors required it. During the late 1960’s Diboll began racially integrating its schools, starting with sports at the high school, followed by the other grades. Diboll’s schools have always served as a center for community life and a focus for community pride, as many of these photographs show. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs taken at Diboll High School during the 1960s, mostly circa 1968, although there are photos of elementary school students and events through the 2000s. The collection also contains 1970’s football programs and scrapbooks from the 1970’s and 1980’s, as well as newspaper clippings.
A photograph album of unknown relationship to Diboll United Pentecostal Church, where it was found underneath a trap door in the sound booth.
Collected by Gary Mike Smith, the Diboll Youth Baseball Collection contains team rosters and schedules from 1996-2006. Mr. Smith was active in the Diboll Little League program for over 40 years as a coach, umpire, commissioner, vice-president and president of the organization. He also served as the state president of the Dixie League Baseball Association and currently, in 2015, serves as a National Director on the Dixie Youth Baseball Organization.
This collection consists of records relating to the long career of Charles Donahoe as an industrial engineer and blueprint reading instructor at Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company during the mid to late 20th century. These records were kept by Mr. Donahoe and give insight to some of the day-to-day workings of the company. Records include reports on machine functioning, gear plans and blueprints, memos, and various publications related to equipment manufactured or used by Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company.
Donated by the creator, Richard Donovan, this collection records his efforts to preserve the Neches River and the forests of East Texas. It includes correspondence with fellow conservationists, media, elected officials, and concerned citizens, speeches he has given across the state, awards he has received for his conservation efforts, and articles he has written for area, state, and national publications. The collection also documents his 1999 Neches River canoe trip and the book that followed that trip, entitled Paddling the Wild Neches. This series includes correspondence with editors, publishers, reviewers, and readers, drafts, publication paperwork, and photographs. The majority of the collection consists of published articles.
The Rockland Photograph Collection, assembled by Lola Dubose during her research, consists of digital scans of original photographs and a tintype which document Rockland, Texas and the Aldridge area during the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Included are images of Neches River ferries, the Aldridge pontoon river crossing, rock quarry scenes from Kyle's Quarry (The Blue Hole) and others, Rockland railroad scenes, lumberman Hal Aldridge's Rockland home, lumbermen, and members of the Ard family.
The Hawkins Dunlap collection primarily concerns the Dr. Jesse Wise Hawkins, Angelina County physician and World War I veteran, and his grandson Lynn Hawkins Dunlap, editor of the Lufkin Daily News. The collection contains genealogical information, photographs, news articles, awards, framed items, and plaques from the years 1914-1977.
The Durham family has long been associated with Diboll, Texas, particularly in the lumber industry and the Diboll Free Press. The Durham Family Collection primarily consists of photographs focusing on Paul Durham, Jr. and wife Jimmie Beth Durham during their years at Diboll High School, their high school friends, Paul Jr.'s career at the Diboll Free Press, the Diboll Housing Authority construction projects, and numerous members of the Diboll community.
Jake Durham was the personnel manager for the Southern Pine Lumber Company before becoming public relations director throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The Jake Durham Papers consist of correspondence, accident reports, minutes, job applications, compensation cost reports, and pamphlets documenting occupational safety and public relations of the Southern Pine Lumber Company and the East Texas lumber industry.
Paul Durham was editor of the Diboll Free Press, previously called the Diboll News Bulletin and then the Angelina County Free Press, from 1952-1990. This collection contains correspondence, notes, candidate biographies, press releases, newspaper articles, and photographs relating to Texas and United States political campaigns during the 1960s and early 1970s. It also consists of various publications, some relating to East Texas schools or the lumber industry.