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Diboll High School Class of 1927 graduate Gladys George Giddings collected family correspondence and newspapers throughout her life, but the bulk of her collection made up a scrapbook containing memorabilia from her high days, mainly her graduation year.
The Bill Goodrum Forestry Collection was created by Bill Goodrum during his tenure managing Temple-Inland’s forests, first as a wildlife biologist and then Manager of Forest Environmental Issues. The collection contains subject files, correspondence, administrative files, publications, and audiovisual media and includes documents pertaining to forest management, wildlife management, environmental concerns, and compliance with industry initiatives in regards to environmental controls and protection.
Gerald A. Goodwin was an Angelina County District Attorney for 15 years and served as District Judge of the 159th Judicial District of Angelina County for 10 years. After retiring, he spent another 13 years as a Senior District Judge. This collection contains many of the records collected by Mr. Goodwin during his career as both a District Attorney and District Judge in Angelina County. It also includes some records from his college and law school years, his years as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, his time in private practice, and his years as a Senior District Judge. The collection has materials dating from the 1970s until 2019. The collection includes professional and personal correspondence, case notes and court dockets, appeals, and other documents related to his work as an attorney and judge. Of particular note is the extensive collection of correspondence sent by residents of the Texas Department of Corrections to Mr. Goodwin. In 2019, materials related to the dedication at his memorial in December 2019 were added to the collection.
Ruth Grant's Homer Research Collection consists of research materials compiled in an attempt to write a book on the city of Homer, Texas, Angelina County's 3rd county seat. The collection documents Homer's founding and beginning as county seat in 1858, accounts of the Civil War in Homer, genealogical information on Homer’s prominent families, churches, land ownership records, post offices, schools, cemeteries, and modern correspondence with descendants of Homer settlers. Also highlighted is the Scroggins and Borden family feud focused on Robert P. Scroggins and Ben W. Borden.
The Bettye Greer Collection is comprised of scrapbooks, textiles, correspondence, and other records relating to Bettye Greer and her husband, Bill Greer’s, years working at Diboll High School. The scrapbooks in the collection cover the years 1967 to 1983 and are primarily composed of newspaper clippings related to Diboll High School sports, agriculture program, band, and other notable events related to the school. Of particular note are articles about dress code, race relations, and the first female students in Angelina County to join the agriculture program. Additionally, the collection contains correspondence, school brochures, a sample diploma, football megaphones, and parts of a Diboll High School marching band uniform.
The Gulf Coast Lumberman Photograph Collection consists of photographs and negatives depicting a promotional and public relations theme of the Temple Lumber Company, Texas Lumber Manufacturers’ Association, and related organizations and interests. Included are images of Arthur Temple, Jr., L. D. Gilbert, Latané Temple, and Clyde Thompson and other notable individuals involved with the East Texas lumber business. The bulk of the photographs were created by Gulf Coast Lumberman for issues in 1953, 1954, and 1960.
This collection consists of a Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway employee time table providing a schedule of freight and passenger trains throughout the railway’s Gulf Division in East Texas. The time table also provides special rules and regulations for the Gulf Division, state laws governing railroad employees, the names of company surgeons of the G. C. & S. F. Hospital Association and company watch inspectors, and a map of all Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway lines.
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Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Time Table, 1939
This Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway employee time table provides a schedule of freight and passenger trains throughout the railway's Gulf Division in East Texas. The time table also provides special rules and regulations for the Gulf Division, state laws governing railroad employees, the names of company surgeons of the G. C. & S. F. Hospital Association and company watch inspectors, and a map of all Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway lines.