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.


Ramsey Family Collection, 1936-1981, bulk 1957-1961.

3 cubic feet (7 boxes)

Robert Ramsey, Sr. was the principal of Diboll High School between 1947 and 1974, in addition to serving as a teacher at the Blair School and a small school in Shelby County. His son, Robert Ramsey, Jr. was a Diboll High School student and athlete who lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. This collection primarily documents Robert Ramsey, Jr.’s high school athletic career, and also contains records documenting Robert Ramsey, Sr.’s career as a teacher and principal.

Resource Management Service/Champion International Collection

105 cubic feet

Materials in this collection are a result of over one hundred years of lumber company interest in the timberlands of East Texas. RMS purchased remnants of large company lands in mostly Polk, Tyler, and Trinity counties in 2006 after years of real estate timberland consolidation and breakup. These lands were the last vestiges of two large corporations – Champion Paper and Fibre Company and Southland Paper Mills. As both of these companies acquired land, they created survey departments to ensure the integrity of their boundaries and kept the records for future use. This collection contains survey field books, monument books, and chain books, as well as survey records, indeed files, boundary and road easement files, and General Land Office maps and files. There is a series of files relating to land purchases by the W.T. Carter Company. Survey index cards and corner cards help tie together the field books, surveys, and maps. Index map books contain references to surveyed lands and refer to field book pages. The extensive collection of rolled maps is unprocessed as of July 2021 but an archivist can provide access.

Roy E. Larsen Sandylands Sanctuary Correspondence Collection

1 folder

Established in 1977 after Arthur Temple, Jr. donated land along the banks of Village Creek in Hardin County, the Roy E. Larsen Sandylands Sanctuary protects and preserves 5,654 acres of East Texas’ great natural heritage. This collection contains copies of letters and other correspondence related to the donation of the land and management principles in the late 1970s. Prominent names include Arthur Temple, Jr., Maxine Johnson, Geraldine Waters, Gene Feigelson, and Ray Culter.

Ruby, Milford, 1983-1998

3 flat boxes

Milford F. Ruby was born on June 21, 1932 in Percilla, Texas and died on August 3, 2017 in Lufkin, Texas.  Mr. Ruby worked for Temple-Inland (and its previous companies) for 45 years, retiring as a Senior Traffic Coordinator.  He served in the Army and the Air Force and also served his community in many ways including the Diboll Independent School District School Board, the Diboll Booster Club, and Diboll Christian Outreach.  He was president of the Diboll Little League for 19 years and a member of First United Methodist Church of Diboll.  This collection contains 13 artifacts from Mr. Ruby’s career, including award plaques and a tape measure and pitch counter from his work at Temple Inland and with the Diboll Little League, respectively. 

Ruby, Robert, Martin Wagon Company Collection

1.5 cubic feet

The Robert Ruby Martin Wagon Company Collection consists of a variety of items, the majority of which were passed down from Fauchie Brandon Thompson to his grandson, Robert Ruby. Some of the most significant items in the collection include a small, piece of paper that documents an agreement made between The Martin Wagon Company and the school districts to construct the first school buses in Angelina County, Texas, a time book dated 1922-1924, that recordsFauchie Brandon Thompson’s earnings at The Martin Wagon Company, and a rare company token patented July, 1899 from The Martin Wagon Company also adds to the importance of this collection. 

Ryan and Weeks Family Genealogy, 1832-2000.

.5 cubic feet

The Ryan and Weeks Family Genealogy collection consists of genealogical research compiled by Franklin and Norma Weeks. Other records include speeches and written histories on numerous Angelina County cemeteries, histories of old sawmill towns Emporia and Hoshall, and a volume of compiled abstracts of title showing the history of the land where Ryan Chapel Methodist Church is located. Also documented is folklore at Stephen F. Austin State University and early Texas history.