Tyrrell Historical Library
Captain W. C. Tyrrell purchased the First Baptist Church and donated the building to the city for a library in 1923.
The library opened in 1926. It served as the main public library for the city until 1974, when the new library opened. At that time, it became the Tyrrell Historical Library, with a Texana collection and genealogical collection.
In 1987, restoration of the Tyrrell was adopted as a high priority and the restored Tyrrell reopened on July 19, 1990. In addition to the Texana and genealogical book collections, it contains outstanding archives centering on Southeast Texas.
Our archives include, but are not limited to, the following material:
- Jefferson Beaumont family
- George W. O'Brien Civil War diaries and the O'Brien family papers
- Captain Randolph Owen of Alabama autograph album which includes autographs of Confederate military leaders imprisoned by Union Forces at Johnson's Island, Ohio after the War Between the States
Census Microfilm & Indexes
Census microfilm and indexes: 1790 through 1920.
- Magna Carta Barons and their descendants (1 to 7)
- Family History Library Catalog-Localities
- AGLL Catalogue
- Everton Publishers "Roots" cellar
- The Genealogical Helper: 1950 to 1970
- LDS Parish and Vital Records List
- U.S. Postal Guide: alphabetical lists of post offices in 1905
- Materials on many states with particular emphasis on Texas and Louisiana, including:
- City directories
- Marriage lists
- Lists of Confederate soldiers
- Texas newspapers
- Galveston passenger lists
- Indexes to deeds
- Tax rolls
- Probate records
- Some family genealogies, and much more
The Tyrrell Historical Library has begun a new and exciting program called the "Tyrrell Historical Library Digital Collections©."
Started with a generous donation by the Tyrrell Historical Library Association, this project allows the library to present selected parts of our collections digitally through OCLC's CONTENTdm digital portal program. Please access the following links to begin your journey through the history of Beaumont and Southeast Texas.
There are 3 ways to access web resources for the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives:
- Digital Collections Portal
- The digital portal allows you to directly access online collections or documents and photographs.
- Master Index to the Archives Collections
- The Master Index allows access to an alphabetical list of collection descriptions
- Tyrrell Historical Library Archive Collections
- The Archive Collections houses digitized documents and records, and can be searched via keywords or collections.
- Do the Libraries have eBooks and eAudiobooks?
Yes, the Libraries offer free eBooks and free eAudiobooks through 2 online portals: Overdrive and Cloud Library from Bibliotheca. Cloud Library is a consortium with dozens of other libraries around the State of Texas. Both have links to sign in from our website and more information.
- How do I get a library card?
Anyone living within Beaumont city limits is eligible to receive a free residential library card. Bring your Texas identification (ID) with a current address to any of the 4 circulating libraries and staff would be happy to assist. Anyone from outside the city may also get a non-resident card for a nominal fee.
- Do the libraries offer free Wi-Fi and computers?
Yes, each library offers free access to computers and Wi-Fi. Your library card is used to access the computers. Ask a staff member to help you!
- Do the Libraries offer English as a Second Language classes?
Yes, English as a Second Language Classes are offered at the Main Library in the mornings and 2 evenings a week. Please contact the Literacy Department at 409-835-7924 for a schedule of classes.
- Can I get help passing the GED at the library?
Yes! The Maurine Gray Literacy Center assists students preparing for the GED. Please call 409-835-7924 for more information and to get started studying for your GED.