Larry Jene Fisher was born Lawrence Orsino Fisher on June 18, 1902 to Gustave Henry Fisher and Lena Frey Fisher near Wichita Falls, Texas. Fisher was truly a Renaissance man as he was an aviator, musician, photographer, playwright and filmmaker. He played a key role in the first movement to preserve the Big Thicket as a national park by …
The Standifer Collection was compiled by James “Tiny” Standifer who was born in Beaumont and served as a line coach at Lamar in the 1940s. He is perhaps best known as a professor of health and physical education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
The collection is chiefly composed of photographs documenting …
Lamar's school newspapers, dating from 1933-2005, are now digitized and available here!
Mildred Ella Didrikson was born in Port Arthur, Texas on June 26, 1914. She adopted the nickname "Babe" in honor of baseball hero Babe Ruth. The Babe grew up in Beaumont, Texas, a slim, athletic tomboy with a competitive nature.
Between 1930 and 1932 Didrikson held American, Olympic, or world records in five different track and …
Special Collections contains a wide array of unique materials with the mission of documenting the history of Southeast Texas, particularly Beaumont and the Big Thicket. The aspects that make this region distinct, including its dense forests, and economy based on lumber, ship building, and petroleum are well represented.
One of our chief collecting focuses is the Big Thicket with over 25 collections documenting this unique area. These collections include Larry Jene Fisher’s collection of over 8,000 recently scanned images which document Big Thicket fauna and flora, social life and customs, and timber and oil production.