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[Aerial View of Government Complex]

Description: Photograph of an aerial view of a governmental complex. The complex includes a sub-courthouse, city hall, and post office. Other buildings and a body of water are also visible. Text below the photograph says "Governmental Complex Port Arthur, Texas August, 1985."
Date: August 1985
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

Bee County College Drawing

Description: Print of a Bee County College in Beeville, Texas. The print depicts a quadrangle on the college campus surrounded by buildings and lined with trees. The original watercolor was created by Richard Lewis. In 1965 the voters of Bee County named the entire county as a college district and issued bonds in the amount of $1,500,000 for a junior college. One hundred acres of land was donated for the college campus by the widow of A.C. Jones, Mrs. W.M. Thompson, W.W. Jones II, and Mrs. H.B. Hause. In the fall of 1967 the first classes of Bee County College were held. Today the college is named Coastal Bend College and includes campuses in Beeville, Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton.
Date: 1980
Creator: Lewis, Richard
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

[CavOILcade Parade]

Description: Photograph of eight women sitting on a parade float for the CavOILcade Parade. Two women are identified as Mrs. Merle Murphy (standing far right) and Mrs. George (Martha) Gray (front row, far right). All but one of the women are wearing historical dresses. There is an embroidery hoop to the left of the women, one woman is holding a parasol, and another woman is holding a quilt. A sign on the front of the float says "Civic Club."
Date: 1984
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[Crowd Seated for an Event at a Stele]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people seated before a large rock. The crowd, left, is made up of various ages and races of people, with some standing along the edge of the mass. To the right, a group of people are situated in a line to the sides of a rock that is half again the size of a person. The rock is broad and thin and has a hide on its front. A man in a pink shirt (Bob Green) leans against the rock to the right, while another man (Joe Blanton)stands in front of it. Cars can be seen parked in the background.
Date: 1984~
Creator: Doss, Keller
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Elders in a Field]

Description: Photograph of four elderly people in a field. Three elderly sisters (Sallie, Lucile, and Ethel) are seated in the field with the elderly Watt Matthews standing behind them with his hands on the first and third lady. A prickly pear cactus grows to the right of the group.
Date: 1984~
Creator: Doss, Keller
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Farm Royale]

Description: Photograph of a building identified as Farm Royale on 2701 Memorial Boulevard. The front of the building features cut-outs of a cartoon cow, chicken, and pig. Signs along the width of the restaurant say "Coca-Cola," "Fried Chicken," "Farm Royale," and "Barbecue Chicken." A sign running vertical on the roof of the building says "Farm Royale." In the background, there are houses.
Date: 1987
Creator: Everett, James
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[Group of People outside of a Ranch House]

Description: Photograph of over twenty people at various stages in their adult lives who are gathered in front of a stone ranch house. Three elderly sisters (Sallie, Lucile, and Ethel) sit in chairs in front of the group.
Date: 1984~
Creator: Doss, Keller
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

HemisFair Luncheon, 1988

Description: Speech given at HemisFair Luncheon commemorating the 20th anniversary of HemisFair '68.
Date: 1988
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Laura Wilson, Richard Avedon, and Watt Matthews in the Cookshack]

Description: Photograph of (left to right) Laura Wilson, Richard Avedon, and Watt Reynolds Matthews sitting in the cookshack at Matthews Ranch headquarters. Wilson is holding a notepad, and she and Avedon appear to be listening to Matthews as he talks. Avedon is wearing a cowboy hat given to him by Matthews. In the background are two picnic tables with checkered table cloths.
Date: 1981~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

Lower Valley School Reunion

Description: Pamphlet from the first reunion of Lower Valley School alumni which includes the program from the even, and text containing a history of the Lower Valley School and surrounding community as well as a timeline of the known teachers who worked at the school and a list of school trustees.
Date: 1987
Item Type: Pamphlet
Partner: Northeast Lakeview College

[Photo-postcard to Watt Matthews]

Description: Postcard sent to Watt Matthews by photographer Richard Avedon and writer/photographer Laura Wilson. Image on the postcard is of Wilson and Avedon in a hay field. Wilson is lying on top of a bale of hay. To her left, Avedon is jumping with a cowboy hat in his hand. Message on the back reads: "Still on the road. Still grateful." Signed: "Laura and 'Old' Dick."
Date: 1981
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Port Arthur City Hall]

Description: Photograph of a building identified as Port Arthur City Hall on 444 Fourth Street. The building is several stories high, and there are windows along the corners and top of it. There are several trees and a parking lot with cars in the foreground.
Date: 1986
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[Queen of Vietnam Shrine]

Description: Photograph of the Queen of Vietnam Shrine on the 900 block of Ninth Avenue. The shrine consists of statue of a woman wearing robes with her hands outstretched while holding a rosary; there is a sacred heart symbol on her chest and a crown on her head. The statue is located under an Asian-style gazebo. A walkway leads to the shrine, and plants and a garden surround it. In the background, there are buildings. The shrine was built in 1986.
Date: 1989
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[Restored Stone Ranch]

Description: Photograph of ranch buildings in a field. A small building with a chimney is sitting to the left of a larger building that has a chimney on either side, two windows, and a door.
Date: 1985
Creator: Parks, David
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Richard Avedon in the Reynolds Bend Schoolhouse]

Description: Photograph of Richard Avedon inside the Reynolds Bend schoolhouse. He stands to the right of a wooden desk with one hand resting on the desk. On the wall behind him are two chalkboards positioned between wooden shelves. There are chalk drawings of buffalo skulls and animals by Bill Cauble on the left chalkboard. "Bryant" is written next to a heart on the right chalkboard. In the foreground is a pipe stove. The room has wood floors and wood benches on either side.
Date: 1981~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Ronald Reagan Shaking Watt Matthews' Hand]

Description: Photograph of President Ronald Regan congratulating Watt Reynolds Matthews at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The men are facing the camera shaking hands and standing in front of a blue backdrop. Written on the mat below the photo is the inscription: "To Watt Matthews With Best Wishes - Ronald Regan." Photo is labeled on the back: "Cowboy Hall - July 21, 1989 WATT MATTHEWS."
Date: July 21, 1989
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Stone Building Under Construction]

Description: Photograph of a stone building under construction. Stone blocks are scattered among the foreground in front of the partially built wall. A group of people stand near a doorway that is being propped up with lumber.
Date: 1983~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Stone Wall Under Construction]

Description: Photograph of a stone wall under construction. Stones are scattered in front of the wall near a indention that is being held up with lumber. Wooden poles protrude upward from the wall.
Date: 1983~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch

[Whitehaven House]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a building identified as Whitehaven, the home of Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Morris on 2545 Lakeshore Drive. The house is two stories high, and columns in the front reach the second story. Bushes and shrubs line the house. The house was built in 1915, and is now owned and operated by Lamar State College. Facilities were donated to the college by the Port Arthur Daughters of the American Revolution in 2000.
Date: 1988
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library

[Whitehaven House]

Description: Photograph of an exterior view of a building identified as Whitehaven, the home of Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Morris on 2545 Lakeshore Drive. The house is two stories high, and columns in the front reach the second story. There is a flag pole and a circle driveway in the front yard. Text at the top of the photograph says "White Haven 1988." The house was built in 1915, and is now owned and operated by Lamar State College. Facilities were donated to the college by the Port Arthur Daughters of the American Revolution in 2000.
Date: 1988
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Port Arthur Public Library