Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Southeast Texas Postcard Collection Available Online

Monday, May 9, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Southeast Texas Postcard Collection Available Online


LIBERTY, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has digitized the Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection as part of TSLAC’s Texas Digital Archive (TDA).  TDA is a searchable online repository designed to preserve and provide access to the state’s historical records collections.  The Don Kelly Collection, as it is commonly known, includes 1,500 postcards and photographs of historic Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, and surrounding areas.  About 1,000 of those images can now be seen online.


The full Don Kelly Collection, dating from 1898 to 1997, can be viewed in person at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, Texas, a part of TSLAC’s Archives and Information Services Division.  The images no longer protected by copyright law can be browsed and downloaded through the Texas Digital Archive,  Some of the postcards are also part of TSLAC’s new exhibit Wish You Were Here, on display at the Lorenzo de Zavala building in Austin until September 30, 2016.


Don Kelly, a community leader who has been engaged in the political and civic life of Southeast Texas for decades, actively collected postcards depicting notable scenes of the area’s life, locale, and architecture.  In the 1990s, Kelly donated portions of his personal postcard collection to the Sam Houston Center.  The collection tells the story of many Southeast Texas businesses, churches, government institutions, railroads and landscapes.


The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the ten counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler. It is located at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty, TX. For more information on the Center’s collections, including the Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection, please call (936) 336-8821 or visit