Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Clyde Vincent Papers, 1600-2014



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vincent, Clyde, 1925-2014
Title: Clyde Vincent papers
Dates: 1600-2014
Creator Abstract: Clyde Vincent was a lifelong resident of Port Neches, Texas who did extensive research on the cultural and historic heritage of the Acadian people of East Texas. He founded an organization called Les Arcadians du Texas which sponsored a choral group, tours to France and Canada, restoration of an authentic Acadian house, collection of genealogical information, and engaged in efforts to preserve the Cajun language and culture. The collection includes genealogical records, photographs, club business records, historic and scientific data from books, newspapers and oral accounts. Several boxes of VHS tapes, DVDs and other audiovisual material are also included.
Identification: AC-592
Extent: 13.5 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Clyde Vincent was a Cajun genealogist who grew up in the "Little Abbeville" neighborhood of Port Neches, Texas. He collected stories, photographs, genealogical records and oral histories in order to become more connected to his Cajun roots and to keep Cajun traditions alive. In 1979 he formed a Cajun cultural club and served as its president for 30 years. The club, which was named Les Acadianes du Texas toured France and Canada in search of genealogical records and cultural information. The members restored an authentic Cajun house – circa 1810 for display at Port Neches Riverfront Park.


Scope and Content Note

The collection includes birth, marriage and death records back to the 1600s collected from France and Canada as well as books and articles explaining the migration of the Acadian people from France to Canada and later from Canada to Louisiana and Texas. Photographs and oral histories describe the lifestyle of early Cajun residents and the industries which brought them to East Texas. Research and articles on genetic diseases affecting people of Acadian ancestry are included. Genealogical research on various families from Port Neches and the surrounding area is a large part of the collection. Business and membership records for Les Acadianes du Texas, the group founded by Mr. Vincent, include rosters, correspondence, tour itineraries, photographs, and financial records. Cajun music by local artists and club events are recorded on video cassettes and CDs.


 

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 15 boxes.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for the collection. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.


Index Terms

Cajuns
Personal Names
Vincent, Clyde, 1925-2014
Organizations
Les Acadianes du Texas
Subjects
Genealogy
History
Acadians
Locations
Port Neches (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
France (Europe, World : Nation)
Canada (North America, World : nation)
Louisiana (United States, North America : state)
Genres/Formats
Government records
Clippings (information artifacts)
Books
Pamphlets
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Oral histories (document genres)
Diaries
Poems
Songs (document genre)

Related Material


Separated Material

Mr. Vincent also donated approximately two hundred genealogy books to the Tyrrell Historical Library. These are kept in the genealogy department of the library. Each book has a bookplate in it denoting its donation by Mr. Vincent.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [folder], [box], Clyde Vincent Papers, 1600-2014, AC-592, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Clyde Vincent, 2014 April.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2014 June.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2014 June.

Accruals

Further accruals are not expected.


Bibliography


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Clyde Vincent Papers, 1600-2014

Box Folder
1 1 Abbeville, France and Louisiana
2 Acadian Calendars and Postcards
3 Acadian Dances
4 Acadian Exiles in Saint Malo, 1758-1785
5 Acadian Genealogy
6 Acadian Genealogy Exchange
7 Acadian History
8 Acadian Prisoners at Halifax, 1763
9 Les Acadiens en Poitou
10 Les Acadiens du Texas
11 Affidavit of Amanda M. Smith
12 Annapolis Royal River
13 Antioch Primitive Baptist Church
14 Arceneaux Home
15 Aresnault, Bona
16 Artifacts
17 Babin
18 Background Information on Historic Topics
19 Barbeau, Dr.
20 Barbot Boisdore
21 Bayou Teche Steamboating
22 Beaumont, France
23 Belizaire The Cajun
24 Belle Ile en Mer
25 Benoit
26 Blacksmit Shop - Port Neches
27 Blanc Brothers
28 Blanchet - Blanchit
29 Bonnin and Charpentier
30 Bourdages
31 Bourgeois
32 Boutte
33 Breaux - Joe and Wilton Hebert
34 Broussard (1 of 4)
35 Broussard (2 of 4)
36 Broussard (3 of 4)
37 Broussard (4 of 4)
38 Broussard, Census, Louisiana, 1810
39 Broussard, Dela
40 Broussard Family Genealogy Newspaper Clippings in Louisiana
41 Broussard, Louisiana
42 Broussard, Felozie
43 Broussard, Holland, Mrs.
44 Broussard, Joseph (Texas)
45 Broussard, Martin and Azelina Duhon
46 Broussard and Vincent Genealogy
Box Folder
2 1 Cades
2 Cajun Music
3 Cajuns' Migration to Texas
4 The Cajuns of East Texas - University of Kentucky Survey
5 Cajuns (Who Are They?) Blues, Bayous, and Boudin
6 Cajun Folklore
7 Caraquet Historic Village
8 Carlin
9 Cattle Drives (Melo)
10 Cemeteries Natchitoches, Parish including Provencal
11 Census Jefferson County, 1850
12 Les Chanteurs Acadiens du Texas
13 Chassing
14 Cheniere au Tigre
15 Chaisson
16 Choir from France
17 Clark, Mrs. Spinner
18 Classical Names
19 Coat of Arms
20 Comeau
21 Correspondence (Miscellaneous)
22 Customes (Cajun)
23 Cotard
24 Cultural Material
25 Darby
26 Deaton (Galveston)
27 DeVillier - Coulon
28 Diary
29 Diary of Births and Marriages also Alter
30 Dogue (Doga)
31 Doucet
32 Douget (Doga)
33 Dugas
34 Duguay
35 Treville Duhon Last Will and Testament
36 Dupuy -DuPuis-Dupree
37 Fabre DeRouen Maudry Broussard HP Landry
38 Farm
39 Father Donald J. Hebert Death Memorial
40 Flower Films Catalog
41 France, 1985
42 France
43 France Louisiane Franco Americanie
44 Franchebois
45 French Choir (Chorale de Bel Air)
46 French Language
47 Friedreich Ataxia (Betty LeBlanc)
48 Fontenot #1
49 Fontenot #2
50 Funeral Notices
51 Genealogical Information (Miscellaneous)
52 Gaspard and Vincent Genealogy
53 German Coast and John Baptiste
54 Gremillion
Box Folder
3 1 Hamshire
2 Hardy
3 Hargrave
4 Hebert
5 Hebert Family Pedigree Charts
6 Hebert Wilton
7 Highbanks, Texas
8 Hines, Clyde
9 Hoffman
10 Holland, Julia. Community Post Article "Courage with a Camera"
11 Kaskaskia
12 Lady Beau Old House Articles; Val Lindsey Lay-out of Trees at Park at Old House
13 Landry
14 Language (French)
15 LeBlanc
16 LaBlanc and Broussards
17 Leger
18 Le Norte, Alain
19 Little Abbeville
20 Lopez
21 Louisiana Flood
22 Louisiana Land Grant Tract Maps
23 Luther, Geneva. Last Will and Testament
24 Lyons
25 Maps
26 Maryland (Acadians in)
27 Massignon, Genevieve
28 Meche
29 Melanson
30 Mendoza
31 Mia Family Genealogy
32 Mire
33 Missouri
34 Mistric
35 Monte
36 Montet
37 Moore
38 Mouton, Delores
39 Munier and Mallette
40 Nunez
41 Obituaries
42 Old House: La Maison Beausoleil
43 Orphan Trains
44 Pellerin Family back to 1729
45 Photographs (People)
46 Unidentified Family Members Photograph Album
47 Photographs (School Class Pictures)
48 World War I Military and Family Photos
49 Uncle Essay (Vincent) and Saint Catherine School Pupils Photo
50 Vincent Family Members Photos
51 Vincent Descendant Photo
52 Remus Vincent and Wife Photo, Unknown House Photo
53 Durphy P. Vincent and Family Photo
54 Eula Vincent Photo
55 Elia Broussard and School Pupils Photo, 1885
56 Group Gathering Photos
57 Elana (Vincent) Photos
58 Grandmother Vincent Photos
59 Clyde Vincent and Harold Myers Photo
60 Clyde and Immediate Family Members Photo
61 Special Events Photo
62 College Graduation Photos
63 Clyde Vincent 60th Service Award Party Photo, 1977 October 8
64 Clyde Vincent Military Photos
65 Clyde Vincent Photos
66 Jacque Hebert Family Genealogy
67 Charles Hebert Photo and Genealogy
68 Eloi Vincent Genealogy Pedigree Chart
69 Photographs (Structures and Object)
70 Poems and Songs (English)
71 Poems and Songs (French)
Box Folder
4 1 Point Coupee (Settlers)
2 Poitiers
3 Pontiff
4 Port Neches
5 Prejean
6 Provost - Pellerin - Weber
7 Pridgen Family Genealogy Correspondence
8 Pridgen, Matthew
9 Pridgeon
10 Prince Edward Island History: "Our Island Story"
11 Prominent People of South East Texas
12 Richard (1 of 3)
13 Richard (2 of 3)
14 Richard (3 of 3)
15 Rigmaiden Dairy
16 Robicheau
17 Royer
18 Segura
19 Songs (English)
20 Spindletop
21 Spindletop Powerhouse Personnel
22 Texas
23 Texas Gulf Sulphur Company
24 Theroit
25 Thibodaux, Louisiana
26 Toucheque
27 Touchet, Carlton
28 Tours
29 Trahan
30 Traiteurs
31 Travel Brochures
32 Usher Syndrome
33 Veroni -Verony
34 Vincent, Desire
35 Vincent Family Reunion Names, 1990
36 Vincent Females Marriage List for Iberia Parish, Louisiana
37 Vincent, John Clyde
38 (Leenee) Vincent Baptismal
39 Vincent Males Marriage List for Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
40 Pierre Vincent and Catherine Galman Marriage Contract, 1790 April 20
Box Videotape
5 1 Unidentified
2 Power Rider
3 Ice Storm
4 Boudreaux Reunion
5 Catholic Hour - Father Vandeholt
6 Quebec
7 French Classes, 1984 March 13; 1984 March 20
8 Unindentified
9 Eddie Boudreaux
10 French Play "Mille Miseres"
11 1 - Father Daigle and Barry French Dictionary; 2 - Cajun Music, Mike Doucet; and 3 - 139 Hardy
12 Guidry French Speaking Blacks, Doctor Mitchel and Hosea Philips
13 Dedication of La Maison Beausole, Port Neches Park, Texas, 1988 November 6
14 History of Le Arcadians du Texas by Clyde Vincent, Clifton Vincent, and Josie Dorman
15 Le Acadiens due Texas (DVD produced and arranged by Josie Dorman, Clyde and Clifton Vincent)
16 MBU 45 Master Broadcast Videocassettes
17 Care of TV 5, Baucherie
18 Care of TV 5, Manuel Toups
19 L'Accordion Music
20 En Francais by Bernard Theuautl and Paul Martin
21 En Francais by Catille, A.J. LeBlanc, and Robert Champagne
Box Videotape
6 1 Mass - Good Musicians, 1990
2 Italy and Switzerland, 1996 May
3 Port Neches Park, 1991 October 10
4 Mr. Broudeaux
5 Les Acadiens du Texas, (1 of 2)
6 Les Acadiens du Texas, (2 of 2)
7 Randy LaBrie
8 LaSalle
9 En Francais L'Accordian Music
10 Trip to Joreau, Louisiana. Barn and House
11 Trip to Canada, 1994 August 6-20
12 Channel 6 News at Noon With Clyde Vincent
13 Acadian Historical Village
14 La Maison Beausoleil, 1996
15 Terre D'Acadie
16 Hand Fishing and Cajun Music
17 Bells of France
18 Cajun Music History
19 Plum Nearly Ranch
20 Trip to France
21 French Class 1, 1984 March 6
22 Trip to France, 1996 May
23 Stephen White, Broussard, Doucet, 2004
24 Loumbs La Lu and D.L. Menard
25 New Orleans
26 France
27 France, 1985
28 French Singers
29 Les Acadiens du Texas (3)
30 Jean Plachs
31 Trip of Seven
32 Choir - Les Chanteauous Acadien du Texas
33 Acadien Village
34 French Mass, 1994
35 Chenier au Tigre
36 Cajun House - Lady Born in House
37 Bad Check
38 France (3)
39 Birds of North America
40 The American Experience: The Orphan Trains
41 Acadie Liberte
42 Descendants of Francois and Nicolas Broussard (Section 1)
43 Ancestors of Brent Broussard (Section 2)
44 Acadian Genealogies from the Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
45 Vincents of Louisiana, 2008
46 Doug and Garth, Old Pictures from Sabre
47 Wayne Foret, Jake Chimento, and Swamp Poppin
48 History of the Cajuns by Charlo
49 Descendants of Francois and Nicholas Broussard and Brent Broussard Ancestors
50 Christmas Magic by Ray Solis
51 Eddie LeJeune, D.L. Menard and Ken Smith - Le Trio Cadien
52 GRS Acadian Genealogies from the Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
53 GRS Archives of the Acadian Genealogy from the Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries
Box Videotape
7 1 France (1), 1985
2 Always for Pleasure Cajuns
3 Cathedral - Story of Its Construction
4 Dedication of "La Maison Beausoleil"s, 1988 November 6
5 Les Acadiens du Texas
6 Texas Public Health Convention
7 French Plays, La Table des Verves by Mille Miseres
8 Bishop'Inauguration
9 Cartoon (No Good)
10 Hackberry Ramblers, 2004 January 15
11 Alan Lomax (Cajun)
12 International Festival at Lafayette, Louisiana
13 Port Neches Park (No good), 1991 October 10
14 France
15 Rome to Paris Trip, 1996 June
16 Mrs. Holland
17 France, 1985
18 City of Quebec Trip, 1990
19 Belegice
20 Barry Acelet of Lamar, 1990 November 26
21 En Frances (#3N)
22 Ships Castles in New Orleans
23 Acadian Spirit: The Legacy of Philippe d'Entremont
24 Bon Matin
25 Vermillionville, 1990 April 22
26 En Fracais by Zachary Richard (Singer)
27 Snowy
28 Unknown Choir
29 Beaumont, France
30 Cajun (Poor Quality)
31 French Mass at Port Neches Park, 1991 October 10
32 Richard Zachory
33 Monctan Choir
34 Port Neches Park, 1991 October 10
35 Mass, 1994 October
36 France
37 Bishop's Installation
38 Aunt Eva Crowley
39 Les Acadiens du Texas
40 Black History
41 Beaumont, France
42 Sur La Ligne Acadienne, 1989
43 Anything I can Catch "Hand Fishing"
44 Good Fur What Ails You by Glen Pitre
Box Videotape
8 1 Mass (Check Again), 1991 October 10
2 Richard Zachary
3 #1
4 Travel Route 66 - Cean Sineus Castles
5 Barn During Early Consturction
6 French Mass at Port Neches Park, 1991 October 10
7 Les Chanters Acadiens du Texas, 1991 August 12
8 Birds (Volume 1)
9 Birds
10 Christmas at Old House 1994
11 Eunice Landry
12 Acadie Liberte
13 Original Songs from Pal
14 Acadien History Caraquet
15 Land of Acadia
16 Nursing Home in Crowley, Louisiana
17 Ralph Besnaud, "Red" Tammy ShoeTown
18 Four Songs from Pal
19 Top Men of 100 Years
20 Roboisson Jowy - Swiss Nova - SC Canada
21 Rendezvous des Cajun Show, 1988 January 9
22 Film by Lois Broussard of Clyde Vincent Giving a History of the Old House to Lois' daughter-in-law
23 Bishop's Installation
24 Village Historique Acadien
25 Danny Directing Choir
26 Chorale de BelAir
27 Copy of Butch Pierre (#1)
28 Choir (Danny)
29 France
30 Family Reunion 90
31 French Mass at La Maison Beausoleil, 2000 October 15
32 French Mass, 1994
33 History of Cajun Music
34 Old House in Port Neches, 1987 January 20
35 Cajun Country Cookers
36 Quebec, 1989 July
37 Clyde Vincent and Julie Broussard, 1989 Janurary 6
38 Acadie Liberte
39 Unidentified (#3)
40 Old House (Outside Video)
41 Les Acadiens du Texas Dedication
42 Looms (Clyde Vincent)
43 Amanda Lafleur, 2000 July 19
44 History of Spindletop Oil Field
Box File
9 1 Vincent Family Records
2 Church Dispensation Baptism and Burials at St. John's Cathedral
3 Vincent
4 Core Vincent's Descendants
5 Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery and Indian Bayou Cemetery
6 Acadiens en Belle Isle en Mer
7 Vincent Records
8 Genealogy Notes
Box File
10 1 Texas Research Book at Clayton
2 Bonjour L'Histoire
3 Workbook for Perspectives de France
4 Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler
5 Genealogical Information (Various Surnames)
6 Caruthers Family Genealogy
Box Videotapes
11 Unlabeled Tapes
Undetermined Content (No Labels)
Box Files
12 1 French Baptisms, Marriages, and Internments, 1633 -1704
2 French Baptisms, Marriages, and Internments, 1633-1704
Box File
13 1 Newspaper Clippings
Box File
14 1 Miscellaneous Photos, Notes, Correspondence
Box File
15 1 Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings