The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record, Volume 51


by Lamar University History Department|Texas Gulf Historical Society

In this issue, Kristin M. Szylvian of St. John’s University examines the influence of Lawrence Westbrook and David R. Williams upon housing reform during the Great Depression and World War II. Their work culminated in 1942 with the construction of Multimax Village in Beaumont, Texas. Zachary Defrancis is the inaugural winner of the Dr. Andrew J. and Betty H. Johnson Editor’s Prize for his essay in which he charts the history and neglect of the Sabine Pass Lighthouse, which operated for almost 100 years between 1857 and 1952. This volume also marks the return of two departments. In “Museum Corner,” Lynn P. Castle explores the visual poetry of Port Arthur-native Harvey Johnson, and in “Primary Sources,” Theresa Hefner-Babb interviews Cynthia K. Summers and Ralph J. Hefner-Babb, who in 2003 deployed to Uzbekistan as members of the 373rd Combat Sustainment Battalion, U.S. Army Reserves.

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About The Record

Published in conjunction with the Lamar University History Department, The Record is devoted to the history of Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast. Issued since 1965, The Record publishes multidisciplinary articles and edited primary sources focused on the history and culture of the Texas Gulf Coast and Southeast Texas broadly conceived. We encourage submissions from authors and scholars of diverse levels of experience, expertise, and backgrounds.

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