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Lamar University
News Release
Monday, November 21, 2011

LU history department joins forces with historical society to publish
Texas Gulf Coast Historical and Biographical Record

The newly published issue of the Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record marks the beginning of a formal association between the Texas Gulf Historical Society and the Lamar University Department of History.

The history department has assumed full editorial responsibility for the Record, which the society started in 1964 and has published annually since 1965, said past editor John Storey, distinguished professor emeritus of history and former department chair.

“From its inception, the society’s objective has always been to explore, compile and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Texas Gulf region, and the Record has always been an outlet for that research,” Storey said. “The history department shares the society’s objective, and it will, through the Record, continue to publish scholarly research on all aspects of life along the Gulf Coast and across East Texas.”

Featured in the current issue, for example, are articles on banking, the tidelands oil controversy, Bolivar Peninsula and school desegregation in Orange.

Lamar’s history department and College of Arts and Sciences hosted a reception Nov. 11 to recognize the joint publication. Copies are available for $10 each from the Tyrrell Historical Library, 695 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont.

The publication welcomes submissions by historians, students and laymen alike, Storey said. Information about submitting articles is available at; or by contacting Jimmy Bryan, associate professor of history and the Record’s current editor, at the Lamar history department, (409) 880-8415 or

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