Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library

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Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library

2712 Nederland Avenue

Nederland, TX 77627

Telephone: 409-722-1255



Hours of Operation: Monday, 1-9; Tuesday-Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10:30-2:00

Note: Public computers shut down 20 minutes before closing. Please plan accordingly.

Directions/Parking Map: Map

Description of Collections[edit | edit source]

Print Collection

The Library's local history collection concentrates on Nederland and the Jefferson County area and is located in the Archive Room. The library does not collect genealogical material except for a few titles of general interest and items that tie into the Archive Collection. The library has the following items on microfilm or in print


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that cover Beaumont, Nederland, Port Neches, and Port Arthur

MidCounty Chronicle from April 1932 – 2001

MidCounty Review from June 1949 - September 1966

Peoples Press for 1929 (only known issues - now available online)


Pilot (Nederland High School annual) from 1927 to the present. Some years are not available because they were not printed.

Announcer (Nederland High School newspaper)

Yellowed Pages – misc. years.

City Directories -- Nederland does not have a City Directory. It is included in the directories for Port Arthur and Beaumont. The library owns the following editions:

Port Arthur -- 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1951-1953, 1956-1961, 1964, 1968-1969, 1971, 1972, 1975-1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989-1991, 1993-1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006

Beaumont -- 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1994

Digital Collections

Newspaper Archives of the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library – digital copies of the MidCounty Chronicle, MidCounty Review, and Peoples Press.

Digital Archives of the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library -- primarily photographs at this time, including images from the Nederland Historical Society Collection.

Nederland High School Annuals -- located on the library's website.

Major online subscription databases:

Ancestry Library Addition (online only)

Heritage Quest Online (remote access courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Services[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Tips for Your Visit[edit | edit source]

  • Do your “homework” before visiting the library. Gather basic information about your family – names, dates, and places – from home sources and by interviewing relatives.
  • Make a research plan by deciding what specific information you would like to find during your visit.
  • If you are coming to use resources held in the collection, prepare in advance by checking their online catalog to determine what materials might be available.
  • Bring a flash/thumb drive to save your research.
  • Bring change if you’ll need to make copies from print materials from city directories or other materials.
  • Wireless internet is available.

Societies/Museums[edit | edit source]


Nederland Historical Society

1501-1515 Boston Avenue

Nederland, Texas 77627, US

ph.: 409-722-4110

The Society's collection is housed at two local museums: Dutch Windmill Museum and La Maison Des Acadienne. See the section on Museums for additional information. The Society meets quarterly on the first Friday of March, June, September, and December at 10:00 am at the Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library.

SouthEast Texas Genealogical & Historical Society

PO Box 3827

Beaumont TX 77704

(409) 833-2759

Per the society’s site: The SETGHS represents an area in Texas that was previously a part of the Spanish territory formerly known as the Atascosito District.  This district today is comprised of ten counties located in the Southeastern corner of Texas bordering Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. Represented in this district are: Chambers County, Hardin County, Jefferson County, Jasper County, Polk County, Orange County, Liberty County, Newton County, San Jacinto County & Tyler County. The Society has a variety of publications available for sale.


Dutch Windmill Museum

The Dutch Windmill Museum in Nederland is a tribute to Dutch settlers. The first floor of the museum has a western theme, featuring artifacts that date back 100 years, including a suit, boots and other mementos of the late Tex Ritter, the country-and-western music star, who called Nederland home.

Learn More

La Maison Des Acadienne

La Maison Des Acadienne pays tribute to early French settlers of the area and was built as a replica of early Acadian homes. Costumed guides are available for tours by request.

Learn More

Museum Address & Hours:

Address: 1500 Boston Ave, Nederland, TX 77627

Hours: March 1st to August 31st: Monday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hours: September 1st to February 28th: Wednesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Admission is Free