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Finding Aid for the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Records

Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Records

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Finding Aid for the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Records, 1924-2006





Profile Description

Creation: 2012 December 19. Encoded in Exchanger XML Editor by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.

Descriptive Summary

Repository:Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries, 695 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701
Creator:Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Title:Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Records
Dates:1924-2006, bulk 1950-1980
Extent:14.6 cubic feet in 30 boxes.
Creator Abstract:The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce was organized January 22, 1903 at a meeting attended by at least 165 people shortly after the Lucas Oil gusher was discovered in 1901. The subsequent activity at the Spindletop Hill oil field brought increased population and interest to the city, necessitating a chamber of commerce. The Chamber has been instrumental in the promotion and development of Beaumont and its industry, including the Port of Beaumont and the deep water (Neches River) shipping channel.
Content Abstract:This collection holds surveys, reports of conditions, and guidelines for Beaumont and its business sector to determine course of action on many important issues. The Chamber also produced promotional material to invite industry, tourism, and increased population to the city of Beaumont. Its publications reported on business trends and issues in Beaumont and the nation. The collection also includes many photographs, which were used for publications and reports, while others were taken to document conditions and events in the city.
Identification:AC-068
Language:Materials are in English.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 6 series.

Scope and Content Note

The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce has produced surveys, reports of activities and conditions for Beaumont and its business sector to determine course of action on many important issues. The Chamber has also produced promotional material to invite industry, tourism, and increased population to the city of Beaumont. The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce magazines and newsletters reported on business trends and issues in Beaumont and the nation. Many of the photographs in the Chamber's collection were used for publications and reports while others were taken to document conditions and events in the city.

The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce records consist of Beaumont photographs, negatives, and slides; newspaper articles and press releases; studies, surveys, reports, promotional books and brochures; programs and invitations; maps and drawings; Beaumont Chamber of Commerce newsletters, magazines and other magazine articles of the Beaumont area; and rosters and directories of members' businesses and products in the form of buyers guides.


Historical Note

The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce formed during the height of the first Spindletop oil boom, on January 23, 1903. 165 individuals signed on as charter members. The Chamber began an active program of initiating, and participating in, capitalist economic development projects. Much of its early work was promotional, such as organization of the Southeast Texas State Fair in 1904 and promotion of the oil industry in the 1920s. During the 1950s and 1960s, the Chamber commissioned industrial studies and continued promotional efforts. In 1970, however, new leadership put an end to what it called "ceremonial functions" and moved the Chamber forward in a new program of action.

Various committees carried out Chamber projects, including the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the Lucas Gusher (1951). An extensive collection of publications thoroughly record Chamber activities and publicity efforts. The photograph collection provides a fascinating look at area industry and downtown Beaumont.


Index Terms

Connally, John, 1917-1993
Doyle, John, 1897-1981
Meyers, Maury
Shivers, Robert Allan, 1907-1985
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (Beaumont, Tex.)
Young Men's Business League (Beaumont, Tex.)
Aerial photographs (Beaumont, Tex.)
Agriculture photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Banks and banking (Beaumont, Tex.)
Beaumont, Tex.--Statistics
Buildings photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Business (Beaumont, Tex.)
City traffic (Beaumont, Tex.)
Colleges and universities--Lamar University (Beaumont, Tex.)
Commercial buildings photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Floods photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Forest conservation
Forests and forestry
Harbors photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Hospitals (Beaumont, Tex.)
Hotels and motels
Houses photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Industry
Industry (Beaumont, Tex.)
Museums (Beaumont, Tex.)
Naval yards and naval stations photography
Office buildings photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Persons photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Petroleum (Beaumont, Tex.)
Public buildings photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Public libraries--Tyrrell Public Library (Beaumont, Tex.)
Railroads (Beaumont, Tex.)
Schools photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Shipbuilding photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Ships photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Shopping centers and malls (Beaumont, Tex.)
Stores (Beaumont, Tex.)
Transportation photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
Waterways photography (Beaumont, Tex.)
China, Tex.
Dallas, Tex.
Evadale, Tex.
Houston, Tex.
Jefferson County, Tex.
Lake Creek, Tex.
Orange, Tex.
Port Arthur, Tex.
Port Neches, Tex.
Rose City, Tex.
San Antonio, Tex.
Silsbee, Tex.
Tampico, Mexico
Town Bluff, Tex.
Alumni directories
Annual reports
Clippings (information artifacts)
Commercial correspondence
Commercial directories
Feasibility studies
Invitations
Literary magazines
Maps
Negatives (photographic)
Photographs
Preparatory studies
Press releases
Programs (documents)
Promotional materials
Rosters
Slides

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. 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.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], [Folder], [Box], Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Records, 1924-2006, AC-068, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of the collection was donated by the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce publications were donated by Maurine Gray.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 December.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 December.


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