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AC015_BEAUMONT_LEAGUE_OF_WOMEN_VOTERS_RECORDSGeneral Type: Papers The Beaumont League of Women Voters Records Physical Description: Scrapbooks/ 3 volumes Inclusive Dates: 1946-1991 Donor: The League of Women Voters DESCRIPTION AC -015 Listed The Beaumont branch of the League of Women Voters formed in 1946 at the Edison Hotel. The Organization received its official charter in November. A press release declared that the League intended to "investigate civic projects and programs of public interest affecting the area and submit to the public its findings." The new organization immediately launched an aggressive drive to secure improved drainage in Jefferson County. In 1947, the League sponsored a weekly radio talk show called the "Citizens Forum." For much of its history, the League has taken particular interest in Beaumont school board elections, sponsoring candidate forums and debates. This collection comprises three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and photographs spanning the period from 1946 to 1985. Newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically, describing organizational meetings and events sponsored by the league. The Beaumont League of Women Voters did not restrict its activities to non -controversial or local issues. The league was very much involved in issues confronting the state legislature and led the local effort to repeal the poll tax. At the same time, the league was active in addressing the need for a minimum housing code in Beaumont. For the most part, however, the League concentrated on voter education and participation. No restrictions apply.