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AC020_BEAUMONT_POLICE_DEPARTMENT_SCRAPBOOKSDescriptive Sheet General Type: Papers The Beaumont Police Department AC -020 Scrapbooks Listed Physical Description: Scrapbooks, 21 volumes, 16 folders Inclusive Dates: 1931-1989 Donor: The Beaumont Police Department DESCRIPTION In the last fifty years, the Beaumont Police Department has experienced a process of crisis and renewal. During the 1990s and 1950s, vice and corruption took root and flourished in Beaumont. The town quickly became known as "Sin City" of the South. Following the results of the James Committee investigations in 1961, the city fired Police Chief J.H. Mulligan and appointed Assistant Chief Willie Bauer as Chief of Police. Bauer joined the Beaumont Police Department as a patrolman in 1937 and rose rapidly through the ranks. He received promotion to sergeant in 1990, to captain in 1998, and to assistant chief in 1950. This collection covers the career of former Police Chief Willie Bauer and the activities of the Beaumont Police Department during the same period. Essentially, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, certificates of appreciation, and program guides comprise the collection's contents. Sixteen folders of ephemera account for the remainder of the collection's material and include items removed from the scrapbooks for preservation purposes. No restrictions apply.