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AC068_BEAUMONT_CHAMBER_OF_COMMERCE_RECORDS_1924_TO-1980Descriptive Sheet ( R General Type: Records The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce AC -068 Records Inventory Available Physical Description: 3 cubic feet Inclusive Dates: 1924-1980 Donor: The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce DESCRIPTION The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce formed during the height of the first Spindletop oil boom, on January 23, 1903. One hundred and sixty-five individuals signed on as charter members. The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce began an active program of initiating, and participating in, capitalist economic development projects. Much of the Chamber's 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. Although the collection's inclusive dates are 1924-1980, the bulk of material covers the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The researcher will find the collection divided into several series: correspondence, committee projects, Chamber of Commerce projects, annual membership meetings, publications, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and photographs. 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 photographic collection will provide the researcher a fascinating look at area industry and downtown Beaumont. No restrictions apply.