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AC074_JAMES_COMMITTEE_SCRAPBOOKDescriptive Sheet The James Committee Scrapbook AC-074 (Rrlr No Inventory Available General Type: Papers Physical Description: 1 Scrapbook Inclusive Dates: 1960-1961 Donor: The First Methodist Church of Beaumont, TX DESCRIPTION From 1930 to 1960, Jefferson County was considered an open area for vice and corruption. For example, a large "red light" district operated freely in Beaumont's Crockett Street area, replete with saloons and brothels. In 1961, the General Investigating Committee of the Texas House of Representatives (the James Committee), chaired by Representative Tom James of Dallas, opened investigations of vice and corruption in Beaumont. The James Committee intended to destroy vice and corruption in Jefferson County, fearing the growth of national crime organizations in the state. Following a series of raids by the Texas Rangers, the Committee began hearings in Beaumont on January 4. The hearings produced a scathing report on vice and corruption in Jefferson County and resulted in the resignations of several leading officials in law enforcement and local government. This collection consists of one scrapbook containing newspaper clippings on the James Committee hearings and investigations. Many articles and editorials detail the revelations of witnesses and chronological progression of events. No restrictions apply.