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AC248_BEAUMONT_MUSIC_COMMISSION_COLLECTIONTHE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -248 Beaumont Music Commission Collection, 1930s1960s DESCRIPTION In 1922, the City of Beaumont put together a Music Week to celebrate music in Beaumont. After its success, city manager George Roark appointed an eight person committee to coordinate activities of future Music Weeks and other musical activities in the Beaumont area. This was the beginning of the Beaumont Music Commission whose first president was Mr. M.E. Moore. The original objectives of the Commission including promoting the annual Music Week, supporting local music clubs, working towards creation of a new auditorium and symphony, helping young artists, and sponsoring community concerts. In 1933, Nancy Strong became president of the Beaumont Music Commission and remained in that post until 1964, when she passed away. During her tenure as president she launched the Artist Series in 1934 and is credited with bringing national and international artists to Beaumont including Van Clibum, the Vienna Boys Choir, and Itzhak Perlman. This collection includes originals and reprints of photographs from actors, actresses, conductors, dancers, musicians, and singers, who played in Beaumont. Many of these photographs are signed by the artists to Nancy Strong. There are also photographs of Nancy Strong with some of the artists.