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Harned-Quilliam Papers

Identifier: AC-044

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks belonging to Gladys Harned Quilliam and her sister, Jewel Harned. Additionally, this collection contains records and programs related to music organizations in Beaumont such as: Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir, Beaumont Chamber Music Society, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, Beaumont Music Commission, and the Music Study Club.


  • Creation: 1914-1978

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Biographical / Historical

Gladys Harned Quilliam and her sister, Jewell Harned, were two major contributors to the musical community in Beaumont, Texas. The Harned family moved to Beaumont from Tennessee when Jewell and Gladys were children. Gladys Harned was a proficient violinist and graduate of Chicago Musical College. She continued her musical education in New York studios with various teachers. Gladys would eventually go on to marry William Reed Quilliam. They would have one child- William Reed Quilliam, Jr. Gladys Quilliam would go on to become a violin teacher along with her sister, Jewell, at Harned Studios. They would also found and direct the Mozart Violin Choir composed of the students at Harned Studios. Gladys served in many roles throughout the musical community such as the director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, co-founder of the Beaumont Music Commission, co-founder of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra, and director of Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society. Jewell Harned-sister to Gladys Quilliam- was also a prominent member of the musical community. She graduated from both Chicago Musical College and Julliard Institute in New York City. For the majority of her life, Jewell Harned taught piano through Harned Studios alongside her sister, Gladys. She also co-founded the Music Study Club in 1921. She was a member of both the Texas Music Teachers Association as well as the Beaumont Music Commission.


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This collection is comprised of records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks related to Gladys Harned Quilliam and Jewell Harned. Gladys Quilliam and Jewel Harned were both prominent members of the musical community in Beaumont, Texas. Sisters and Tennessee natives, they moved to Beaumont, Texas as children and grew to become proficient musicians and teachers. Gladys and Jewell were both teachers at the local Harned Studios. They were also both heavily involved in local music organizations such as the Beaumont Music Comission, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, and Beaumont Civic Opera. This collection contains documents related to both their careers, as well as documents related to musical organizations in Beaumont.


Series 1: Personal Papers

Series 2: Events

Series 3: Newspapers

Series 4: Newsletters

Series 5: Photographs

Series 6: History

Series 7: Oversize Materials

Finding Aid for Harned-Quilliam Papers
Sarah Grimm, Archivist; Jessica Jooster, Reference Clerk
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository