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Lena Milam Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC-018

Scope and Contents

This collection spans Lena Milam's professional life and the period of her retirement. Newspaper clippings highlight important periods in her life, such as the formation of the Music Study Club and the start of Music Week. Correspondence mainly includes letters of appreciation from admirers. Program guides offer a concise look at music events in Beaumont. Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by box. Material within each scrapbook is also arranged chronologically. Overall, newspaper clippings, program guides and correspondence dominate the collection.

Dates

  • 1877 - 1979

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Lena Milam was born in Sweet Springs, Missouri, October 19, 1884, and lived in Missouri until she was ten years old. In 1903, she moved to Beaumont with her father, H.F. Triplett, Superintendent of Beaumont Schools. In 1905, Milam married Allen Barnes Milam and eventually raised three children. She taught school in Beaumont and served as the Beaumont School District's Music Supervisor from 1911 to 1955. Lena Milam had a profound impact on the development of the musical arts in Beaumont. Mayor Elmo Beard declared May 26 as "Lena Milam Day" in 1955 to honor Milam for her musical contributions to the city of Beaumont. Along with the Harned sisters, she co-founded the Music Study Club, the Beaumont Music Commission, and helped organize Music Week in Beaumont. Lena Milam was well loved by the citizens of Beaumont, who knew her as "Aunt Lena." Milam died at the age of 100 in November 1984.

Extent

18 Cubic Feet (16 boxes, 166 scrapbooks)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Lena Triplett Milam (1884-1984) had a profound impact on the development of the musical arts in Beaumont. This collection spans Lena Milam's professional life and the period of her retirement. Newspaper clippings highlight important periods in her life, such as the formation of the Music Study Club and the start of Music Week. Correspondence mainly includes letters of appreciation from admirers. Program guides offer a concise look at music events in Beaumont.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into 2 series.

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1877-1975

Series 2: Music Books, 1938-1967

Title
Finding Aid for the Lena Milam Papers, 1877-1979
Author
Jennifer Perritt
Date
June 4, 2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository

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