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RG 30/76 - Willard Livingstone Beard (1865-1947)
Scope and Content
The Willard Livingstone Beard Papers consists primarily of letters (1910-1925) between the Willard and Ellen Beard and their children. Of special interest are the twenty letters written by Willard L. Beard and his daughter, Phebe, from Foochow, China (1921-23), some of which tell of the struggle between factions of the Chinese to gain control of the area. A letter from Myron Gould Beard to “Dearest Sister Dot” (Dorothy), dated June 29, 1920, is an account of his visit to Bahia Blanca, Argentina while on board the ship Mt. Baker. In addition to correspondence, there are photographs of the family, Japan and China, as well as some printed and homemade materials regarding the Beard children’s high school days and church activities in Oberlin.
Series Descriptions

I. Correspondence, 1910-1925, n.d. (5f)

Consists of family correspondence concerning daily life and the children's travel in American and abroad. A group of postcards from 1910 contain photographs of the children at a young age and descriptions of them. Later correspondence is mostly between the Willard and Ellen Beard and their children, but includes letters written from one sibling to another.

II. Printed Matter, 1904, 1919, 1921, 1923, n.d. (1f)

Includes a printed sheet about a Peace Celebration parade in Oberlin, Jubilee Notes from a celebration in Foochow, China, and programs for a 1919 Elyria High School Play and the Commission Service for Phebe Beard. Additionally, there are two pages of sheet music.

III. Miscellany, 1904-10, 1923-24, n.d. (4f)

This series consists of handmade booklets of gospel verses and drawings, one of which is signed “Kathleen C. Beard, age 11 years.” A separate folder contains invitations and miscellaneous notes. Two checking account books, 1900-10, contain records of checking activity and printed jokes pasted onto the pages. The Oberlin High School material, which relates to Dorothy, Marjorie, and Kathleen's school days consists of graduation and event programs, a homework assignment, and a handmade memory book given to Marjorie and Kathleen by the Junior Class.

IV. Photographs, n.d. (2f)

The photographs of China include snapshots with handwritten detailed descriptions on the reverse, a landscape view of a river, and a school portrait. Family photographs include snapshots taken in America, formal portraits of individuals and of High School Classes, and a picture of a school play.

Provenance
The papers of Willard Livingstone Beard were discovered in Tank Hall by the matron, Mrs. Packard, who gave them to Mrs. Katrine M. Baxley, the matron of Keep Cottage. Mrs. Baxley donated the papers to the College Archives on June 22, 1973.
Related Materials
See Shansi Memorial Association Finding Guide, RG 15, and the related materials section of the Shansi Finding Guide.
 
 
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