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John Walter Beattie (1885-1962) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 19/1/2
The John Walter Beattie Papers are arranged in five main categories: biographical material; correspondence; material related to the American Singer; a collection of songs and the related correspondence; and his writings.

The biographical material includes an Appreciation (May 15, 1950) from District 75, Evanston Public Schools; the diploma for the Doctor of Music degree from Denison University (June 11, 1934); a hand-written journal recording his trips in 1911, 1914, and 1930; and accounts, with photographs, postcards, and other items, of the trips in 1932, 1934, 1954, and 1955.

The correspondence, arranged chronologically by day, is primarily concerned with the American Book Company, the publisher of the American Singer, and with the records for that series. It provides an interesting view of the preparation and marketing of a music series for elementary schools and of some of the problems associated with city and state adoptions of such a series.

The American Singer material includes drafts and revisions of the text and the songs and related correspondence and comments.

The collection of songs and related correspondence consists mostly of material for The World's Children project, although there is also a large number of individual songs, in manuscript or print, from throughout the world.

His writings include the manuscript and typed versions of several articles and reports (including his final report as Dean of the School of Music), manuscript and typed versions of some of Beattie's poems and songs, and two of his printed addresses dealing with music education.

List of Music School Alumni Photographs in Box 5 of the John W. Beattie Papers:

Jane Ashlock, N.U. 1947. E. Lawrence Barr

Alice S. Beer

Erhardt Bergstrosser Zelia N. Breaux

Given Brackmiller Eugene Bohrnstedt Willis E. Buettner

Ruth Seigel and Morrie Durham, N.U. 1941 and 1940, 1946.

Walter Duerkson

Mollie DeFreitas

Kenneth Fite

Ann (Betty) Freeman, N.U. 1932

Sten (?) G. Halfvorson

Howard Hansen, N.U. 1940, 1945

Ruth Hansen, N.U. 1940 Gloria Dawson Harper Robert Hayden

Jane Heinemann, N.U. 1940 Lindsey Heining

L. Margueritle House James Monaliss Kabrin Grace Kloess Hosier Vivian Kronenberg L. John Lambros

Joe and Zenobia Martin Emily Wendt Mathis Betty Meacham, N.U. 1935 Ruth Miller

Genevieve Rystram More, N.U. 1935

Virginia Cleaveland Murdock, N.U. 1934

Jean and Jo McWethy

Mary Frances Gregg Page, N.U. 1926

Don Pash

Elba V. Pierson

Mary Agnes Graham Roberts, N.U. 1943

G. Russell Ross

Janet Schnell, N.U. 1950 Helen Bailey Schiano Ada Snyder Kubis

Elaine Ackerson Soderberg

Mary Reid Spring and Harling Spring, N.U. 1932 and 1931

Mae Sisler Stemple Edna Stone

Vernon H. Taylor

Paul Todd, N.U. 1950 Donald C. Todd

Catherine Moore Walker Rose Wilcox

Lelia Kay Wright, N.U. 1931

Nelle Yoder

Dates

  • 1907-1962

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

6.00 Boxes

Abstract

John Walter Beattie served as the Dean of the School of Music at Northwestern from 1934 until his retirement in 1951. The John Walter Beattie Papers are arranged in five main categories: biographical material; correspondence; material related to the American Singer; a collection of songs and the related correspondence; and his writings.

Method of Acquisition

Transferred to the University Archives from the School of Music, Summer, 1977. The first addition was transferred to the University Archives by Thomas Miller, Dean of the School of Music on August 10, 1978. The second addition was separated from the Records of the Dean of the Music School, 1923-1936 (Series 19/1/3).

Separated Materials

(1) Wooden Conducting Wand (Location: Gal II)

Processing Information

William K. Beatty. Addition processed by Elisabeth Wittman, August 1978. Addition processed by Sarah Rose; July 2003.
Title
Guide to the John Walter Beattie (1885-1962) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/08/1978
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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