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.
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
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