Special Collections and Preservation Division
Neighborhood History Research Collection
Beaman Photograph Album
1915-1918 .25 linear ft.
Call number: Archives_BEA
Daniel Walker Beaman was born in Richville, New York, in 1890. He graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, in 1915, and spent part of that summer at the Young Men’s Christian Association camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It was here that he made a scrapbook/photo album of life in camp, and this album he presented to his fiancee, Beatrice Reynolds. Miss Reynolds was born in Brandon, New York, 1890.
Daniel and Beatrice Beaman were married in Malone, New York, in 19171, and set up housekeeping in a second-floor apartment at 4022 West Irving Park Road, Chicago. They lived here until April, 1918.
This collection consists of a twenty-nine page photo album (1:1). A Contents by Page listing follows the Box and Folder Inventory. The collection also includes pages clipped from the Beaman guest book (1:2) covering the months that they lived in the Irving Park Road apartment at 4022 West Irving Park Road, Chicago. They lived here until April, 1918.
Those photographs and post cards with a Chicago connection have been individually described for the Neighborhood History Research Collection Photo card file, as follows:
Clubs and Organizations
Y. M. C. A.--Camp at Lake Geneva
Y. M. C. A.--Division Street Department
Y. M. C. A.--College, 5315 Drexel Avenue
Art Institute of Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo
Beaman, Daniel Walker (1890-)
Beaman, Beatrice Reynolds (1890-)
4022 W. Irving Park Rd.
University of Chicago--Quadrangle Club
The material in this collection was donated to The Chicago Public Library by Mary Ruth Beaman Judd, daughter of Daniel and Beatrice Beaman, November, 1989.
The Beaman Photograph Album is available to the public for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room on the 9th floor of the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60605. The collection does not circulate, although photocopy and photoreproduction services are available depending upon the condition of the original materials. First time patrons to Special Collections must present photo identification and complete a Reader Registration Form. Telephone inquiries on this collection and other Special Collections holdings can be directed to 312-747-4875.
1. Photo album--Lake Geneva,
Wisconsin; 1915 June
2. Guest book pages--4022 W. Irving Park Blvd.; 1917-18
1. Dan Beaman, 1915
Williams Bay [Wisconsin] train station
Postcard: "Overlooking Lake Geneva, Wisconsin"
2. Lake Geneva aquatics
Postcard: "Before the winds--Lake Geneva"
Postcard: "Holiday Home--Lake Geneva"
3. Two photos, unidentified [Lake Geneva]
4. Three photos: View of
5 men in a sailboat, identified
Same 5 men swimming, 1915
5. Two photos of Dan Beaman
at Yerkes Observatory, Lake Geneva
Postcard: "The Athletic Field, YMCA Camp, Lake Geneva"
Postcard: "Interior of Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay"
6. Photograph, unidentified
Postcard: "Along the Shore, YMCA Camp"
Postcard: "Lewis Auditorium, YMCA Camp"
7. Two photographs of swimmers
on wharf, 1915
Postcard: "Tenting under the trees at YMCA Camp"
Postcard: "A favorite view at YMCA Camp"
8. Dan Beaman, standing
Postcard: Lewis Auditorium, YMCA Camp"
Postcard: Athletic Field, YMCA, Lake Geneva, Wis."
9. Unidentified photograph,
12 men, posed at Lifeguard perch
Postcard: "The Dining Hall, YMCA Camp"
Postcard: "I. E. Brown Hall, YMCA Camp"
10. Five swimmers, posed
at Lifeguard perch; Dan Beaman identified
Postcard: "The Terrace, Weidensall Hall, YMCA Camp"
Postcard: "Dining Room Annex, YMCA Camp"
11. Two photographs of seaplane landing and landed on Lake Geneva
12. Photograph of campers’
tent, with four campers in beds
Postcard: "Tents and Cottages, YMCA Camp"
13. Three unidentified photographs, Lake Geneva, Steamboat "Majestic"
14. Two unidentified photographs, Lake Geneva
15. Two unidentified photographs, [Beaman’s tent?], Lake Geneva
16. Postcard: "The
Young Men’s Christian Association of Chicago--
Division Street Department, 1621 West Division Street"
Postcard: "YMCA College, 5315 Drexel Avenue, Chicago, June 19, 1915"
[Shows building in process of construction]
17. Two unidentified photographs, [Dan Beaman’s bedroom in Chicago?]
18. Postcard: Art
Institute of Chicago
Two unidentified postcards
19. Seven unidentified photographs [Lincoln Park Zoo?]
20. Three unidentified photographs, ski resort
21. Three unidentified photographs, ski resort
22. Four photographs:
[Daniel Beaman and Bea Reynolds?]
[Daniel Beaman and one other swimmer]
[Daniel Beaman and two other swimmers]
[Daniel Beaman and friend]
23. Two photographs, July
4th, Tremont, Indiana
Two unidentified photographs
24. Two unidentified photographs, one showing beachside campers having a mean
26. Postcard: "Quadrangle
Club, University of Chicago"
Postcard: "Just a Spin at Twilight on Lake Geneva"
27. Photograph of living room/bedroom, 4022 Irving Park Blvd., 1917-18
28. Page covered with "North-West Side Booster Week" stamps
29. Page covered with "North-West
Side Booster Week" stamps