Beaman Photograph Album

Dates: 1915-1918
Size: .25 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_BEA
Provenance: The material in this collection was donated to Chicago Public Library by Mary Ruth Beaman Judd, daughter of Daniel and Beatrice Beaman, November 1989.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Beaman Photograph Album [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Biographical Note

Daniel Walker Beaman was born in Richville, N.Y., in 1890. He graduated from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., 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, N.Y. in 1890.

Daniel and Beatrice Beaman were married in Malone, N.Y., in 1917, and set up housekeeping in a second-floor apartment at 4022 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. They lived here until April 1918.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a 29-page photo album (1:1). A Contents by Page listing follows the Container List. 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 W. 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

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 Photo album--Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; 1915 June
Box 1 Folder 2 Guest book pages--4022 W. Irving Park Blvd.; 1917-18

Photo Album Contents by Page

Page 1
  • Dan Beaman, 1915
  • Williams Bay [Wisconsin] train station
  • Postcard: "Overlooking Lake Geneva, Wisconsin"
Page 2
  • Lake Geneva aquatics
  • Lake Como
  • Postcard: "Before the winds--Lake Geneva"
  • Postcard: "Holiday Home--Lake Geneva"
Page 3 Two photos, unidentified [Lake Geneva]
Page 4
  • Three photos: View of Lake Geneva
  • 5 men in a sailboat, identified
  • Same 5 men swimming, 1915
Page 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"
Page 6
  • Photograph, unidentified [Lake Geneva]
  • Postcard: "Along the Shore, YMCA Camp"
  • Postcard: "Lewis Auditorium, YMCA Camp"
Page 7
  • Two photographs of swimmers on wharf, 1915
  • Postcard: "Tenting under the trees at YMCA Camp"
  • Postcard: "A favorite view at YMCA Camp"
Page 8
  • Dan Beaman, standing on beach
  • Mr. Worley
  • Postcard: Lewis Auditorium, YMCA Camp"
  • Postcard: Athletic Field, YMCA, Lake Geneva, Wis."
Page 9
  • Unidentified photograph, 12 men, posed at Lifeguard perch
  • Postcard: "The Dining Hall, YMCA Camp"
  • Postcard: "I. E. Brown Hall, YMCA Camp"
Page 10
  • Five swimmers, posed at Lifeguard perch; Dan Beaman identified
  • Postcard: "The Terrace, Weidensall Hall, YMCA Camp"
  • Postcard: "Dining Room Annex, YMCA Camp"
Page 11 Two photographs of seaplane landing and landed on Lake Geneva
Page 12
  • Photograph of campers’ tent, with four campers in beds
  • Postcard: "Tents and Cottages, YMCA Camp"
Page 13 Three unidentified photographs, Lake Geneva, Steamboat "Majestic"
Page 14 Two unidentified photographs, Lake Geneva
Page 15 Two unidentified photographs, [Beaman’s tent?], Lake Geneva
Page 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]
Page 17 Two unidentified photographs, [Dan Beaman’s bedroom in Chicago?]
Page 18
  • Postcard: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Two unidentified postcards
Page 19 Seven unidentified photographs [Lincoln Park Zoo?]
Page 20 Three unidentified photographs, ski resort
Page 21 Three unidentified photographs, ski resort
Page 22 Four photographs:
  • [Daniel Beaman and Bea Reynolds?]
  • [Daniel Beaman and one other swimmer]
  • [Daniel Beaman and two other swimmers]
  • [Daniel Beaman and friend]
Page 23
  • Two photographs, July 4th, Tremont, Indiana
  • Two unidentified photographs
Page 24 Two unidentified photographs, one showing beachside campers having a mean
Page 25 Blank
Page 26
  • Postcard: "Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago"
  • Postcard: "Just a Spin at Twilight on Lake Geneva"
Page 27 Photograph of living room/bedroom, 4022 Irving Park Blvd., 1917-18
Page 28 Page covered with "North-West Side Booster Week" stamps
Page 29 Page covered with "North-West Side Booster Week" stamps
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