BEECHER, BARTRAM, AND RELATED FAMILY PAPERS, 1773-2006

Norman Beecher and Nancy Bartram

Vault A45, Beecher, Unit 2 (Off-Site Storage*)


EXTENT:  38 containers (approximately 36 linear feet).

ORGANIZATION:  Organized into six series: I. Norman Beecher papers, 1923-2006; II. Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher papers, 1927-2006; III. Papers of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of Norman Buckingham Beecher and of the parents of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1837-2001; IV. Norman and Nancy Beecher family and personal papers, 1947-2006; V. Lineage of Norman Beecher, 1828-2005; VI. Lineage of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1773-2004.  Each series is further organized into subseries, as outlined in the series and subseries listing below.

Because of the extent of the collection, no attempt has been made in any part of it to arrange material within folders chronologically.  Consequently, the researcher may need to consult the entire contents of a folder or of a cluster of folders to locate items of a particular date.  Also, since there is some overlap of material across series, it may be necessary to search in more than one place for desired information.  (For example, there is information on the Mitsubishi Paper Company and its history in Series I and VI; correspondence between Norman Beecher and his parents in Series I and III; and material relating to Norman Beecher’s son Norman—“Bucky”—in Series I and IV.)

Series I has been organized and arranged somewhat more loosely than the remainder of the collection.

BIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY HISTORY:

Biographies:  Norman Beecher and Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher:  Norman Beecher was born in Clearwater, Florida, on March 20, 1923, the first child of Miriam Woolley Beecher and Norman Buckingham Beecher. His sisters Ann Constance and Barbara were born in 1926 and 1927, respectively. The Beecher family ancestry can be traced back directly to the Reverend Lyman Beecher and includes Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Norman attended both private and public schools in Clearwater through the tenth grade before completing high school at the Asheville School, a private boarding school in North Carolina, where the family summered and later bought a house. He graduated second in his class. Norman was accepted to MIT in 1940, the only school to which he applied because of its reputation as the top school for science and engineering. During his sophomore year he enrolled in advanced R.O.T.C., and in his junior year received basic training at Fort Devens in Massachusetts and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. In February of 1944, Norman began Officer Candidate School at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. When not in training for the military, he attended classes at MIT. In the spring of 1944, Norman received his Bachelor of Science degree and graduated from Officer Candidate School as a second lieutenant. During these years he wrote many introspective letters about religion, relationships, his personal development, and life goals.

In the fall of 1944, Norman shipped out to Marseilles, France, with the 136th Ordnance Battalion of the 14th Armored Division. He served as Automotive Officer in "B" Company as it advanced through France and Germany. As a liaison officer he sometimes had special assignments, one of which took him through Dachau shortly after the war ended. The concentration camp there had just been liberated. He was not permitted to enter because of the threat of disease, but spoke to enough people who had been inside, and saw enough through the gate, to be convinced that everything rumored about that godforsaken place had been true. On September 1, 1945, he was promoted to first lieutenant. He was discharged at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on June 18, 1946, and returned to MIT to attend graduate school, working toward a degree in chemical engineering. He completed his Master of Science degree and married Nancy Elizabeth Bartram in June 1948, a week after her graduation from Wellesley College.

Nancy Elizabeth Bartram was born on May 24, 1927 in Nitro, West Virginia, to Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram, growing up there with her older brother Thomas. Nancy graduated from Northfield (now Northfield Mount Hermon) in 1944 and from Wellesley College in 1948 with a degree in biblical history. A student government leader at Wellesley, in May of 1948 she was featured in an article in Look magazine, "Student Head of Wellesley has a full time job."

Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey, 1949-1952:  Norman and Nancy began their married life together in a second floor apartment in Belmont, Massachusetts. Norman was working at Dewey & Almy and Nancy for a church organization, but at the same time they had been looking for a chance to work abroad. Offered teaching positions at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, by one of the school’s professors whom they had met at the Wellesley summer language school, they seized upon the opportunity. Norman was engaged to teach in the Engineering School and Nancy in the Community School, a primary school where she would teach the children of English-speaking residents. Their tenure at Robert College lasted from August 1949 until spring 1952.  Residence in Istanbul allowed them abundant travel opportunities, which they pursued during school breaks and summer vacations. Among the places they visited were Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Scandinavia, as well as Asia Minor and Turkey itself.

Return to the U.S., 1952:  Norman and Nancy returned to the U.S. in August 1952 and, after visiting both the Beecher and Bartram families, moved into married students’ housing at MIT where Norman was pursuing advanced studies and working as a teaching assistant. Their first child, Nancy Catharine, was born on September 12, 1952.

At MIT, Norman completed the coursework necessary to enter the school’s doctoral program. His exceptionally high scores on both the written and oral general examinations resulted in his being offered an assistant professorship and assigned to direct the Practice School station at Hercules Powder Company in Parlin, New Jersey. This arrangement would also allow him the opportunity to work on his doctoral thesis. After spending a few days at the Eastern Corporation station in Maine, the Beecher family left their small campus house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and relocated to Middlebush, New Jersey.

In the late spring and early summer of 1954 Norman was again briefly assigned to the Practice School in Maine. Because Nancy and Norman loved the state and its people, it was an enjoyable stint for the young family. In July they returned to Middlebush, where their second daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth, was born on August 18th. Early 1955 found Norman completing experimental work in the absorption of nitrogen oxides for his doctoral thesis. At the same time, his assignment in New Jersey was drawing to a close and they began to look for housing in anticipation of their return to the Boston area.

Move to Concord, Massachusetts, 1955:  In 1955, the Beechers, along with many other predominantly young professionals, purchased a home in Concord’s newly-constructed Conantum neighborhood, and in the fall Norman began teaching at MIT. Their third child and first son, Norman Buckingham Beecher, II, was born on January 10, 1956. The same year Norman was approached by Mr. Hiram Sibley to replace Carl Compton as the president of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece, a position he declined, believing that it was in his best interest at the time to pursue business as opposed to academic interests.

Upon receiving his Sc.D in chemical engineering in June 1957, Norman took a job with National Research Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He last taught at MIT in the fall term, 1956-57. This was also the year that Norman’s vacation real estate project came to fruition with the purchase of property in Jackson, New Hampshire; followed the next year by the purchase of a farmhouse on one hundred acres on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Fourth child and second son Edward Bartram Beecher was born on April 2, 1958.

Work and Family Life, 1960s-1990s:  In 1960, thoroughly settled into Concord life with Nancy and their four children, Norman Beecher became aware that the Henry E. Griffith property at 1100 Monument Street was on the market. It consisted of fifty acres, mostly farmland, abutting the Concord River. The impressive white colonial had been built in 1751 for Joseph Buttrick, brother of Colonel John Buttrick who was the commander of the forces at the North Bridge in 1775. The property also included a large barn and a tenant cottage. The Beechers’ offer was accepted and they closed on the property in June of 1961.

Though still enjoying summers and ski seasons in New Hampshire, by the early 1960s the Beechers were becoming somewhat dissatisfied with the motorboat culture that had come to define the Winnipesaukee area. Norman began looking for vacation property elsewhere and in 1963 purchased property in Northeast Harbor, Maine, though they did not begin using it until 1966. This second home, Stornoway, became an important setting for family get-togethers, including son Ned’s marriage to Christine Clyne in 1983 and Norman’s and Nancy’s 65th wedding anniversary in 2013.

In their family biography, Fortunate Journey, Norman writes: “Concord is a town in which people take their civic responsibilities seriously.” Norman and Nancy were each very active in the Concord community. Both were involved in various capacities as parishioners at the Trinity Episcopal Church and were in regular attendance at Concord’s annual Town Meeting. Nancy played the recorder as a member of the Concord Music Club, while Norman and three other local men started a Concord chapter of the American Field Service (AFS) for international exchange students. In addition to his AFS work locally, Norman received appointments from several Massachusetts governors to the Massachusetts Commission on Refugees, where he served from 1960 until 1971, when the commission was dropped.

As the children grew, Nancy’s involvement in town government and civic matters increased. Among the positions she held were Town of Concord Personnel Board Chair (1976-1980) and founding Director of Concord Alternative Residence, Inc. (1981-1984). She was elected to two consecutive terms as a Selectman, serving from 1984 to 1990.

Beginning in the mid-1950s, she was active on both local and state boards of the League of Women Voters (LWV), culminating in being elected President of the Concord LWV in May of 1969. Her work for the organization included acting as a lobbyist at the state level.

In 1966, Nancy Beecher received an appointment from Governor John Volpe to a Special Commission on Civil Service and Public Personnel Administration. In January of 1970 she was sworn in as the Chair of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission by Governor Frank Sargent, beginning five and a half years of intense effort working within the system to modernize and improve it.

During her tenure there she dealt with a landmark case—Castro vs. Beecher—in which several minority applicants brought suit against the Boston Police Department, claiming discrimination because of race or ethnicity. The resulting verdict states, in part, that the configuration of the Boston Police Department must reflect that of the city’s population in general. It was instrumental in breaking down barriers for African-Americans, Hispanics, females and other minorities. The impact of her years working on police services was visible, with minorities and women beginning to appear on police forces throughout the state and move up through the ranks. Her work also led to similar, if less public, changes for firefighters and social workers.

Nancy has also served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and was a charter member of the Colonial Chapter of the Public Personnel Administration and the International Personnel Management Association.

Norman’s work at National Research Corporation included solving the problems inherent in casting titanium metal, resulting in the invention of a titanium furnace cooled with helium gas under pressure, a project for which Norman obtained two patents. His projects also included one involving the materials used to construct the nose cone of the Jupiter missile in order to keep it intact during re-entry.

In 1968, Norman left the Norton Company (which had acquired National Research in 1967). In 1969, he completed a course at Harvard Business School, where he met Jay Agarwal of Ledgemont Laboratory of Kennecott Copper Corporation.  Agarwal hired him as a Project Manager. His first project was to develop the metallurgical processing of deep sea manganese nodules. 1973 marked the high point of the project which included the opening of a million-dollar pilot plant built under Norman’s direction, the first of many successful projects he was involved with during his tenure there. But by 1980 the copper industry was facing difficult times and he decided to accept early retirement from Kennecott.

Norman next took a position with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Solid Waste.  In this capacity, he had the task of supporting the establishment of hazardous waste treatment and disposal facilities for the state. At the end of his term in 1983, there were four major projects moving forward. He then joined John Bewick at Tufts University.  They worked on developing a new research center for hazardous waste and Norman founded the journal Hazardous Waste & Hazardous Materials, which he edited successfully for eight years.

During these years Nancy continued her volunteer work with Northfield Mount Hermon and became a trustee at Concord Academy, which three of her children had attended. Through the years, she engaged in myriad volunteer efforts with a number of organizations, among them the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

A Smaller House and Fortunate JourneyIn 1977, Norman and Nancy started building a smaller house on the back land of their Monument Street property, doing all the wiring and contracting themselves. When it was completed in 1978, they sold their large house, barn, tenant’s cottage and 5.5 acres of land.

In 1993, they wrote a family biography, Fortunate Journey, a narrative of their lives and the lives of their children and immediate families. It also includes extensive genealogical information on both the Beecher, Bartram, and related families, sections on travel and opinions, and a selection of letters.

Family Travels, 1968 & 1970:  During the summer of 1968 the family made a grand tour of the United States, which consisted mostly of camping and hiking in the western national parks, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone, before heading north to Canada for more camping, hiking and discovery. On the return trip they drove west to east across Canada, winding up at their home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

This was followed in 1970 by a grand tour of Europe, where their base was a chalet above the Swiss city of Vevey at Mt. Pelerin. Among the locations they visited on this trip were France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and, later in the summer, Italy.

The Beecher Children:   Norman and Nancy Beecher’s four children are Nancy Catharine (“Cathy”) Beecher (born 1952), Carolyn Elizabeth Beecher (born 1954), Norman Buckingham (“Bucky”) Beecher, II (born 1956), and Edward (“Ned”) Bartram Beecher (born 1958).

Nancy Catharine Beecher married Alfred C. Nitka of Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1981. They have three children: Gordon Beecher Nitka (born 1982), Wilson Beecher Nitka (born 1985), and Stephen Beecher Nitka (born 1988). Norman B. Beecher, II married Dianna Martinez (1954-1987) of Victorville, California in 1986. Dianna died in 1987. In 1990 he married Dawn Renee Patmore Stef (born 1961) of Aurora, Colorado. Dawn has two children from a previous marriage: Tyler Stef (born 1984) and Ryan Stef (born 1986). Edward Bartram Beecher married Christine Clyne (born 1958) of Delmar, New York in 1983. They have two children: Jesse Tern Beecher (born 1984) and Julianna Greenleaf Beecher (born 1990).

Recent History:  Norman and Nancy now divide their time between their homes at Milldam Square in Concord and in Fort Myers, Florida. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 26, 2013, surrounded by children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Lineage:  Norman Buckingham Beecher:
Beecher Line (paternal)
The Reverend Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) was the only child of David Beecher (1738-1805) and Esther Lyman (1742-1775) of New Haven, Connecticut. In 1799, he married his first wife, Roxanna Ward Foote (1775-1816) of Guilford Connecticut, the daughter of Eli Foote (1747-1792) and Roxanna Ward (1751-1840). Among their nine children were clergyman and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, educator Catharine Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin), and the Reverend George Beecher (1809-1842), who married Sarah Sturges Buckingham (1817-1901) of Putnam, Ohio, in 1837.

Ebenezer Buckingham (1748-1824) of Fairfield, Connecticut was the youngest child of Stephen (b. 1703) and Elizabeth Buckingham (d. 1792). Ebenezer married Esther Bradley (1755-1827) of Greenfield, Connecticut, in 1771. They had 13 children and moved from Cooperstown, New York, to Carthage, Ohio. Their son Ebenezer Buckingham (1778-1832) married Eunice Hale (1792-1843) of Glastonbury, Connecticut as his third wife. Eunice was the daughter of Benjamin Hale (1759-1831) and Martha Welles (1759-1837). One of Ebenezer and Eunice’s daughters was Sarah Sturges Buckingham, the wife of the Reverend George Beecher. Their other daughter, Martha Buckingham, married Colonel William Henry Trimble, making the Trimbles in-laws of the Buckingham family and subsequently the Beecher family.

The Reverend George Beecher and wife Sarah Sturges Buckingham lived in Hillsboro, Ohio and had one child, the Reverend George Buckingham Beecher (1841-1925). The Reverend George B. Beecher married Anne (“Nannie”) Price O’Hara (1850-1929) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1873.

General James O’Hara (1751-1819) and Mary Carson (1761-1834) lived in the area that would become Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moving there after the conclusion of the American Revolution. Together they had six children. Their youngest son Richard Butler O’Hara (1793-1845) married Mary Boyd Fitzsimmons (d. 1869). Together Richard and Mary O’Hara had four children. Their oldest was Mary Carson O’Hara (d. 1915), who married William McCullough Darlington and wrote the book Fort Pitt, a copy of which appears in this collection. Their surviving son James O’Hara (1821-1903) married Eliza Winston Price (1831-1882) of Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1849. Eliza was the daughter of John Winston Price (1804-1865) of Hanover County, Virginia, and Ann McDowell (b. 1812). Together James and Eliza had five children, the oldest of whom was Anne (“Nannie”) O’Hara (1850-1929), the wife of Reverend George B. Beecher.

The Reverend George B. Beecher and Anne Price O’Hara Beecher lived in Hillsboro, Ohio, and had five children: Lyman O’Hara Beecher (1875-1977), Norman Buckingham Beecher (1877-1965), George Buckingham Beecher, Jr. (1879-1880), Katherine Beecher (1883-1887), and Georgiana Buckingham Beecher (1887-1982). Norman Buckingham Beecher married Miriam Edith Woolley (1899-1974) of Woodbury, New Jersey, in 1922.

Woolley Line (maternal)
John Woolley (1792-1857) of Grafton, Vermont, married Mima Goodenow (1792-1879) in 1808.  They had nine children. The oldest, William Woolley (1809-1887), married Mary Parmenter (b. 1810). William and Mary had six children. Their fourth child, Noah Parmenter Woolley (1843-1920), married Emma Maria Barrett (1844-1928) of Plymouth Union, Vermont, in 1869. Noah and Emma had one child: Walter Barrett Woolley (1874-1949). In 1897 Walter married Marian Edith Pierce (1875-1964).

Jesse Peirce (1764-1820; spelling of family name later changed—Pearce, Pierce) of Sutton, Massachusetts, married Lydia Gale (b. 1765) in 1784. Jesse and Lydia had twelve children. Their eleventh child was June Peirce (1806-1879). June married Sally Joslin (b. 1803) in 1827. They had six children, the sixth of whom was Andrew J. Pierce (b. 1842). Andrew married Nancy Jane Neal (1844-1924) of Litchfield, Maine, in 1864. Nancy was the daughter of David Neal (1799-1859) and Louisa True (1803-1892). Andrew and Nancy had two daughters, one of whom was Marian Edith Pierce (1875-1964), the wife of Walter Barrett Woolley.

Walter Barrett Woolley and Marian Edith Pierce lived in Woodbury, New Jersey, and had two daughters, Miriam Edith Woolley (1899-1974) and Ruth Pierce Woolley (b. 1901). Miriam Edith Woolley married Norman Buckingham Beecher in Woodbury, New Jersey, on June 9, 1922. They returned briefly to Washington, D.C. before settling in Clearwater, Florida. Norman and Miriam had three children: Norman Buckingham Beecher (born 1923), Ann Constance Beecher (born 1926), and Barbara Beecher (born 1927).

Lineage: Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher:
Bartram
Isaac Bartram (1758-1843) was the eldest son of James Bartram (1738-1832) and Hanna Morehouse of Redding, Connecticut. He married Mary (Molly) Hamilton (b. 1764) in 1784. One of their three children was Harry P. Bartram (1794-1840), who married Julia Ann Smith (1794-1873), the daughter of David Smith (1767-1850) and his wife Urania (1772-1850). Harry and Julia had four children: Levi Smith Bartram (1818-1884), Ezra Harris Bartram (1820-1892), Amanda Bartram (1826-1883), and Urania R. Bartram (1833-1883). Levi married Catherine Beardsley (1816-1885) in 1853 and together they had three children: Charles S. Bartram (1854-1907), Edward Everett Bartram (1855-1933) and Julia E. Bartram (1858-1918). Edward Everett Bartram married Agnes Greer Walsh (1864-1949) of West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1890. They lived in Connecticut and had five children: Edward Walsh Bartram (1891-1957), John Greer Bartram (1893-1955), Thomas Walsh Bartram (1896-1978), Marianne Agnes Bartram (1896-1965), and Paul Lepper Bartram (1901-1979). Thomas Walsh Bartram (1896-1978) and his wife, Mildred “Billie” Shelling, (1900-1993) lived in Nitro, West Virginia, and had three children: Carolyn Louisa Bartram (1923-1924), Thomas Walsh Bartram, Jr. (born 1925) and Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher (born 1927).

Greer
James Greer (1763-1828) and Dorothy Fisher (1760-1823) of Belfast, Ireland had nine children, one of whom was Agnes Greer (1799-1879). Agnes Greer married Richard Walsh (1794-1879), one of the children of Thomas Walsh (1744-1823) and Jane Barnes (1755-1822) from Armagh, Ireland. At the time of their marriage in 1826, they emigrated from Ireland to the United States and eventually settled in New York City. Agnes’s youngest brother John Mayne Greer (1807-1883) accompanied them to the United States. John Mayne Greer settled in Charleston, South Carolina after marrying Caroline I’Ans Forrest. They had seven children, John Henry Greer, Richard Walsh Greer, Agnes Cecilia Greer, Mary Dorothea Greer, Henry I’Ans Greer, William Robert Greer, and John Forrest Greer. At least two brothers fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War: Richard Walsh Greer was killed at the Battle of James Island; William Robert Greer (1844-1922) was captured in the north and is remembered as the oldest survivor of the Fort Sumter defense.

Shelling
Emmanuel (Emanuel) Remandus Shelling (1830-1904) was the son of Frederic Shelling (1803-1879) and Mary Farrell (1807-1875). Irvin Bell Shelling (1859-1930) was the son of E. R. Shelling (1830-1904) and Sara A. Pfaff Shelling (1835-1915). Mildred Shelling (1900-1993) was the daughter of Irvin Bell Shelling (1859-1930) and Caroline Louisa Ernst Shelling (1863-1924), the eleventh of their fourteen children.
Both Frederic Shelling (1803-1879) and Emmanuel (Emanuel) Remandus Shelling (1830-1904) served during the Civil War. During the tour of President Lincoln’s body, E. R. Shelling was a member of the honor guard while the President’s body lay in state in Pennsylvania. Irvin Bell Shelling owned two grocery stores in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The Japanese Connection:  All four sons of Richard Walsh (1794-1879) and Agnes Greer (1799-1879) traveled to the Far East pursuing business interests. Francis Hall and the Walsh brothers founded Walsh, Hall and Company, which was later known as the Kobe Paper Mill, then Mitsubishi Paper Mill.

While there, both John and Robert married. John Greer Walsh (1827-1897) married Rin Yamaguchi (1842-1890) of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1863; Robert George Walsh (1841-1886) married Sada Yonetani (1847-1887) of Kobe, Japan, in 1871. Robert and Sada had one daughter, Ei Yonetani Walsh (1872-1931), who married Arihei Matasuura (1852-1924). Together they had six children. John and Rin had one child, Aiko Yamaguchi Wiborg (b. 1864). John Greer Walsh’s great-granddaughter is Mary Aiko Yamaguchi Wiborg. In 1942, Mary married Halvor Nicholay Wiborg (d. 1950), an officer of the Norwegian Embassy in Japan.  After his death in Brazil, she returned to Norway, where she raised her three sons, Axel, Thomas, and Halvor. Mary is Nancy Bartram Beecher’s distant Walsh cousin and over the years she has corresponded a great deal with Nancy and particularly with Norman Beecher. Kei Dewa is the great-great granddaughter of John Greer Walsh and the daughter of Yasuko Taguchi, the great granddaughter of John Greer Walsh and Dr. Seiji Y. Duer (changed to Dewa). Kei has visited the Beechers in Concord, Massachusetts, as well as corresponding with them.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:  An organic collection of the personal, professional, and family papers, 1773-2006, of  Norman Buckingham Beecher (born 1923) and his wife Nancy Bartram Beecher (residents of Concord, Massachusetts), including papers and materials relating to the ancestors of each of them.

Series I. Norman Buckingham Beecher papers, 1923-2006:  This series includes a range of material—especially correspondence—on topics of particular interest to Norman Beecher (born 1923), among them: sex education; birth control; alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; the German concentration camps of World War II;  the Vietnam War; race and gender issues; religion; abortion; population control; systems thinking; civil defense; and environmental issues.  The topical files in Series I also contain material relating to Mr. Beecher’s institutional and organizational involvements and interests (Asheville School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley Institute for Foreign Students, American Field Service, fraternities Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Chi Sigma, Stowe-Day Foundation and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, World Refugee Committee for Massachusetts, Tufts Center for Environmental Management, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Concord’s Year 2000 Celebrations Committee, Village University—an adult educational program through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Continuing Education, in which Mr. Beecher participated as a teacher, and Concord’s Trinity Episcopal Church).  The series holds documentation of: his military service in World War II; wartime and post-war Germany; the Beechers’ membership in the Evangelical Union Church of Pera in Istanbul; and Norman Beecher’s real estate holdings in Concord and elsewhere.  It also features Mr. Beecher’s baby book, early trip diaries, school compositions, passports, material relating to his sister Ann and son Norman (“Bucky”), and typescript and photocopied printed versions of his book Pre-Meditated Life.

The subseries containing separately filed correspondence includes mixed personal, professional, and opinion-related letters dating from 1931 to 2006.  Correspondents cover a broad gamut: politicians and public servants (George W. Bush, Thomas Menino, Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Cory Atkins, James Earl Carter, Jr., William Jefferson Clinton, Albert Gore, Marty Meehan, Hillary Clinton, Paul E. Tsongas, Edward W. Brooke, Olympia Snowe, and others); family (parents Norman B. and Miriam W. Beecher; siblings; Nancy Bartram—during the Beechers’ courtship days—and later wife Nancy Bartram Beecher; grandmother Mrs. W. B. Woolley; Aunt Ruth); numerous friends, among them John Morgan Holden, Priscilla Perry, Patricia Peare, Kellogg Smith, Elizabeth—“Betsy”—Burns and Pomona—“Pony”—Davidson; son Norman and daughter-in-law Dawn.  Correspondence and related materials generated by the Beechers’ involvement with the Near East College Association and Robert College in Istanbul are also found in this subseries.

The subseries reflecting Norman Beecher’s professional life includes many scientific articles he co-authored or authored; some scientific articles by others; certificates; material relating to patents; material relating to Mr. Beecher’s employment at Ledgemont Laboratory (Kennecott Copper Corporation), the National Research Corporation, and Tufts University; and material relating to job searches (by Norman Beecher and others).

Series I also includes a dozen books from Norman Beecher’s library—yearbooks, titles related to his military service (among them Deutschland Erwacht, which documents the Nazi rise to power in Germany), and a few miscellaneous titles, two of them histories of Clearwater, Florida and Asheville, North Carolina.

Series II. Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher papers, 1927-2006:  This series holds items relating to Nancy Bartram Beecher’s education at Northfield Seminary (Northfield/Mount Hermon), Wellesley College, and Harvard University Extension School, and reflecting her subsequent association with Northfield and Wellesley.  It includes college research and term papers, her Wellesley College scrapbook and her Harvard University Extension thesis (Feminism: A Quest for Self-Determination).

It also documents (through correspondence, reports, speeches, clippings, and other materials) Mrs. Beecher’s professional and public service activities: her membership on the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission during the Sargent administration (including legal documents generated by the case Castro v. Beecher); her teaching public policy at Suffolk University; her long membership in the League of Women Voters; her service on the General Committee for the 1975 celebration in Concord of the bicentennial of the Concord Fight and on the Concord Board of Selectmen; board membership on the United Community Planning Corporation, the Episcopal Divinity School, and Concord Alternative Residence, Inc.; and associations with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Concord Fair Housing Committee, the Save Your Town Meeting Committee/Coalition to Preserve Town Meeting, and other organizations.

Dating from 1940 to 2005, the personal correspondence of Nancy Beecher includes letters primarily to and from family and friends.  Among her personal papers: her baby book; a childhood diary; several early writing attempts (a botany notebook, autobiography, and vacation newspaper); date books; manuscript and typescript poetry and original artwork by Mrs. Beecher; her passports; magazine articles about her (including a feature article about her in the May 25, 1948 image of Look); photographs; material relating to the bankruptcy of the Waverly Trading Co. (Mrs. Beecher was a creditor); and a history of Nitro, West Virginia.

Series III. Papers of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of Norman Buckingham Beecher and of the parents of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1837-2001:  Series III includes papers of Norman Buckingham Beecher (1877-1965) and his wife Miriam Woolley Beecher.  Among them: family and professional correspondence; legal, financial, investment, tax, and insurance material; photographs; diaries; school compositions; documents relating to Norman B. Beecher’s work as a lawyer, on the International Maritime Committee, on legal proceedings regarding the liability of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company for the steamship Titanic disaster, on the Oil Division of the United States Fuel Administration, and as Admiralty Counsel to the Shipping Board; a Woolley family clipping scrapbook; obituaries and memorial items; and miscellaneous other documents and ephemera.  It also holds some papers of the parents—George B. and Anne (Nannie) O’Hara Beecher— of Norman B. Beecher (born 1877) and of his grandparents, George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher (property, finance, tax, and probate items; compositions; items relating to livestock ownership).

Papers of Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram—Nancy Bartram Beecher’s parents—are also represented in Series III.  Thomas W. Bartram material includes: an inventory of family papers; baptismal and confirmation records; baby books; military service documents; marriage certificate; clippings; a mortgage document; a will; a typescript poem; letters by T. W. Bartram to parents; material relating to patents; Masonic membership certificate; and photographs.  Mildred S. Bartram material includes: birth and church-issued marriage certificates; order of marriage service; wedding invitation and announcement; will; recollections; real estate document; and letters.

Series IV. Norman and Nancy Beecher family and personal papers, 1947-2006:  Series IV holds the personal papers of Norman and Nancy Beecher as a couple, in the context of their shared life.  It includes voluminous correspondence, with many letters written to or signed by both Beechers jointly.  The series features letters to and from family members (parents, siblings, cousins, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others) as well as Norman and Nancy Beechers’ letters to each other.  There is correspondence with friends from all periods of the Beechers’ lives, and a file of Beecher family Christmas letters over decades.  The series also includes separate files on each of the four Beecher children, family trip notebooks, family calendars, material by or relating to the Beecher grandchildren, church certificates for Norman and Nancy Beecher as godparents, notes documenting the history of the Beechers’ house at 1100 Monument Street, and family photographs.

Series V. Lineage of Norman Beecher, 1828-2005:  This series documents the ancestry of Norman Beecher (born 1923) and holds personal papers of some of his predecessors—his great-grandfather and great-grandmother George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher and George Beecher’s brother William; his grandfather and grandmother George B. and Anne (Nannie) Price O’Hara Beecher; his aunt Georgiana Beecher Allen; his second cousin Eliza Stowe (daughter of Harriet Beecher Stowe); his great-great-grandfather and great-great grandmother Ebenezer and Eunice Hale Buckingham; members of the Trimble family (relatives of the Buckinghams by marriage); and his father Norman and uncle Lyman Beecher.  It also includes information about his great-great-great-grandfather, General James O’Hara (found in the printed volume Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier (1892).  Among the material types in these family papers: correspondence (including Colonel William H. Trimble letters describing his Civil War experiences); a passport; wills; a ledger; tax receipts; a surveying notebook (Ebenezer Buckingham was an early surveyor in Ohio); property documents; obituaries; and railroad ephemera.  The small amount of Norman B. Beecher (1877-1965) material in Series V overlaps with material in Series III.

Series V also holds some papers of and material relating to Norman Beecher’s grandparents Walter Barrett Woolley and Marian Pierce Woolley and genealogical research (including charts) and family history about the Beecher, Buckingham, O’Hara, Trimble, Woolley, and Pierce families, much of it gathered specifically in preparation for the Beechers’ 1993 book Fortunate Journey: Our Lives, Our Family, and Our Forebears.

Series VI. Lineage of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1773-2004:  Series VI documents Nancy Beecher’s Bartram, Greer, Shelling, and—particularly—Walsh ancestry.  Like Series V, it features both family papers and genealogical research compiled for Fortunate Journey.  Bartram material includes papers of or information about Edward E. Bartram, John W. Bartram, Levi S. Bartram, and—overlapping with material in Series III—some papers of Nancy Bartram Beecher’s parents, Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram.  The series includes notes on family history by Ruth Jo Bartram, a published Bartram genealogy, and a history of Black Rock, Connecticut (containing significant information on the Bartram family).

Greer material includes papers (mainly correspondence; of Agnes Greer/Agnes Greer Walsh, Caroline I. Greer, Henry Greer, John M. Greer, Caroline Forrest Greer/Mrs. John M. Greer, Robert Greer, Richard W. Greer, W. R. Greer), a typescript “Greer Letters at the Time of the Civil War,” obituaries and other clippings, the broadside “Remember Dorothy Greer, 1824,” and genealogical research.

Shelling material includes family letters and photographs, military papers, Civil War letters, the will of Emanuel R. Shelling, and genealogical research.

The abundance of Walsh material in this series includes documents, letters (original, transcribed, and photocopied), photographs (a particular highlight—an 1859 ambrotype by Mathew Brady of Richard James Walsh and Eliza Lepper Walsh), transcribed diaries, notes, a manuscript essay, trip journals, a marriage certificate, poetry in manuscript, ephemera, obituaries, photographs of a family Bible record, a certification of death and a death notice, printed articles, the 1992 book Japan Through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama (edited and annotated by F. G. Notehelfer), and genealogical notes and research material (some of it gathered by Ruth Jo Bartram and Mary Aiko Yamaguchi Wiborg).  Among the Walshes and Walsh connections represented in Series VI: Richard Walsh (including his 1826-1827 manuscript diary, covering his passage from Ireland and arrival in America; foldered with Greer material); Richard James Walsh; Eliza Lepper Walsh; the Lepper family; David Walsh; Thomas Walsh; George Walsh; John Greer Walsh; Marianne (Minnie) Walsh; Sarah (Sallie) Walsh; Caroline Agnes (Carrie) Walsh; members of the Barnes family; Agnes Greer Walsh; Agnes Greer Walsh Bartram; Jane and Thomas Worthington; Ai Yamaguchi; Bosio and Barberini Walsh descendants in Italy; Annie Van Cortlandt; Mary (May) Lepper Walsh; Lizzie Walsh; members of the Barnes family; Jane Barnes Walsh; Robert Greer Walsh; Kuni Yamaguchi; Tsuneko Eguchi; Kiyohumi Matuura; and Kei Sakayama.  Information about the Kobe Paper Mill Company/ Mitsubishi Paper Company is also found with Walsh material in this series.

RELATED COLLECTION:  Norman Beecher and Nancy Bartram Beecher Correspondence, 1941-1952 (William Munroe Special Collections, Concord Free Public Library; Vault A45, Beecher, Unit 1).

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:  Gift of Norman Beecher and Nancy Bartram Beecher, December 1, 2005, with additions to 2009.

*RESTRICTION ON ACCESS:  The Beecher, Bartram, and Related Family Papers are stored in an off-site vault.  To use the collection, researchers must provide at least twenty-four hours advance notice and specific citations to box(es) and folder(s) desired.  Contact the William Munroe Special Collections (978 318-3342) for additional information or to arrange to use the collection.

NOTES/COMMENTS:  The first installment of this gift was accessioned (AMC 131), on December 1, 2005.  The earliest dated item in the papers (1773) is found in the collection in transcribed form only (not in the original).  As of the completion of this finding aid, the collection includes a significant number of newspaper clippings not yet photocopied for preservation purposes.

PROCESSED BY:  LPW, with assistance from CMS and interns Patrick Collins, Joelle Burdette, Katie Gutheim, and Elaine Grublin; finding aid completed September 4, 2013.

 

SERIES AND SUBSERIES LISTING:

Series I. Norman Beecher papers, 1923-2006:
I. A.  Topical files (including some correspondence by subject), 1923-2005
I. B.  Mixed correspondence (personal, professional, political), 1931-2006
I. C.  Scientific and professional papers, 1949-1999
I. D.  Books, 1933-1997

Series II.  Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher papers, 1927-2006:
II. A. Education, 1941-1988
II. B.  Public service and professional papers, 1954-2006
II. C.  Personal papers (including correspondence), 1927-2005

Series III. Papers of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of Norman Buckingham Beecher and of the parents of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1837-2001:
III. A.  Papers of the first Norman B. Beecher and his wife Miriam W. Beecher, his father and mother George B. and Anne O’Hara Beecher, and grandfather and grandmother George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher, 1837-1988
III. B.  Papers of Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram, 1896-2001

Series IV.  Norman and Nancy Beecher family and personal papers, 1947-2006:
IV. A.  Family papers and files, 1950-2002
IV. B.  Family and personal correspondence primarily to/from Beechers as a couple (including some e-mail, also some clippings and other enclosures), 1947-2005
IV. C.  Photographs, 1948-2006

Series V.  Lineage of Norman Beecher, 1828-2005:
V. A.  Beecher and related family papers and genealogical research, 1828-2005, plus undated material
V. B.  Unpublished manuscript, “A Hillsboro Story,” 1987
V. C.  Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier, 1892
V. D.  Walter B. Woolley and Marian Pierce Woolley material, 1877-1989
V. E.  Woolley and Pierce papers and genealogical research, 1894-[1993], plus undated material

Series VI.  Lineage of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1773-2004:
VI. A.  Bartram family material, 1843-1992
VI. B.  Greer material, 1824-1997
VI. C.  Shelling material, 1855-1987
VI. D.  Walsh and related family material (including Japanese Walsh descendants), 1773-2004

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CONTAINER LIST:

Series I. Norman Beecher papers, 1923-2006

I. A.  Topical files (including some correspondence by subject), 1923-2005.
I. B.  Mixed correspondence (personal, professional, political), 1931-2006.
I. C.  Scientific and professional papers, 1949-1999.
I. D.  Books, 1933-1997.

I. A.  Topical files (including some correspondence by subject), 1923-2005:

Newspaper clipping, Hitler DeadBox 1, Folders 1-6 and 6a:
Manuscript, printed, and typescript matter, correspondence, e-mail, and other materials reflecting Norman Beecher’s interest in and opinions on a range of ethical, moral, political, economic, policy, environmental, and health issues (among the many topics covered: sex education; birth control; alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; the Vietnam War; race, gender, and religion; abortion; population control), [1957]-2004. 

Folder 2 includes a letter from Senator John F. Kerry to Norman Beecher (February 12, 1985), Folder 3 letters (1987) from Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Congressman Chet Atkins, Folder 4 a letter from Norman Beecher to President George H. W. Bush about response to displays of disrespect for the flag, and Folder 6 a letter (December 18, 1986) to Senator Edward M. Kennedy about the abortion pill.

Box 1, Folders 7 and 7a:
American Field Service material, 1960-1970.

Box 1, Folder 8:
Concord (Mass.) Year 2000 Celebrations Committee, 2000.

Box 1, Folders 9-11:
Correspondence, e-mail, and financial records, and other materials to, from, or relating to Norman Beecher’s son Norman B. Beecher II (“Bucky”), 1990-2001.

Box 1, Folder 12:
Contract for the sale of 38 Curtis Avenue, Woodbury, New Jersey, Norman Beecher to John F. and Inez J. Cowgill, 1993.

Box 1, Folder 13:
Undated school compositions (from undergraduate years at MIT).

Box 1, Folder 13a:
Third place medal, MIT 220 yard dash, 1943.

Box 1, Folder 14:
Trip diaries, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939.

Box 1, Folder 15:
MIT diplomas, 1944 (B.S.), 1948 (M.S.), 1957 (Sc.D.).

Box 1, Folder 16:
School papers (including junior high school graduation program and speech by Norman Beecher), 1932-1936.

Box 1, Folder 17:
Baby’s Year Book: album containing information and photographs from Norman Beecher’s first year, 1923-1924.

Box 1, Folder 17a:
Small hand-made wooden sailboat.

Box 1, Folder 18:
Materials relating to civil defense, 1961-1962.

Box 1, Folder 18a:
Asheville School materials (1955, 1976, 1977, 1982-1989, 1992-2003, plus undated).

Box 1, Folder 19:
MIT.: February 1941 and June 1943 grade reports for Norman Beecher.  Also: materials relating to involvement in MIT’s Host Family Program, 1962-1967; to committee service for the Class of 1944 25th, 30th, and 50th reunions, (1969, 1974, and 1994), and to planning for the Class of 1944 45th reunion (1989); to service on Reunion Committee for MIT Class of 1944 55th Reunion, 1998-1999; to involvement with the Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, 2001; and to alumni giving requests, 2001 and 2002.  In addition, 1969 correspondence with several members of MIT administration regarding the availability at the school of books on sex.

Box 1, Folder 19a:
Material relating to membership in fraternities Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Chi Sigma, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1983, 1994/1995, plus undated.

Box 1a, Folders 1-2:
Concord real estate/residence, 1956-1973, 2001.
Folder 2 includes copies of 1961 letters from architect Carl Koch to A. J. Parker, to James O. Seamans, and to Norman Beecher, and 2001 receipt for family membership payment to White Pond Associates, Incorporated.

Box 1a, Folder 3:
Real estate in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 1959-1960.

Box 1a, Folder 4:
Material relating to Norman Beecher’s class “Practical Science” for the Fall 2003 session of The Village University (offered through Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education).

Box 1a, Folder 5:
Wellesley Institute for Foreign Students materials, 1947.  Includes photograph.

Box 1a, Folder 6:
Promotional material relating to clean-up of New Jersey’s Raritan River, [195-].

Box 2, Folders 1-3, 3a, 3b:
Beecher Family Reunion, Stowe-Day Foundation, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 1954, 1970, 1981-1997, 2001, 2002.

Box 2, Folder 3c:
Promotional publication, Helen Hayes in “Harriet” (a play about Harriet Beecher Stowe), [1943 or 1944].

Box 2, Folder 4:
Tufts University Center for Environmental Management, [1988].

Box 2, Folders 5-6:
Ann Beecher (sister of Norman Beecher; Mrs. William Homans; Mrs. Robert Totty; Mrs. W. Breckenridge Stringer), [ca. 1946]-1967.
Papers include letters to, from, and about Ann, financial papers, a developmental assessment of one of her children, photographs, and clippings.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 1:
Wedding photograph of Ann Beecher Homans, [1948].
 
Box 2, Folder 7:
MIT Foreign Student Summer Projects materials, 1947-1956.

Box 2, Folder 8:
Passport information sheet (1946), passports (1949, 1968, 1974, 1979, 1985), business cards, employee identification cards, Social Security card, 1993-1994 ski pass (season ticket).

Box 2, Folder 9:
Alphabetical genealogical listing (Bartram and Beecher family members combined), 1997.

Box 2, Folder 10:
75th anniversary of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, 1991.

Box 2, Folders 11, 11a, 11b, and 12:
World Refugee Committee for Massachusetts/World Refugee Year/United States Committee for Refugees, 1959-1961.
Folder 12 includes Refugee Awards Program photographs.

Box 2, Folder 12a:
Proclamation of World Refugee Day by Massachusetts Governor Foster Furcolo, 1960.

Box 2, Folder 12b:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Refugees, 1962-1970.

Box 2, Folder 12c:
Undated letter and postcard from Mary Peabody to Norman Beecher, requesting support and attendance at meeting to aid Palestinian refugees.

Box 2, Folder 13:
Norman Beecher’s Pre-Meditated Life (typescript and photocopied printed versions of the book), 2005.  

Box 2, Folder 14:
Opinion statements on social, political, and moral topics (primarily religion in the 20th and 21st centuries), 1993-2005.  Includes photocopied reference material provided to Norman Beecher by the Reverend David M. Barney of Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord.

Box 2, Folders 15-17:
Material relating to military service, 1942-1953, 2000, plus undated.
Folder 15 includes documentation of Norman Beecher’s military service, Folder 16 European postcards gathered during his service abroad. Folder 17 includes programs for European dramatic and operatic performances, German paper money, wartime issues of The Stars and Stripes and of German newspapers, and a published typescript summary of the International Military Tribunal (Nurnberg, Germany, 1945-1946).  Also in Folder 17: second edition of Committee for International Educational Reconstruction’s Organizations with Programs for International Educational Reconstruction (August, 1947), newspaper articles “The Germans Don’t Like U.S. Occupation Rule—and How They Show It,” The Christian Science Monitor, December 24, 1945, several articles in German, and a [1950] typescript about post-war Germany.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 1:
Portrait photograph of Norman Beecher in uniform (by Culberson, Asheville, North Carolina); two issues of Stars and Stripes, one for May 2, 1945 ( headline: death of Hitler), one for May 8, 1945 (headline: end of World War II); color photograph of Norman Beecher in uniform, taken for Concord Journal, May 28, 1998 (coverage of Memorial Day ceremonies), accompanied by clipping and photocopy of photograph as it appeared in the Journal.

Box 2, Folder 17a:
Material relating to Beechers’ membership in the Evangelical Union Church of Pera, Istanbul, Turkey, 1950.

Box 2, Folder 18:
Correspondence (1989-1996) relating to the liberation of World War II concentration camp prisoners. 
Includes copies of correspondence between Curtis R. Whiteway (Plainfield, Vermont) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Box 2, Folder 19:
 Miscellaneous writings (including poetry) by Norman Beecher, 1940, 1960, [undated].

Box 2, Folder 20:
Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1990.

Box 2, Folder 21:
Miscellaneous manuscript notes, most undated, one dated 1986.

Box 2, Folder 22:
Obituary clippings and memorials/memorial programs, 1966-2004, plus undated.

Box 2, Folder 23:
Miscellaneous publications (Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” published by American Friends Service Committee, 1963; October 1994 issue of Greenwich including article “A Pilgrim in Turkey,” by Lyn Burr Brignoli; issue of The Anatolian including photograph of Norman and Nancy Beecher at celebration of endowed chair at Anatolia College, [1998]).

Box 2, Folder 24:
Two undated publicity photographs of Myrna Loy.

Box 2, Folder 24a:
Playbill, Volume 5, Number 1, January 1968, for “More Stately Mansions,” Broadhurst Theatre, New York (copy signed by Ingrid Bergman, p. 21).

Box 2, Folder 25:
Clippings on various subjects, [195-]-2003, plus undated. 

Box 2, Folder 26:
Material about systems thinking, 1995-1996.

Box 2, Folder 27:
 Information on statistical software StatXact (©1989).

Box 2, Folder 28:
Bound journal volume (containing only a few entries) of reflections on various subjects (including investments, marriage, birth control, and abortion), 1965, 1968.

Box 2, Folder 29:
Materials relating to Miller Associates (Boston; “Appraising and Counseling Personnel for Management Leadership”), 1968-1969.
Includes test report on Norman  Beecher’s skills and  leadership abilities.

Box 2, Folder 30:
Résumés, [197-, 198-].

Box 2, Folder 31:
Autobiographical typescripts, [1941], [1946].

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I. B.  Mixed correspondence (personal, professional, political), 1931-2006:

Box 3, Folder 1:
2000-2002.  Correspondents include George W. Bush, Thomas Menino, Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kerry, and Cory Atkins.  

Box 3, Folder 2:
1988, 1995-2001.  Correspondents include William Jefferson Clinton, Albert Gore, Marty Meehan, John F. Kerry, and Hillary Clinton.

Box 3, Folder 3:
1986, 1992-1995.  Correspondents include Albert Gore, Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kerry, William Jefferson Clinton, Marty Meehan, and Olympia Snowe.

Box 3, Folder 4:
1960-1962.  Correspondents: Norman B. and Miriam W. Beecher (parents of Norman Beecher).

Box 3, Folder 5:
1953-1958, 1991-1998, 2000-2002, plus undated.  Personal and professional correspondence.  Correspondents include parents, wife Nancy (who writes Norman while he is away in 1958), and Harry S. Truman.

Box 3, Folder 6:
1953-1956.  Personal, professional, and topical correspondence.

Box 3, Folder 7:
1998-2004.  E-mail correspondence.

Box 3, Folders 8-9:
1947-1948.  Courtship letters to Nancy Bartram.

Box 3, Folder 10:
1946-1948.  Courtship letters, Nancy Bartram (“Bartie”) to Norman (“Beech”).

Box 3, Folder 11:
1969-1976, 1979.  Personal, professional, and topical correspondence.  Correspondents include James Earl Carter, Jr., Edward M. Kennedy, Paul W. Cronin, Paul E. Tsongas, and Edward W. Brooke.  Folder includes 1977 correspondence concerning safety matters relating to the Concord Independent Battery. 

Box 3, Folder 12:
1931-1995.  Includes 1931 letters from Norman to his grandmother Mrs. W. B. Woolley, letters between Norman and his parents (many on financial matters), and 1986 letters from Norman in Japan to Nancy at home.   

Box 3, Folder 13:
1968-1981.  Letters to and from friend Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Ann Burns.

Box 3, Folder 14:
1994-1996, 2002-2004.  Personal and opinion-related correspondence.

Box 3, Folder 15:
1980-1985.  Includes letters regarding financial matters, regarding a legal situation faced by Beecher daughter Catherine Beecher (Nitka), one from Edward M. Kennedy about Three Mile Island and nuclear power, and one to Professor Shonosuke Zen relating to industrial waste management in Japan.

Box 3, Folders 16-17:
1944-1949.  Letters home (to parents and siblings) while in service during World War II and in years following.

Box 3, Folder 18:
1943, 1948-1965.  Correspondence between Norman Beecher and parents.

Box 3, Folder 19:
1996-2006.  Correspondence (much of it e-mail), including letters to son Norman B. (“Bucky”), to George W. Bush (regarding the cloning of human embryos), and to Richard Cheney.  Some letters relate to the impending publication of Norman Beecher’s book The Pre-Meditated Life, some to ideas for courses for Concord’s “Village University.”  Also, three letters (1998-1999) relating to fiscal responsibility and to the provision of handicapped access at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts. 

Box 3, Folder 20:
1993-2006.  Correspondence, including letters about religious topics, the therapeutic cloning of human embryos, and other subjects.

Box 3, Folder 21:
1997.  Correspondence accompanied by printed matter about Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd. (Japan).

Box 3, Folder 22:
1987-1990.  Correspondence including letters from Edward M. Kennedy (about flag desecration), Chet Atkins, and George H. W. Bush.  Also, an invitation to the 1989 Alexander Host Foundation dinner (speaker: Henry A. Kissinger).  Folder includes some duplicates of letters found elsewhere in collection.

Box 4, Folder 1:
1940-1942.  Personal and professional correspondence including letters from MIT friends and fraternity brothers, from girlfriend Pomona (“Pony”) Davidson, sisters Ann and Barbara, friend “Twanet,” and offers of summer work from Dewey & Almy Chemical Company and Du Pont Company.

Box 4, Folder 2:
1939-1943.  Family letters (including from mother).

Box 4, Folder 3:
1940-1942.  Letters from friends (including Joan Kerwin).

Box 4, Folders 4-5:
1940-1943.  Letters from family and friends (mother; father; Aunt Ruth; Grandmother and Grandfather Woolley; sister Barbara; Twanet; John Morgan Holden).

Box 4, Folder 6:
1939-1942.  Letters and cards from friends and family (including father, sister Ann, Buddy Nichols, Frances Pugh, Priscilla Perry, Kellogg Smith, G. H. Miller Smith, and others).

Box 4, Folder 7:
1946-1947.  Letters and cards from friends (including John M. Holden, Lawrence E. Martin, and German correspondents). 

Box 4, Folder 7a:
1946-[1947].  Early cards and letters from Nancy Bartram to Norman Beecher.  

Box 4, Folders 8-9:
1946-1947.  Correspondence between Norman and his parents, sister Ann, friends, Thomas and Mildred Bartram (Nancy’s parents), and a 1947 letter of admittance to the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  Folder 8 includes letters about concerns early in Norman’s relationship with Nancy.

Box 4, Folder 10:
1947.  Letters from Nancy to Norman and a draft letter from Norman to Nancy. 

Box 4, Folder 11:
1945-1949.  Norman Beecher correspondence with family (grandparents, Aunt Ruth) and friends and college associates (including John M. Holden, Charlie Humphries, and Patricia Peare), and letters between Norman and Nancy prior to their marriage.   

Box 4, Folder 12:
1945-1949.  Letters from family and friends.

Box 4, Folder 13:
1944-1949.  Letters from family, friends, and school associates.

Box 4, Folder 13a:
1949-1954.  Correspondence and related materials generated by the Beechers’ involvement with the Near East College Association and Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.

Box 4, Folder 13b:
Dear Friends (bulletin of Near East Mission, Istanbul, Turkey), 1963, [1964] (two numbers only).

Box 4, Folder 14:
1939-1954.  Letters from friends and family (including from father Norman Beecher regarding finances).

Box 4, Folders 15-16:
1990-1992.  Correspondence on various matters.  Correspondents include: George H. W. Bush; John F. Kerry; Chet Atkins; George J. Mitchell; Edward M. Kennedy; MacNeil and Lehrer; Sinclair Weeks, Jr.; William Weld; Sharon N. Green; Anita F. Hill; Clarence Thomas; Patricia McGovern.

Box 4, Folder 17:
1991-1995.  Correspondence with family (including son Bucky and daughter-in-law Dawn), friends, and Concord town officials (regarding an easement on Beecher property).  Some letters relate to the publication of the Beechers’ book Fortunate Journey.

Box 4, Folder 18:
1957 cancellation by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Beane of open orders for account of Norman Beecher.

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I. C.  Scientific and professional papers, 1949-1999:

Box 5:
Space Chamber Study.  Contract AF-40 (600)-952.  Final Report.  Vol.II.  Description of Final Concept.  For Arnold Engineering Development Center, Air Force Systems Command, United States Air Force.  15 December 1961 . . . (San Francisco: Bechtel Corporation, 1961).

Box 6, Folder 1:
“High Vacuum Pumping Techniques” by Norman Beecher and M. P. Hnilicka, pp. 94-100. American Vacuum Society, Inc.  In 1958 Fifth National Symposium on Vacuum Technology Transactions.  Under the editorial supervision of Wilfrid G. Matheson.  October, 22, 23, 24, Hotel Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. (London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles: Symposium Publications Division, Pergamon Press, 1959). 

Box 6, Folder 2:
Certificate of election to associate membership, Norman Beecher to the Society of Sigma Xi (MIT Chapter), May 21, 1948.

Certificate of appreciation to Norman Beecher for presenting at the Sixth Annual Advanced Composites Workshop for the Northern California Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering, January 25, 1980.

 “Processing of Ocean Nodules: A Technical and Economic Review,” by J. C. Agarwal, N. Beecher, et al., Ledgemont Laboratory, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts, presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of AIME, New York, February 17, 1975.

Photocopied article “Ocean miners take soundings on legal problems, development alternatives,” E/MJ, April 1975, pp. 75-86, with manuscript annotation “Plagiarized sections p. 84, 85, 86 and Table p. 81.”

“On the Strength and Stiffness of Planar Reinforced Plastic Resins,” by G. E. Padawer and N. Beecher, Norton Research Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, reprinted from Polymer Engineering and Science, v. 10, no. 3, May 1970.

“Laminar Film Reinforcements for Structural Applications,” by Norman Beecher et al., Norton Exploratory Research Division, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 12th National SAMPE Symposium, NR-3.

“Metal Separation by Fluid Ion Exchange in the Processing of Ocean Nodules,” by J. C. Agarwal, N. Beecher, et al., Ledgemont Laboratory, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts, presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of AIME, Las Vegas, February, 1976 (three versions).

“Modelling a Fluid Ion Exchange System,” by G. C. Brown, J. C. Agarwal, N. Beecher, et al., [undated] (two versions).

“Hazardous Waste Management Policies Overseas,” by Norman Beecher and Ann Rappaport, in Chemical Engineering Progress, May 1990, pp. 30-39.

“New Composite Offers Uniform Strength,” in Aviation Week & Space Technology, February 10, 1969, p. 51-[53?].  Includes photograph of Norman Beecher examining boron-coated polyimide composite film.
 
Box 6, Folder 3:
“Decision Analysis of the Choice of Reduction Process for Manganese Nodules,” by Richard F. Meyer, June 15, 1972.  Includes acknowledgment of the work of Norman Beecher and his associates at the Ledgemont Laboratory.

“Comparative Economics of Recovery of Metals from Ocean Nodules,” by J. C. Agarwal, N. Beecher, et al., Kennecott Copper Corporation, [undated] (two versions); also, offprint from and photocopied proof of printed version, Marine Mining, vol. 2, nos. 1-2, 1979, pp. 119-130.

“The Development of the Cuprion Process for Ocean Nodules,” by J. C. Agarwal, H. E. Barner, N. Beecher, et al., 1978 (two versions: one March 24, 1978; one—“Capsule Version”—June 20, 1978).

“The Cuprion Process for Ocean Nodules,” by J. C. Agarwal, H. E. Barner, N. Beecher, et al., CEP, January 1979, pp. 59-60, with 12 pages of typescript and related material attached.

“A new FIX on metal recovery from sea nodules,” by Jagdish C. Agarwal, Norman Beecher, et al., E/MJ, December 1976, pp. 74-78.

“Continuous-flow analyzer performs 20 to 60 determinations/hr,” by Eugene N. Pollock, Chemical Processing, October 1975, p. 17.   (Concerns pilot plant programs conducted at Ledgemont Laboratory, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts.)

“Comparative Fuel Costs for Pressurized Water Reactor with Zircaloy or Stainless Steel Fuel Cladding,” by Norman Beecher and Manson Benedict, for Columbia-National Corporation, October 1958. 

Box 6, Folder 4:
“A Gas-Cooled Vacuum Arc Skull Furnace,” by Norman Beecher and John L. Ham, Research Division, National Research Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for presentation at the Second International Congress of the I. O.V.S.T. combined with the Eighth National Vacuum Symposium of the American Vacuum Society, October 16-19, 1961, Washington, D.C.

“Kennecott Process for Recovery of Copper, Nickel, Cobalt and Molybdenum from Ocean Modules, by Jagdish C. Agarwal, Herbert E. Barner, Norman Beecher, et al., 1978 (two versions, one issued as the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME preprint number 78-B-89, for presentation at the 1978 AIME Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, February 28-March 2, 1978).

“Ablation Mechanisms in Plastics With Inorganic Reinforcement,” by Norman Beecher and Ronald E. Rosensweig, ARS Journal, vol. 31, no. 4 (April 1961), pp. 532-539.
Errata to two articles coauthored by Beecher and Rosensweig, AIAA Journal, vol. 3, no. 8 (August 1965), p. 1567.

Box 6, Folder 5:
“Processing of ocean nodules: A technical and economic review,” by J. C. Agarwal, N. Beecher, et al., JOM, April 1976, pp. 24-31.  Also, typescript version as presented at the 104th Annual Meeting of AIME in New York, February 17, 1975.

“Factors Determining Production Levels and Processing Technologies.”

“Electronic and Mechanical Gages Check High Vacuum,” by Norman Beecher, reprinted from Electronics, October 16, 1959.

“Statistical Theory of Strength of Laminated Composites,” by Peter M. Scop and Ali S. Argon, Journal of Composite Materials, vol. 1 (1967), pp. 92-99.

“Fatigue Apparatus for Extreme High Vacuum,” by Malcolm E. Reed and M. J. Hordon, reprinted from The Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 38, no. 3 (March 1967), pp. 322-325.

“Temperature dependence of the fatigue transition pressure for aluminum,” by M. A. Wright and M. J. Hordon, reprinted from Acta Metallurgica, vol. 15, no. 2 (1967), pp. 430-431.

“A Cold Cathode Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer,” by F. L. Torney and P. Blum, National Research Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 14th Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Dallas Texas, May 1966.

“Rolling Contact Deformation of Lithium Fluoride,” by M. J. Hordon, for presentation at the Winter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), November 7-11, 1965, Chicago, Illinois.

“The Growth of α-SiC from Various Chromium Alloys by a Travelling Solvent Method,” by M. A. Wright, reprinted from Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 112, no. 11 (November 1965), pp. [1114]-1116.

“Fatigue Behavior of Aluminum in Vacuum,” by M. J. Hordon, reprinted from Acta Metallurgica, vol. 14 (1966), pp. 11731178.

“The Effect of High-Temperature Intermediate Annealing on the Fatigue Life of Copper,” by M. A. Wright and A. P. Greenough, photocopy from Journal of the Institute of Metals, vol. 93 (1964-1965), pp. 309-313.

“A New Form of Niobium Stannide,” product profile by Robert A. Stauffer et al., National Research Corporation, photocopy of reprint from solid/state/design, May 1964.

“Strain Hardening of Ordered Cu3 Au Alloy,” by M. J. Hordon, photocopied reprint from
Transactions of the Metallurgical Society of AIME, vol. 227 (February 1963), pp. 260-262.

“Theory for the Ablation of Fiberglas-Reinforced Phenolic Resin,” by Ronald E. Rosensweig and Norman Beecher, reprinted from AIAA Journal, vol. 1, no. 8 (1963), pp. 1802-1809.  Also, copy in entirety of journal issue in which this piece appears.

Box 6, Folder 6:
“Which for Minimum Fuel Cost—Zircaloy or Stainless Clad?,” by Norman Beecher and Manson Benedict, reprinted from Nucleonics, vol. 17, no. 7 (July 1959), 64-67, 100.

“Survival of Cocci After Exposure to Ultrahigh Vacuum at Different Temperatures,” by Gerald J. Silverman and Norman Beecher, reprinted from Applied Microbiology, vol. 15, no. 3, May 1967, pp. 665-667.

“Resistivity of Spores to Ultraviolet and γ Radiation While Exposed to Ultrahigh Vacuum or at Atmospheric Pressure,” by Gerald Silvermam, Norman S. Davis, and Norman Beecher, reprinted from Applied Microbiology, vol. 15, no. 3, May 1967, pp. 510-515.

“The Application of Decision Theory in a Major R & D Project,” by Norman Beecher, Richard Meyer, and J. C. Agarwal (draft; [undated]).

“Selective Stripping of Nickel from a Copper-Nickel Loaded LIX 64N Reagent,” by G. L. Hubred, J. C. Agarwal, and N. Beecher, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Ledgemont Laboratory, [undated].

“Selective Extraction Process” (diagram), [undated].
 
Box 6, Folder 7:
“Preliminary Economic Analysis For Hydrometallurgical Processes,” by J. C. Agarwal, H. W. Flood, N. Beecher, and S. N. Sharma, Ledgemont Laboratory, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts, for presentation at the Annual Meeting of TMS-AIME, February 27, 1973, Chicago, Illinois.  Also, a copy of the piece as published, removed from the Journal of Metals, January 1974, pp. 26-34.

“The Planar Reinforcement Concept,” by Normal Beecher and Gabriel E. Padawer, [undated].

“The Effects of Ultrahigh Vacuum and Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation on Organic Materials,” by Willem Versluys and Norman Beecher, presented before the American Chemical Society, September 1961 (Division of Organic Coatings and Plastics Chemistry).

“Thermal Analysis of Space Simulation Chambers,” by Norman Beecher, reprinted from 1962 Transactions of the Ninth National Vacuum Symposium, American Vacuum Society.

Box 6, Folder 8:
Research Studies Concerning Leak Detection Techniques for MARK II, by N. Beecher and F. Feakes, National Research Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Technical Documentary Report No. AEDC-TDR-63-269, December 1963, AFSC Program Area 850E, Project 7778, Task 777801, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Air Force Systems Command, United States Air Force.

Research Studies Relating to the Detection of Leaks in a Large Aerospace Systems Environmental Chamber, by F. Feakes, J. Roehrig, F. Benner, and N. Beecher, National Research Corporation et al., Technical Documentary Report No. AEDC-TDR-64-237, November 1964, Program Element 62405334/8950, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Air Force Systems Command, United States Air Force.

Box 6, Folder 9:
“High Vacuum Pumping for Modern Electronic Needs,” by Norman Beecher, in electronics, vol. 32, no. 41 (October 9, 1959), pp. 66-67.

“Electronic and Mechanical Gages Check High Vacuum,” by Norman Beecher, in electronics, vol. 32, no. 42 (October 16, 1959), pp. 76-77.

“Solvent Extraction Pilot Plant Results for Recovery of Copper and Nickel from an Ammoniacal Leach of Deep-Sea Manganese Modules,” by Gale L. Hubred, published by ISEC, Capetown, South Africa, March 2002.

Box 6, Folder 9a:
“The First U.S. Reentry Vehicle –Heat Transfer Analysis,” undated typescript by Norman Beecher.

“Ablation Mechanisms in Plastics with Inorganic Reinforcement,” by Norman Beecher and Ronald E. Rosenweig, photocopied from ARS Journal 31 (1961), p. 532-539 (photocopy includes only p. 532).

“Theory for the Ablation of Fiberglas-Reinforced Phenolic Resin,” by Ronald E. Rosenweig and Norman Beecher, photocopied from AIAA Journal, vol. 1, no. 8 (August 1965), pp. 1802-1809 (photocopy includes only p. 1802).

Box 6, Folder 9b:
Scientific articles by authors other than Norman Beecher: “Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory,” by Hitoshi Wada ([1999]); “Ring Transformation of an Isoxazoline-1-Oxide: A Novel Transformation Product . . . ,” by Shonosuke Zen, Kiyobumi Takahashi, Eisuke Kaji, Hikaru Nakamura, and Yoichi Iitaka (1983); “A Novel Ring Transformation of 3,5-Bis(methoxylcarbonyl)-4-phenyl-2-isoxazoline-2-oxides into 2-Methoxylcarbonyl-1-oxido-3H-indole-3-acetates,” by Kiyobumi Takahashi, Eisuke Kaji, and Shonosuke Zen (1985); “Synthesis of Trisubstituted 4H-1, 2, 4-Oxadiazines1),3), by Shonosuke Zen and Kazuho Harada (1982); “A Convenient Synthesis of Substituted Benzofuro . . . ,” by Kiyobumi Takahashi, Eisuke Kaji, and Shonosuke Zen (1984).

Box 6, Folder 10:
Materials relating to patents, 1959-1961, 1971.

Box 6, Folder 11:
Job search, 1951-1952 (primarily correspondence).  Includes a November 1, 1951 letter from Linus Pauling at the California Institute of Technology in response to an inquiry by Norman Beecher about assistantships.

Box 6, Folder 12:
Materials relating to employment at Ledgemont Laboratory (Kennecott Copper Corporation), Lexington, Mass., 1972-1980.

Box 6, Folder 13:
Directory of Professional Personnel, Ledgemont Laboratory (Lexington, Massachusetts: Kennecott Copper Corporation, 1974).

Box 6, Folder 13a:
Materials relating to employment and past employment at the National Research Corporation , Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963, 1964, 1978, 1984, 1985.  Includes letter expressing interest in Norman Beecher for the position of Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, extended while he was employed at the National Research Corporation.

Box 6, Folder 13b:
Material relating to employment at Tufts University, 1983, 1985.

Box 6, Folder 13c:
Material (résumés, reference, letters) relating to job searches in which Norman Beecher had review authority or extended professional advice, [1975]-1989.

Box 6, Folder 14:
Material relating to A. E. Van Arkel (Inorganic Chemistry, Leyden University), 1964.

Box 6, Folder 15:
Certificate of election to the National Geographic Society, for Norman Beecher while living in Turkey, March 14, 1949.

Box 6, Folder 16:
Certificate of appreciation, Rotary Club, Seminole, Florida, to Norman Beecher, for serving as guest speaker, undated.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 2:
Certificate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, acknowledging Norman Beecher as a registered professional engineer, April 3, 1959.

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I. D.  Books, 1933-1997:

Box 6a:
Yearbooks:
Asheville School. The 1939 Blue and White, Volume Thirty (Asheville, North Carolina, 1939).
Asheville School. The 1940 Blue and White, Volume Thirty-One (Asheville, North Carolina, 1940).
Istanbul American College. The 1950 Record of the Istanbul American College, Volume 26 (Istanbul, Turkey, 1950).
Robert College & American College for Girls. The 1952 Yearbook published by the Students of Robert College & American College for Girls, Volume 28 (Istanbul, Turkey, 1952).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 1944 Technique. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1944).
Military-Related:
Bade, Wilfred and Heinrich Hoffman. Deutchland Erwacht, Werden, Kampf und Sieg der NSDAP (Altona Bahrenfeld: Cigaretten Bilderdienst, 1933).
Carter, Captain Joseph.  The History of the 14th Armored Division (Atlanta, GA: Albert Love Enterprises, 1946).
Linden, John H.  Surrender of the Dachau Concentration Camp 29 APR 45: The True Account. (Elm Grove, Wisconsin: Sycamore Press Ltd, 1997).
Other:
Hively, Ray.  In Search of Eden: Anecdotes, Religious Philosophy, and Commentary ([Woodland Park, Colorado: The author, 1995]).
Sanders, Michael L.  Clearwater: A Pictorial History (Virginia: The Donning Company, 1983).
Tessier, Mitzi Schaden.  Asheville: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, Virginia: The Donning Company, 1982).
Walker, Danton.  Danton’s Inferno (New York: Hastings House, 1955).

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Series II.  Nancy Elizabeth Bartram Beecher papers, 1927-2006

II. A. Education, 1941-1988.
II. B.  Public service and professional papers, 1954-2006.
II. C.  Personal papers (including correspondence), 1927-2005.

II. A. Education, 1941-1988:

briefBox 7:
Wellesley College scrapbook, 1944-1948.  Includes letters (among them Nancy Bartram’s letter of acceptance to Wellesley); greeting cards; memos; announcements; photographs; college informational publications; pressed flowers; clippings; calling card; programs for theatrical, musical, and other events (including Tree Day); order of service; souvenirs of trips to Boston (“Symphony Hall Pops” napkin), New York, and elsewhere; dormitory assignments; card of admission to classes; reprint (“Sovereignty in an Atomic Age” by Norman Cousins); dance card; manuscript song (music and lyrics; in pencil); sketch; typescript poetry and lyrics; event tickets; commencement programs.

Box 7a, Folders 1-3:
Northfield Seminary/Northfield Mount Hermon, 1941-1944, 1962, 1964, 1985, 1988.  Includes issues of The Northfield Star, graduation material (1944) and diploma, school bulletin, and reunion material (1988).

Box 7a, Folder 4:
Wellesley College research and term papers, 1945, 1948.

Box 7a, Folder 5:
Wellesley College publicity and fund-raising materials (items relating to foreign students), original photograph for article on Nancy Bartram in May 25, 1948 issue of Look and clipped article as published (“Student Head of Wellesley has a full time job”), Class of 1948 portrait directory, and 1987 reunion material, 1947-[1950], 1987.

Box 7a, Folder 6:
1979 letters from Wellesley (President Barbara W. Newell and Vice President for College Relations Alla O’Brien) regarding Nancy Beecher’s appointment to the Fiduciary Trust Company board.

Box 7a, Folders 7-9:
Lisle Fellowship (including many photographs), 1946-1954.

Box 7a, Folders 10-12:
Harvard University Extension, 1977-1983.  Includes papers and thesis (Feminism: A Quest for Self-Determination).

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II. B.  Public service and professional papers, 1954-2006:

Box 8, Folders 1-6:
Correspondence and other materials, 1969-1982, generated by Nancy Beecher’s appointment to and service on the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission between 1970 and 1975.

Box 8, Folder 6a:
Documents of appointment to the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, 1970.

Box 8, Folder 6b:
Clippings relating to Nancy Beecher’s appointment to and service on the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission, 1969-1970.   

Box 8, Folder 7:
Massachusetts House reports relating to Civil Service and public personnel, 1967, 1968.

Box 8, Folders 8-12:
Material relating to Castro v. Beecher, a lawsuit filed by eight minority plaintiffs to challenge the hiring system for Boston policemen, 1970-1974.  Mrs. Beecher was one of the five members of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission named as defendants, along with Boston Police Commissioner Edmund McNamara and Mabel Campbell, the Director of Civil Service.

Box 8, Folder 13:
Material relating to Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, Inc. et al. v. Nancy B. Beecher et al., 1972-1973.

Box 8, Folder 14:
Material relating to the criteria for ranking applicants for police jobs in Massachusetts towns, 1974-1975; Nancy B. Beecher et al. v. the Town of Milton et al., 1974; and Castro v. Nancy B. Beecher and the Town of Milton et al., 1975.

Box 8, Folder 15:
Material relating to Caplette, Pellisier, and D’Amorio v. Nancy B. Beecher et al., 1973; Cavanaugh, Sauve, Lombardi, Letendre, the Massachusetts Police Association, and Bachta v. Nancy Beecher et al., 1973; Coggans v. Nancy Beecher et al., 1975.

Box 8, Folder 16:
Material relating to physical fitness examination for female applicants for police jobs, 1970-1974.

Box 8, Folders 17-19:
Material relating to women in law enforcement and corrections, 1972-1975: Women Concerned with Criminal Justice (WCCJ); selection standards and goals for hiring of women.

Box 8, Folder 20:
Letters of complaint regarding Civil Service police exam, 1972-1973.

Box 8, Folder 21:
A Proposal to Analyze and Determine the Validity of the General Aptitude Test Used in Police Selection, submitted to the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission by Bio-Dynamics, January 26, 1971; A Proposal to Prepare a Test Battery for Police Selection Under the Massachusetts Civil Service System, submitted to the Director of the Division of Civil Service and the Civil Service Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by Research Division, Bio-Dynamics Corporation, January 20, 1972.

Box 8, Folder 22-25:
A Study and Refinement of the Police Recruitment, submitted to Director, Division of Civil Service, and the Civil Service Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by Research Division, Bio-Dynamics, Inc.  Four volumes: Vol. 1. Patrolman Job Analysis; Vol. 2.  Recommendations for the Refinement of the Police Selection System; Vol. 3.  Study of the Recruitment of Police Applicants; Vol. 4. Final Report—Executive Summaries, 1972.  

Box 8, Folder 26:
“A Case Study of the Massachusetts Civil Service and Personnel Structure as It Affects the Quincy Police Department” [typescript], by H. R. Wilde, September 15, 1971.

Box 8, Folder 27:
Civil Service conference and workshop information, 1974.

Box 8, Folder 28:
Summons and deposition for Jackson, Culbreath, and Parra (“on behalf of themselves and all persons similarly situated”) v. Francis Sargent et al. [including Nancy Beecher], 1974-1975.  (Case later known as Jackson et al. v. Michael S. Dukakis et al.)  Also, letter from Edward W. Powers, Director of Massachusetts Civil Service, to Paul M. Joseph, December 19, 1974, regarding changes in Massachusetts Civil Service System; statement of Edward W. Powers concerning his appearance before the Suffolk County Grand Jury on November 17, 1975; and a published report to the governor, Findings of Investigation Into Civil Service Matters, submitted by John R. Buckley, March 3, 1976.

Box 8, Folder 29:
Bill of complaint, probable cause finding, and final decree by consent, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination/Douglas D. Scherer v. Massachusetts Civil Service Commission/Nancy B. Beecher et al., 1974; memorandum, Edward W. Powers to Joann A. Malone, April 4, 1974, regarding statistics relating to social workers; carbon copy of letter, Edward W. Powers to Robert H. Quinn, Attorney General, regarding complaint filed by Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination against the Civil Service Commission and Division of Civil Service; letter, Douglas D. Scherer to Nancy Beecher, April 25, 1974, regarding request by Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General for a temporary restraining order (denied);  memorandum, Edward W. Powers to William Cox and Robert Macdowell, May 15, 1974, regarding lowering the passing grade for the social worker examination; “Important Notice to All Persons Who Passed the Social Worker Examination Held on July 14, 1973,” October 4, 1974.

Box 8, Folder 29a:
Letter of request from William H. Morris to Nancy Beecher for comments regarding the qualifications of Edward William Powers for admittance to the bar of Massachusetts, June 21, 1976, and a copy of Mrs. Beecher’s response, July 12, 1976.

Box 8, Folders 30-31:
Material relating to actions against discrimination against black and Hispanic applicants for Boston firefighting jobs, 1972-1975  Includes documents generated by Boston Chapter, N.A.A.C.P., Inc. et al. v. Nancy B. Beecher et al.

Box 8, Folder 32:
Court documents generated by several cases: Anthony et al. v. the Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al. and Feeney v. the Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al., 1976; Chestnut, Contee, and Velasquez “on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated” v. John D. Crosier et al., 1975; Harris and Silcott v. Kevin H. White et al., [1975]; letter regarding Harris v. White, Wallace W. Sherwood to Graham Watt, April 10, 1975.

Box 8, Folder 33:
Material relating to Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc. et al. v. Alan Altshuler et al. (1973) and to Griggs et al. v. Duke Power Company (1970, 1971).

Box 9, Folder 1:
Memoranda and other materials relating to the implementation of Chapter 778, 1972-1974.

Box 9, Folder 2:
“Civil Service and the Ex-Offender” [typescript], by Andrew Weissman, Public Policy Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Box 9, Folder 3:
Material relating to policy and practice in the screening and hiring of ex-offenders, 1972-1974.

Box 9, Folder 4:
National Civil Service League: publications and informational material, 1969-1976.

Box 9, Folders 5-6:
Project Pace Maker (Public Agency Career Employment Maker) Program/public employment of the disadvantaged, 1969-1971.

Box 9, Folders 7-10:
Governor’s Council for the Public Employment of the Disadvantaged: minutes, report, and review of recommendations, [1970; 1973]. 

Box 9, Folder 11:
Conference proceedings: Committing the Nation to Full Employment, Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and The New Human Services Institute, Queens College, February 14 and 15, 1975.

Box 9, Folder 11a:
Nancy Beecher conference presentations on affirmative action and on public service jobs, 1973, 1974, plus one undated.  Also, a 1975 letter from Nancy Beecher about affirmative action to the editor of The Boston Globe.

Box 9, Folder 12-14:
 Annual reports of the Massachusetts Director of Civil Service to the Civil Service Commission, 1970/1971-1973/1974.

Box 9, Folder 15:
Clippings, 1967-1973.

Box 9, Folder 16:
Material relating to Town of Concord Personnel Board, 1976, [1979].  Includes draft Affirmative Action Plan.

Box 9, Folder 17:
Concord Alternative Residence, Inc. (the non-profit that operated Belknap House, a senior residence in Concord; dissolved in 2006): financial statements, 1982-1984.

Box 9, Folder 17a:
Copy of March 1982 issue of Directorship, containing article by Nancy B. Beecher (“Dual Directors: Community Challenge and Opportunity”), accompanying letter from Associate Editor Elsa Nad, and letter of response from Nancy Beecher to Nad.  

Box 9, Folder 18:
Material relating to the “Committee to Select Beecher” for the Concord Board of Selectmen, 1984.  (Mrs. Beecher was elected in 1984 for a three-year term, and again in 1987.)

Box 9, Folder 18a:
Clippings relating to Nancy Beecher’s candidacy for and election to Concord Board of Selectmen, 1984, 1987.

Box 9, Folder 19:
Material relating to the candidacy of Allan Corderman for the Concord Board of Selectmen, 1984 (including items dating back to 1980).

Box 9, Folder 20:
Material relating to Nancy Beecher’s 1987 election to and service on the Concord Board of Selectmen, 1986-1989.

Box 9, Folders 21-22:
MAPC  (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) and MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) material, 1984-1990.

Box 9, Folder 23:
Material relating to Concord Fair Housing Committee/Fair Housing Policy, 1982-1990.

Box 9, Folder 24:
Material relating to a request by the Air National Guard to acquire a replica of Concord’s Minuteman Statue by Daniel Chester French, 1984.

Box 9, Folder 25:
Certificate of appreciation, Town of Concord to Nancy Beecher, for six years of service on the Concord Board of Selectmen, [1990].

Box 9, Folder 26:
Material relating to a proposed Concord budget requiring an override of Proposition 2 ½, 1991.

Box 9, Folders 27-29:
Material relating to Concord “Save Your Town Meeting Committee”/Coalition to Preserve Town Meeting, 1996-1997. 

Folder 29 contains clippings.

Box 9, Folder 30-31:
Material relating to Nancy Beecher’s involvement in the League of Women Voters, 1954-1970.

Box 9, Folder 32:
Material relating to Wellesley College compliance with Title IX/Affirmative Action, 1969-1977.

Box 9, Folder 33:
Material relating to the National Police Project, 1975-1980.

Box 9, Folder 34:
Material relating to the American Society for Public Administration, 1975-1977.

Box 9, Folder 34a:
Material relating to the Northwestern University Public Management Program in the Graduate School of Management, 1975.

Box 9, Folder 35:
Grade request by a student in Nancy Beecher’s public policy course, Suffolk University, 1976.    
 
Box 9, Folder 36:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Statewide Classification Study: A Modernization of the State’s Personnel System, 1980.

Box 9, Folder 37:
Nancy Beecher résumés, [ca. 1975 and 1984]; letter of application and accompanying résumé for position of Flexible Hours Coordinator in the Massachusetts Bureau of Personnel Records, 1976.

Box 9, Folder 38 and Box 10, Folders 1-6:
United Community Planning Corporation (UCPC)/Social Policy Research Group materials, 1977, 1980-1992.  (Nancy Beecher was a director of the organization.) 

Box 9, Folder 38 includes the keynote address by Nancy Beecher for an energy conference, June 11, 1980.

Box 10, Folder 6a:
To Make Our City Whole: [cover title: Guiding Principles for a New Social Contract] A Report on the Work of The Strategy Development Group of the Boston Persistent Poverty Project (Boston: The Boston Foundation, 1994). 

Box 10, Folder 7:
Material relating to the Massachusetts Advisory Task Force on Block Grants, 1982.

Box 10, Folders 8-9:
Material relating to Northfield Mount Hermon, 1968-1997, 2003.  (Nancy Beecher was a Northfield student and chaired the Board of Trustees of Northfield Mount Hermon.)

Box 10, Folder 10:
Material relating to the National Alliance of Professional and Executive Women’s Networks, 1980-1982.

Box 10, Folder 11:
Material related to the Episcopal Divinity School, 1983-2002. (Nancy Beecher served as vice president of the board.)  Folder includes May 1998 photograph.

Box 10, Folder 12:
Material relating to Massachusetts IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Committee materials, 1993-2004.

Box 10, Folder 13:
Material relating to the Network for Women’s Lives, 2004-2006.

Box 10, Folders 14-15:
Talks (manuscript and typescript) by Nancy Beecher, for various audiences (including Concord Academy Chapel, Boston College Citizen Seminar, Wellesley League of Women Voters, Arlington LWV, Lincoln LWV, Malden LWV, Watertown LWV, Churchmen’s League Legislative Day, Governor’s Conference on State-Local Relations, Tufts Assembly on Massachusetts State Government, Wellesley College Alumnae Council, Cambridge Family Service, UCS Legislative Workshop, Winchester Wellesley Club, Greater Boston College Placement Officers, Twentieth Century Association, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Massachusetts Civil Service Commission Pittsfield Conference, ISCA Panel, Wellesley Club of Concord, Concord’s Dawn Salute, Concord’s Day of Remembrance Program, Walden Earthcare Congress), 1964-1990, plus some undated.  Also, article on human service advocacy by Nancy Beecher in Perspectives, winter issue 1983, pp. 53-54.

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II. C.  Personal papers (including correspondence), 1927-2005:

Box 11, Folder 1:
Correspondence, 1940-1958. 

Box 11, Folder 2:
Correspondence, 1953-1956.

Box 11, Folder 3:
Correspondence, 1957-1958.

Box 11, Folder 4:
Correspondence, 1959.

Box 11, Folder 5:
Correspondence, 1960-1961.

Box 11, Folder 6:
Correspondence, 1962-1966.

Box 11, Folder 7:
Correspondence, 1967.

Box 11, Folder 8:
Correspondence, 1968.

Box 11, Folder 9:
Correspondence, 1969.

Box 11, Folder 10:
Correspondence, 1970-1980.  Includes 1977 correspondence with Eliza Cope Harrison of Bryn Mawr’s Advisory Council on International Programs regarding establishing a scholarship fund for Turkish students.

Box 11, Folder 11:
Correspondence, 1983-1988.

Box 11, Folder 12:
Correspondence, 2001-2005.

Box 11, Folder 13:
Correspondence, undated.

Box 11, Folder 14:
Baby book, 1927-1928.

Box 11, Folder 15:
Diary, 1935-1937.

Box 11, Folder 16:
“My Botany Notebook.  Made in The Activity Circle.  Taken from our hikes”; “Just Memories.  My Autobiography, October 29, 1940”; “Merrywood Log” [vacation “newspaper” (typescript articles mounted on paper)], August 15, 1936.
 
Box 11, Folders 17-19:
Date books, 1979, 1990, 1994-2001.

Box 11, Folder 20:
Manuscript and typescript poetry (mostly undated; one item dated 1968, one 1969); 1984 submission for dialogue: a journal of insights; copy of first issue of dialogue ([1983]).

Box 11, Folder 21:
Original artwork, 1947, 1954, and undated.

Box 11, Folders 22-27:
Materials relating to service on the General Committee for and participation in the celebration in Concord of the bicentennial of the Concord Fight (including correspondence, guest lists, invitations, programs tickets, first day of issue folder for commemorative postage stamp, ticket information, commemorative booklet, maps, ribbons), 1975.

Box 11, Folders 28-31:
Materials relating to the bankruptcy of the Waverly Trading Co., Inc. (in which Nancy Beecher was a creditor) and to the prosecution of  Edward A. Robertson, 1979-1980, 1985.

Box 11, Folder 32:
Commentary on the relationship between Nancy and Norman Beecher, 1947, 1982.

Box 11, Folder 33:
Passports, 1949, 1970, 1977, 1986.

Box 11, Folder 34:
Clippings, 1946-1995 (including Beechers’ engagement and wedding announcements).

Box 11, Folder 35:
Book presented by Mildred Shelling Bartram to her daughter Nancy Beecher: Wintz, William D.  Nitro: The World War I Boom Town: an illustrated History of Nitro, West Virginia and the land on which it stands (South Charleston, West Virginia: Jalamap Publications, Inc., 1985).

Box 11, Folder 36:
Photograph of Nancy Beecher carrying the train of a bride, inscribed “To Nancy, Whose friendship and help meant a richer life for me. Love, Sally December, 1949.”

Box 12:
Magazine issues containing items about Nancy Bartram/Nancy Beecher: Look, September 30, 1947 (containing article “United Nations: Wellesley Style,” pp. 76, 78-79); Look, May 25, 1948 (“Student Head of Wellesley has a full time job,” pp. 34, 36, 38); Monsanto Magazine, August 1948 (contained captioned photograph of Nancy Bartram, p. 32); This Week Magazine—magazine section of The Pittsburgh Press, December 17, 1950 (containing article “Nancy Goes to Turkey,” pp. 22-23).

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 2a:
Two portrait photographs of Nancy Bartram Beecher, undated, by Bachrach; 1989 reaffirmation of 1963 Concord proclamation extending “a warm welcome . . . to new Concordians, prospective residents, and visitors of whatever race, creed, or national origin who share our desire for congenial good-will” (circulated while Nancy Beecher was a member of Concord’s Board of Selectmen); color photograph of Nancy Beecher at her fiftieth Wellesley College reunion, 1998.

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Series III. Papers of the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of Norman Buckingham Beecher and of the parents of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1837-2001

III. A.  Papers of the first Norman B. Beecher and his wife Miriam W. Beecher, his father and mother George B. and Anne O’Hara Beecher, and grandfather and grandmother George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher, 1837-1988.
III. B.  Papers of Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram, 1896-2001.

III. A.  Papers of the first Norman B. Beecher and his wife Miriam W. Beecher, his father and mother George B. and Anne O’Hara Beecher, and grandfather and grandmother George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher, 1837-1988:

invitationBox 13, Folders 1-6 and 6a:
Mixed personal and professional correspondence (letters to and/or from Norman B. Beecher and Miriam W. Beecher, and a few financial documents), 1891-1965.  Correspondents include Anne O’Hara Beecher, George B. Beecher, W. E. Hall, Bess Fearey Judson (Mrs. Junius R. Judson), Professor Herbert R. Baer, Roscoe H. Hupper, Helen Clarke, Diana Storm, E. S. B. Sutton, Margaret L. Conger, R. W. O’Hara, Cara Lane, Granville Barrere, Mark L. Requa, Junius R. Judson, Louis E. Durr, Isabella Laidlaw, “Grandma,” “Papa/Father (George B. Beecher),” “Mamma” (Anne O’Hara Beecher), Isabel H. Clinton, Charles B. Fernald, C. G. Parker for The National City Company, Wilbur H. Hecht for The Maritime Law Association of Massachusetts, Albert B. Lasker for United States Shipping Board, Elizabeth W. Shroder, Charles Culp Burlingham (“C. C. B.”), Chester B. McMullen, A. J. Redzewick, Jr., Frank Abernathy (Treasurer, City of Clearwater, Florida), Peggy Parsons, Thomas J. Higgins (IRS), Cleveland Cobb, Alfred P. Marshall, Harold A. Predmore, Th. W. Cunningham, Philip Peace, Louis E. Durr, Margaret Fricke, S. F. Clarke, Margaret Caldwell, Elizabeth Price, Carita L. Curtis, Ann Culbertson, John Nicolson, George E. Jones, C. C. Helm, John Blakeley, Chauncey I. Clark, Wallace H. White, Eugene W. Sloan, John S. Taylor, Louis A. De Cazenove, John E. Jackson (as Chairman of Rules of Golf Committee, United States Golf Association), Felix Frankfurter, Kingman Brewster, Jr., and others.

Box 13, Folder 6b:
Engraved presidential invitation, President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson to Mr. Beecher, for Friday evening, February 13, [no year stated]; copies of White House letters regarding Norman B. Beecher (May 1, 1911, George W. Wickersham to Charles D. Hilles; May 2, 1911, Dewey Hilles to J. J. Pugsley).

Box 13, Folders 7-9:
Correspondence, 1949-1964 (some undated), between Norman B. Beecher (sometimes jointly written with wife Miriam) and: son and daughter-in-law Norman B. and Nancy Beecher (one with enclosed letters from granddaughter Cathy Beecher); daughter Ann Beecher Homans/Totty and son-in-law William P. Homans, Jr. (including some third-party material—primarily financial and tax-related regarding Ann); and daughter Barbara.

Box 13, Folder 10:
Letters from (and one to) Miriam Woolley in Woods Hole to her family, 1919.

Box 13, Folders 11-13:
Original, transcribed, and photocopied letters from Miriam Woolley abroad to her family, 1919-1920; letters from Miriam Woolley Beecher to Doris Wilcox, 1920, [1927].

Box 13, Folder 14:
Miriam Woolley certificate of dedication, 1902; diary, 1919-1920; Woolley-Beecher Episcopal marriage service and certificate booklet, 1922.

Box 13, Folder 15:
Miriam Woolley photographs and postcards, 1902, 1919-1920.

Box 13, Folder 16:
Letters from Danton Walker to Miriam Woolley, 1925-1957 (some undated), plus 1960 obituary clipping for Walker.

Box 13, Folder 17:
Manuscript A Diary of the Sayings & Doings of my Three Children—Norman, Anne & Barbara.  Miriam Beecher—April—1928.

Box 13, Folder 18:
Letters from Norman Beecher to his mother, 1969-1970, plus undated.

Box 13, Folder 19:
Miriam Woolley/Miriam Woolley Beecher miscellaneous papers (letters to, photographs, postcards, ephemera, clipping, school composition, North Carolina Domestic Relations Court document regarding custody of Homans grandchildren, and other materials), 1920-1970, plus undated.

Box 13, Folder 20:
Woolley family clipping scrapbook, 1892-1948, plus undated.

Box 13, Folder 21:
Norman B. Beecher correspondence relating to the guardianship of Grace Judson, 1910-1911.

Box 13, Folder 22:
Materials relating to Charles C. Burlingham and the law firms in which he was a partner, including Burlingham, Montgomery & Beecher, 1946-1988.

Box 13a, Folder 1:
Materials relating to international maritime law, 1923, 1924, 1928.

Box 13a, Folder 2:
Materials relating to the estate of James O’Hara, 1940-1942.

Box 13a, Folder 3:
Materials relating to liability for the steamship Titanic disaster (Burlingham, Montgomery & Beecher, Proctors for Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Ltd.), 1913, 1915.

Box 13a, Folder 4:
Photograph album, Oil Division, United States Fuel Administration, [undated].

Box 13a, Folders 5-6:
Norman B. Beecher United States Fuel Administration correspondence and personal correspondence from period of service in the United States Fuel Administration, 1918-1920.

Box 13a, Folders 7-8:
Materials (including travel expenses) relating to Norman B. Beecher’s service as Admiralty Counsel to the Shipping Board and on the International Maritime Committee, 1913, 1922-1933.

Box 13a, Folder 9:
Photographs, 1889, 1890, undated.

Box 13a, Folder 10:
Miscellaneous Norman B. Beecher documents and ephemera (including tax forms, empty stamped envelopes, 1896 essay “A Prevented Lynching,” military discharge document, railway tickets and pass, pass to federal buildings, insurance policy, calling cards, invitations, bills from the Whitehall Lunch Club, Crescent Athletic Club, Brooklyn, “The Jolly Mariners,” and Yale Club of New York City, acknowledgments for donations, clippings, steamboat pass, agreement creating the firm of Robinson, Biddle & Ward, legal memorandum, and centennial celebration publication for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Ohio, among other items), 1896-1969.

Box 13a, Folder 11:
Biographical material, obituaries, and memorial material, [ca. 1908]-1965.

Box 13a, Folder 12:
Norman B. Beecher school compositions, 1895-1896.

Box 14, Folders 1-5:
Legal, business, investment, insurance, property, probate, and tax correspondence and papers, 1902-1963.

Box 14, Folder 6:
Certificate of admission to practice law, Southern District of New York, Second Circuit, November 15, 1907.

Box 14, Folder 7:
Envelopes separated from contents, postmarks 1905-1927.

Box 14, Folder 7a:
Medical diagnostic study of Norman B. Beecher by Dr. Lewellys F. Barker and accompanying letter, 1919.

Box 14, Folder 8:
Papers of/relating to George and Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher (parents of George B. and grandparents of the first Norman B.), including an 1837 letter to the couple, undated biographical sketch of parents Sarah S. Buckingham Beecher and George Beecher, two Trimble family letters 1838 and 1846 (the Trimbles were related to the Buckinghams), an 1853 Wabash and Erie Canal deed to Sarah S. Beecher (recorded 1892), and an 1864 letter from a Civil War soldier.

Box 14, Folder 9:
George B. Beecher papers (including military bounty land documents and manuscript compositions), 1857-1873, plus undated. 

Box 14, Folder 10:
Letters to/from George B. and/or Anne O’Hara Beecher (including letters from abroad from Anne O’Hara Beecher to husband and children), 1873, 1907-1910, plus three empty envelopes postmarked 1917 and 1921.

Box 14, Folder 11:
Material relating to the property, finances, and taxes of George B. and Anne O’Hara Beecher, 1879-1924.

Box 14, Folder 12:
Wills of George B. and Anne O’Hara Beecher and related material, 1880-1918.

Box 14, Folder 13:
Certificates of entry and of record transfer for Pojoram’s Champion, The American Jersey Cattle Club, 1913 and 1915; receipt for purchase of jersey bull from Hartman Stock Farm, Columbus, Ohio, January 6, 1915; certificate of registration for stallion Shadeland Rhoderick, American Shetland Pony Club, July 8, 1898, with records of sales to 1914 (the last recorded sale to George B. Beecher).

Box 14, Folder 14:
Clippings about and obituary for Norman B. Beecher, [1922], 1965.

Box 14, Folder 15:
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina) materials, undated.

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III. B.  Papers of Thomas Walsh Bartram and Mildred Shelling Bartram, 1896-2001:

Box 15, Folder 1:
Thomas Walsh Bartram’s undated inventory of family papers.

Box 15, Folder 2:
Documents and other material relating to Thomas Bartram (birth certificate; baptismal and confirmation records; baby books; military pass to Stamford Plant of the Edgewood Arsenal; military service papers—promotion to corporal, discharge; marriage certificate of Thomas Bartram and Mildred Shelling; information about Bartram coat of arms; clippings about family members; typescript poem—“In ’24 the plant was new / When Tommy came they say”; mortgage document; plan of lot in Tamarac by the Gulf, Pinellas County, Florida; letter to Thomas Bartram from F. T. Yamaguchi; will; safe deposit inventory; note; and photograph of Bartram grave with manuscript caption “Mother’s grave in Salisbury” on reverse), 1896-1978.

Box 15, Folder 2a:
Certification of Thomas Walsh Bartram’s having been awarded a master’s degree in chemistry in 1921, MIT Office of the Registrar to Norman Beecher, February 7, 2001.

Box 15, Folder 3:
Letters from Thomas Walsh Bartram to parents, 1916-1929.

Box 15, Folders 4-5:
Patents, 1935-1952.

Box 15, Folder 6:
Photographs, 1897-1961, plus undated.

Box 15, Folder 6a:
Stamped items (one First Day of Issue), 1969-1975 (postmark illegible on one envelope); undated J. & H. Stolow, Inc. company Christmas card.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 3:
Thomas Walsh Bartram’s certificate of membership to the Third Degree of Masonry, Norfolk Lodge, June 11, 1923.

Box 15, Folder 7:
Documents and material relating to Mildred Shelling Bartram (1942 copy of birth certificate; church-issued marriage certificate, bound with order of marriage service; photocopied wedding invitation and clipped wedding announcement; will; 1982 recollections of 1924-1927; and real estate closing document for property in Largo, Florida), 1942-1985.

Box 15, Folder 8:
Mildred Bartram correspondence (including three letters to husband Tom, signed “Billie”), 1943, 1947, [1948], plus undated.

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Series IV.  Norman and Nancy Beecher family and personal papers, 1947-2006

IV. A.  Family papers and files, 1950-2002.
IV. B.  Family and personal correspondence primarily to/from Beechers as a couple (including some e-mail, also some clippings and other enclosures), 1947-2005.
IV. C.  Photographs, 1948-2006.

IV. A.  Family papers and files, 1950-2002:

Box 16, Folders 1 and 1a:
hikingNorman and Nancy Beecher Christmas cards/letters and mailing labels and lists, [ca. 1950]-1992, 2002.

Box 16, Folders 2 and 3:
Family trip notebooks, 1950-1992.

Box 16, Folders 4 and 5:
Correspondence and other material relating to family trips, 1965-1977.

Box 17:
Family calendars, 1983-1994 (some with artwork by Nitka grandchildren).

Box 16, Folder 5a:
Material by, about, or relating to the grandchildren of Norman and Nancy Beecher, [1995]-2002.

Box 16, Folder 5b:
Three Episcopal Church certificates for Nancy (two) and Norman Beecher (one) as godparents, 1964.

Box 16, Folder 5c:
Undated manuscript notes (drawn from Ruth R. Wheeler’s house information in the Concord Free Public Library) on the history of the Beecher home at 1100 Monument Street in Concord.

Box 16, Folder 6:
Material (separated from chronological letter files below) relating to Norman B. Beecher II—“Bucky” (much of it to his attendance at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts), 1956-2001.

Box 16, Folder 7:
Material (separated from chronological letter files below) relating to Ned (Edward Bartram) Beecher, 1967-1997.

Box 16, Folder 8:
Material (separated from chronological letter files below) relating to Carolyn Beecher (“Rainb♀”), 1954, 1964-1983, plus undated. 

Box 16, Folder 9:
Material (separated from chronological letter files below) relating to Nancy Catharine Beecher Nitka, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1975-1984, plus undated.  Includes 1981 wedding photograph, with family.

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IV. B.  Family and personal correspondence primarily to/from Beechers as a couple (including some e-mail, also some clippings and other enclosures), 1947-2005:

Box 16, Folder 10:
1947-1952.

Box 16, Folder 11:
1948-1952.

Box 16, Folder 12:
1948-1961.

Box 16, Folder 13:
1949-1951.

Box 16, Folder 14:
1949-1952.

Box 16, Folder 15:
1951-1955.

Box 16, Folder 16:
1952-1955.

Box 16, Folder 17:
1953-1955.

Box 16, Folder 18:
1954-1959.

Box 18, Folder 1:
1955-1957.

Box 18, Folder 2:
1956-1958.

Box 18, Folder 3:
1958-1959.

Box 18, Folders 4 and 4a:
1958-1963.

Box 18, Folder 5:
1960-1964.

Box 18, Folder 6:
1960-1965.

Box 18, Folder 7:
1962-1964.

Box 18, Folder 8:
1963-1968.

Box 18, Folder 9:
1963-1970.

Box 18, Folder 10:
1964-1965.

Box 18, Folder 11:
1965-1970.

Box 18, Folder 12:
1966-1967.

Box 18, Folder 13:
Letters from Rachel King to Jean Meehl (Lynnfield, Massachusetts), 1967.

Box 18, Folder 14:
1967-1970.

Box 18, Folder 15:
1968-1972.

Box 18, Folder 16:
1969-1971.

Box 18, Folder 17:
1970-1972.

Box 18, Folder 18:
1970-1973.

Box 18, Folder 19:
1971-1973.

Box 19, Folder 1:
1971-1975.

Box 19, Folder 2:
1972-1975.

Box 19, Folder 3:
1973-1974.

Box 19, Folder 4:
1974-1979.

Box 19, Folder 5:
1974-1980.

Box 19, Folder 6:
1975-1977.

Box 19, Folder 7:
1976-1979.

Box 19, Folders 8 and 9:
1976-1987.

Box 19, Folders 10-12:
1978-1984.

Box 19, Folder 13:
1979-1983.

Box 19, Folder 14:
1980-1983.

Box 19, Folder 15:
1983-1984.

Box 19, Folder 16:
1984-1985.

Box 19, Folder 17:
1985-1987.

Box 20, Folder 1:
1985-1990.

Box 20, Folder 2:
Letters and other material relating to the engagement and wedding of Norman B. Beecher II (“Bucky”) and Mary Dianna Martinez, 1985-1986, and to Dianna’s death, 1987-1988.

Box 20, Folder 3:
1986-1991.

Box 20, Folder 4:
1989-1998.

Box 20, Folder 5:
1990-1991.

Box 20, Folder 6:
1990-1994.

Box 20, Folder 7:
1991-1993.

Box 20, Folder 8:
1992-1993.

Box 20, Folder 9:
1993-2001.

Box 20, Folder 10:
1993, 1998-2002.

Box 20, Folder 11:
1994-1996.

Box 20, Folder 12:
1996-1998.

Box 20, Folder 13:
1996-2002.

Box 20, Folder 14:
1998-2002.

Box 20, Folder 15:
1998-2005.

Box 20, Folder 16:
2000-2004.

Box 20, Folder 16a:
Undated.

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IV. C.  Photographs, 1948-2006:

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 4:
Two wedding photographs, Norman and Nancy Beecher, 1948; 1975 photograph of President Gerald Ford at North Bridge in Concord for bicentennial celebration of Concord Fight; 2003 color photograph of Norman and Nancy Beecher, Catharine B. Nitka, Stephen B. Nitka, Wilson B. Nitka, and Carolyn E. Beecher on Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park; 2006 Olan Mills color portrait of Norman and Nancy Beecher.

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Series V.  Lineage of Norman Beecher, 1828-2005

V. A.  Beecher and related family papers and genealogical research, 1828-2005, plus undated material.
V. B.  Unpublished manuscript, “A Hillsboro Story,” 1987.
V. C.  Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier, 1892.
V. D.  Walter B. Woolley and Marian Pierce Woolley material, 1877-1989.
V. E.  Woolley and Pierce papers and genealogical research, 1894-[1993], plus undated material.

V. A.  Beecher and related family papers and genealogical research, 1828-1998, plus undated material:

ms. surveying notebookBox 21, Folder 1:
Correspondence of Reverend George Beecher and his brother William, 1828-1835.
Three letters from Reverend George Beecher to his brother, William Beecher, describing his teaching position at Groton, various speaking engagements, his efforts to find a suitable wife, and recounting the event of a fire at his house.  One letter from William Beecher to George Beecher congratulating him on the birth of a child and describing his recent ordination examination, and succession of his church from the Oxford to Independent Presbytery.

Box 21, Folder 2:
Letters from George B. Beecher to his son Norman B. Beecher, 1903-1911.
Sixty-two letters (predominantly family news).  George Beecher occasionally requests his son’s assistance with the management of finances in New York City.

Box 21, Folder 3:
Letters from George B. Beecher to his daughter, Georgiana Beecher Allen, 1911.
Four letters (predominantly family news).  Folder includes an invitation to Georgiana’s wedding to Mr. William Fitch Allen in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Box 21, Folder 4:
Letters from George B. Beecher to his wife, Anne (Nannie) Price O’Hara Beecher, 1876-1905.
Four letters describing local and family news.

Box 21, Folder 5:
George B. Beecher, miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1869-1870.
Includes one letter from G. B. B. to his friends during his trip abroad in 1870, his letter blotter, and one letter regarding the scheduled transport of his personal effects to the United States. 

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 5:
George B. Beecher’s 1869 passport; two 1870 letters from Alessandro Castellani regarding Beecher purchases in Naples; color photograph (undated) of four Greek vases purchased in Europe in 1870 by George B. Beecher and presented by Norman and Nancy Beecher to the Davis Art Museum of Wellesley College.

Box 21, Folder 6:
George B. Beecher, personal papers, 1868-1909.
Includes 1887 letter of sympathy from John H. Ely on death of Beecher’s daughter Catherine, twenty-eight tax receipts for several tracts of land in Missouri, six drafts of his will, one letter from St. Mary’s Church in Hillsboro, Ohio, thanking G. B. B. for the memorial window dedicated to Martha Trimble, two obituaries for his father (the Reverend George Beecher), and one stock transfer into Norman B. Beecher’s name. 

Box 21, Folder 7:
Letters from Anne (Nannie) Price O’Hara Beecher to her husband, George B. Beecher, 1907.
Twenty-four letters and four postcards, describing travels throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and Northern Africa in 1907.

Box 21, Folder 8:
Letters from Georgiana Beecher to her father, George B. Beecher, 1907.
Ten letters describing travels throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and Northern Africa in 1907.  Includes eight photographs of the traveling party in Northern Africa.

Box 21, Folder 9:
Letters from Eliza Stowe, daughter of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1883.
Three letters to her aunt Nannie regarding family news and events.

Box 21, Folder 10:
Unidentified Beecher correspondence, 1831-1881.
Eight letters and partial letters.

Box 21, Folder 11:
Eunice Buckingham papers; 1845, 1915.
Contains a copy of Eunice Buckingham’s will, providing for the welfare of her three daughters and the Putnam Female Classical Institute.  Also includes a ledger for the Eunice Hale Buckingham education fund.

Box 21, Folder 12:
Sarah Sturges Buckingham (Beecher) correspondence, 1832-1870.
Twenty-eight letters to and from Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher (regarding the death of her husband George and other family news).

Box 21, Folder 13:
Sarah Sturges Buckingham (Beecher) papers, 1864-1902.
Tax receipts (eight items).

Box 21, Folder 14:
Ebenezer Buckingham papers, 1906, plus undated material.
Contains a surveying notebook kept by Ebenezer Buckingham, tax receipts, one letter to Ebenezer’s brother John, and a letter to George Buckingham Beecher.

Box 21, Folder 15:
Trimble family papers and correspondence, 1839-1881.
Twenty-five letters (personal and professional) to and from Col. William H. Trimble, lawyer, surveyor and politician.  Two letters recount Trimble’s personal experiences as Colonel of Ohio’s 60th Infantry Regiment during the Civil War (served 1861-1862).  Includes one survey; one bill of sale to W. H. Trimble from James A. Trimble; a note to the County Surveyor of Highland County, Ohio; and a letter from Martha Trimble’s nephew, Ebenezer Convers, to his cousin, Katy.

Box 21, Folder 15a:
Trimble-Beecher property documents (for Ohio property) and will of Katharine Buckingham Trimble, 1882-1911.

Box 21, Folder 15b:
Items relating to property of Norman B. Beecher in Clearwater, Florida, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1931, 1939.

Box 21, Folder 16:
Anne (Nannie) Price O’Hara, correspondence & personal papers, 1881, 1905-1910.
Includes (among other items) letter to Nannie from her mother-in-law and her son, 1881, four letters from Nannie to her son Norman B. Beecher, the will of Nannie’s sister, and record of the sale of Rucker Stone Company land in Hillsboro, Ohio, to Nannie to settle a mortgage debt.

Box 21, Folder 16a:
Beecher railroad-related material: Baltimore & Ohio ticket stub, 1921; refund certification, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Co., 1923.

Box 21, Folder 17:
Beecher family research, undated.
Contains information regarding Greystone, George B. and Nannie Beecher’s home in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Box 21, Folder 18:
Beecher family genealogical charts, undated.

Box 21, Folder 19:
Beecher family genealogical research, 1971-1995, plus some undated.
Includes newspaper articles, order card for book Beechers Across America (1986), the Beecher family coat of arms, notes and letters by Norman Beecher (b. 1923), book reviews, and material regarding the publication of Fortunate Journey.

Box 21, Folder 20:
Family research: George B. Beecher, 1927, 1990, mostly undated.
Two photographs (G. B. B. as a child and a young man), genealogical notes and charts by Norman Beecher (b. 1923) during research for Fortunate Journey, and the Yale University obituary record detailing G. B. B.’s death.

Box 21, Folder 21:
Family research, Reverend George Beecher, undated.
Biographical sketches.

Box 21, Folder 22:
Family research: Reverend Henry Beecher, 1991, mostly undated.
Materials relating to the Plymouth Church and a scholarly article published in the Yale Divinity School Magazine.

Box 21, Folder 23:
Family research: Lyman Beecher, 1907, 1983, undated.
Contains Lyman Beecher biography and genealogy (including several genealogical charts) and histories of the Foote and Warde families (ancestors of Lyman’s wife, Roxanna).

Box 21, Folder 23a:
101st birthday newspaper article about Lyman Beecher (Norman Beecher’s uncle; born 1875), 1976; photocopied article from the Auburn Journal (Auburn, California) about Esta and Mark Beecher, February 9, 1973.

Box 21, Folder 24:
Buckingham family genealogical research, 1965, 1989, 1992, undated.
Includes information on Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher’s brother Ebenezer, a written history of the Buckingham family, a genealogical table showing Sarah Sturges Buckingham Beecher’s ancestors, a printout from the International Genealogical Index, and a genealogical chart of the Hale family.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 5:
Genealogical chart of the Hale family, undated.

Box 21, Folder 25:
O’Hara family research, genealogical research, 1892-1998.
Folder includes some correspondence to/from Norman Beecher (b. 1923).

Box 21, Folder 26:
Trimble family research, 1848-1991, plus undated.
Contains a hand-drawn map of Trimble burial plot and location and descriptions of individual graves, photocopy of the wills of Martha and William Trimble, and materials relating to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Box 21a:
Beecher and related families manuscript genealogical notes, 1965, and computer-generated charts, [1992] and 2005.

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V. B.  Unpublished manuscript, “A Hillsboro Story,” 1987:

Box 22, Folders 1-3:
“A Hillsboro Story,” unpublished history of the Beecher family in the late nineteenth century by George Beecher, uncle of Norman Beecher (b. 1923).

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V. C.  Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier, 1892:

Box 23:
Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier—limited edition book by Mary Carson Darlington, published in 1892.  Includes a sketch of the life of General James O’Hara, great-great-great grandfather of Norman Beecher (b. 1923).  Also includes the journal of Captain Celeron, letters of Generals Grant, Forbes and Bouquet during the campaign of 1758, the journal of Captain Ecuyer, and letters from officers of the Continental Army (1776-1779).

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V. D.  Walter B. Woolley and Marian Pierce Woolley material, 1877-1989:

Box 24:
Box contains photographs—one dated 1877—of Walter B. Woolley (piano tuner, city treasurer and tax collector of Woodbury, New Jersey); photographs of Woolley and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, of which he served as president from 1940 to 1942; and photographs of Woolley and the Woodbury, New Jersey, Board of Education, to which he was elected Executive Secretary in 1914 and on which he served for thirty-five years.  Also includes certificate of dedication for Marian Edith Pierce Woolley (1902), photocopied 1942 Findings and Decree re: Establishment or Correction of Certificate of Birth of Walter Barrett Woolley, born in Springfield, Vermont; a business card of Andrew J. Pierce as representative for Blasius Pianos, inscribed on reverse with name and address of Walter B. Woolley, a letter and a telegram to Mr. Woolley, three mounted photographs of Walter and Marian Woolley on the fiftieth wedding anniversary, loose and mounted newspaper clippings, including obituaries, a eulogy in New Jersey Municipalities (October 1949), a 1942 resolution of appreciation and respect for Woolley by the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Walter B. Woolley’s 1945 will (1949 copy), a 1949 resolution of appreciation, respect, and mourning by the City of Woodbury, New Jersey, an undated certificate of membership in the Municipal Finance Officers Association, and 1989 typescript notes on Walter B. Woolley’s life.

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V. E.  Woolley and Pierce papers and genealogical research, 1894-[1993], plus undated material:

Box 25, Folder 1:
Woolley papers and related material, 1920-1974, plus undated.
Contains newspaper clippings (including obituaries) regarding members of the Woolley family.   Some clippings pertain to Miriam Edith Woolley’s 1919 trip to Europe with Mrs. Richard Crane, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia.  This folder also contains poetry, some of it written by Marian Woolley Beecher. 

Box 25, Folder 2:
Pierce papers and related material, 1894, 1897, undated.
Contains 1894 high school graduation exercises brochure for class of Marian Edith Pierce (later Woolley), material relating to Marian E. Pierce (Woolley’s) application for membership in an unnamed society (apparently the Daughters of the American Revolution) based on her Pierce lineage, Pierce genealogy, and sheet music (copyright 1897) inscribed for Marian E. Pierce by the Reverend Lorin Webster.

Box 25, Folder 3. 
Woolley family genealogical research, 1915-[1993], plus photocopy of some early Woolley records.
Contains material (notes, charts, a letter, and a biographical sketch about Walter B. Woolley, Marian E. Pierce Woolley, and their family), most of it compiled by Norman Beecher while working on the book Fortunate Journey.

Box 25, Folder 4:
Pierce family genealogical research, undated.
Contains clipping, notes, and charts.

Box 25, Folder 5:
Research into Pierce and Woolley coats of arms, 1905-1972.

Box 25, Folder 6:
Woolley family information (genealogy, notes, letters, baby book—with photograph—of Ruth Pierce Woolley), 1901-1990, plus undated.

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Series VI.  Lineage of Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1773-2004

VI. A.  Bartram family material, 1843-1992.
VI. B.  Greer material, 1824-1997.
VI. C.  Shelling material, 1855-1987.
VI. D.  Walsh and related family material (including Japanese Walsh descendants), 1773-2004.

VI. A.  Bartram family material, 1843-1992:

death noticeBox 26, Folder 1:
Typescript compilation of Bartram family records, undated.

Box 26, Folder 2:
Edward E. Bartram material (clipping and letters), 1898-1899.

Box 26, Folder 3:
Typescript information about the 1890 marriage of Edward E. Bartram and Agnes Greer Walsh, undated.

Box 26, Folder 4:
Photocopied obituary of John W. Bartram, 1991.

Box 26, Folder 5:
Appointment of Levi S. Bartram as ensign in the Connecticut militia, 1843.

Box 26, Folder 6:
Pencil sketch of Mildred S. Bartram by Nancy Bartram Beecher, 1982.

Box 26, Folder 7:
Typescript (carbon copy) of “1946 Version of the Nitro Xmas Story,” by Thomas Bartram (father of Nancy Bartram Beecher), and 1958 New Year’s letter from Mildred and Thomas Bartram to “Dear Bess” describing their Christmas visit to the Beechers in Massachusetts.

Box 26, Folder 8:
A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving in Memory of Allerton Eddy, North Canaan Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, June 6, 1987.  Program booklet, inscribed in pencil on front, “Mrs. Billie Bartram.”

Box 26, Folder 9:
“Ruth Jo Bartram Notes, November 1990” (typescript); “Edward Walsh Bartram, Japan Notes” (typescript; undated).

Box 26, Folder 10:
Correspondence, questionnaires, notes, and charts relating to members of the Bartram, Walsh, and related families (material for Fortunate Journey), 1983-1992.

Box 26, Folder 11:
Bartram charts and notes (material for Fortunate Journey), 1909-1992.

Box 26, Folder 12:
Bartram information: photocopy from 1911 book and 1929 typescript notes by Thomas W. Bartram.

Box 26a:
Bartram and related families computer-generated genealogical chart, [1992].

Box 26b:
Bartram, Violet W. and D. Kent Bartram, Jr.  Bartram Branches (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1984).
Justinius, Ivan O., for Black Rock Civic and Business Men’s Club, Inc.  History of Black Rock (Bridgeport, Connecticut: Antoniak Printing Service, copyright 1955).  Includes significant information on the Bartram family.

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VI. B.  Greer material, 1824-1997:

Box 26, Folder 13:
Clippings (relating primarily to members of the Greer family), 1932, undated.

Box 26, Folder 14:
Letters from Agnes Greer to cousin Carrie, 1880-1912.

Box 26, Folder 15:
Family letters from Caroline I. Greer, 1835-1884, and obituary clippings and gravestone sketch for Richard W. Greer, 1862.

Box 26, Folder 16:
Typescript, “Greer Letters at the Time of the Civil War,” undated.

Box 26, Folder 17:
Letters from Henry Greer to his sister, 1855, undated.

Box 26, Folder 18:
Printed memorial card for Henry Greer, died May 23, 1875.

Box 26, Folder 19:
Family letters from John M. Greer, 1859-1882.

Box 26, Folder 19a:
Typed transcription (April 13, 1970) of letter from Caroline Forrest Greer (Mrs. John Mayne Greer), January 10, 1861, to her sister-in-law Agnes Greer Walsh, regarding the impending Civil War; accompanied by genealogical notes in pencil.

Box 26, Folder 20:
Family letters from Richard W. Greer, 1853-1860.

Box 26, Folder 21:
Family letters from Robert Greer, 1826-1847.

Box 26, Folder 22:
Letter and postcard from W. R. Greer to cousins, 1880, 1886.

Box 26, Folder 23:
Manuscript “Family Record of John M. Greer,” updated to 1881; manuscript diary of Richard Walsh, 1826-1827 (covers passage from Ireland and arrival in America).

Box 26, Folder 24:
Greer research, South Carolina Historical Society, 1997 photocopy of nineteenth-century originals.

Box 26, Folder 25:
Letters relating to Greer genealogy, 1957, 1992.

Box 26, Folder 26:
Greer chart (undated) and person reports (1997).

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 6:
Broadside “Remember Dorothy Greer, 1824.”

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VI. C.  Shelling material, 1855-1987:

Box 26, Folder 27:
Shelling material, 1904-1980.

Box 26, Folder 28:
Shelling photographs, 1914-1987.

Box 26, Folder 29:
Shelling family letters, 1855-1864, plus undated.

Box 26, Folder 30:
Military papers (some photocopied), Emanuel R. Shelling, 1863, 1865, plus undated.

Box 26, Folder 31:
Emanuel R. Shelling Civil War letters home, 1861.

Box 26, Folder 32:
Will of Emanuel R. Shelling, 1891 (1974 photocopy).

Box 26, Folder 33:
Shelling research for Fortunate Journey (letters, charts, questionnaires), 1992, 1993.

Box 26, Folder 34:
Shelling charts, forms, and related material, 1992, plus undated.

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VI. D.  Walsh and related family material (including Japanese Walsh descendants), 1773-2004:

Box 27, Folder 1:
Walsh family papers, photographs, and ephemera, 1831-1899, plus undated.
Folder includes receipt to R. J. Walsh, engraved invitation to wedding of Agnes Greer Walsh and Edward E. Bartram, telegram announcing birth of a Walsh son, passenger list souvenir card, photographs (carte de visite of “Grandma Walsh” and tintype of Agnes Greer Walsh), Japanese currency, notification to appear at militia training, published antislavery illustration, a copy of The New-England Primer, menu (in English and Japanese), engraved calling cards (Hyde, Walsh, and Lepper), pressed flowers, pencil miniature (“Cousin Jane aged 16”), engraved “At home” notice, photograph of cemetery lot, Yonkers.

Box 27, Folder 2:
Walsh obituary clippings, 1859, 1897, 1900, and piece on the wreck of The Eider, 1892.

Box 27, Folder 3:
Material relating to a Bible given to Richard James Walsh and Eliza Lepper on their marriage in 1859, including transcription of inscription and photocopied family record containing entries up to 1978; also, a Hoag genealogy chart.

Box 27, Folder 3a:
Undated manuscript notes (in pencil) on the Lepper family, marked “From Aunt Agnes.”

Box 27, Folder 4:
Photographs of family record in Walsh Bible and one of family gravestones, 1990.

Box 27, Folder 5:
Walsh, Caldwell, Barnes: typed transcript and photocopy of 1787-1802 “diary” [i.e. letter book], Armagh, Ireland.

Box 27, Folder 6:
Engraved death notice, Eliza Walsh (wife of Richard J.), April 14, 1876, Yokohama; also, manuscript doctor’s certification of her death, April 13, 1876.

Box 27, Folder 7:
Family letters from Agnes Greer Walsh, 1873-1898.

Box 27, Folder 8:
Typed transcripts of diaries of Agnes Greer Walsh/Agnes Greer Walsh Bartram, 1888, 1935, 1943-1946.

Box 27, Folder 9:
Color photographs of Norman and Nancy Beecher in Italy, visiting Walsh family connections there (Bosio, Barberini).

Box 27, Folder 10:
Photocopied letters from families of Japanese staff in Kobe Paper Mill Company (Umeda, Egawa, Futami; Mr. Futami later worked for Mitsubishi as director, then started his own company), 1901-1927.

Box 27, Folder 11:
Nella Primo Anniversario della Morte di Caterina Bosio . . . ([1929]).

Box 27, Folder 12:
Manuscript notes on Yasutaro Fookatz, “a shizoku of Japan who died in Yonkers October 10, 1872, aged 19 years”; in both Japanese and English translation.

Box 27, Folder 13:
Lepper family documents, 1831 (copied 1861), 1859 (transcribed), and notes (undated).

Box 27, Folder 14:
Undated typed transcript of portion of: Raphael Pumpelly, Across America and Asia: Notes of a Five Years’ Journey Around the World and of a Residence in Arizona, Japan, and China (New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1870).

Box 27, Folder 15:
Letters from Thomas Rowan to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walsh in New York, 1833.

Box 27, Folder 16:
Letters from cousin Annie Van Cortlandt to “My dear May,” 1927, 1929.

Box 27, Folder 17:
Walsh family letters and related material, 1814-1865 (John Walsh to William Caldwell; Jane Walsh to Richard Walsh; David Walsh to “Surgeon Oakman” John Walsh to Richard Walsh; C. Barnes to Mrs. Richard Walsh; Marianne Rowan to “My Dear Sister”; Richard Greer to Richard Walsh; John M. Greer to Richard Walsh, including one letter on printed bill of lading filled out in manuscript; Robert Greer to Thomas Walsh; Jane Oakmont to Richard Walsh; George Walsh to Richard Walsh; David Hathaway to T. R. Miles; Wheeler, Sheldon & Babcock to Owen Hurlbut; “Sister Sarah” to Minnie Walsh; also, assorted empty envelopes—addressed and stamped—and a manuscript note,unsigned, dated “March 1865,” title “The requirements of a “rebel prisoner from his Northern Union friends.”). 

Box 27, Folder 18:
Canton, June 1, 1863, unsigned letter or diary entry beginning, “According to Thos.’ advice, I came up here from Hong Kong on Saturday.”

Box 27, Folder 19:
Walsh family letters, 1833-1872 (R. Walsh to Mrs. C. Greer; Minnie and “Cary” Walsh from mother (A. Walsh); Minnie from mother; Minnie from Carrie; Sarah from mother).    

Box 27, Folder 20:
Typed transcript, “Mrs. R. Walsh’s [Agnes Greer Walsh’s] 1866 Diary.”

Box 27, Folder 21:
Walsh family letters, 1859-1918 (Carrie to sister Minnie; Eleanor S. Walsh to aunt Carrie; C. Van Cortlandt to Minnie; D. M. Bean to Minnie; Susan Hoyt to Minnie; Fanny to Minnie; Augusta Durnford to Miss Walsh; D. Priestley to Carrie; J. A. Lansing to Misses Walsh; L. Gamble to Minnie; C. Van Cortlandt to “My dear Cousins”; Walter Bicker to John G. Walsh; cousin Anna to Minnie; Amelia P. Weld to Minnie; Sarah J. Brett to “My dear girls”; E. B. Hendrickson to Minnie; Walter Bicker to Minnie; E. I. P. to Minnie; E. S. W. to aunt Minnie; cousin Letitia to Minnie; E. B. Hendrickson to Carrie; C. Van Cortlandt to Carrie; Sophie MacAdam to Carrie; Walter Bicker to Carrie; John to aunt Carrie; Amelia P. Weld to Carrie; Carrie Studley to Carrie; Annie Ireland to Carrie; F. Hall to Misses Walsh; Hisaya Iwasaki to Miss Walsh; Ai Yamaguchi to “My dear Aunts”; N. (?) Futami to Misses M. and C. A. Walsh; and other correspondents).    

Box 27, Folder 22:
Manuscript, “An Essay on the Art of Colouring by David Walsh, Armagh” (undated); printed item, “Castledillon Fete,” (undated), three printed pages, the fourth page blank (“Walsh, Printer, Armagh”).

Box 27, Folder 23:
Walsh family letters, 1874-1876 (primarily letters to May from mother Lizzie Walsh),

Box 27, Folder 24:
Letter from George Walsh to brother, March 12, 1836; letter to Richard Walsh from brother George Walsh, March 7, 1859.

Box 27, Folder 25:
Typed, transcribed letters from America (from George Barnes, Elizabeth Barnes Caldwell, and Ann Barnes Egan) to Jane Barnes Walsh in Ireland, 1773-1811.

Box 27, Folders 26-27:
John Greer Walsh letters (typescript summary and manuscript originals), 1848-1897 (including letters to his mother, father Richard, and sisters Sarah, Minnie, and—especially—Carrie).

Box 27, Folder 28:
John Greer Walsh manuscript trip journals, 1858, 1870

Box 27, Folder 29:
Photographs: carte de visite photograph, Empress of Japan “in 1898-99” (according to manuscript caption on reverse of portrait); portrait photograph, Marianne Walsh (undated).

Box 27, Folder 30:
Photocopied letters from Mabel and Nina to aunts Minnie and Carrie, 1881.

Box 27, Folders 31-33:
Typed transcripts (1987, 1990) of Marianne Walsh’s diaries: 1882; 1885; 1886; 1887; 1890; 1892; 1894; 1916; 1917; 1918; 1920; 1921; 1923.
 
Box 27, Folder 34:
Letters from May (Mary) L. (Lepper) Walsh to aunts Carrie and Minnie, 1880-1898.

Box 27, Folder 35:
Robert George Walsh letters (typescript summary and manuscript originals), 1863-1886 (including letters to sisters Minnie and Carrie and to mother).  

Box 27, Folder 36:
January 31, 1854 letter of appreciation from fellow clerks of Bank of the Commonwealth, New York, to R. J. Walsh on his resignation from his position.

Box 27, Folder 37:
Transcribed diary and letter by Robert G. Walsh describing his trip to Japan, 1863 (transcribed and distributed to family members in 1985).

Box 27, Folder 38:
Jane and Thomas Worthington letters to (Jane’s uncle) Richard Walsh, 1876-1879.

Box 27, Folder 39:
Letters to Richard Walsh from United States Sanitary Commission, 1864-1865.

Box 27, Folder 40:
1929 copy of 1854 marriage certificate of Richard James Walsh and Eliza Lepper.

Box 27, Folder 41:
Richard James Walsh letters (typescript summary and manuscript originals), 1848-1880 (including latters to sisters, father, mother, Addie, daughter May).  Folder also includes two unsigned pieces of poetry in manuscript (one of them, “The Tail of a Chinaman,” dated January 30, 1869), and a letter of sympathy (January 14, 1881) from a Mr. and Mrs. Cole in Yonkers.   

Box 27, Folder 42:
Letters to Minnie and Carrie from sister Sarah (Sallie), 1855-1859, plus undated.

Box 27, Folder 43:
Letter to “My Dear Sally” from father Thomas Walsh, Newry, January 2, 1823.

Box 27, Folder 44:
Draft manuscript obituary of Mrs. Thomas Walsh, March 1822.

Box 27, Folder 45:
Thomas Walsh (born 1827) letters (typescript summary and manuscript originals), 1841-1859 (including letters to uncle, sisters, and mother).

Box 27, Folder 46:
Thomas Walsh letters to mother and sisters (most original, several in photocopied form only), 1860-1900.

Box 27, Folder 47:
Letters to family from Kuni Yamaguchi in Tokyo, 1907, 1909.

Box 27, Folder 48:
Two notebooks on Walsh and related families, one titled “Notes on family history made by A. G. Bartram in 1913 and 1924.  Copied for Vivian Byrd”; the other undated.

Box 27, Folder 49:
Photocopy and transcript of letter about Walsh and related family papers and events, Ruth Jo [Bartram] to “Dear Mary” [Mary Wiborg], March 28, 1988.

Box 27, Folder 50:
March 3, 1990 letter to Norman [Beecher; from Ruth Jo Bartram] (transcribed), including extracts from Walsh and related family history. 

Box 27, Folder 51:
Photocopied article, Harold S. Williams, “‘Shades of the Past’: Things Japanese or Some Historical Highlights of American Trade in the Kansai in Pre-War Days,” The Journal of the ACCJ, September 1975, pp. 17-26.

Box 27, unfoldered:
Japan Through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866, edited and annotated by F. G. Notehelfer; from the Cleveland Public Library, John G. White Collection of Orientalia (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992).

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 6:
Oversize Walsh material: naturalization document for Richard Walsh, 1836; broadside auction list, estate of John G. Walsh, Kobe, Japan, 1899; two color posters for historic Japanese photograph exhibition including images of John and Robert Walsh, August 19-23, [no year given], Yamato City, Japan.

Box 28:
Ambrotype portrait (in leather case) of Richard James Walsh and Eliza Lepper Walsh, about 1859, by Mathew Brady.

Box 29, Folder 1:
Typescript and manuscript genealogical charts of Walsh descendants (some photocopied), 1948, 1986, 1993, [no earlier than 1997], mainly undated

Box 29, Folder 2:
Walsh descendants charts and lists, 1992-1993, plus undated; Walsh family histories, 1992-1993, and family group records, 1992; undated time line for Walsh brothers.

Box 29, Folder 3:
Material (1945 and undated) relating to Italian (Bosio and Barberini) Walsh descendants.

Box 29, Folder 4:
Letters from Tita (Maria Antonia) Bosio to Norman Beecher, 1996.

Box 29, Folder 5:
Letter from Richard K. Winslow, Jr. (Advisor for Information and Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Japan) to Norman Beecher, Boston, January 22, 1992, with enclosure (photocopied encyclopedia entry on Iwasaki Yataro); undated brochure on Kobe Foreign Cemetery.
 
Box 29, Folder 6:
Letters from Tsuneko Eguchi to Norman and Nancy Beecher, 1985, undated.

Box 29, Folder 7:
“[Japanese] Translation of Fortunate Journey, Appendix G15” (undated).

Box 29, Folder 8:
Norman Beecher letter to Kiyohumi Matuura, January 14, 1992, about Japanese Walsh descendants, including genealogical enclosure; manuscript notes on the subject; transcription of the 1897 gravestone inscription of John Greer Walsh; photograph of Robert Walsh’s Japanese grandson; 1993 computer-generated Matuura family member questionnaires.

Box 29, Folder 9:
Mitsubishi Paper Company materials, 1962-2004 (including photocopy of the company’s sixtieth anniversary history, English translations of sections of the same, and related letters).  The paper company was started by the Walsh brothers and bought by Mitsubishi in 1898 from Thomas Walsh, the last surviving brother.

Box 29, Folder 10:
Letters from Fred G. Notehelfer (Professor, University of California at Los Angeles) regarding his research into the Walshes in Japan, 1997, 1998.  Also, 1996 international cablegram from Italian Walsh connection in Florence to Norman Beecher assuring him of the availability of the Walsh letters for research by Notehelfer.

Box 29, Folder 11:
Correspondence (including e-mail) between Kei Sakayama and Norman and Nancy Beecher regarding Walsh family history in Japan, 1991-2005; also, genealogical chart, photocopy of U.S. Consulate in Nagasaki documents (1860), [1992] review of Notehelfer’s Japan Through American Eyes, 1963 article “Foreign Paper Making in Japan and the Walsh Brothers,” by Tatsumaro Tezuka, and March 2005 issue of Seascope: The NYK Group Newsletter, containing article “”Marriage Between a Japanese Woman and a British Man Employed by NYK: 1885.”

Box 29, Folder 12:
Correspondence and related material on Barnes and Blacker ancestry of Walshes, 1913-1937, plus undated.

Box 29, Folder 13:
Manuscript Lepper, Walsh, and Greer notes and charts, 1877, undated. 

Box 29, Folder 14:
Photographs of Thomas and Mildred Bartram in Japan, 1963, including visit to Yokohama Foreign Cemetery; also, undated manuscript information about grave monument of Paul and Eliza Lepper (parents of Eliza Lepper Walsh), and about Herbert William Brockbank’s grave in the foreign cemetery of Yokohama.

Box 30, Folder 1:
Correspondence, program, transcripts, and photographs relating to the Yamaguchi family celebration in 1959 of the assignment in 1859 of ancestor John Greer Walsh as the first United States Consul at Nagasaki and to other Walsh family members in nineteenth-century Japan, 1959-1960.

Box 30, Folder 2-7:
Walsh, Yamaguchi, and Wiborg family research (including copies of nineteenth-century photographs of Robert Greer Walsh and of his family in Japan; correspondence with and personal history of Mary Wiborg; notes; photocopy; clippings; genealogical report, chart, and questionnaires; catalogs; translations; and related material), 1870-2003.

Box 30, Folder 8:
Photographs from visit by Norman and Nancy Beecher to Wiborgs in Norway, 1997.

Box 30, Folder 9:
Bartram family Walsh-Yamaguchi material (including correspondence, photographs, and genealogy), 1923-1971.

Researchers please note: Box 31 contains oversize and other materials from all series in the collection.  Items in this box are also listed throughout the container list where they belong in terms of their content.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 1:
Wedding photograph of Ann Beecher Homans, [1948]; portrait photograph of Norman Beecher in uniform (by Culberson, Asheville, North Carolina); two issues of Stars and Stripes, one for May 2, 1945 ( headline: death of Hitler), one for May 8, 1945 (headline: end of World War II); color photograph of Norman Beecher in uniform, taken for Concord Journal, May 28, 1998 (coverage of Memorial Day ceremonies), accompanied by clipping and photocopy of photograph as it appeared in the Journal.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 2:
Certificate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, acknowledging Norman Beecher as a registered professional engineer, April 3, 1959.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 2a:
Two portrait photographs of Nancy Bartram Beecher, undated, by Bachrach; 1989 reaffirmation of 1963 Concord proclamation extending “a warm welcome . . . to new Concordians, prospective residents, and visitors of whatever race, creed, or national origin who share our desire for congenial good-will” (circulated while Nancy Beecher was a member of Concord’s Board of Selectmen); color photograph of Nancy Beecher at her fiftieth Wellesley College reunion, 1998.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 3:
Thomas Walsh Bartram’s certificate of membership to the Third Degree of Masonry, Norfolk Lodge, June 11, 1923.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 4:
Two wedding photographs, Norman and Nancy Beecher, 1948; 1975 photograph of President Gerald Ford at North Bridge in Concord for bicentennial celebration of Concord Fight; 2003 color photograph of Norman and Nancy Beecher, Catharine B. Nitka, Stephen B. Nitka, Wilson B. Nitka, and Carolyn E. Beecher on Iceberg Lake Trail in Glacier National Park; 2006 Olan Mills color portrait of Norman and Nancy Beecher.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 5:
George B. Beecher’s 1869 passport; color photograph (undated) of four Greek vases purchased in Europe in 1870 by George B. Beecher and presented by Norman and Nancy Beecher to the Davis Art Museum of Wellesley College; genealogical chart of the Hale family, undated.

Box 31 (oversize), Folder 6:
Broadside “Remember Dorothy Greer, 1824”; oversize Walsh material (naturalization document for Richard Walsh, 1836; broadside auction list, estate of John G. Walsh, Kobe, Japan, 1899; two color posters for historic Japanese photograph exhibition including images of John and Robert Walsh, August 19-23, [no year given], Yamato City, Japan).

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