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Anna Beebe Papers

1906 - 1919

Manuscript Collection Number: 134
Accessioned: Gift of Samuel H. Black, 1988.
Extent: 216 items (.3 linear ft.)
Content: Letters, cards, reciepts, miscellany.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: July 1988 by Eric Wittkopf.

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Biographical Note

Anna Elizabeth Beebe was born [ca. 1898] in Lewes, Delaware, to a prominent Lewes family. Her brothers, Dr. James Beebe, Sr. and Dr. Richard C. Beebe, founded the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes in 1916. Anna Beebe was educated at the Women's College of Delaware, from which she received her bachelor's degree. She also obtained a master's degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anna Beebe began her career as an educator with teaching positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In approximately 1933 Beebe returned to Lewes to take a position as an English teacher at Lewes High School. She remained at Lewes High as a teacher and guidance counselor for thirty-three years; she retired in 1966. Elizabeth Beebe died in December, 1990.


Scope and Content Note

The Anna Beebe Papers consist of a collection of letters written to Anna Beebe during the period 1906-1919. Beebe's primary correspondents are members of her family, school friends, and acquaintances. The letters typically discuss social events, personal affairs, school activities, and family news. Of particular interest are the copies of letters from her brother, Dr. Richard Beebe, during his service as a medical officer in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. (Note: original letters were transferred to the Historical Society of Delaware at the request of the donor).

The collection is arranged in chronological order with three folders of undated material housed at the end.


Contents List

Box -- Folder -- Contents

 1   F1   1913 Apr - Jul 
          Includes photocopies of three letters from Richard Beebe.  Also included is a
          religious pamphlet belonging to Anna Beebe.  6 items.

     F2   1913 Aug - Oct 
          Includes photocopies of two letters from Richard Beebe.  4 items.

     F3   1914
          Includes prayer card for deceased patient of Richard Beebe.  6 items.

     F4   1915
          Includes photocopy of letter from Richard Beebe.  4 items.

     F5   1916  Jan 4 - Mar 13
          Includes party instructions from Ladies' Home Journal.  7 items.

     F6   1916  Mar 20 - Apr 30
          Includes party instructions from Ladies' Home Journal.  Also included is a
          photograph of Anna Beebe.  10 items.

     F7   1916  May - Jun
          Includes report card for Anna Beebe.  Also included are two application forms for
          admittance to the Women's College of Delaware at Newark.  9 items.

     F8   1916  Sep - Dec
          Includes sample of dress cloth.  Also included is a dance book belonging to Anna
          Beebe.  8 items.

     F9   1917  [n.d.] - Jan 6
          5 items.

     F10  1917  Jan 7 - Jan 26
          7 items.

     F11  1917  Feb
          Includes a table marker from a Valentine dance.  5 items.

     F12  1917  Mar
          Includes a note card apparently used in a speech or essay.  6 items.

1    F13  1917  Apr - May
          Includes a history test.  Also included is a train schedule.  9 items.

     F14  1917  Jun
          Includes a report card for Anna Beebe.  8 items.

     F15  1917  Jul 1 - 13 
          9 items.

     F16  1917  Jul  17 - 24 
          Includes three book catalogues.  10 items.

     F17  1917  Aug 18 - 28
          5 items.

     F18  1917  Aug 28 - Sep 16
          Includes a newspaper clipping regarding the enlistment of Richard Beebe.  5
          items.

     F19  1917  Oct
          Includes four receipts issued to Anna Beebe.  10 items.

     F20  1917  Nov - Dec
           4 items.

 2   F21  1918  [n.d.]; Mar - Apr
          Includes a Y.W.C.A. marker.  7 items.

     F22  1918  May
          3 items.

     F23  1918  June ? - 20
          Includes a receipt for the Second Red Cross War Fund issued to Anna Beebe. 
          Also included is a newspaper clipping regarding Delaware College student
          enlistment.  6 items.

     F24  1918  Jun 21 - 28
          Includes a report card for Anna Beebe.  Also included is a printed invitation to a
          high school commencement and a calling card.  8 items.

     F25  1918  Jul - Aug
          Includes a bill from Gimbel Brothers of Philadelphia issued to Anna Beebe.  Also
          included are two receipts from the Second Red Cross War Fund issued to Anna
          Beebe.  Also included are requirements regarding participation in the Delaware
          State Boys' and Girls' Patriotic Canning Club.  9 items.

     F26  1918  Sep 4 - Dec 10
          Includes photocopies of two letters from Richard Beebe.  6 items.

     F27  1918  Dec 24 - 25
          Includes a calling card.  5 items.

     F28  1919  Mar
          Includes photocopies of three letters from Richard Beebe.  4 items.

     F29  1919  Apr 5 - Jul 19
          Includes a photocopy of a letter from Richard Beebe.  5 items.

     F30  1919  Jul 22 - 29
          4 items.

     F31  1919  Aug
          2 items.

     F32  [n.d.]
          Includes a note pad, a picture post card, an advertisement for Beacom Business
          College of Wilmington, Delaware, and two greeting cards.  9 items.

     F33  [n.d.]
          Includes two calling cards and two greeting cards.  8 items.

     F34  [n.d.]
          Includes photocopy of a letter from Richard Beebe.  Also included are an
          invitation to Richard Beebe's wedding, a tag inscribed "Anna from Richard," a
          calling card, a bookmark, and two verses to a college song.  6 items.

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