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William Miller Beardshear papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 2/5

Scope and Content

This collection (1884-2009, undated) contains reports, biographical data, newspaper clippings, family materials, correspondence, published items, ISC catalogs and a Bomb, and a Bible. Included are Beardshear's annual reports to the Board of Trustees for Iowa State; correspondence with Iowa State faculty, staff, and students about a variety of topics, such as finances, excuse from military drills, and the resignation of faculty members; and newspaper clippings which describe an accusation against Beardshear for plagiarism. The remainder of the collection consists of biographical information about Beardshear and Beardshear's family members, Iowa State ephemera, and 2 publications by Beardshear.

Dates

  • 1884-2009, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Born in Ohio in 1850, William Miller Beardshear joined the Union Army at the age of 14 and served throughout the Civil War. He studied for the ministry at Otterbein College and Yale Divinity School. He filled several pastorates before coming to Iowa in 1881 as the President of Western College in Toledo. On November 24, 1891, Beardshear was named as a degree of master mason in the Toledo Lodge No. 118. In 1889, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools in West Des Moines.



In 1891, Beardshear was appointed President of Iowa State, and during his tenure, ISC truly came of age. Beardshear developed new agricultural programs and was instrumental in hiring premier faculty members such Anson Marston, Louis B. Spinney, J.B. Weems, Perry G. Holden, and Maria Roberts. He also expanded the university administration, and the following buildings were added to the campus: Morrill Hall (1891), the Campanile (1899), Old Botany (now Catt Hall) (1892), and Margaret Hall (1895).



While Beardshear was President, the following events also occurred at Iowa State: the school colors of cardinal and gold were named, Iowa State became known as the Cyclones (1895), and the first Bomb (the university yearbook) was published in 1893.



He died in 1902 of complications following a heart attack. In his honor, Iowa State named its central administrative building (Central Building) after Beardshear in 1925.

Extent

1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)

Abstract

William Beardshear was President of Iowa Agricultural College and Iowa State College (University). Beardshear developed new agricultural programs and hired premier faculty members; he also expanded the university administration. While Beardshear was President, the following events also occurred at Iowa State: the school colors of cardinal and gold were named, Iowa State became known as the Cyclones (1895), and the first Bomb (the university yearbook) was published in 1893, and the name was changed to Iowa State College (1898). This collection (1884-2009, undated) contains reports, biographical data, newspaper clippings, family materials, correspondence, published items, ISC catalogs and a Bomb, and a Bible. Included are Beardshear's annual reports to the Board of Trustees for Iowa State; correspondence with Iowa State faculty, staff, and students about a variety of topics, such as finances, excuse from military drills, and the resignation of faculty members; and newspaper clippings which describe an accusation against Beardshear for plagiarism.

Items in related collections

RS 2/0. Iowa State University. Office of the President records, 1959-2014

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 2/5. William Miller Beardshear papers, 1884-2009, undated
Date
January 22, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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