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Janice A. Beran papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 10/7/52

Scope and Content

This collection (1968-2012, undated) contains Dr. Beran’s biographical materials, certificates, presentations, papers and faculty activities correspondence relating to physical education on the international level, and the history of physical education. A highlight of this collection is her writings on the history of women’s basketball, and a presentation, “One Hundred Years of Physical Culture, Physical Training, Physical Education, Health and Human Performance at Iowa State University.”


  • 1968-2012, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Janice A. Beran was born in Leighton, Iowa in 1931. She graduated from Pella High School (1949) and earned her B.A. (1953) from Central College in Pella, Iowa and her M.S. (1970) from Drake University in Physical Education. She also earned a Certificate from Gymnastikhochskolen, Ollerup, Denmark. She received her Ph.D. (1976) from Iowa State University in Education (Major) and Technology and Social Change in Developing Countries (Minor). Dr. Beran began her professional career as an instructor (1953-1954) at Welch Junior High School in Ames, Iowa. She was an instructor (1960-1969) and then promoted to Assistant Professor (1970-1973) at Siliman University. Dr. Beran joined the faculty as instructor (1974-1977) in the Physical Education Department at Iowa State University and was promoted to Assistant Professor (1975-1977), Associate Professor (1977-1986), Professor (1986-1992), and Emeritus Professor (1992).

Dr. Beran was a Fulbright Exchange Professor (1980) at Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaria, Nigeria; and an Exchange Professor (1983) at National Taiwan Normal University, Republic of China.

Dr. Beran received the Iowa State University Alumni Association Faculty Citation in 1992. Dr. Beran is involved in several professional organizations including the American Association on Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPERD), and is a past president of the Central District Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CDAPERD). Dr. Beran traveled to Nigeria, the Philippines, and Taiwan to teach and research Physical Education and wrote numerous papers on the history of physical education, including women’s basketball, and the effects of physical education in countries experiencing modernization.

Dr. Beran married George W. Beran, who is Professor Emeritus of the Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine Department at Iowa State University. Dr. Beran currently lives in Ames, Iowa.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Items in related collections

RS 10/7. Iowa State University. Department of Kinesiology records, 1902-2013

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 10/7/52. Janice A. Beran papers, 1968-2012, undated
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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