The Larkin Lewis Beeman Collection contains .5 cubic feet of handwritten class notes and seating charts from Beeman's days as a student and a teacher in the 1890's and 176 photographs of students, faculty, groups and organizations at the Indiana State Normal School from the 1880's to 1919. The earliest dated photograph is from 1881 although there are a number of tintypes which may well date earlier. This collection contains some of the oldest extant material about the history of Indiana State University.
The collection has been arranged in two series. The photographs are especially valuable because most are labeled with names, although the majority are undated.
Classnotes and Seating Charts There are eight volumes and 10 individual pages of handwritten notes that Beeman took as a student at Indiana State Normal School and that he used in his own teaching. Included are notes from an English Grammar class in 1892 from either Mary Anderson or John B. Wisely, a Botany class in 1896 from Instructor Butterfield, a Physiology class in 1896-1897 from Louis J. Rettger, and a Psychology class (undated) from Albert Charman. Two of the volumes contain pencil drawings. There are two seating charts dated 1897 where Beeman has added comments about the temperaments of his students.
Photographs The 176 photographs are primarily portraits of individual students and faculty; most are labeled with names but undated. There are also photographs of groups and organizations. In a 1955 letter, Beeman notes that the Mystical Novem group photograph shows the organization which was the beginning of fraternities and sororities at Indiana State. The photograph of the 1897 class day exercises shows the students in costume who appeared in Shakespearean scenes. Two other photographs show freshmen for the Spring Term 1891 and the group of students who boarded at the same home while attending the Normal School in 1893.