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Beagel Family Papers

Call Number: RH MS 1187


The collection includes personal correspondence mostly relating to Virginia Beagel or Gilbert Beagel. It also consists of school yearbooks, report cards, post cards, business correspondence, and a scrapbook.


  • Creation: 1908 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of The Beagel Family

Gilbert Beagel held a variety of jobs, including working as a barber, a Motorman for a streetcar company, and running a Surrey service. Beagel married Laura Margaret Rogers in 1917. The couple moved to Springfield, Missouri where Beagel repaired locomotives. In 1921 the couple and their children moved to Alta Vista, Kansas. The couple had seven children – Joseph Dwight (1918), Eleanor (1921), Frank Donald (1922), Robert (1926), Norma Jean (1928), Virginia Louise (1931), and James Harris. The family bought a 160 acre farm near Wilsey, Kansas in 1930 – at the beginning of a decade long drought. The family’s correspondence and documents (especially "Bob’s Book') provide documentation on events in Kansas from daily economic and agricultural situations to the Civilian Conservation Corps and World War Ii. Much of the correspondence relates to Virginia Beagel, who fell off a horse as a child and lost the use of one arm. She was hospitalized several times for rehabilitation and petitioned her high school for better services to students with disabilities. She died in 1949 at the age of 18 from an infection resulting from surgery.


1 linear foot (1 box + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1187

Physical Location

RH MS Q315

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Eleanor M. Modig, Mrs. Norma J. McDiffet, Mr. Robert Beagel, and Mr. James Beagel, 2009.

Guide to the Beagel Family Collection
Beagel Family Papers
Finding aid prepared by eear, 2014; Finding aid encoded by eear, 2014
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
The Beagel Family Collection, RH MS 1187, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States