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Personal Papers of Raymond Beamer

Call Number: PP 392


Beamer taught at the Entomology Museum at the University of Kansas from 1914-1955. This collection consists of his field notes and research from 1913-1941 and 1946-53, along with photographs from field expeditions in various states throughout the United States and in Mexico and Canada from 1930-1950.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1955


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Biography of Raymond Beamer

Raymond Hill Beamer was born in 1889 in Cherokee County, Kansas. He received his A.B. in 1913 and his A.M. in 1917, both from the University of Kansas, completing his doctorate in 1927. He joined KU's faculty in 1914 as the Assistant Curator of the Snow Entomological Museum and Assistant Professor of Entomology and reached full Professor status in 1939. Beamer was curator of the Snow Collection in 1949.

While working at the museum, Beamer led many spring and summer collecting expeditions and student field trips around North America in order to expand the museum's entomological collections. He was also active in his professional field, serving as President of the Kansas Entomological Society in 1931.

Raymond Beamer married Lucy Dunbar; together they had three children. Beamer retired from KU in 1955 and died in 1957.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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PP 392

Related Materials

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Guide to the Raymond Beamer Collection
Personal Papers of Raymond Beamer
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005; Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005; revised by mnm, 2016.
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Raymond Beamer Collection, University Archives, PP 392, 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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