Harris Frank Beeman Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Beeman, Harris F.
Harris Frank Beeman papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Harris Frank Beeman (known as Frank) was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 28, 1921. Beeman attended Royal Oak High School, received his B.A. from Michigan State College (1943) and his MA and PhD from University of Michigan (1960). While attending Michigan State College, he lettered in tennis in 1941, 1942 and 1943.

He served as Athletic Officer of the 508 Parachute Infantry until 1946. He also served as an ROTC Instructor during the Korean War.

He joined Michigan State University as a physical education instructor (assistant director of the intramural division) on June 15, 1947. In 1948, he became the director of intramural and recreative sports. In addition to his directorial duties, he was appointed head tennis coach and led the team to a Big Ten tennis championship in 1950.

As Intramural Athletic Director, Beeman fostered an innovative open door policy, planned and supervised the Intramural IM West Building (1956) and the IM East Building (1989), instituted the Intramural Administration Master's Degree Program, co-authored a text on Intramural Sports, and produced a film on tennis. Beeman was the first National Chair of Intramural Section of AAHPER and co-chaired the first National Conference on Intramurals for College Men and Women. He retired from MSU July 1, 1986 and was named as IM Director Emeritus.

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Scope and Contents note

The photograph is a composite copy of the 1951 Big-10 Championship Tennis Team and a news article from a anniversary event. This team was the first Michigan State University athletic squad to win a Big Ten Championship.

The electronic resource, "MSU Campus and Tennis Photos 1942-1943", consists of scanned images (by UAHC) from Mr. Beeman's scrapbook. The images are of the campus, ROTC events, and tennis events. Also included are photos and documents related to the protests that happened on campus and in the capitol about John McGoff and apartheid.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 2011

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 Added electronic resource CW July 2014

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See the audiotape of the Grand Opening Ceremony of the I.M. East Building in the collection of the John DiBiaggio papers (UA 2.1.17).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1943.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tennis.


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Beeman, Harris F.
  • McGoff, John P.


  • Anti-apartheid movements -- Michigan
  • Tennis -- Michigan -- East Lansing

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Collection Inventory

Oversize Photographs 

OS 11

Tennis Team 1951 

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Electronic Resources 


MSU Campus and Tennis Photos 1942-1943 


John McGoff and Apartheid Protests 1980-1985 


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