Mary Sue Beam Scrapbooks, 1919 – 1923

These scrapbooks, created by Mary Sue Beam between 1919 and 1923, document Beam’s experience as a student at the North Carolina College for Women (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro). The scrapbook entitled “My Memory Book: North Carolina College” contains lists of friends and addresses with notes, ephemera related to Beam’s membership in the YWCA and the Dikean Society, report cards, programs from inter-societal debates, a travel diary of a trip to Washington, D.C.; and materials related to her religious activities as a Baptist. Photographs in this scrapbook include candid and posed shots of friends and classmates, as well as images of class sweaters, 1923 pennants, the hose house, Marshalls, and a 1922 trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which included visits to Camp Alice and Robert E. Lee Hall in Blue Ridge, NC. The second scrapbook, entitled “Commencement Days,” is a preprinted book published by Saalfield Publishing Company in Akron, Ohio. It includes postcards of campus scenes, autographs and notes from friends and classmates, membership cards for the Red Cross and YWCA, ephemera related to membership in the Dikean literary society, an article on the opening of the Alumnae Tea House, a graduation photograph, job offers to teach at North Carolina Schools, a note granting Beam permission to ride in cards with boys, material on the 1923 vocational education float, and ephemera related to her religious activities as a Baptist student.