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COLLECTION Identifier: HUGFP 111.33

Ralph Beatley scrapbook and Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship diary and photographs

Overview

Ralph Beatley (1892-1989) received an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard in 1913. He was a recipient of the Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship, allowing him to study in Europe in 1913-1914. He went on to be associate professor of education and a tutor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard from 1922 to 1959. The collection of personal papers includes photographs, ephemera, and a diary from Beatley's high school, undergraduate student life, and early career. Major topics include his study and travel on the Sheldon Fellowship, his time on the lacrosse team, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dates

  • 1908 - 1920

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

0.5 cubic feet (1 flat box and 1 half document box)

The collection contains Ralph Beatley’s personal papers from 1908 to 1920. It includes a scrapbook of photographs and ephemera relating to Beatley’s high school, undergraduate student life, and early career, including activities such as the lacrosse team, Phi Beta Kappa, and his travel as a recipient of the Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship. There is also a diary containing information about Beatley’s study and travel in Europe while on the Sheldon Fellowship, and a photograph album and loose photographs of European scenes and individuals.

Biographical Note on Ralph Beatley

Ralph Beatley was associate professor of education and a tutor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard from 1922 to 1959. His primary area of focus was the training of secondary school mathematics teachers; he trained teachers and lectured widely on the subject. Beatley was also interested in improving testing in mathematics for college entrance examinations. He taught mathematics to Harvard and Radcliffe freshmen and sophomores and directed the mathematics program for the Armed Services Training Program and V-12 units at Harvard during World War II.

Beatley was born in Boston on December 30, 1892 and died in Cambridge on December 29, 1989. He was the son of James Augustus Beatley, Harvard Class of 1873, and Clara (Bancroft) Beatley. Ralph Beatley attended Roxbury Latin School and received an A.B., cum laude, in 1913 at Harvard. He was a recipient of the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from 1913 to 1914. In 1921 he received an A.M. at Columbia University. On September 17, 1921 he married Florence Barrett in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Beatley began his career as Head of the Department of Mathematics at Horace Mann School for Boys, a “model” high school of Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1922, he joined the faculty at Harvard, retiring in 1959. Following his retirement from Harvard, Beatley taught at Boston University.

Between 1925 and 1945, Beatley was an active member of a committee of the College Entrance Examination Board which was created to revise examinations in mathematics. He also devised mathematics examinations for the Armed Services Training Program and the United States Armed Forces Institute, as well as other educational organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Cooperative Test Service of the American Council of Education. He was co-author with George D. Birkhoff of Basic Geometry. He wrote a book for use in the classroom entitled The Teaching of Elementary College Mathematics, which was a distillation of many of his ideas, but it was never published. Beatley was President of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England and Vice-President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics during the year 1933-1934.

Historical Note on the Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship

The Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship was founded in 1909. It provides Harvard graduates with funds for study or travel abroad.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series, following the arrangement determined upon receipt at the Harvard University Archives.

  1. Scrapbook, 1908-1920
  2. Diary and photographs relating to Sheldon Fellowship travel, 1913-1914

Obsolete call number

Diary and photographs relating to Sheldon Fellowship travel, 1913-1914 was formerly classified as HUGFP 111.35.

Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Reed Anthony, received 1998-02-10; accession 13717.

Related Materials

In the Harvard University Archives
  1. Beatley, Ralph. Papers of Ralph Beatley, circa 1903-1968. (HUGFP 111): https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua59020/catalog

Processing Information

The finding aid was created by Erin Clauss in July 2020. Information in this finding aid was assembled from container management data. The collection was not re-examined.

Title
Beatley, Ralph. Ralph Beatley scrapbook and Frederick Sheldon Travelling Fellowship diary and photographs, 1908-1920 : an inventory
Description rules
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Language of description
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EAD ID
hua61020

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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