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Harvey O. Beek Papers, circa 1942-1947, 1990

Summary Information
Title: Harvey O. Beek papers
Dates: circa 1942-1947, 1990
Creator: Beek, Harvey O.
Extent: 1 box (0.33 cubic feet)
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: uarc 1082
Collection contains slides and papers of Dr. Harvey O. Beek, alumnus and instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was deposited in University Archives on 28 November 2002.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

Harvey O. Beek papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Biographical Sketch of Harvey O. Beek (1905-1990)

Harvey Beek, M.D. University of Minnesota. Local physician and instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Harvey O. Beek was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Harvard University and received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He began his career as an internal medicine specialist in 1934 at Miller Hospital in St. Paul. During World War II, Dr. Beek served with the U.S. Army's 26th General Hospital Unit. After the War, he returned to St. Paul and worked at the Wilder Foundation for the next 38 years. In addition, he was an instructor in the University of Minnesota's Medical School. Dr. Beek retired from his medical practice in the early 1980s.

Dr. Beek was also very active in the opera and performing arts community in St. Paul. His first experience with the opera was when he was stationed in Bari, Italy during World War II. Upon his return to Minnesota, he became involved with the St. Paul Civic Opera. He served on its board for 10 years (1957-1967) and as its president for six years (1960-1966). He also served on the boards of the Chimera Theatre, the St. Paul Arts and Sciences Foundation, St. Paul Philharmonic Society and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Harvey Beek died in 1990.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of slides takes during Dr. Beek's service in World War II in North Africa and Italy. Images on the slides include Bari, Italy; Cairo, Egypt; Constantine, North Africa; and Naples, Italy. In addition to the slides, the collection also contains correspondence, biographical materials, clippings and newspapers, photographs and an excerpt from Glen B. Infield's book, Disaster at Bari .

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Beek, Harvey O. -- Archives.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North.
Detailed Contents
 Location  Title
Box 1
Biographical materials and military certificates.  Box 1
Correspondence, undated, 1942-1945, 1990.  Box 1
Clippings, photo, and military cards.  Box 1
Newspapers, WWII.  Box 1
Excerpt from Disaster at Bari by Glen B. Infield.  Box 1
Slides. (3 slide boxes)  Box 1
Note Dr. Beek’s slides from North Africa and Italy during his service with the U.S. Army’s 26th General Hospital Unit during World War II. Slide Box 1 contains slides 1-1 through 1-141. Slide Box 2 contains slides 1-142 through 2-201, and several un-numbered, unidentified slides marked only as “Italy.” Slide Box 3 exclusively contains un-numbered, unidentified slides marked “Italy.”
Slides 1-1 through 1-21: Miscellaneous scenes.  
Slides 1-22 through 1-48: Scenes from Bari, Italy.  
Slide 1-56: Could be a gun emplacement at harbor in Bari.  
Slide 1-57: Church at Bari.  
Slide 1-58: Opera house at Bari.  
Slide 1-59: German Cemetery.  
Slides 1-60 through 1-69: St. Nicholas Day Celebration in Bari, exterior scenes.  
Note Dr. Beek stated to his wife that this celebration was extremely enjoyable for the staff.
Slides 1-80 through 1-117: Scenes of Bari.  
Slides 1-137 through 1-138: Rest and recreation in Egypt.  
Slides 1-118 through 1-154: Cairo, Egypt.  
Slide 2-10: Constantine, outside area.  
Slide 2-11: Street in Constantine.  
Slides 2-12 through 2-13: Hospital tents in Constantine, North Africa.  
Slide 2-15: Hospital buildings with one of the doctors from Minneapolis whose first name was Russell.  
Slide 2-16: City of Constantine.  
Slide 2-17: Suspension bridge near Constantine.  
Slide 2-18: Railroad in Constantine.  
Slides 2-63 through 2-66: Naples.  
Note May be from after war ended.
Slides 2-83 through 2-87: Egypt, circa 1944.  
Slide 2-139: Dr. Beek at North African Tent City (Hospital) at Constantine.  
Slide 2-140: Tent City.  
Slide 2-141: Dr. Beek in tent lab.  
Slide 2-142: Stone building in Constantine.  
Slide 2-143: Dr. Beek and a nurse, probably on a dock at Bari, Italy.  
Slide 2-144: Military formation in front of building.  
Slides 2-145 through 2-146: Landscape, Constantine, North Africa.  
Slide 2-147: Tent scene, two unknown military personnel.  
Slide 2-148: Street scene, Constantine, North Africa.  
Slide 2-149: Dr. Harvey Beek and nurse.  
Slide 2-150: Military personnel.  
Slide 2-151: Street scene of Constantine.  
Slide 2-152: Lt. Col. Joe Borg with unidentified people.  
Slide 2-153: Dr. Beek in his office.  
Slide 2-154: Scene of hospital at Constantine.  
Slide 2-155: Major Beek and sunflowers they grew beside one of the tents.  
Note Duplicate slide noted as 2-157.
Slide 2-156: Street scene in town of Constantine.  
Slides 2-166 through 2-174: After the war; location unknown.  
Slides 2-193 through 2-201: Egypt.  
Unidentified slides.