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Beeson, D.R. (Donald Richard), 1881-1983


D. R. Beeson, Sr. was born May 3, 1881 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. In 1900 Beeson attended Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania where he specialized in mathematics. He left college after two years when his funds ran low. Beeson began work as a draftsman for United States Steel in Gary, West Virginia. With his background in mathematics and drafting and his natural ability to draw, Beeson decided on architecture and completed a correspondence course in the subject.

In 1905, Beeson moved to Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia in order to work with George L. Carter, who was consolidating railroads and coal companies in south central Appalachia to form the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway. He remained in Bristol until 1912 when he moved to Johnson City, Tennessee to open his architectural practice.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

D.R. Beeson, Sr. Papers

Identifier: AppMs-164
Scope and Contents The D. R. Beeson, Sr. Papers contain consist of the personal and professional papers of Donald Richard Beeson of Johnson City, Tennessee. Professional materials include architectural drawings, blueprints, and contract books relating to Beeson's designs of private residences and public and commercial buildings in East Tennessee, western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. Personal materials include Beeson's autobiography; essays; photographs; games and puzzles; newspaper...

Rotary Club of Johnson City Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-19
Arrangement These records came to the Archives in no discernible order and were, therefore, reorganized by record type, then alphabetically written.

Charles C. Sherrod Presidential Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-59
Arrangement Leaving the papers in their original arrangement, seven series were delineated for the guide: Series 1, Administrative files; Series 2, Faculty correspondence; Series 3, County and City Superintendents; Series 4, Miscellaneous correspondence; Series 5, Applications for positions; Series 6, Specifications for buildings; and Series 7, Budgets and financial papers.