Bernice Beggs Papers
Ms Collection B6
Berenice Bertha Beggs (1887-1978), a native of Moberly, MO, graduated from Moberly High School in 1906 then taught in a rural school for two years before beginning her own college education at the First
District Normal School (later Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now Truman State University). That same year she began working for the Moberly schools, teaching elementary grades, 1908-16, junior high,
1916-21, and high school, 1922-27.
After attending college on a part-time basis for 14 years, Berenice finally completed a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1922 and immediately began work on a Master of Arts at George Peabody College for Teachers, completing it in 1927. She then joined the faculty at Northeast as Assistant Professor of Education, 1927-32, and Assistant Professor of English, 1932-57.
Berenice was a poet as well as author of elementary level educational materials. Her works include Little Folks Poetry Kit, published 1934, and Education Marches on: An Educational Revue, 1867-1942, a pageant produced by Northeast's Department of Education in 1942. She continued contributing to professional journals after retirement and stayed active as a Consultant to the English curriculum committee for Moberly Schools. She was a member of American Association of University Women, the Missouri Teachers Association and Kappa Delta Pi, education honorary. The Berenice B Beggs Memorial Scholarship for pre-elementary education majors was established at Northeast after her death.
B6:1 Biographical & Personal
1:1 Biographical Sketches
▪ Untitled short and autobiographical sketches which appear to be blurbs for publication with articles or speaker introductions (3)
▪ "An Interview with Miss Bernice Beggs" by James L. Stone, Missouri State Chairman, National Poetry Day Committee, Inc., nd.
▪ "Women of Distinction, PEO" (2 drafts)
▪ Newspaper clippings from campus & Moberly papers re teaching/writing career, lectures, publications, etc.
▪ Flyer for Mark Twain Conference, Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, June 1959; Beggs was a presenter
1:3 Pages from Scrapbook belonging to Emma Beggs [Bernice's mother
▪ Moberly High School Grade Reports for Bernice & Beulah Beggs, Freshman Year, 1903 [Beulah was Bernice's twin sister]
▪ Articles from the Moberly paper re the twins in their senior year 1906
▪ Resolution of Respect & Condolence at the death of Thomas H Beggs, Pattonsburg Lodge 65, AF&AM, March 1905 [Bernice's father]
▪ Miami Medical College of Cincinnati Class of 1895 Commencement Invitation with class roster & enclosure card for Edward J Emmert [Emma's brother]
▪ "Salutatory", editorial from the first issue of The Maitland Monitor, Maitland, MO, October 8 1885; Thomas J Beggs, Editor
2:1 Poetry [original type - or manuscripts; some noted as having been published
▪ Advice to a Son Nearing Manhood
▪ Autumn in Missouri
▪ Ballad of Tom and Huck
▪ Heritage (2 drafts)
▪ Hickory Nut Time
▪ A Look at Yesteryear
▪ Proud State of the Prairie
▪ The Group Activity Poetry Book -- Introduction -- 76 short read-aloud poems for choral & group reading
2:2 Plays & Stories for Children [typescripts]
▪ The Best Gift of All
▪ Dicky Duncan and the Circus Pony
▪ Tom and Huck Come to Life
▪ Untitled skit about girl writing a Mark Twain composition for school
▪ Education Marches on: An Educational Revue, 1867-1942; A Pageant Presented by Northeast Missouri State Teachers College Students and a cast of boys and girls from the Greenwood and Ophelia Parrish Demonstration schools ▪ Printed program for performance, May 20-21, 1942
2:3 Articles, Lectures, and Essays [original type - or manuscripts, some noted as having been published; some in draft or outline version
▪ Are Teachers Equal to It?
▪ A Classroom Teacher Speaks Up
▪ Is Your Child Creative?
▪ A Mark Twain Mural
▪ Opportunities Unlimited
▪ Trail Blazer in Women's Magazines
▪ An Unforgettable Trip
▪ Untitled Articles re ▪ Sarah Josepha Buell Hale ▪ What life might be like if you'd never read a story in childhood ▪ Today's housewife ▪ Conservation ▪ Culture
2:4 Published Articles
▪ "The Best Gift of All," PEO Record (Dec 1970)
▪ "Creating a Mental Bank Account", School and Community (April 1971) [original title: Is There a Poetry Gap?]
▪ "Creating Excitement in Learning", School and Community (Jan 1973)
▪ "Mark Twain - the Abraham Lincoln of American Literature", School and Community (Nov 1964)
▪ "Thanksgiving Day...From a Hit and Miss Beginning" [handwritten note indicates this was printed in 'the paper', Nov 19, 1974, but does not indicate which paper - Moberly?]
▪ "Training Ground for Democracy", Missouri Schools (March 1955)
▪ "Women Writers in Northeast Missouri", Nemoscope (Fall 1952)
▪ 'Writers from Northeast Missouri", Nemoscope (Winter 1952)
▪ Ruth Birdsall, The Instructor magazine, Aug 8, 1954
▪ Ann Johnson, Editor, PEO Record ▪ Sept 24, 1970 ▪ June 29, 1971
▪ Inks Franklin, School and Community Dec 4, 1970
▪ Berenice S. Dry, NMSU to "the Editor" recommending Beggs "Little Poetry Kit" for publication, nd.
3:2 Professional Colleagues
▪ W A White, The Emporia Gazette, Emporia, KS, Jan 10 1929
▪ P O Selby, Northeast Missouri State Teachers College ▪ June 5, 1959 ▪ Joly 20, 1967
▪ Virginia Schwartz, Kirksville, re Mark Twain Mural in Ophelia Parrish Building, May 8, 1971
▪ Minnie Brashear, Kirksville ▪ Apri 12, 1959 ▪ May 13, 1959
▪ Beggs to Sally and Guy Patton, Overland Park, KS, Aug 15, 1975 [copy]