Beach, Emily K.
Manuscript Collection: MS 0760
Agency History/Biographical note:
Emily Kellogg Beach was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut on June 7,
1871, to J. Wickliffe Beach and Maria Talcott Beach. Her father was
a Congregational minister and founder, principal, and classics
teacher at the Robbins School in Norfolk, Connecticut. Her mother was
a member of the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Class of 1858. Beach
attended Hillhouse High School from 1885-1889. She graduated from
Mount Holyoke Seminary and College with a Bachelor of the Arts degree
in 1893; her sister, Grace, graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1900.
Beach worked as a teacher at Hillhouse High School in New Haven,
Connecticut from 1894-1898. She took classes at Yale University from
1897-1898 and 1909-1910. She taught at Stratford High School from
1901-1903 and at Miss Baird's Private School in Norwalk, Connecticut
from 1903-1905. She was an executive secretary for the Young Woman's
Christian Association (YWCA) National Board in Worcester,
Massachusetts from 1907-1908. She was the assistant editor for the
statistical atlas of missions for the World Missionary Conference in
Edinburgh in 1910. She also assisted in compiling maps for Dr.
William E. Stamps' work on missions. She resumed teaching math,
science, history, Latin, and Greek at Hillhouse High School in 1914
and taught until her retirement in 1936. Beach did American Red
Cross work during World War I. She was involved in the YWCA, the
Society of Mayflower Descendents, the Mount Holyoke College Club of
New Haven, and her Congregational Church throughout her retirement.
She died in New Haven on May 26, 1955, at the age of eighty-three.
Scope and Content:
The Emily Kellogg Beach Papers consist of a scrapbook, writings,
memorabilia, biographical information and photographs. Of particular
interest is a scrapbook compiled by Beach between 1880-1910. This
volume contains a wide variety of materials that reflect Beach's
activities and interests. Most documents and photographs concern her
student years at Mount Holyoke Seminary and College, 1889-1893.
These items include an "Anthropometric Card" that contains
"measurements and tests" of Beach dated 1888, a "Library Card"
listing the titles of books that Beach may have read, and Glee, Banjo
and Mandolin Clubs concert programs. Other documents relate to the
Robbins School in Norfolk, Connecticut, and the Hillhouse High School
in New Haven, Connecticut, 1884-1888. Also contained in the
scrapbook are a Woman's Christian Temperance Union pledge card from
1880 and Prohibition Party material, 1892. The prohibition material
reflects Beach's involvement in a mock political convention at Mount
Holyoke and includes the Prohibition Party campaign textbook, a
letter from the National Headquarters, two campaign pins, and an
official Mount Holyoke ballot for the United States presidential
election of 1892. This scrapbook also contains programs concerning
events and institutions in New York City. This material includes the
program from the first United States production of Gilbert and
Sullivan's "The Mikado" in 1885, the program of the dedication of the
Statue of Liberty in 1886, and the 1887 "Catalogue" of the Eden
Musee, a waxwork museum. Other programs, clippings, and invitations
highlight events in Norfolk, New Haven, and Hartford, Connecticut.
There are several documents reflecting Beach's interest in missionary
work between 1884-1892. The scrapbook includes a few photographs
taken at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere. The writings consist of a
pamphlet about the Robbins School, written by Beach and published in
1935. Rounding out the collection are Beach's Mount Holyoke
graduation pin, a Mount Holyoke postcard, her obituary, and two
copies of her Mount Holyoke senior photograph, 1893.
Cite as: Emily K. Beach Papers, Mount Holyoke College
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted