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Harvey O. Beek papers

Identifier: ua-01082

Scope and Content

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.


  • Creation: circa 1942-1947, 1990
  • Creation: (bulk 1942-1945)


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

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.

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.


.2 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger)


Collection contains slides and papers of Dr. Harvey O. Beek, alumnus and instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

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

Harvey O. Beek papers, circa 1942-1947, 1990
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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Finding aid written in English

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