Curtis Alton Beall papers

Curtis Alton Beall papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Beall, Curtis A., 1922-2013
Title: Curtis Alton Beall papers
Dates: 1940-2013
Quantity: 24.0 Linear feet (12 boxes)
Coll. Number: UA0026

Biographical/Historical Note

Curtis "Coot" Alton Beall was born in Dublin, Georgia in 1922. He played trumpet in the Dublin High School band and played on the school basketball team. After graduation, Beall attended Middle Georgia College on a basketball scholarship. Beall transfered to the University of Georgia after one year, but was ineligible to play basketball. In 1942, he campaigned to join the UGA football cheerleading squad (as UGA cheerleaders were elected by the student body at the time). In addition to cheerleading, Beall won election to the following honor and academic societies: X-Club, Aghon, Blue Key, Gridiron, and ODK.

As World War II escalated, Beall was ordered to active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and sent to Officer Candidate School at Duke University, joining the basketball team while there. After two semesters, Beall began basic training at Parris Island and graduated from Reserve Officer School in 1944. Beall was sent to Pacific Theater and was a commander at the Battle of Okinawa. He ended up in Tientsin, China where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

Beall was dischared from the service in 1946 and returned home to marry his college sweetheart, June Clarke. He re-enrolled at UGA and in 1947 received his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Agronomy and a minor in Animal Husbandry. Since then, Beall has partaken in numerous entriprises such as teaching agriculture classes to vetrans and farmers and serving as the President of the Federal Land Bank Association in Dublin, GA. Until his death in January of 2013, Beall was the oldest male UGA cheerleader, leading the students in cheers at the annual Homecoming game until 2011.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Beall's 2006 book, Memoirs of a Marine Dawg: From Rose Bowl to Pacific Theater, the proceeds of which were donated to benefit UGA cheerleader expenses. Additional materials include Beall's 1947 UGA diploma along with trophies, plaques, and certificates. The collection also holds photographs, correspondence, and mixed media dating from the 1940s through 2012. Articles of clothing include two UGA rat caps, a cheerleading sweater, an "X" Club jacket, a World War II era Pith Helmet, Marine uniforms, and letter sweaters from Duke, Middle Georgia College, and Dublin High School.


Index Terms

Beall, Curtis A., 1922-2013
Cheerleaders, University of Georgia
Football--Georgia--Athens.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Georgia--Athens.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Athens--Alumni and alumnae--Photographs.
University of Georgia Athletic Association.
University of Georgia. College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

General Notes

RG 6


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Curtis Alton Beall papers, UA0026, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11 Memoirs of a Marine DAWG: from the Rose Bowl to Pacific Theater by Curtis Beall, 2006 ( [Three Copies] )
 
2Dublin High School Band (newsclippings with pictures and Western Union telegram), 1940s
 
3Middle Georgia College basketball [article, booklet and photographs], 1941, 2012 ( [Article, Booklet, and Photographs] )
 
4Undergraduate days [photographs and newsclippings], 1940s
 
5Certificates and awards [College of Agriculture, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa and the American Society of Agronomy], 1942-1943
 
6[UGA Cheerleaders past and present (photographs, correspondence, words to UGA fightsongs and a Christmas card], 2000s ( [1] )
 
7[UGA Cheerleaders past and present (photographs, correspondence, words to UGA fightsongs and a Christmas card)], 2000s ( [2] )
 
8Photographs of Curtis Beall Wearing X Club sweater amd a photograph of UGA certificates and X-Club sweater, 2000s
 
9Framed photograph signed by "Hairy Dawg" mascot
 
10Duke University [photocopy of Duke Stadium, Rose Bowl game, Basketball squad and Duke Magazine article "Lessons in Perpetual Motion" About Mike Krzyzewski, 1942, 1944, 2012
 
11Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ( [1] )
 
12Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ( [2] )
 
13Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ( [3] )
 
14"China pictures" [contents of scrapbook], 1945
 
15Marine service-World War II [photographs, certificates and news clippings], 1940s
 
16Purple Heart medal certificate, 1945
 
17Veteran of World War II certificate (Veterans Service), certificate signed by Harry Truman, photographs and news clippings, 1940s-2011
 
18Newsclippings about (including) him, 2000s
 
19June Clarke (Beall) [photographs, news clippings and 4-H Club manual], 1940s ( (wife) )
 
20Personal Life [photographs, 91 Psalm, cross stitch], 1940s, 1980s
 
21Professional life [brochures, photographs, newsletter and news clippings], 1950s-2000s
 
22Certificates of recognition and appreciation [Future Farmers of America and Georgia Young Farmers], 1981
 
23"Copy [scan] The Georgia Agriculturist Thanksgiving picture" [CD] and two prints of The Georgia Agriculturist cover, 1942 November
 
24Talk to NW Lauren School-Veteran's Day-approximately 1000 people" [DVD], 2008 ( [DVD] )
 
25"Interview with Christian Dixon from TV Channel 35, Dublin" [DVD], 2010 ( [DVD - 1 Hour, 20 Minutes] )
 
26"'Going Back'" Interview by Fran Lane to Claude McBride at Alumni House" [DVD], 2007 ( [DVD - 1 Hour, 7 Minutes] )
 
27"Lee's DVD on CAB and UGA Cheerleaders" [DVD], 2000s
 
28Men's Basketball reunion at Duke University [DVD], 2010 February 13 ( [DVD] )
 
29"Coot's Promo PACE Color PACE from UGA Alumni Pace" [DVD], 2000s ( [DVD] )
 
30"Life of a Marine DAWG from Rose Bowl to Pacific Theater" [CD], 2000s ( [CD] )
 
31 Ag Georgia farm credit [leader] article "Year of the DAWG", 2003
 
32 Georgia article "Georgia Cheerleaders: Bulldog ambassadors", 2006 October
 
33 UGA Alumni Association/legacy article "Greatest Generation", 2008 February
 
34 Athens article "G is for generations, S is for spirit", 2008 September-October
 
35 The University of Georgia magazine article "Where are they now?", 2008 December
 
36 GEMC Georgia magazine article "Honoring heroes: a tribute to Georgia's World War II veterans", 2009 September
 
37"UGA memorabilia and WWII artifacts exhibit and reception" [program/exhibit list], 2012 February 28 ( [3 Programs with Exhibit Lists] )
 
38Items listed for exhibit, 2009
 
39Labels for exhibit items, 2000s
 
40Original newsclippings, 1940s-2000s
 
41Obituary, 2013 January
 
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21"Year of the DAWG" framed Ag Georgia farm credit article, 2003
 
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31 The Wall Street journal article "Alumni dust off the pom-poms"
 
2"Georgia beat Tech" sign, 1942
 
3"The Marines' hymn" handwritten poster
 
4Cartoon of UGA Bulldog and rival team, 2006
 
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41Framed article "G is for generations, S is for spirit" from Athens Magazine, 2008 September-October
 
2Framed proclomation "The title...'United States Marine' Curtis Beall"
 
3Framed caricature of Curtis Beall as a Marine
 
4Framed University of Georgia diploma-B.S. in Agriculture, 1947 June 13
 
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51Plaque-Cheers' booster club
 
2Plaque-70th anniversary basketball championship, 2012 January 30
 
3Plaque-Georgia Council of Farmer Cooperatives, 1979 May 17
 
4Plaque-Farmers of the Federal Land Bank Association of Dublin, 1982 November 9
 
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61Poster Memoirs of a Marine DAWG, 2000s
 
2Poster-Curtis Beall with Duke Cheerleaders, 2000s
 
3Poster-Curtis Beall with University of Georgia Cheerleaders, 2000s
 
4Three autographed posters of University of Georgia Cheerleaders, 2000s
 
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71World War II era Pith Helmet
 
2Red cap from World War II Marine unit's reunion, 2008
 
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81Sunday School medals
 
2Duke sweatpants, 1940s
 
3UGA Rat Cap, 1945
 
4June Clarke (Beall's) UGA Rat Cap, 1947
 
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91Letter sweaters, jackets, UGA Cheerleading sweater, 1940s
 
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101Military uniforms-World War II, 1940s
 
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111Trophy-"Most Outstanding Senior U of GA" presented by 'X' Club", 1943
 
2Silver Cup-"Georgia Distinguished Cooperator Award", 1991 March 1
 
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121Plaque-Marines, personal regards, battling cancer, 2012 July 12
 
2Plaque-U.S. Marine Corps, 2012
 
3Newspapers featuring University of Georgia football games, 1942-1943
 
4UGA Graduation Cap, 1947