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Curtis Alton Beall papers

Curtis Alton Beall papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Curtis Alton Beall papers
Creator: Beall, Curtis A., 1922-2013
Creator: Beall, Curtis A., 1922-2013
Inclusive Dates: 1940-2013
Language(s): English
Extent: 24 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0026
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

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

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

General Notes

RG 6

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject 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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Memoirs of a Marine DAWG: from the Rose Bowl to Pacific Theater by Curtis Beall, 2006 ([Three Copies])
12Dublin High School Band (newsclippings with pictures and Western Union telegram), 1940s
13Middle Georgia College basketball [article, booklet and photographs], 1941, 2012 ([Article, Booklet, and Photographs])
14Undergraduate days [photographs and newsclippings], 1940s
15Certificates and awards [College of Agriculture, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa and the American Society of Agronomy], 1942-1943
16[UGA Cheerleaders past and present (photographs, correspondence, words to UGA fightsongs and a Christmas card], 2000s ([1])
17[UGA Cheerleaders past and present (photographs, correspondence, words to UGA fightsongs and a Christmas card)], 2000s ([2])
18Photographs of Curtis Beall Wearing X Club sweater amd a photograph of UGA certificates and X-Club sweater, 2000s
19Framed photograph signed by "Hairy Dawg" mascot
110Duke University [photocopy of Duke Stadium, Rose Bowl game, Basketball squad and Duke Magazine article "Lessons in Perpetual Motion" About Mike Krzyzewski, 1942, 1944, 2012
111Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ([1])
112Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ([2])
113Duke University-Men's Basketball reunion (correspondence, news clippings and photographs), 2010 ([3])
114"China pictures" [contents of scrapbook], 1945
115Marine service-World War II [photographs, certificates and news clippings], 1940s
116Purple Heart medal certificate, 1945
117Veteran of World War II certificate (Veterans Service), certificate signed by Harry Truman, photographs and news clippings, 1940s-2011
118Newsclippings about (including) him, 2000s
119June Clarke (Beall) [photographs, news clippings and 4-H Club manual], 1940s ((wife))
120Personal Life [photographs, 91 Psalm, cross stitch], 1940s, 1980s
121Professional life [brochures, photographs, newsletter and news clippings], 1950s-2000s
122Certificates of recognition and appreciation [Future Farmers of America and Georgia Young Farmers], 1981
123"Copy [scan] The Georgia Agriculturist Thanksgiving picture" [CD] and two prints of The Georgia Agriculturist cover, 1942 November
124Talk to NW Lauren School-Veteran's Day-approximately 1000 people" [DVD], 2008 ([DVD])
125"Interview with Christian Dixon from TV Channel 35, Dublin" [DVD], 2010 ([DVD - 1 Hour, 20 Minutes])
126"'Going Back'" Interview by Fran Lane to Claude McBride at Alumni House" [DVD], 2007 ([DVD - 1 Hour, 7 Minutes])
127"Lee's DVD on CAB and UGA Cheerleaders" [DVD], 2000s
128Men's Basketball reunion at Duke University [DVD], 2010 February 13 ([DVD])
129"Coot's Promo PACE Color PACE from UGA Alumni Pace" [DVD], 2000s ([DVD])
130"Life of a Marine DAWG from Rose Bowl to Pacific Theater" [CD], 2000s ([CD])
131Ag Georgia farm credit [leader] article "Year of the DAWG", 2003
132Georgia article "Georgia Cheerleaders: Bulldog ambassadors", 2006 October
133UGA Alumni Association/legacy article "Greatest Generation", 2008 February
134Athens article "G is for generations, S is for spirit", 2008 September-October
135The University of Georgia magazine article "Where are they now?", 2008 December
136GEMC Georgia magazine article "Honoring heroes: a tribute to Georgia's World War II veterans", 2009 September
137"UGA memorabilia and WWII artifacts exhibit and reception" [program/exhibit list], 2012 February 28 ([3 Programs with Exhibit Lists])
138Items listed for exhibit, 2009
139Labels for exhibit items, 2000s
140Original newsclippings, 1940s-2000s
141Obituary, 2013 January
21"Year of the DAWG" framed Ag Georgia farm credit article, 2003
31The Wall Street journal article "Alumni dust off the pom-poms"
32"Georgia beat Tech" sign, 1942
33"The Marines' hymn" handwritten poster
34Cartoon of UGA Bulldog and rival team, 2006
41Framed article "G is for generations, S is for spirit" from Athens Magazine, 2008 September-October
42Framed proclomation "The title...'United States Marine' Curtis Beall"
43Framed caricature of Curtis Beall as a Marine
44Framed University of Georgia diploma-B.S. in Agriculture, 1947 June 13
51Plaque-Cheers' booster club
52Plaque-70th anniversary basketball championship, 2012 January 30
53Plaque-Georgia Council of Farmer Cooperatives , 1979 May 17
54Plaque-Farmers of the Federal Land Bank Association of Dublin, 1982 November 9
61Poster Memoirs of a Marine DAWG, 2000s
62Poster-Curtis Beall with Duke Cheerleaders, 2000s
63Poster-Curtis Beall with University of Georgia Cheerleaders, 2000s
64Three autographed posters of University of Georgia Cheerleaders, 2000s
71World War II era Pith Helmet
72Red cap from World War II Marine unit's reunion, 2008
81Sunday School medals
82Duke sweatpants, 1940s
83UGA Rat Cap, 1945
84June Clarke (Beall's) UGA Rat Cap, 1947
91Letter sweaters, jackets, UGA Cheerleading sweater, 1940s
101Military uniforms-World War II, 1940s
111Trophy-"Most Outstanding Senior U of GA" presented by 'X' Club", 1943
112Silver Cup-"Georgia Distinguished Cooperator Award", 1991 March 1
121Plaque-Marines, personal regards, battling cancer, 2012 July 12
122Plaque-U.S. Marine Corps, 2012
123Newspapers featuring University of Georgia football games, 1942-1943
124UGA Graduation Cap, 1947
125"Georgia Bulldogs Rose Bowl champs" [oversized matted photograph], 1943
126"Coach Butts, a master craftsman executing the biggest triumph of his career..." [matted photograph], 1946