Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941

Alternative names
Birth 1850-06-21
Death 1941-06-11

Biographical notes:

American naturalist and illustrator, active in Boy Scout movement.

From the description of Paper on death of Buffalo Jones, 1920 / by Dan Beard. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 13488891

Artist, founder of Boy Scouts of America, resident of Flushing.

From the description of Papers, 1906-1943. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155478110

American artist, author, editor, and chairman of the Boy Scouts of America.

From the description of Letters, 1895-1938. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83551517

Artist, author, editor, and cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America.

From the description of Papers of Daniel Carter Beard, 1798-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82042263

Illustrator, painter, caricaturist, teacher; New York, N.Y.

Beard was a founder of the American Boy Scouts, and was an author of several books on nature subjects. He also illustrated for several national magazines.

From the description of Daniel Carter Beard letter to Florence Nightingale Levy, [undated]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122404478

Biographical Note

  • 1850, 21 June: Born, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1880 - 1884 : Student, Art Students League, New York, N.Y.
  • 1882: Published What To Do and How To Do It. The American Boys Handy Book. New York: C. Scribner's Sons
  • 1889: Illustrated first edition of Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • 1893 - 1900 : Taught, New York School of Applied Design for Woman, New York, N.Y.
  • 1894: Married Beatrice Alice Jackson
  • 1905: Founded Sons of Daniel Boone
  • 1905 - 1906 : Editor, Recreation magazine
  • 1910: Cofounder, Boy Scouts of America
  • 1910 - 1941 : National scout commissioner and member of the executive board, Boy Scouts of America
  • 1911 - 1915 : Organized and directed Department of Woodcraft, Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind.
  • 1915: Established Dan Beard Outdoor School for Boys
  • 1939: Published Hardly a Man Is Now Alive. New York: Doubleday, Doran
  • 1941, 11 June: Died, Suffern, N.Y.

From the guide to the Daniel Carter Beard Papers, 1798-1941, (bulk 1931-1935), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Illustrators
  • Private schools--Indiana--Culver
  • Boys--United States--Societies and clubs
  • Painters
  • Camps--Pennsylvania--Pike County
  • Authors, American--Correspondence
  • Youth--United States--Societies, etc
  • Boy Scouts--United States
  • Military education--United States
  • Artists--Correspondence
  • Illustration of books
  • Boy Scouts--Periodicals


  • Authors
  • Boy Scout leaders
  • Artists
  • Editors


  • United States (as recorded)
  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • Flushing Bridge (New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)
  • Daniel Carter Beard Memorial Square (Flushing, New York, N.Y.) (as recorded)