Lura Beam was born in Marshfield, Maine, in 1887. She attended the University of California, Berkeley (1904-1906), and graduated from Barnard College in 1908. In 1917, she earned an M.A. from Columbia. She worked at the American Missionary Association (AMA) for three years as a teacher at two schools: the Gregory Normal Institute in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the LeMoyne Normal School in Memphis, Tennessee, before becoming AMA's Assistant Superintendent of Education in charge of the Deep South. In this position she visited schools and colleges throughout the South and reported on the most successful teachers and programs to all AMA schools so they could improve their quality of education. Research for her Art in the liberal college, a study of art curricula in seven colleges, provided a basis for her later work for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) where Beam organized and mounted art exhibitions and surveys of community art projects. Beam also worked for the National Committee on Maternal Health (1927-1933), the General Education Board in New York City, and a federal research project in industrial unemployment. After retiring in 1952, Beam continued to write and organize art exhibitions; she also compiled information on aging and retirement. In 1957, she published the book A Maine hamlet, about her small hometown of Marshfield, Maine. She died in 1978.
From the description of Lura Beam collection, 1934-1990 (University of New England). WorldCat record id: 755741217
Beam (Barnard College, A.B., 1908; Columbia University, A.M., 1917) worked for the American Missionary Association (1908-1919), first as a teacher in two schools for blacks, then as Assistant Superintendent of Education in charge of the Deep South. She then did research for the Association of American Colleges, (1919-1926), studying the art curriculum at liberal arts colleges; worked for the National Committee on Maternal Health (1927-1933); the General Education Board in N.Y.C.; a federal research project on industrial unemployment; and the American Association of University Women (1937-1952) where she organized and mounted art exhibits.
From the description of Papers, 1900-1969 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006755
Teacher, researcher, and writer; b. in Marshfield, Me., near Machias in Washington County; author of A Maine Hamlet (1957) which describes the village of Marshfield at the turn of the century.
From the description of Lura Beam collection, 1865-1953. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 123410670