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W. Roane Beard Papers

W. Roane Beard Papers

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Title: W. Roane Beard Papers
Identification: MS342
Date: 1936-1996
Size/Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 document cases and 1 half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Beard, W. Roane, (William Roane), 1916-1996
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The personal and professional papers of William Roane Beard, Executive Secretary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association from 1951 to 1977.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Roane Beard was born on November 4, 1916 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Richard and Minnie Beard. He attended Boys' High School (now Henry W. Grady High School) in Atlanta, and later the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology. At Georgia Tech, he was Freshman Class President, the Vice President of the Student Council, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and the Anak Society, the Bulldog Club, the Industrial Management Society, Interfraternity Council, and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Along with his club and society memberships, Beard was the starting center (number 34) on Georgia Tech's football team, and helped lead the team to the 1940 Orange Bowl Championship. Beard graduated from Tech in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. Beard's older brother, Richard A. Beard, Jr., graduated from Georgia Tech in 1937.

After graduation, Roane Beard married Peggy Boyd and joined the Army during World War II, where he served in Puerto Rico and the South Pacific, retiring as a Major in 1946. He then returned to Atlanta, where he had four children: Ellen, Andrew, Jeffrey, and Daniel. In 1951 became the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, as well as the Director of Alumni Services. While serving as Executive Secretary, he helped establish Roll Call, Georgia Tech's annual fund. During Beard's administration, Georgia Tech had the highest alumni giving rate of any public university in the United States. He retired from the Alumni Association in 1977.

Beard was also a member of the board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, and the founder of the Cross Keys Kiwanis Club, as well as a member of the Atlanta Touchdown Club.

Beard died on September 21, 1996 in Decatur, Georgia, at the age of 79.

Scope and Content Note

Papers belonging to William Roane Beard, Georgia Tech class of 1940, and Executive Secretary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Included are personal and professional papers relating to Beard's work at the Alumni Association. Series 1 includes a T-Book from his freshman year at Tech, a book of ration coupons, correspondence, a resume, and material of the Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Teaching Award, among other things. Series 2 contains itineraries, travel brochures, and other memorabilia collected from each of the Alumni Association tours Beard organized throughout his tenure.


Arranged into two series:

Series 1: Personal and Professional Papers

Series 2: Georgia Tech Alumni Association Travel

Index Terms

Beard, W. Roane, (William Roane), 1916-1996
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Class of 1940.
Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
Travel guides.
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.

Administrative Information


Donation, 2005; accession no. 2005.032.

Processing Information

Lindsay Resnick and Christine de Catanzaro processed this collection in June 2012.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Separated Material

The visual materials in this collection have been separated and will be processed as VAM342. Two artifacts, including a Grecian textile with a handmade doll and a fan commemorating the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, have been placed in the Artifacts collection.

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A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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SERIES 1: Personal and Professional Papers, 1936-1996

Scope and Content

Series 1 contains papers relating to W. Roane Beard's personal and professional activities in his capacity as Executive Secretary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, as well as other accomplishments.



11"Class of 1940" T-Book, 1936
12Ration book, ca. 1941-1945
13Professional accomplishments, 1941-1977
14Work history, 1947-1951
15Alumni Association financial records, 1968-1979
16Retirement, 1977
17Post-retirement activities, 1977-1996
18Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Teaching Award, ca. 1990-1996

SERIES 2: Georgia Tech Alumni Association Travel, 1957-1977 (bulk dates 1967-1976)

Scope and Content

Series 2 consists of planning materials, brochures, memorabilia, post cards and other ephemera from the Georgia Tech Alumni Association tours and vacations planned and headed by W. Roane Beard in his position as Executive Secretary.



19Cuba, 1957
110Orient Holiday, 1967
111Rome Escapade, 1970
112Iberian Escapade: Lisbon-Madrid (folder 1 of 2), 1971
113Iberian Escapade: Lisbon-Madrid (folder 2 of 2), 1971



21Grecian Jetaway (1 of 2), 1972
22Grecian Jetaway (2 of 2), 1972
23London Escapade (folder 1 of 2), 1974
24London Escapade (folder 2 of 2), 1974
25Mediterranean Escapade, 1975
26Hawaiian Carnival, 1976



31Scandinavian Escapade (folder 1 of 2), 1976
32Scandinavian Escapade (folder 2 of 2), 1976
33Tour lists, 1965-1976
34Miscellaneous Escapades, Jetaways, and Holidays, 1961-1977