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Frank Beard collection of visual materials
This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.
Biographical Historical Note
The son and nephew respectively of painters James and William H. Beard, Frank Beard was born in Cincinnati and became a periodical illustrator at a young age. During the Civil War he followed the Army of the Potomac as an illustrator for Frank Leslie’s and Harpers Weeklies. After the war, he originated “chalk talks”—popular lecture-demonstrations on art. Eventually he became a professor at Syracuse University. Beard later turned from political cartooning to working in the Sunday school movement and lecturing on the Chautauqua circuit. In the last decades of his life he was an illustrator and then editor of the Ram’s Horn, a religious weekly published in Chicago.