The Mary Beeman Historic Costumes collection includes photographs of select pieces of women's clothing ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s from Ball State University's Beeman Historic Costume Collection. Included in the digital collection are images of dresses, coats, jackets, and suits.
The physical Beeman Historic Costume Collection contains over 3,000 pieces of men's and women's apparel dating back to the 18th century and is housed in the Applied Technology building. The collection began in the 1930s when the Frank C. Ball family presented Mary Beeman, head of what was then known as the Department of Home Economics, with a steamer trunk filled with items of apparel.
The Digital Media Repository also includes the Mary Beeman Collection which provides access to photographs, memorabilia, and the collected recipe cards of Mary Beeman at Ball State Teachers College from 1929 until her retirement in 1951.
Beeman Historic Costume Collection