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Identifier: P0127

Title: Frank A. Behymer Collection

Description: Francis "Frank" Behymer (1870-1956) was born in Miamiville, Ohio. He quit school at the age of 12 and in 1888 joined the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a proofreader. Four years later he moved to the news staff as a suburban correspondent, assigned to Belleville, Illinois. In 1900, he was assigned to the main office and began a chain of bright stories of rural life under his familiar "F.A. Behymer" byline that lasted half a century. His beat was rural Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas. His stories were generally the homey tales of the little people. He served for a time as assistant Sunday editor at the Post Dispatch. But he disliked desk jobs and moved back to reporting. Mr. Behymer retired from the Post Dispatch and taught journalism classes at the University College of Washington University in 1952. He was the author of Rider of the Night. The Frank A. Behymer Collection is broadly arranged by subject and contains photographs of McKendree College, Lebanon and Edwardsville in Illinois as well as images of Missouri with an emphasis on the Ozarks region. A series of photographs on the Louisiana Purchase Exposition includes many images of ethnographic subjects, especially Native Americans and Filipinos. The collection also includes a booklet of halftones called "Berea College, Berea, Kentucky" and a series of photographs taken in Kentucky. See also the Francis Albert Behymer Papers in the MHS Archives Subjects include: Louisiana Purchase Exposition; 1904 World's Fair; St. Louis Post-Dispatch groups; The House of David, a Jewish religious community in Michigan; Ozarks; McKendree College; Lebanon, Illinois; Frank Behymer; buildings; people; streets.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1898 - ca. 1952

Type(s): Photographs; Postcards

Maker/Creator: F.A. Behymer and others

Subjects: Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)


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