Bea McPherson, KSU Museum and Fashion School Papers
Bea McPherson, KSU Museum and Fashion School Papers, 1978-1988
Prepared by Edith Serkownek, October 19, 2005
2 document cases, .66 cubic feet, 11th floor
An alumna of KSU, Bea S. McPherson (1943), has been involved in the development
and support of the Kent State Museum and the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.
She has served on the Foundation Board (1980-1996) and on the Board of the Fashion
Museum and Design School as a Friend's member. McPherson was also a charter
member and past president of the Chestnut Society. In these capacities, McPherson
collected materials related to the development of the school and museum.
Scope and Content
This collection is divided into five series. Series 1 consists of correspondence
relating to Bea McPherson's involvement in the KSU Rodgers-Silverman project and
includes letters from Shannon Rodgers to the McPhersons. Series 2 includes exhibit
and event material relating to the KSU Museum. Series 3 includes press releases,
speeches, biographies and other KSU-produced documents relating to the Silverman-Rodgers
project. Series 4 consists of Silverman-Rodgers project photographs and includes
KSU Museum publictity images and a photograph of the KSU Museum ribbon cutting.
Series 5 consists of articles from KSU publications relating to Jerry Silverman,
Shannon Rodgers and the KSU Museum. Series 6 consists of newsclippings relating
to Jerrry Silverman, Shannon Rodgers and the KSU Museum. Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and
6 are organized by date and where no date exists, by document type and title.
Series 5 is organized by publication title and within each title, by date.
Correspondence: Brage Golding, KSU President, to Bea McPherson, May 16,
Correspondence: Jerry Silverman to Bea McPherson, October 18, 1982
Correspondence: Dr. Mohammad Adwan, Office of Her Majesty, to Ben [sic]
McPherson. May 9, 1984
Correspondence [photocopy]: Anita Herrington, KSU Alumni Association, to
James and Bea McPherson, November 21, 1984
Correspondence: Shannon Rodgers to William and Bea McPherson. December 5,
Correspondence: Shannon Rodgers to James and Bea McPherson. March 12, 1985
Correspondence: Anita Herrington, KSU Alumni Association, to James and Bea
McPherson. June 26, 1985
Correspondence: Michael Schwartz, KSU President, to James and Bea McPherson.
November 22, 1985
Correspondence: N. Wyman Balfour, KSU Director of Development, to James
and Bea McPherson. January 6, 1987
Correspondence: Robert R. Broadbent, Chairman of the Board, The Higbee Company,
to Bea McPherson with enclosed reprinted articles from Stores Magazine,
"Kent State Treasure" by Lewis A. Spalding. July 9, 1987
Series 2: Fashion Shows, KSU Museum Exhibits and Events
Ticket: "Designer to the stars: Shannon Rodgers in retrospect/Jerry
Silverman: Fall collection first showing." June 25  [2 copies]
Ticket, flyer and advertisement: "Shannon Rodgers: Highlights from
his collection/Jerry Silverman: Fall collection first showing." June
23  [2 tickets, 1 flyer, 1 advertisement (photocopy)]
Ticket, flyer, advertisement and program: "Masterpieces in design:
Shannon Rodgers and friends: Jerry Silverman: His fall collection first showing."
June 22, 1981 [2 tickets, 2 programs, 1 program mock-up, 1 flyer, 1 advertisement
Exhibit material: Nightingales and dragons: The robes of China. January
29 to February 26, 1984. [1 program, 2 invitations, "The Canton Art Institute
Annual Report 1983-1984," 1 page notes]. 1984
Program: Fashion and Broadway: An exhibition celebrating 100 years of
Playbill Magazine. [KSU Museum material loaned]. September 21, 1984.
Program: "Dazzle "Opening in Style."" September 27,
Tickets: "Reflections I" and "Reflections II" [Opening
of KSU Museum]. September 28 and September 29, 1985 [2 copies each]
Flyer: "The KSU Museum ribbon cutting/The Alumni Gallery dedication"
[2 copies, 1 signed by Shannon Rodgers, 1 signed by Linda Allard]. October
Brochure: "Going in style." Brunch and tour of KSU museum. June
Flyer: "The Fashion Group of Cleveland, Inc. invites you to an evening
with Sal Cesarani" KSU Museum and Rodgers and Silverman School of Fashion.
October 20, 1987
Series 3: Papers, press releases, programs and resumes
News releases: 5 KSU news releases relating to the Silverman-Rodgers project.
Misc. dates 1980-1984
Paper: "Jerry Silverman biography." May 1981
Paper: Dr. Brage Golding's remarks to the faculty-staff-student convocation.
May 20, 1981
Program: "Memorial service: Jerry Silverman 1911-1984, Kent State University
Museum." November 15, 1984 [2 copies]
Newsletter: Update of Silverman-Rodgers project. June 1985
Note [photocopied]: "Suggestions for a title for the Kent State Museum"
by Bea McPherson. July 27, 1985
Paper: "Kent State University Silverman-Rodgers project, leadership
awareness program narrative." [no date]
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