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Len Beil Basketball Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: RG 029-06

Scope and Contents

This collection contains five scrapbooks; primarily news clippings with Chieftain game programs; press books, individual and team photographs and artifacts.


  • 1964-1967


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Len Beil enrolled at Seattle University in 1963 from Sequim, Washington as a sought-after freshman basketball recruit. Len Beil was captain of the freshman Papoose team (1963-64) under Head Coach Lionel Purcell that recorded nineteen straight wins. Regarded as the best group of freshman ball players ever assembled at Seattle University at that time, Len and his future varsity teammates included: future NBA player Tom Workman, Plummer Lott, Malkin Strong, Mike Acres, and Jack Kreiger. Juniors Steve Looney, John LaCour, and John Wilkins rounded out the team roster in 1966-67. After a successful season, the Chieftains lost to Texas Western, 62-54, in the Far West NCAA Tournament in 1967. This collection, complied by the Beil family, records each Chieftain varsity basketball season in newsclippings, game programs, individual player statistic sheets and press books from 1964-1967. The collection also records selected personal student achievements of Len Beil as a leader in Seattle University student government, InterCollegiate Knights service group and academic honors. From 1992 through 2000 Len was the Executive Assistant to Seattle University President William J. Sullivan, SJ. Len is currently an active member of the Alumni Association.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection of scrapbooks records four seasons of the Chieftain basketball team (1963-1967) and also chronicles selected personal student achievements of Len Beil in athletics, student government and academics.

Guide to the Len Beil Basketball Scrapbook Collection
Mary Linden Sepulveda
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Funding for preparing the finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Seattle University, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Special Collections Repository

901 12th Avenue
Seattle WA 98122-1090 USA