Beasecker began his career at Grand Valley as a reference librarian.
He said the only "archives" in 1970 were Board of Control
minutes, meeting minutes from various committees and the student
newspaper, of which the library director kept back issues. "I
unofficially took that over at that time," he said.
University Libraries' rare book collection began with a gift in 1992
from Harvey Lemmen, who gifted his 7,000-volume Lincoln and Civil War collection.
"University Libraries petitioned the administration for Seidman
House to house the rare books and University Archives when the
Admissions, Registrar and Financial Aid offices relocated from Seidman
House to the newly-built Student Services building in 1995,"
There are many treasures within the Special Collections, including
Cold War espionage books, the incunabula books (printed between
1450-1500) and Michigan author Jim Harrison's papers. Beasecker said
his favorite remains the initial gift from Lemmen.
"The initial gift from Harvey Lemmen was particularly
satisfying, as was the subsequent long personal relationship with him
— a true gentleman in all respects," he said.