Berneice Emma “Bea” Baas began a career at State Farm Insurance in 1952 as a stock clerk in the warehouse on Empire St. She moved to the Illinois Office when it opened in 1957 as a clerk typist and eventually advanced to stenographer in the Admin Services Dept. Her hobbies included home decorating, gardening, and especially sewing clothing. Her husband Harry managed the Singer Sewing Center as of 1968. The couple had one son, Ron.

Bea died in 2007 at age 92, still a resident of Bloomington.

This collection includes two personal diaries, plus an obituary and company newsletter celebrating her fifteenth work anniversary with State Farm.