Cage 559

Paul Beckett

Papers, 1939-1989

Acquisition And Processing Information

The Washington State University Libraries received papers of Paul Beckett in two installments (accession numbers UA 1978-08 and MS 1985-44). One group of papers (UA 1987-08) was incorrectly identified as university records at the time of receipt. The two accessions were combined, and Harvey Young arranged and described the collection in October 1988. Torsten Homberger processed the added material in the Addendum and revised this collection guide in 2009.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of Containers: 7

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: 5

Biography

Paul Louis Beckett, Professor of Political Science at Washington State University from 1947 to 1977, was born October 18, 1913, in Warren County, Illinois. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1935 at Monmouth College, a Master of Arts at the University of Illinois in 1938, and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949.

During the early 1940s Beckett was employed in municipal government in Los Angeles and also worked in a war-time administrative agency in Washington, D.C. From 1945 to 1947 he was a member of the faculty of the University of New Mexico, and in 1947 he joined the Political Science faculty of Washington State College. His field of special expertise was municipal government; his interests and research also included the politics of organization and reorganization, individual and group behavior in organizations, decision making, leadership and authority, communication, and how to ensure administrative responsiveness and responsibility.

During the 1950s, a time when many colonized countries in the Middle East gained independence, Beckett actively participated in the establishment of municipal governments while teaching at the American University in Beirut. In 1952, Beckett, his wife, and their two young children traveled to Beirut, where he established the Department of Political Science at the American University and taught the history and fundamentals of municipal government.

After returning from Beirut, Beckett extended his administrative duties at Washington State College, serving as chair of the Department of Political Science for eight years. In 1957 he was a public administration consultant to the planning board of the Pakistani government.

In addition to his teaching and administrative activities, Beckett was also an active member of the American Political Science Association, the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, The American Association of University Professors, and the American Society for Public Administration.

Collection Description

The papers of Paul Beckett are made up of correspondence with fellow scholars, consisting mostly of letters of recommendation for former students and colleagues, administrative reports on the Department of Political science, and draft writings on research and teaching of municipal government.

Collection Arrangement

The papers have been only slightly rearranged from Beckett's original filing system. The collection is arranged in three series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1939-1979

Series 2: Subject Files, 1940-1976

Series 3: Addendum (added materials), 1939-1989. This sequence consists of materials added to the collection after initial processing. It contains correspondence, subject files, and miscellaneous information concerning Washington State College and the city of Pullman.

Subjects

Beckett, Paul Louis, 1913- -- Archives
Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives
Political science -- Study and teaching

Access

This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Paul Beckett Papers, 1939-1989
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Languages

Materials are in English.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
Series 1: Correspondence, 1939-1979
    Business correspondence
1 1 1938-1939
  2 1940
  3 1941
  4 1942 (includes curriculum vitae)
  5 1943
  6 1944
  7 1945
  8 1946
  9 1947
  10 1948
  11 1949
  12-13 1950
  14-15 1951 (January-June)
  16 1951 (July-December)
  17 1952
  18-19 1953 (January-June)
  20 1953 (July-August)
  21-22 1954
  23-24 1955 (January-June)
  25 1955 (July-December)
  26 1956 (January-June)
  27-28 1954 (July-December)
  29 1957 (January-September)
  30 1957 (September-December)
  31 1958 (January-June)
  32-33 1958 (July-December)
  34-35 1959 (January-May)
  36-37 1959 (June-December)
  38-39 1960 (January-June)
  40 1960 (July-December)
  41-42 1961 (January-June)
  43 1961 (July-December)
  44 1962 (January-August)
  45 1962 (September-December)
  46-47 1963 (January-June)
  48 1963 (July-December)
  49 1964 (January-June)
    Personal Correspondence
  50 Richard Butler, 1963-1964
  51 Wallace E. Caldwell, 1956-1960
  52 John D. Blacken, 1955-1959
  53 Judith Carr, 1964
  54 Jawad Dajani, 1952-1959
  55 Earl Darrah, 1959-1961
2 56 Jerry Davis, 1959-1963
  57 Jeanne Howe, 1962-1965
  58 William L. Jackson, 1968-1970
  59 John Junker, 1958-1963
  60 William H. Lee, 1956-1963
  61 Timothy Manring, 1961-1965
  62 Stanley G. McClure, 1957-1962
  63 Donna McIntrie, 1964-1965
  64 Lawrence K. Muns, 1960-1963
  65 Charles S. Oldham, 1968
  66 Howard Payne, 1951-1953
  67 Catherine Peat, 1959-1960
  68 Roger D. Reed, 1961-1964
  69 Fred Segrest, 1961-1965
  70 Ann Stuart Sheldon, 1962-1968
  71 Thomas Franklin Stinson, 1963-1965
  72 Celeste Sunderland, 1950-1959
  73 Karl Van Asselt, 1964-1966
    Washington State College students' correspondence
  74 1948-1953
  75 1954-1958
  76 1958-1960
  77 1960-1961
  78 1962
  79 1963
  80-80.1 1964
  81 1965
  82 1966
  83 1967
  84 1968
  85 1969
  86 1970
  87 1971
  88 1972
  89 1973
  90 1974
  91 1975
  92 1976
  93 1975-1979
Series 2: Subject Files, 1940-1976
  94 Ad hoc Committee on Dedication of Johnson Tower, 1966-1967
  95-98 American Assembly on State Government, 1956
  99-100 American Assembly paper on Washington, 1956
  101 American Association of University Professors, WSC (WSU) chapter, 1954-1973
    American Society for Public Administration
  102 Conference reporting committee, 1958
  103-105 Reporting committee correspondence, 1959
  106-109 Inland Empire chapter, 1956-1969
  110 National conference, 1959
  111 Annals book review, 1956
  112 Annals book review, 1965
  113 Associated Students of Washington State University and Communist speakers, 1963-1964
  114 Beckett as Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students, 1964-1977
  115-117 Beckett as Dad's Day King, 1959
  118 Beckett Goes to Beirut, 1951
  119 Beckett Goes to Pakistan, 1957 (plus: The Confessions of a "Biased Professor," by H. Paul Castleberry)
  120 Beckett's Training and Experience, 1947
  121 Budget Requests, History and Political Science, 1951-1953
  122 "Bureaucracy and Democracy," 1952
  123 "Civil Service in Beverly Hills, California," 1940
  124 College Committee On Review, 1955-1956
  125 Committee for Redistricting Washington State, 1962
  126 Crowell Commonwealth Series, 1950-1951
  127 Department of History and Political Science Enrollment, 1947-1948
  128 Department of History and Political Science newsletter, 1956
  129 Department of History and Political Science newsletter, 1960
  130 Division of Governmental Studies and Services, 1966-1968
  131 Evaluation of Hugh Bone's Executive Article for a model State Constitution, 1968 April
  132 Faculty Status Committee, 1973-1974
  133 Faculty Status Committee, annual and treasurer's reports, 1969-1974
  134 Faculty Status Committee, Senate Review
  135-136 Faculty Service Reports, 1947-1969
    From Wilderness to Enabling Act, The Evolution of A State of Washington, by Paul Beckett, 1968
  137 Chapters 1-3
3 138 Chapter 4
  139 Appendix
  140 Galley proof
  141 Fulbright to Egypt, 1961
    Graduate Student Committees and Examinations (Work Completed)
  142 1948-1970
  143 1970-1977
  144 Illinois Law Review, 1942-1946.
  145 Institute of World Affairs, University of Southern California, 1954
  146 J. Kimbrough Owen Memorial Fund, 1957
  147 Judicial Review of Labor Legislation in California, 1880-1910; 1961
  148-149 Legislation and Representation: Papers and Articles, 1938-1939
  150 "Letter from Beirut," 1952
  151 Los Angeles Town Hall Constitution, 1943
  152 Los Angeles Town Hall Municipal and County Government, 1945
  153-159 Miscellaneous, 1949-1958
  160 Mock Political Convention, WSU, 1956
  161 Mock Political Convention, WSU, 1964
  162 Pacific Northwest Assembly on Federal Government and Higher Education, 1960
  163 Pacific Northwest Library Association project, 1956
  164 Pacific Northwest Panel on State Government, Moscow, 1955
  165 Pacific Northwest Political Science Association panel on honors programs, 1963
  166 Pacific Northwest Political Science Association presidency, 1957-1958
  167 Pacific Northwest Quarterly book review, 1962-1963
  168 Personnel Administration in Santa Monica, CA, 1940
  169 Phi Kappa Phi, WSU Chapter, President's file, 1967-1968
  170 Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship Committee, 1963-1966
  171 Phi Sigma Alpha National Council, 1974-1978
  172 Political Science 440 final course schedule, 1976
  173 Political Science 445 evaluation and incentives, undated
  174 Political Science 592: Dr. Beckett's Last Seminar, 1976
  175 "Politics, Personalities, and Pensions, Final Report on Santa Monica Personnel Administration," 1940
  176 Pre-law, Political Science Department, 1961
  177 Presidential Address, Eleventh annual meeting Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, 1958
  178 Project on State Government, 1955-1961
  179 "Public Administration Training as Technical Assistance: Some Further Observations Based on Experience in Beirut"
  180 Public Opinion Laboratory, WSC, 1949-1950
  181 Public Opinion poll on Washington State Government, 1950
  182 "Quest for Quality Conference," University of Washington, 1962
  183 Research Council Presidency, 1949-1950
  184 Review of Khadduri and Liebesney, Law in the Middle East, 1956
  185 Labor Legislation in California, 1961
  186 Reviews of Henry Goodnow on The Civil Service of Pakistan, 1965
  187 Society for International Development, Korean research project, 1968
  188 Speeches, 1940-1952
  189 Speeches, 1952-1971
  190 Student-Faculty questionnaires, University of New Mexico, 1946
  191 Technical Assistance article for Washington State Review, 1958
  192 "The California Supreme Court and Early Efforts at Labor Legislation," Chapter 12, 1949
  193 The Concept of Evolution in Peter Kropotkin's Anarchism: A Study of Revolutionary Theory, by Paul Beckett, 1938
  194 "The Conflict between North and South," talk for USC Institute of World Affairs, 1958
  195 "The Executive as Ropedancer," talk at the University of British Columbia, 1962
  196 "The International Law of Aerial Navigation," 1940
4 197 "The Professional School and World Affairs," regional conference, University of Oregon, 1967
  198 Third annual Institute on World Affairs, 1958
  199 University of New Mexico, undated
  200 Washington Political Science Association Executive Council, 1959-1961
  201 "Washington State's Lawmakers," Washington Political Quarterly, 1957
  202 "Washington State's New Merit System Law" (manuscript), 1962
  203 Washington State University Institute of World Affairs, 1960
  204 Water Research Center project, Harvey Doerkson, 1972
  205-207 Western Governmental Research Association second annual conference, 1962
  208 Western Political Quarterly, 1964-1965
  209 Western Political Science Association, 1957
  210 Whitman County, WA, government, 1947-1948
  211 Whitman County manuscripts and working papers, 1950
  212 Woodrow Wilson Award Committee, 1955
  213 Workshop for middle managers talk, Fairchild Air Force Base, 1964
Series 3: Addendum (added materials), 1939-1989
    Correspondence, Washington State College Department of History and Political Science
5 214 1951-1953
  215 1965
  216 1966
  217 1967
  218 1968
  219 1969
  220 1970
  221 1971
  222 1972
  223 1973
  224 1974
  225 1975
  226 1976
  227 1977
    Correspondence, personal
6 228 I. Cecil Asfour, 1958-1963
  229 Clarence A. Berdahl, 1939-1949
  230 Ronald Beyensee, 1956, 1958, 1969
  231 Paul and Ben Booz, 1957-1959
  232 Carol F. Clark, 1960-1961, 1982
  233 Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Martindale Compton, 1957-1967
  234 Mike and Ethel Crowe, 1962-1967
  235 Earl Davis, 1939-1955
  236 Melvin Davis, 1960-1974
  237 Tom Donnelly, 1945-1946
  238 Pierre Ecoiffier, 1959
  239 Ernst W. Gohlert, 1966-1975
  240 J.A.C. Grant, 1939, 1941, 1946
  241 Charles B. Hagan, 1938-1978
  242 Robert J. Harris, 1939-1949
  243 Bruce and Lolly Haston, 1968-1971
  244 Jack Holmes, 1947-1955
  245 Robert and JoAnn Lampman, 1953
  246 William and Eliza Landeen, 1959
  247 Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Martin, 1942-1943
  248 Art and Bertha O'Neil, 1943, 1952
  249 Walter C. Schnackenberg, 1954-1973
  250 Maxine Guse Semmel, 1955-1959
  251 Harold Scheffelman, 1955-1959
  252 Foster Sherwood, 1948-1956
  253 Clyde F. Snider, 1939-1971
  254 Thor Swanson, 1951-1964
  255 Dave and Olga Mary Wilder, 1953-1954
  256 American University of Beirut students, 1952-1966
    Subject files
  257 Ad hoc committee on General Graduation Requirements, 1962-1964
7 258 The American Political Science Association Conference, 1972
  259 Beckett-Lamp Water Research Center grant, 1975
  260 County Government Across the Nation, Chapter 5 (annotated typescript)
  261 Haynes Foundation, Los Angeles, 1943-1944
  262-272 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and printed ephemera, 1960-1973
  273 Pacific Northwest Political Science Association, 1958-1981
  274 Potential article, research on Washington legislative committees, 1951-1959
  275 Potential article, research on birth places of Washington legislators, 1889-1989
  276 Research Studies, 1951-1959
  277 "The Role of the Representative Assembly in a Democracy," 1939
  278 United States Bureau of Budget, 1949-1953
  279 Western Government Research Association, Conference Proceedings, 1959
  280 Western Political Science Association conference programs, 1951-1974