Guide to the Paul Beckett Papers 1945-1984
Cage 856

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Beckett, Paul Louis, 1913-
Paul Beckett papers
Cage 856
Date [inclusive]
4.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
4.0 linear feet of shelf space 8 containers and 1 oversize folder
The Paul Beckett Papers consists of materials collected by Paul Beckett on political science associations of which he was a member, Washington state legislation, and his trip to Pakistan in 1957. This collection includes newspaper articles, essays, correspondence, reports, and personal notes from his time at Washington State University and during his time in Pakistan and Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) as the public administration consultant to the planning board of the Pakistani government, which at that time included East Pakistan.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Paul Beckett Papers, 1945-1984. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical Note

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

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 at 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, 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 served 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, which at that time encompassed East Pakistan, which was later known as Bangladesh.

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.

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Scope and Contents note

The Paul Beckett Papers consist of materials documenting Beckett's career as a professor of political science. It contains drafts of Beckett's publications on government, files on conferences and professional organizations in which Beckett was an active member, and several files from Beckett's trip to Pakistan to advise on the formation of the newly established Islmaic state of Pakistan. His papers on professional organizations include correspondence and reports from the Committee on State Government Organization and planning documents on the annual Public Affairs Conference. Beckett's manuscripts and research notes include work on articles and chapters about governance and an article about resource management. His files on Pakistan revolve around a Ford Foundation project in the 1950s. They include reports, notes, and supporting government documents published by the Pakistani government.

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Arrangement note

This collection has been organized into three series: Conferences and organizations, Research notes, and Pakistani government.

Series 1: Conferences and organizations, 1945-1977. This series consists of reports, correspondence, and notes created from Beckett's involvement with professional organizations such as the American Political Science Organization. Many files in this series were created from Beckett's involvement with the annual Public Affairs Conference from 1948-1950 and the Committee on State Government Organization.

Series 2: Research notes, 1952-1984. This series consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and notes for Beckett's publications. These include articles and book chapters by Beckett on the Constitution, Washington state government, and resource management.

Series 3: Pakistani government, 1956-1957. This series consists of essay, reports, personal notes, and publications collected by Beckett during his time as a public administration consultant to the planning board of the Pakistani government. Materials labeled as “East Pakistan” pertain to modern day Bangladesh, but has kept its original label as East Pakistan.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Paul Beckett Papers was transferred Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections from the Washington State University Libraries Humanities and Social Sciences unit in 2001 (MS.2001.02).

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by Brianna Webb, and supervised by Steven Bingo 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Paul Beckett Papers 1939-1989 (Cage 559).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Personal Name(s)

  • Beckett, Paul Louis, 1913- -- Archives.


  • Colleges and Universities
  • Pakistan -- History.
  • Political science -- Study and teaching.
  • Politics and politicians
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Conferences and organizations 1945-1977 

Box Folder

American Political Science Association 1968-1970 

1 1

American University of Beirut 1951-1953 

1 2

Committee on Committees, Washington State University 1970-1971 

1 3

Committee on State Government Organization correspondence 1954-1955 

1 4

Committee on State Government Organization, personnel 1952-1954 

1 5

Committee on State Government Organization radio talks 1955 

1 6

Committee on State Government Organization reports 1953-1956 

1 7

Committee on State Government Organization tax administration 1954-1955 

1 8

Comparative Administration Group--American Society for Public Administration 1966-1971 

1 9

Comparative Administration Project 1953-1954 

1 10

Comparative Public Administration 1953 

1 11

Compton Administration 1945-1950 

2 12

Public Affairs Conference 1949 

2 13

Public Affairs Conference of 1948 1948 

2 14

Public Affairs Conference of 1949 1949 

2 15

Public Affairs Conference, 1949 1949 

2 16

Public Affairs Conference of 1950 1950-1951 

2 17

Public Affairs Conference of 1950 correspondence 1950-1951 

2 18

Public Affairs Conference of 1950 finance and miscellaneous 1950 

2 19

Symposium on Water Resources Management 1975-1977 

3 20-21

The Western Political Science Association 1970-1972 

3 22

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 Series 2 Research notes 1952-1984 

Box Folder

Amendments data 1977 

3 23

"Bureaucracy and Democracy" 1952 

3 24

"Chapter II: The Constitutional Framework" 1976 

3 25

"Chapter II. The Constitutional Framework" 1983 

3 26

Correspondence 1980-1981 

3 27

Division of Governmental Studies 1963-1965 

3 28

From Wilderness to Enabling Act notes 1967-1969 

4 29

From Wilderness to Enabling Act publishing contract and notes 1969-1973 

4 30

From Wilderness to Enabling Act reviews 1972-1977 

4 31

"Federal Water Resources Management: The Administrative Setting" by Helen Ingram and J.R. McCain undated 

4 32

Claudius and Mary Johnson correspondence 1952-1957 

4 33

"Legal Aspects of Water Resource Management" by Dallin W. Jensen 1976 

4 34

List of United States bills undated 

4 35

"A Memory of an Ordinary Man" by Claudius O. Johnson 1962 

4 36

Miscellaneous correspondence 1954-1980 

4 37

Notecards on legislation and articles undated 


"Washington State's Lawmakers" by Paul Beckett and Celeste Sunderland undated 

4 38

"Negotiating Instream Flows" by Mary Ray White 1979 

4 39

Washington State Politics and government book correspondence and notes 1976-1984 

4 40

"Who's Who" biographical info 1956-1964 

4 41

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 Series 3 Pakistani government 1956-1957 

Box Folder

Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1956 

4 42

East Pakistan departmental development 1957 

6 43

East Pakistan trip 1957 

6 44

A Few Concluding Comments on Public Administration and Development in Pakistan 1957 

6 45

Final summary report 1957 

6 46

First trip to West Pakistan 1957 

6 47

First paper on Village-AID 1957 

6 48

Government of Pakistan planning board 1956-1957 

6 49

Government of West Pakistan reports 1955-1957 

6 50

Habibuddin correspondence 1968 

6 51

Harvard Pakistan project 1956-1957 

6 52

Improvement of Public Administration in Pakistan 1957 

6 53

Interview notes 1957 

6 54

Keywords and phrases undated 

6 55

Letter to Mr. Leek 1957 

6 56

Notes on East Pakistan 1957 

6 57

Organization planning and procedures 1957 

7 58

Oversize undated 

Map Drawer

Pakistan notes 1957 

7 59

Pakistan trip notes 1957 

7 60

Planning and Development Organization 1957 

7 61

Planning Board reports 1957 

7 62

Planning organization East Pakistan 1956-1957 

7 63

Planning organization in East Pakistan 1957 

7 64

Planning organization West Pakistan 1957 

7 65

Proposal edits 1957 

7 66

Provincial Progress Reporting Organization 1957 

7 67

Public Administration and Implementation 1957 

7 68

"Public Administration in India" by Paul H Appleby 1953 

7 69

Reorientation of Pakistan Government for National Development by Bernard L. Gladieux 1955 

7 70

Report of the Council for Administration of West Pakistan 1955 

8 71

Report of the Committee to Study Experience of the Harvard-Pakistan Planning Commission Project 1962 

8 72

Report of the Federal Reorganization Committee 1956 

8 73

Report on Pakistan Visit 1958 

8 74

Egger Rowland, "The Improvement of Public Administration in Pakistan" 1953 

8 75

"Rural Housing and Settlements in Pakistan" by Grenfell Rudduck 1957 

8 76

Second trip to East Pakistan 1957 

8 77

Travel plans 1957 

8 78

Village-Aid 1956-1957 

8 79

Village-Aid Ministration: A Few Tentative Observations 1957 

8 80

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