Arnold Orville Beckman Papers
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Biographical / Historical
Arnold Orville Beckman (1900-2004) was an American investor, inventor, chemist, and philanthropist. He was the founder of Beckman Instruments, Inc.; Caltech Assistant Professor from 1929 to 1940 and a Caltech Trustee from 1953 to the end of his life.
For additional information, the Beckman oral history interview conducted by Mary Terrall can be found at Caltech Archives Oral Histories.
10 linear feet (12 archival boxes, 3 storage cartons, and oversize material)
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Series 1: Biographical Information, contains newspaper clippings, articles and printed material about Beckman’s life.
Series 2: Philantropic Gifts, contains the documentation of the Beckmans’ many donations and endowments.
Series 3: General Correspondence, includes communications with individuals and it is arranged in alphabetical order. Major individual correspondents represented in Series 3 include United States President Richard Nixon, Caltech presidents Lee DuBridge, Harold Brown and Marvin Golderberger, and Princess Margaret.
Series 4: Miscellaneous Printed Material, contains few printed materials and transcripts.
Series 5: Photographs, contains family photos, formal portraits and photos of Beckman and his wife Mabel taken at events and with personalities.
Series 6: Miscellaneous Items and Tapes, contains memorabilia, recordings and mementos.
Series 7: Miscellaneous Documents, includes, speeches, interviews and research notebooks.
Series 8: Awards, Honors, contains awards, certificates and medals.
Series 9: Scrapbooks, Photo Albums, includes both family album and album of events attended by Beckman.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Guide to the Arnold Orville Beckman Papers
- Gwen Torges and Caltech Archives Staff
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Edited by Penelope Neder-Muro, 2020