Paul Beckett papers, 1945-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Beckett, Paul Louis, 1913-
Title
Paul Beckett papers
Dates
1945-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.0 linear feet of shelf space, (8 containers and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Cage 856 (collection)
Summary
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.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Conferences and organizations, 1945-1977Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
American Political Science Association
1968-1970
1 2
American University of Beirut
1951-1953
1 3
Committee on Committees, Washington State University
1970-1971
1 4
Committee on State Government Organization correspondence
1954-1955
1 5
Committee on State Government Organization, personnel
1952-1954
1 6
Committee on State Government Organization radio talks
1955
1 7
Committee on State Government Organization reports
1953-1956
1 8
Committee on State Government Organization tax administration
1954-1955
1 9
Comparative Administration Group--American Society for Public Administration
1966-1971
1 10
Comparative Administration Project
1953-1954
1 11
Comparative Public Administration
1953
2 12
Compton Administration
1945-1950
2 13
Public Affairs Conference
1949
2 14
Public Affairs Conference of 1948
1948
2 15
Public Affairs Conference of 1949
1949
2 16
Public Affairs Conference, 1949
1949
2 17
Public Affairs Conference of 1950
1950-1951
2 18
Public Affairs Conference of 1950 correspondence
1950-1951
2 19
Public Affairs Conference of 1950 finance and miscellaneous
1950
3 20-21
Symposium on Water Resources Management
1975-1977
3 22
The Western Political Science Association
1970-1972

Series 2:  Research notes, 1952-1984Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 23
Amendments data
1977
3 24
"Bureaucracy and Democracy"
1952
3 25
"Chapter II: The Constitutional Framework"
1976
3 26
"Chapter II. The Constitutional Framework"
1983
3 27
Correspondence
1980-1981
3 28
Division of Governmental Studies
1963-1965
4 29
From Wilderness to Enabling Act notes
1967-1969
4 30
From Wilderness to Enabling Act publishing contract and notes
1969-1973
4 31
From Wilderness to Enabling Act reviews
1972-1977
4 32
"Federal Water Resources Management: The Administrative Setting" by Helen Ingram and J.R. McCain
undated
4 33
Claudius and Mary Johnson correspondence
1952-1957
4 34
"Legal Aspects of Water Resource Management" by Dallin W. Jensen
1976
4 35
List of United States bills
undated
4 36
"A Memory of an Ordinary Man" by Claudius O. Johnson
1962
4 37
Miscellaneous correspondence
1954-1980
5
Notecards on legislation and articles
undated
4 38
"Washington State's Lawmakers" by Paul Beckett and Celeste Sunderland
undated
4 39
"Negotiating Instream Flows" by Mary Ray White
1979
4 40
Washington State Politics and government book correspondence and notes
1976-1984
4 41
"Who's Who" biographical info
1956-1964

Series 3:  Pakistani government, 1956-1957Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 42
Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
1956
6 43
East Pakistan departmental development
1957
6 44
East Pakistan trip
1957
6 45
A Few Concluding Comments on Public Administration and Development in Pakistan
1957
6 46
Final summary report
1957
6 47
First trip to West Pakistan
1957
6 48
First paper on Village-AID
1957
6 49
Government of Pakistan planning board
1956-1957
6 50
Government of West Pakistan reports
1955-1957
6 51
Habibuddin correspondence
1968
6 52
Harvard Pakistan project
1956-1957
6 53
Improvement of Public Administration in Pakistan
1957
6 54
Interview notes
1957
6 55
Keywords and phrases
undated
6 56
Letter to Mr. Leek
1957
6 57
Notes on East Pakistan
1957
7 58
Organization planning and procedures
1957
Map Drawer
Oversize
undated
7 59
Pakistan notes
1957
7 60
Pakistan trip notes
1957
7 61
Planning and Development Organization
1957
7 62
Planning Board reports
1957
7 63
Planning organization East Pakistan
1956-1957
7 64
Planning organization in East Pakistan
1957
7 65
Planning organization West Pakistan
1957
7 66
Proposal edits
1957
7 67
Provincial Progress Reporting Organization
1957
7 68
Public Administration and Implementation
1957
7 69
"Public Administration in India" by Paul H Appleby
1953
7 70
Reorientation of Pakistan Government for National Development by Bernard L. Gladieux
1955
8 71
Report of the Council for Administration of West Pakistan
1955
8 72
Report of the Committee to Study Experience of the Harvard-Pakistan Planning Commission Project
1962
8 73
Report of the Federal Reorganization Committee
1956
8 74
Report on Pakistan Visit
1958
8 75
Egger Rowland, "The Improvement of Public Administration in Pakistan"
1953
8 76
"Rural Housing and Settlements in Pakistan" by Grenfell Rudduck
1957
8 77
Second trip to East Pakistan
1957
8 78
Travel plans
1957
8 79
Village-Aid
1956-1957
8 80
Village-Aid Ministration: A Few Tentative Observations
1957

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pakistan -- History.
  • Political science -- Study and teaching.
  • Personal Names :
  • Beckett, Paul Louis, 1913- -- Archives.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.