William T. Beeks Papers, 1898-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Beeks, William T., Jr
William T. Beeks Papers
1898-2006 (inclusive)
1.63 cubic feet (4 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number
6142 (Accession No. 6142-001)
Photographs and other materials related to William T. Beeks's academic and professional career
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William T. Beeks, Jr. (1934-2015) was a civil servant, attorney, investor, philanthropist and mentor. He was born in Seattle to Florence Carlson Beeks and The Hon. William T. Beeks, Sr. He graduated from the University of Washington and George Washington University Law School, following which he worked in Washington D.C., often serving at the pleasure of Senators Warren G. Magnuson and Henry M. Jackson. He eventually retired from the civil service after a long career in legal advisory capacities for the U.S. Government. During his early career, he developed a side interest in investment properties, eventually amassing a considerable portfolio in Washington, Colorado and California. Post-retirement afforded him time to enhance stock market skills, which further enabled his true passion, philanthropy. While an unassuming benefactor to numerous humanitarian, animal and arts organizations for many years, following the deaths of his parents he created a charitable foundation in their name, the Florence and William T. Beeks, Las Brisas Foundation.

(Source: Seattle Times Obituary)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Items relating to the life of William T. Beeks. Includes diplomas, photographs, awards, scrapbooks of news clippings, personal writings, and video and audio tapes.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Condolence Letter RE: Mrs. Beeks Dec. 1984
1/2 Inauguration Ceremonies for U.S. District Court 1961
1/3 Seattle Post Intelligencer Articles circa 1922
1/4 Articles related to book "On American Soil" 2006
1/5 Newspaper clippings circa 1961
1/6 Invitations and Presentations 1961-1985
1/7 Miscellaneous Photos circa 1940-1980
2 Tapes and books
3 reel to reel tapes, 5 VHS tapes about Fort Lawton 2007, 1 VHS tape about Warren Magnuson 1987, 5 legal opinion books 1970-1984
3 Scrapbooks
1 scrapbook of newspaper clippings mostly related to father's tax advice column and 1 scrapbook of photos/postcards of parents and Beeks as a baby (mostly from Valdez, Alaska)
circa 1898-1930, 1905
4 Photobook
Beeks in military and newsclippings about Beek in military
Oversize folder 1-2 Diplomas and large photos circa 1950-1990

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Beeks, William T. Jr., 1934-2015--Archives
  • Beeks, William T. Jr., 1934-2015--Family
  • Magnuson, Warren G. (Warren Grant), 1905-1989
  • Geographical Names :
  • Fort Lawton (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Records (Documents)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)