Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Beckman mss., 1940-1966, are the papers of Fredrik Woods Beckman, 1886?-1978, of Knoxville, Tennessee. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Beckman was a Yale graduate of 1909 in forestry, worked in real estate in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and in 1934 joined the personnel staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority from which he retired in 1953. He served as National Executive Council member of the United World Federalists organization and was president of the Tennessee State Branch. In 1953 he attended the Copenhagen Conference of the World Movement for World Federal Government.

The correspondence is concerned chiefly with Beckman's activities in the United World Federalists. There are a few letters from his son Gunnar, his daughter Marit Woods (Beckman) Thorson, and some periodicals of the Tennessee Voter addressed to his wife, Frieda, who died in 1968. Other materials include a photograph of a float for UN Day, Oct. 24, 1950; an UWF auto insignia with a letter of Feb. 28, 1953; an early copy of Blueprint for Achievement with the Washington Conference papers of June 18-20, 1954; and some "doodlings" by Beckman in 1955.

Among the many correspondents are the following: Fredrik Woods Beckman, Gunnar Beckman, Marshall Bertram, Cloide Everett Brehm, Herman Haupt Chapman, George William Greene, Philip Gibbon Hammer, Donald Szantho Harrington, Helga Johansson, James Avery Joyce, Estes Kefauver, Rudolph Alvin Light, Edward Winton McVitty, Edbridge Woodman Palmer, Aletta (stout) Gellaty Root, Helen A. Shuford, Claude Maxwell Stanley, Marit Woods (Beckman) Thorson, Harry S Trueman, Theodore Waller, Harold Louis Weissberg, Sydna White. Consult the Manuscripts Index in the Library for dates of letters of these individual correspondents.

Letters from the several officers of the Tennessee Chapter of the United World Federalists, and Robert perrigo Conger, Alan Cranston, and Samuel R. Levering, may be found throughout the collection. Consult the Manuscripts Index in the Library for dates of letters of individual correspondents.

Printed matter which ranges from 1934 to 1975 includes a marked copy of Joe Kamp, We Must Abolish America (1950); the writings of Marion (Hazard) Etcheverry McVitty and memorial statements for her and her husband Edward Winton McVitty; sheet music entitled Federal Hymn; the publication series One World Or None; and stamps of the UWF: Help Stamp out War.

An inventory of the collection is available. A finding aid is also available.

Gift. 1981

858 items

Collection size: 858 items

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