MsC 394

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1938 -- 1968
(Bulk Dates: 1966 -- 1968)
1.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: 2000

Acquisition Note: Robert K. Beck gave his papers to the University of Iowa in 1980 and 1981.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 3

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Robert K. Beck was born in Centerville, Iowa on July 17, 1915. He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1937. In 1943, Beck became the editor/publisher on the Daily Iowegan and Citizen in Centerville. He was also an owner of the Centerville radio station KCOG. In 1967 he added the Weekly Corydon Times-Republican to his newspaper holdings. From 1943 to 1965, Beck was involved in various newspapers in California. A past president of the Iowa Press Association, he was awarded their Iowa Master Editor-Publisher in 1963.

Beck was active in Republican politics in the state. He served in the state legislature for one term in the 1950s and twice sought the party's gubernatorial nomination in the 1960s. He was a member of the Iowa Highway Commission from 1955 -- 1965. In 1972, Beck was named chairman of Iowans for Right to Work.


The papers of Robert K. Beck consist of three boxes (1.5 linear feet) of correspondence, subject files, clippings, speeches, etc. relating primarily to Republican politics in Iowa. There is also information about the newspaper business, Rathbun Dam, and Beck's father (Jesse M. Beck). The correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes letters from: Gerald Bogan, James Bromwell, John M. Henry, Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Leo Heogh, Karl LeComple, Thomas E. Martin, Jack Miller, and Jack Schroeder.

Box List

Box 1


January -- March 1966. Including letters from W. Earl Hall, William Nicholas, Gerald Bogan Sherry R. Fisher, John M. Henry, and Sue Reed.

April 1966. Including letters from: Jack Miller, Donald E. Johnson, Cy Douglas, J. B. Morris, Willard Archie, Clarence W. Moody, Leo A. Hoegh, John M. Henry, and James E. Bromwell.

May 1966. Including letters from: James E. Bromwell, Margaret McDonald, John C. McDonald, and Helen Virden.

June -- July 1966. Including letters from: Paul G. Norris, Jr., William G. Murray, and Lew Warren.

August 1966. Including letters from: Dan W. Turner and John M. Henry.
September 1966. Including letters from: Whitney Gillilland and John M. Henry.


Newspaper Clippings

March 1968

April 1968

May 1968

June 1968

Box 2

Newspaper Clippings

July 1968

August 1968 (2 folders)

Political Advertising Material, 1968.

1981 Addendum

Box 3

Beck, Jesse M., 1939. Including letters from: Lloyd Thurston, Karl Le Compte, and George A. Wilson.

Correspondence, 1953 -- 1966. Including letters from: Fred Schwengel, Gerald Bogan, Thomas E. Martin, Leo A. Hoegh, John M. Henry, Norman A. Erbe, Jack Schroeder, Jack Miller, and Harold E. Hughes.

Miscellaneous, 1946 -- 1966.

Newspaper clippings, 1954 -- 1980.


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