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Jack L. Beckett papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 3, Placement: 14
Identifier: MSA 321

Scope and Contents

The Jack L. Beckett papers include photocopies of several letters written by Beckett while an undergraduate student at Purdue. The collection also includes a copy of Beckett's schedule card from 1942. Jack L. Beckett earned a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1943. During some of his time at Purdue, Beckett lived at Cary House. His letters include observations about the effects of World War II on Purdue’s campus, especially campus housing and services. They also comment on Purdue’s curriculum and assignments, sports and recreation, and other aspects of student life in the early 1940s. Beckett later served in the U.S. Army. In 1945, he fought and died at the Battle of the Bulge.


  • 1942 - 1943
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2008


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright - Family of Jack L. Beckett


0.025 Cubic Feet (One folder)

Custodial History

Donated to the Purdue Alumni Association in 2003 by Steve Dixon, a nephew of Beckett's. Transferred to Karnes Archives and Special Collections in 2008.

Source of Acquisition

Steve Dixon
Jack L. Beckett papers
In Progress
Keetana Marella
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Second edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Keertana Marella

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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