The Arnold Beckman materials are primarily printed matter relating to Beckman's philanthropy, including newspaper clippings,
photos, albums and scrapbooks. There are also two manuscript boxes of biographical newspaper clippings from the
1950s through 1989. Although there is only a small amount of correspondence (less than one archival box), many of the correspondents
are noteworthy figures, including several politicians. The three storage boxes at the end of the collection contain photo
albums and scrap books.
The collection also contains a large number of photographs, several plaques and honorary certificates, two reel-to-reel audio
tapes, two audio cassettes and one Lyndon Johnson pen.
Arnold Orville Beckman (1900-2004) was an American investor, inventor, chemist, and philanthropist. He was the founder of
Beckman Instruments, Inc.; Caltech Assistant Professor from 1929 to 1940 and a Caltech Trustee from 1953 to the end of his