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Finding Aid to the Loring Dumas Beckwith Papers, 1902-1936
BANC MSS 70/60 c  
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    Collection Title: Loring Dumas Beckwith Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1936
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/60 c
    Creator: Beckwith, Loring Dumas, b. 1872
    Extent: Number of containers: 9 boxes, 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Letters, mss. of his writings and clippings, relating mainly to his career in Stockton, Calif., as editor of The Forum and No Taxes, newspapers advocating Henry George's single tax theory. A few letters and clippings concern his newspaper career in New Mexico and in Atascadero, Calif., and the Atascadero Colony.

    With these: some letters written to his father, Fred C. Beckwith, 1892-1905, concerning mining interests in Arizona and California.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Loring Dumas Beckwith Papers, BANC MSS 70/60 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Loring Dumas Beckwith was born about 1872 in Burlington (now called Longmont), Colorado. He attended Brodhead (Wisconsin) High School and entered the University of Denver in 1897, graduating in 1902. He was editor and proprietor of several newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico before coming to California in 1913 where he became owner of the Santa Margarita Index and Our California Home, newspapers which championed the Atascadero Colony. Several years later he moved to Atascadero where he was News Editor of the Atascadero News. He moved to Stockton about 1920 and founded The Forum, a newspaper which advocated the economic philosophy of Henry George. About 1931 he founded No Taxes which also extolled the advantages of the single tax system. In addition, he wrote numerous pamphlets on the subject, lectured, and was active in the Henry George Foundation of America and other similar organizations.
    Beckwith's papers were purchased from Doris Harris Autographs in 1969 with additional purchases from Holmes Book Company and Kenneth Jones in the same year. A few concern his career before coming to California and the Atascadero Colony but the bulk of the collection relates to his career as Editor of The Forum and No Taxes. A key to arrangement and partial list of correspondents follows.