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Robert H. Beck papers

Identifier: 245

Scope and Content

The collection contains manuscripts, publications and reports authored by Robert Beck. The collection does not contains information regarding his book Beyond Pedagogy, a history of the College of Education at the University of Minnesota.


  • circa 1960s-1970s


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Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Robert H. Beck papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Robert H. Beck (1918-1991)

Robert Holmes Beck was born on November 25, 1918 in New York City. He earned his B.A. in 1939 from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in 1942 from Yale University. From 1943 to 1947, Dr. Beck served in the U.S. Army. After his military service, Dr. Beck joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an assistant professor of education. He was promoted to full professor in 1951 and named professor of history and philosophy of education in 1959.

Dr. Beck conducted extensive research in the history and philosophy of educational institutions around the world. He studied in the Netherlands (1955-1956) as a Fulbright Researcher; served a fellowship at the Hebrew University in Israel (1960); was a fellow in the former Soviet Union (1958, 1968 and 1978); studied education institutions in Europe for one year (1967-1968); and researched polytechincal education in East Germany (1984). In 1976, Dr. Beck was named a Regents' professor, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Beck retired from the University of Minnesota in 1989 as Regents' professor emeritus. Robert Beck died on December 31, 1991.


1 box (1.3 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Robert H. Beck, Regents' professor emeritus of education at the University of Minnesota.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

University of Minnesota. College of Education. Robert Beck's College history papers

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Robert H. Beck papers, circa 1960s-1970s
Karen Spilman
August 2005
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