Presidential Papers of Isaac K. Beckes

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS
DR. ISAAC K. BECKES
1950-1980

 

Jill McConnell-Larson, Archivist/Librarian, has completed the archiving of boxes 61-73 of the Presidential Papers of Dr. Isaac K. Beckes, who was President of Vincennes University from 1950-1980. Boxes 1-60 were previously archived.


“An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Vincennes University is the shadow cast by Dr. Isaac K. Beckes.


A native of Vincennes and a 1933 VU graduate, Dr. Beckes was an ordained Presbyterian minister with a degree from Yale, when, in 1950, he returned to Vincennes to assume the presidency of the University. It was essentially a two-year liberal arts college, with 185 students in one building in the downtown area. Under Dr. Beckes’s thirty-year leadership, the University grew into a comprehensive junior college—the only one in the state college system—with 4,600 students in 50 buildings on an 85-acre campus. Today Vu is recognized throughout the nation for its adult, continuing, and occupational programs.


After retirement in June 1980, Dr. Beckes continued to work to improve the University as Director of the VU Alumni Foundation. In 1981 he helped found the Vincennes Area Community Development Corporation, and served as its president until shortly before his death in July 1988.


From Vincennes: A Pictorial History (2004), by Richard Day.

Box #61 Folder #1 Commission on Higher Education
Part I: (1973-74)

Box #61 Folder #2 Commission on Higher Education
Part II: (1973-74)

Box #61 Folder #3 Commission on Higher Education
Part III: (1972-73)

Box #61 Folder #4 Commission on Higher Education
Part IV: (1970-73)

Box #61 Folder #5 Indiana Advisory Commission
On Academic Facilities: (1963-72)

Box #61 Folder #6 Indiana Conference on Higher Education
ICHE NEWS- Newsletters: (1969-1974);
Minutes of meetings; Part I

Box #62 Folder #1 Indiana Conference on Higher Education
Minutes of meetings; ICHE NEWS; Part II

Box #62 Folder #2 Indiana Conference on Higher Education
Correspondence; ICHE NEWS; Part III

Box #62 Folder #3 Indiana Coordinating Commission
On Post-High School Education: Part I

Box #62 Folder #4 Indiana Coordinating Commission
On Post-High School Education: Part II

Box #62 Folder #5 Memorial Gifts

Box #62 Folder #6 National Commission on Accrediting :
Correspondence

Box #63 Folder #1 North Central Association of Colleges
And Secondary Schools:
Dr. Beckes’ Evaluation of Ohio college:
“Southern State General and Technical
College

Box #63 Folder #2 North Central Association:
Sinclair Community College Evaluation
Report by Dr. Beckes

Box #63 Folder #3 North Central Association:
Felician College, Chicago, Illinois:
Evaluation Report by Beckes

Box #63 Folder #4 North Central Association:
Evaluation of Southeastern Iowa
Community College; Annual Report;
Minutes; CJCC Meetings; Committee
Reports

Box #63 Folder #5 North Central Association:
Evaluation of Central College,
McPherson, Kansas;
Dr. Beckes, Evaluation Chairman
Re-Accreditation Final Report

Box #63 Folder #6 North Central Association:
Evaluation of Kendall College,
Evanston, Illinois; Beckes, Evaluator

Box #63 Folder #7 O’Neal Airport
Report by Bill Kessler

Box #63 Folder #8 Post High School Education
Correspondence; Junior College issues

Box #63 Folder #9 Public Relations
Minutes of meetings;
VU Profile Statement

Box #63 Folder #10 ROTC Program at VU

Box #63 Folder #11 Recommendations
-Written by Dr. Beckes

Box #64 Folder #1 Indiana Council of Churches
Dr. Beckes’ correspondence; Meetings

Box #64 Folder #2 Indiana Schoolman’s Club
Membership List- January 1, 1957;
Dr. Beckes, member

Box #64 Folder #3 Indiana University: Correspondence

Box #64 Folder #4 Vincennes University:
Document on Post-High School Ed.

Box #64 Folder #5 Kirkconnell-Lingua-Vision Project
Box #64 Folder #6 Inquiries

Box #64 Folder #7 National Council of Churches:
Correspondence

Box #64 Folder #8 Lincoln Free Press Association:
Elihu Stout Print Shop Dedication,
October 7, 1956

Box #64 Folder #9 Library: Title III;
National Defense Education Act

Box #64 Folder #10 Kroger Company; Correspondence

Box #64 Folder #11 Legislative Bills

Box #64 Folder #12 Legislation

Box #64 Folder #13 Legislative Bills

Box #64 Folder #14 National League for Nursing

Box #65 Folder #1 North Central Accrediting Association-Materials

Box #65 Folder #2 Committee on Financing Nursing Ed.
-Minutes of meetings

Box #65 Folder #3 National League for Nursing; Letters

Box #65 Folder #4 Contributions to VU;
Scholarships; Correspondence;
Educational Opportunity Grants

Box #65 Folder #5 Indiana League for Nursing;
Financial Reports

Box #65 Folder #6 Indiana League For Nursing Board
-Minutes of meetings

Box #65 Folder #7 Recommendations by Dr. Beckes

Box #66 Folder #1 VU Correspondence with prospective
Students

Box #66 Folder #2 VU President’s Reports to
Board of Trustees; (1951-1963)

Box #66 Folder #3 Publicity

Box #66 Folder #4 Publications

Box #66 Folder #5 Promotional material

Box #66 Folder #6 Placement Bureau 4

Box #66 Folder #7 Physical Plant

Box #66 Folder #8 Statement Department of Education

Box #67 Folder #1 Government Surplus Property

Box #67 Folder #2 Hull House Tour in Chicago by
Dr. Beckes’ students

Box #67 Folder #3 Rental property;
New VU construction

Box #67 Folder #4 Charles Schenk; Correspondence

Box #67 Folder #5 Dr. Beckes’ Radio Broadcast;
Correspondence

Box #67 Folder #6 Scholarships; Donations; Applicants

Box #67 Folder #7 Science Department; Remodeling

Box #67 Folder #8 Science Fair sponsored by VU

Box #67 Folder #9 VU Self-Evaluation

Box #67 Folder #10 State Board of Accounts; Letters

Box #67 Folder #11 State Rehabilitation; Letters

Box #67 Folder #12 Student Activities; Organizations

Box #67 Folder #13 Student Affairs; Correspondence

Box #67 Folder #14 Student Self-Help Program

Box #67 Folder #15 Students Teaching in Illinois

Box #67 Folder #16 Supervisory Teachers

Box #67 Folder #17 Tenure; VU Faculty

Box #67 Folder #18 Transfer Students’ Records

Box #67 Folder #19 Triple High School Science Seminar

Box #67 Folder #20 United Fund Information

Box #67 Folder #21 Y.M.C.A. ; Correspondence

Box #68 Folder #1 American Council on Education-Peace Corps. History;
-Education of Women

Box #68 Folder #2 American Council on Education
Executive Committee Meetings:
Minutes

Box #68 Folder #3 Audio-Visual Correspondence

Box #68 Folder #4 William Bray; Congressional letters

Box #68 Folder #5 Budget Information

Box #68 Folder #6 Building Campaign
-Bicknell Campaign

Box #68 Folder #7 Building Campaign; Knox County

Box #68 Folder #8 Building Campaign; Library

Box #68 Folder #9 Building Campaign; Washington

Box #68 Folder #10 Building Campaign; Library;
Dollar Day Campaign

Box #68 Folder #11 Building Fund: Library;
Additional Funds

Box #69 Folder #1 Building Fund: Current (1956-57)

Box #69 Folder #2 Building Fund Campaign: County

Box #69 Folder #3 Building Fund Transfer-
(1950-1955)

Box #69 Folder #4 Building Fund (1959)

Box #69 Folder #5 Building Project; Library; (1959)

Box #69 Folder #6 Building Project;
Furniture and Equipment 6

Box #69 Folder #7 Bureau of Entomology

Box #69 Folder #8 VU/Vincennes City Business

Box #69 Folder #9 Coffee Shop Budget

Box #69 Folder #10 Donations and Gifts

Box #69 Folder #11 Donations; Gifts; Correspondence

Box #69 Folder #12 Landscaping

Box #69 Folder #13 Parking Lot

Box #69 Folder #14 Resolution and Legal Documents
Affecting Campus

Box #70 Folder #1 Beckes’ Home

Box #70 Folder #2 Homer Capehart, U.S. Senator;
Correspondence

Box #70 Folder #3 VU Catalogues (1955-1960)

Box #70 Folder #4 Chamber of Commerce ;
-City of Vincennes;
-Research Report, 1959

Box #70 Folder #5 Civil Defense

Box #70 Folder #6 College Correspondence

Box #70 Folder #7 College Correspondence

Box #70 Folder #8 College Correspondence

Box #70 Folder #9 College Correspondence

Box #70 Folder #10 Convocations

Box #70 Folder #11 Curriculum

Box #70 Folder #12 Correspondence/Ruth Drath

Box #70 Folder #13 Faculty Relations

Box #70 Folder #14 Marching Band Festival (1960)

Box #71 Folder #1 Commencements: 154th-156th

Box #71 Folder #2 Dean’s List: 1956-59

Box #71 Folder #3 Community Series: 1959

Box #71 Folder #4 Community Series: 1960

Box #71 Folder #5 Community Series:
-Events for 1961-62 Season;
-Pamphlets; Brochures

Box #71 Folder #6 John Dwyer, Manager of VU
Student Union Building

Box #71 Folder #7 Endowments

Box #71 Folder #8 George Ewing, Manager:
Student Union Building
Construction

Box #71 Folder #9 George Ewing;
VU Business;
Relocation of Union Blg.

Box #71 Folder #10 Faculty Memoranda
(1958-59)

Box #71 Folder #11 Financial Reports:
(1958-59)

Box #71 Folder #12 VU Homecoming (1960-62)

Box #72 Folder #1 Faculty Memoranda
(1956-1957)

Box #72 Folder #3 Financial Reports; Budget

SECTION II: DR. ISAAC K. BECKES’ PERSONAL PAPERS

Box #73 Folder #1 Personal papers;
Old Beckes’ photographs;