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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L517 (Text) 517001-98532 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 6.6 Cubic feet 17 manuscript boxes, 1 small oversize box, 1 oversize folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed in 2005 by Jennifer Duplaga. Collection was reprocessed by Laura Eliason in April 2018. EAD finding aid created 2018/04/09 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection consists principally of papers related to John V. Beamer's career in Congress from 1951 to 1959 and includes correspondence regarding legislation and political issues from constituents and colleagues, national associations, labor unions, Indiana newspapers, colleges and universities, and businesses in his district; speeches, newsletters, and press releases; copies of the Congressional Record; newspaper clippings; campaign records, printing plates, and publicity material; documents regarding legislation introduced by Beamer, including H.R. 2830 to provide benefits to postal employees from proceeds of vending machines in post offices (1952-1954), H.R. 5298 to amend section 1 of the Natural Gas Act (1953-1954), and H.Con. Res. 318 to establish an International Court of Habeas Corpus (1958); correspondence and documents regarding flood control in the Upper Wabash River basin (1948-1959) and traffic safety (1954-1961); documents regarding S. 497, the River and Harbor-Flood Act of 1957; and newspaper clippings (in Spanish and Portuguese) and photographs from his trips with the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee to South and Central America in 1951 and Spain in 1954. Also included is correspondence and documents regarding the Indiana General Assembly (1947-1951); Beamer's post-congressional work on campaigns and lobbying activities (1959-1964); anticommunism documents (1946-1974); and phonographic records of radio broadcasts (1952-1958) and two films of unknown subject content (circa 1956-1958).The collection also has several oversize items, including a print of the Delta Electric Company of Marion, Indiana (1951); a two-sided broadside issued by the Rank and File Members of Labor Unions for Ike of Murphysboro, Illinois with "Highway to One Union!" on one side and "Ike Will Stop Bossism...He is for the Rank and File" on the second side (circa 1952); an honor roll certificate given to Beamer for distinguished service by the Government Employee Council of the Federation of labor (July 21, 1954); a certificate appointing Beamer to the National Selective Service Appeal Board and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower (March 23, 1960); and several maps regarding the Upper Wabash River basin, including a Reservoir Survey map by the Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission (September 1, 1948), a U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention map (November 17, 1955), maps noting flooded areas of Portland, Indiana (1957), and Army Corp of Engineer maps regarding the proposed Mississinewa, Salamonie, and Huntington Reservoirs (1955).Other items of note within the collection include a copy of the Indiana Department of Commerce and Public Relations pamphlet Where Ever You Are in Indiana You're Close to Something You Won't Want to Miss! (circa 1955); A donation request from the Townsend Club No. 1 of Reading, Pennsylvania sent with a small palm-size fabric apron (circa 1955); Elwood, Indiana Centennial Celebration souvenir wooden nickels along with Beamer's speech on June 28, 1952; 1954 campaign photograph with President Dwight D. Eisenhower; a photograph of Beamer and Vickie Poor, a young constituent from Marion, Indiana, sent with a letter she wrote on November 7, 1958; a telegram from NAACP lobbyist, Clarence Mitchell, thanking Beamer for his support on H.R. 7304 (July 26, 1954); a long telegram from Dick (Richard) Nixon regarding the last two weeks of campaigning (October 19, 1958); correspondence from a large number of governors and attorneys general regarding J. Res. 221 and Public Law 85-684, legislation that granted congressional consent for interstate compacts on highway safety (1957-1961); and photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Beamer, Shepard J. Crumpacker, Jr., Charles Halleck, Ralph Harvey, and F. Jay Nimtz (circa 1950s).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
John V. Beamer collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
John Valentine Beamer was a manufacturer, farmer, and legislator from Wabash, Indiana. He was born November 17, 1896 on a farm in Wabash County to Jacob and Rosa Beamer. He graduated from Roann High School in 1914 and received his B.A. degree from Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Indiana) in 1918. He was a veteran of World War I, having served as a private first class in the field artillery. He married Letha Urschel (1895-1986) on June 30, 1928 and they had two children. Prior to his political career, Mr. Beamer was active in the manufacture of baking powder and rock wool insulation and owned and managed several farms in Wabash County. A Republican, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1949 to 1950. He was elected United States Representative from Indiana's 5th Congressional District in November, 1950 and served four terms (1951-1959). While in Congress, he served on the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee. After losing his bid for a fifth term in the 1958 election, he remained involved in politics, helping with local elections and lobbying Congress. He passed away at the age of 67 on September 8, 1964.
Language Note:
Some materials in Spanish and Portuguese.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Letha Beamer in 1964/11/25 and 1965/05/05 and from John V. Beamer, Jr. on 1986/12/04.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Mitchell, Clarence M. (Clarence Maurice), 1911-1984.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994.
Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission.
Indiana. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
Anti-communist movements > United States.
Diplomats > United States > Correspondence.
Indiana > Politics and government > 20th century.
Legislation > Indiana.
Legislators > Indiana > Correspondence.
Political campaigns > 20th century.
Postal service.
Reservoirs > Indiana.
Traffic safety > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 20th century.
Marion (Ind.)
Wabash River.
Genre: Motion pictures.
Phonographs.
Photographs.

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