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Title: Frank Beckum Papers
Identification: MS100
Date: 1955-1985
Size/Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (three document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Beckum, Arthur F., Jr., (Arthur Franklin), d. 1990
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Frank Beckum taught architectural history and drafting in the College of Architecture from 1955 until 1990, serving as Assistant Dean from 1982 until 1990. His papers include course materials from his architectural history classes, primarily lectures and exams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Franklin Beckum (known as Frank), a native of Wrens, Georgia, was on the Georgia Tech faculty from 1955 until 1990. After serving in the Army during World War II, Beckum began his association with Georgia Tech in 1947 as an undergraduate. As a Tech student, he participated in Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Beta Theta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He belonged to the Architectural Society and made the Dean's List all four years. He obtained both his B. S. (1950) and bachelor's degree in architecture (1952) from Georgia Tech. In 1950, he became Tech's first World Student Fund Scholar, studying in Stuttgart, Germany. He later earned a master's degree in fine arts from Princeton University.

Beckum returned to Tech in 1955 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1960, and became a full professor in 1969, teaching classes in architectural history and drafting. In 1987, he received the ANAK Faculty Award as the distinguished professor at Tech. He served from 1982 until his death as Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture. Beckum died on Sunday, April 29, 1990, at the age of 64. The Frank Beckum Memorial Scholarship was created in his honor.

Scope and Content Note

The Frank Beckum papers are composed exclusively of teaching materials for his architectural history courses, including lectures, exams, quizzes, syllabi, handouts, and supplemental reading material. As mentioned previously, course numbers changed during his teaching career; where original order made these changes evident, materials for the same courses were kept together, even if the course numbers differed. Two folders, one containing student exams and papers for Architecture 437 and one containing course evaluations for Architecture 1203, have been restricted (Box 1, Folder 14 and Box 3, Folder 6, respectively). The bulk of the papers are undated course lectures. The dates provided for some folders should not be considered inclusive dates for the contents; the vast majority of the papers are not dated, but can be assumed to span Beckum's entire teaching career. This collection lacks any materials documenting Beckum's personal life or his interaction with students or colleagues.


These papers are arranged by course number, with materials arranged alphabetically by folder title within each course number designation. Many of the courses changed numbers during Beckum's teaching career, but for the sake of simplicity, the course number appearing on the lectures was used, and no attempt was made to chronicle changing course numbers over the years.

Index Terms

Architecture--Study and teaching.
Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Architecture.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Frank Beckum Papers (MS100), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Elizabeth Dowling, College of Architecture, transferred these papers to the Archives. Accession #1992.1201 (old number: 92-12-01).

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2000.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    Student exams and course evaluations are restricted as noted in the folder list.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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    11Architecture 361 - Lecture 8, undated
    12Architecture 437 - Archaeology Project, 1959-1962
    13Architecture 437 - Exams, 1955-1980
    14Architecture 437 - Lecture 8, 1956
    15Architecture 437 - Lecture 9, 1956
    16Architecture 437 - Lectures 10-13, 1956
    17Architecture 437 - Lecture 14, undated
    18Architecture 437 - Lectures 15-18, undated
    19Architecture 437 - Lecture 19, undated
    110Architecture 437 - Lecture 20, undated
    111Architecture 437 - Lectures 21-25, undated
    112Architecture 437 - Lectures 26-28, undated
    113Architecture 437 - Precept I, 1958
    114Architecture 437 - Student Exams and Papers (Restricted), 1959-1969
    115Architecture 437 - Miscellaneous, undated
    116Architecture 438 - Course Outlines, 1958-1972
    117Architecture 438 - Exams, 1958-1973
    118Architecture 438 - Lecture 1, 1962-1972
    119Architecture 438 - Lecture 2, undated
    120Architecture 438 - Lecture 3, undated
    121Architecture 438 - Lectures 4-6, undated
    122Architecture 438 - Lectures 7-9, undated
    123Architecture 438 - Lecture 10, undated



    21Architecture 438 - Lectures 11-12, undated
    22Architecture 438 - Lecture 13, 1975
    23Architecture 438 - Lecture 14, undated
    24Architecture 438 - Lecture 15, undated
    25Architecture 438 - Lecture 17, undated
    26Architecture 438 - Lecture 18, undated
    27Architecture 438 - Lecture 19, undated
    28Architecture 438 - Lecture 20, undated
    29Architecture 438 - Lectures 21-23, undated
    210Architecture 1201 - Exams, 1974-1985
    211Architecture 1201 - Exams, 1974-1985
    212Architecture 1201 - Lecture Outlines, 1984
    213Architecture 1202 - Exams, 1975-1985
    214Architecture 1202 - Handouts, 1975-1985



    31Architecture 1202 - Lectures 1-9, undated
    32Architecture 1202 - Lecture 10, undated
    33Architecture 1202 - Lectures 11-16, undated
    34Architecture 1202 - Lecture 17, undated
    35Architecture 1202 - Precepts, undated
    36Architecture 1203 - Course Evaluations (Restricted), 1980
    37Architecture 1203 - Handouts, 1975-1982
    38Architecture 1203 - Lecture / Precept Materials, undated
    39Architecture 1203 - Supplemental Articles, 1959-1985
    310Architecture 3203-3204-4203-4213 Course Materials, 1985-1986
    310Architecture 4822-4823 Course Materials, 1977-1980
    311Unidentified Courses - Course Materials, 1977-1981
    312Miscellaneous, undated