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Frank R. Beckwith collection

 Collection — Folder: S0092
Identifier: S0092

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a letter from Mr. Beckwith to Mr. Lafayette Speights, stating that Mr. Beckwith is a candidate for the office of State Representative on the Republican ticket, asking Mr. Speights to support his candidacy by obtaining the signatures of friends on the petition, necessary for him to be placed on the ballet. The petition shows the signatures of Alberta Young, Lafayette Speights, and Lillian Arnold, all residing on W. 25th St., in Indianapolis, IN.


  • 1940/03/13


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Note

Frank Roscoe Beckwith was born Dec. 11, 1904 in Indianapolis, IN. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1921. He was tutored in the study of law by attorneys Asa J. Smith and Sumner A. Clancy. He published the Indianapolis Tribune for a short time. He was the welfare director for the Indiana Industrial Board from 1929 to 1933. He was active in the Republican party in Indiana for many years, from 1928 on. He ran unsuccessfully for the state legislature and Indianapolis City Council several times. He served as public defender in Marion Criminal Court, Division II from 1951-1958 and a member of the Indiana Commission on Aging and the Aged from 1957-1961. He became the first Negro in the history of the United States to run for president when he was on the presidential ticket with Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 Indiana Republican primary. He was a member of many organizations, including the NAACP and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He died Aug. 24, 1965 in Indianapolis, IN.

Source: “Frank R. Beckwith.” Indianapolis Star 25 Aug. 1965 (Indiana Biography Series, v. 65,p.14) Indiana Biographical Index Published Before 1990


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frank R. Beckwith on 1969/11/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during March 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/10.
Frank R. Beckwith collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.