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George Beck Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: University Archives
Date: 4 Aug 1994

Biographical History

George A. Beck (1908-1977) was an American industrial designer. He first worked for Montgomery Ward and then Sears Roebuck, but the majority of his career (more than thirty years, starting in 1934) was spent with General Electric

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Beck Papers includes notes, drawings, correspondence, reports, conference materials, public relations and marketing material, product data, slides, transparencies, models, and much more.

The collection has received minimal processing. The inventory that follows is a simple box list, and folders retain Beck's original labels and are in no particular order. Researchers are advised to read the entire inventory to ensure locating all relevant materials.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection has received minimal processing and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the papers of many noted industrial designers. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Beck, George A., 1908-1977.

Corporate Bodies

General Electric Company.
Industrial Designers Society of America.


Industrial design -- United States.
Industrial designers -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Drawings (visual works)
Research notes.
Slides (photographs)


Industrial designers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Beck Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from University Archives, 2000.

Table of Contents

Box 7079

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