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Ron Beckman Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 14 Mar 2016

Biographical History

Ronald H. Beckman is an American industrial designer. He was vice-president of the design firm George Nelson and Co. (whose clients included Herman Miller and General Electric), director of the Research and Design Institute (created to support economic development in New England and conduct design research to improve the quality of life), and an Associate Professor at Syracuse University. In 1967 Beckman received the first graphic design grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to advance highway communication and safety.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed at this time and is still actively growing.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

Access to audiovisual material requires advance notice to produce a use copy.

The remainder of the collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact Special Collections Research Center for more information.

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.

Subject Headings


Beckman, Ronald H.

Corporate Bodies

Herman Miller, Inc.
REDE Corp.
Research and Design Institute.


Industrial design -- Environmental aspects.
Industrial design -- History.
Industrial design -- Philosophy.
Industrial design -- Social aspects.
Industrial design.
Renewable energy sources -- Research.

Genres and Forms

Catalogs (documents)


Industrial designers -- United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ron Beckman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ron Beckman.

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