Beckman Historical Collection, 1911-2011

Overview

Collection Name: Beckman Historical Collection

Collection Number: 2012.002

Primary Creator(s): Beckman, Arnold O. ; Beckman Coulter (Firm)

Collection Size: 137.2 Linear Feet

Abstract: Business records, correspondence, research files, financial records, photographs, publications, and audio-visual materials of American scientist and industrialist Arnold O. Beckman and the American scientific and medical instrument manufacturer Beckman Coulter, Incorporated.

Forms of Material: Business records, Manuscripts (documents), Audiocassettes, CD ROMs, DVDs, Negatives (photographic), Photographs, Slides (photographic), Videotapes

Languages: Collection materials are mostly in English. A small amount of material in German is also included in this collection.

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Background Note

Background Note

Dr. Arnold Orville Beckman, the founder of scientific and medical instrument manufacturer Beckman Coulter, Incorporated, was a prominent American scientist, inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist. Born in Cullom, Illinois on April 10, 1900, Beckman first became interested in chemistry at the age of nine, when he found a copy of J. Dorman Steele's textbook, Fourteen Weeks in Chemistry in his family's home. Encouraged by his father, he converted a tool shed into a laboratory and developed his interest in chemistry over the course of his childhood and adolescence. Beckman graduated as class valedictorian from University High School in Normal, Illinois in 1918 and served in the United States Marine Corps during the last months of World War I.

After his discharge from the Marine Corps in 1919, Beckman furthered his education by earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering (1922) and a master's degree in physical chemistry (1923) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He entered the California Institute of Technology as a doctoral student in 1923, but interrupted his studies after one year to work for Western Electric Company in New York City, where he became interested in electronics. Beckman resumed his graduate studies at Cal Tech in 1926. While still a graduate student, he obtained the first of fourteen patents awarded to him in his lifetime. His first patent was for a "signaling device", a buzzer attached to an automobile's speedometer, which was designed to help drivers regulate their speed. Beckman earned his Ph.D. in photochemistry from Cal Tech in 1928.

From 1928 to 1940, Beckman served as a chemistry professor at Cal Tech. He became fascinated with scientific instrumentation and increasingly focused his attention upon this area as his academic career progressed. In addition to his faculty duties, Beckman was retained as a consultant by a number of businesses, and served as an expert witness in a number of legal cases involving chemistry, which included the Church Horse Doping Case and the Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case.

In 1934, while still a professor at Cal Tech, Beckman was retained as a consultant by National Postal Meter Company to develop a non-clogging ink for postal meters. Beckman developed a non-clogging ink, albeit one noted for its rancid odor. He also invented and patented two appliances to apply the ink: an inking reel and an inking device. To manufacture the ink and develop the inking appliances, National Postal Meter set up a subsidiary named National Inking Appliance Company, and named Beckman Vice-President and Manager. Setting up shop in a garage in Pasadena, California, Beckman soon found that there was not much of a market for these products and this venture was not particularly successful.

Around the same time, Beckman was approached by Glen Joseph, a chemist for the California Fruit Growers Exchange, who needed an electrochemical device to measure the acidity of lemon juice. In response to this need, Beckman invented and patented the first commercially successful pH meter. Later named the Model E, Beckman's new pH meter worked so well that he was soon asked to build more of them.

Seeing a line of business that was potentially more profitable than postal meter ink and inking appliances, Beckman shifted his firm's focus to the manufacture of pH meters. To reflect this change, National Inking Appliance Company was renamed National Technical Laboratories on April 8, 1935. Now independent of National Postal Meter Company, with Beckman serving as Vice-President and owning a 10% stake, the company sold eighty-seven Model E pH meters in its first year. By 1939, National Technical Laboratories had experienced significant growth, which led to Beckman being named President of the company. In 1940, Beckman resigned his professorship at Cal Tech to devote full-time attention to his firm. That same year, the company moved into its own building in South Pasadena, California.

National Technical Laboratories expanded its line of instruments during World War II and made a number of notable contributions to the American war effort. Under Beckman's leadership, the firm introduced the Helipot Potentiometer in 1940, which became a vital component in American military radar systems. Beckman also spearheaded the development of the DU Spectrophotometer. Introduced in 1941, the DU Spectrophotometer revolutionized biochemical analysis and found numerous applications during the war, including the development and production of penicillin. In 1942, National Technical Laboratories introduced the IR-1 Spectrophotometer, an infrared spectrophotometer that was used in the development of synthetic rubber. Under Beckman's direction, National Technical Laboratories further contributed to the war effort by building micro-microammeters and dosimeters, both of which were used by the Manhattan Project.

In addition to running National Technical Laboratories, Beckman founded two additional business concerns during World War II. In 1942, he established Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated to manufacture the Pauling Oxygen Analyzer, an instrument for measuring oxygen levels in submarines and aircraft. This company also built dosimeters for the Manhattan Project. In 1943, Beckman formed Helipot Corporation, a spin-off of National Technical Laboratories, to manufacture Helipot Potentiometers. Both of these firms maintained a close association with National Technical Laboratories after the war.

In the post-war years, National Technical Laboratories continued to experience rapid growth, which prompted the firm to expand its plant space in South Pasadena. During this time period, the company also underwent significant structural changes. In 1948, after briefly considering a merger with Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company, Beckman gained majority control of the firm by purchasing the stake of recently deceased investor, John J. Murdock. On April 27, 1950, he renamed the company Beckman Instruments, Incorporated. Beckman Instruments became a publically traded company in 1952 when it issued its first stock offering on the New York Curb Exchange.

During the 1950s, under Dr. Beckman's undisputed leadership, Beckman Instruments, Incorporated grew exponentially and became a world leader in the manufacture of scientific instruments. Beckman Instruments acquired a number of other companies, including Berkeley Scientific Corporation (1952) and Spinco (1955). In 1953, the firm opened its first foreign subsidiary, Beckman GmbH, in Munich, West Germany. To help accommodate its rapid growth, Beckman Instruments moved its headquarters and principal operations to a new facility in Fullerton, California in 1954. Helipot Corporation and Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated were formally integrated into Beckman Instruments in 1958.

In addition to expanding in size, Beckman Instruments, Incorporated continued to expand its product line during the 1950s. By purchasing Berkeley Scientific Corporation, Beckman Instruments entered the computer business and was for a time a leader in this field. Through its acquisition of Spinco, the firm entered the biomedical field and became a major manufacturer of centrifuges. In 1955, Beckman Instruments became one of the founders of California's Silicon Valley by establishing Shockley Semiconductor Laboratories. But this operation was not particularly successful and it was sold to Clevite Corporation in 1960.

The 1960s and 1970s saw significant changes at Beckman Instruments, Incorporated. Arnold O. Beckman retired as President in 1965, but he continued to serve the firm as Chairman of the Board. Under the leadership of new President William Ballhaus, the company repositioned itself in the marketplace as a manufacturer of biomedical instruments. This strategy proved successful and Beckman Instruments became a world leader in this field by the 1970s. Helped by sales of its biomedical instruments, including the revolutionary Glucose Analyzer (introduced in 1969), the company continued to expand both in the United States and overseas.

One of Beckman Instruments' international operations was negatively impacted by political and social unrest encountered by corporations doing business in developing countries during the 1970s. In 1979, two Beckman executives were kidnapped by terrorists near the firm's Aplar manufacturing plant in San Salvador, El Salvador. The hostages were safely returned after Beckman Instruments paid an undisclosed ransom to the kidnappers. This incident prompted the company to close down its Salvadoran operation before the end of the year.

In 1981, Arnold O. Beckman sold Beckman Instruments, Incorporated to pharmaceuticals manufacturer SmithKline Corporation. The two companies merged in 1982 to form SmithKline Beckman Corporation. During this short-lived corporate marriage, Beckman Instruments' process instruments and electronic components operations were sold to Emerson Electronics Company. Deciding that it needed to concentrate solely on its pharmaceuticals business, SmithKline spun off Beckman Instruments in 1988. In 1989, Beckman Instruments was reestablished as an independent, publically traded concern.

In 1997, Beckman Instruments, Incorporated purchased Coulter Corporation. Founded in 1958 by brothers Wallace and Joseph Coulter, Coulter Corporation was a well-known manufacturer of blood and cell analysis instruments. The two firms subsequently merged and the new company was named Beckman Coulter, Incorporated in 1998.

Beckman Coulter opened a new world headquarters in Brea, California in 2009. In 2013, the firm was acquired by Danaher Corporation and its common stock ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Beckman Coulter, Incorporated is presently an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation.

A firm believer in serving one's community, Arnold O. Beckman involved himself in a number of civic activities. He was particularly active in efforts to combat smog in Southern California. From 1948 to 1952, Beckman served as a scientific consultant to the Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District, where he helped determine the cause of the area's smog. Working with James McCullough, he developed and patented an instrument for measuring gas concentrations in the atmosphere. In 1953, California Governor Goodwin Knight appointed Beckman as head of the Special Committee on Air Pollution. The end result of this committee's work was "The Beckman Bible", which outlined steps to reduce smog. Beckman was also an active member of the Los Angles Chamber of Commerce, serving as a term as the organization's president in 1956. During the 1960s and 1970s, he served as chairman of the Lincoln Club of Orange County.

In addition to being a successful scientist, inventor, and industrialist, Dr. Beckman was also a well-known philanthropist. He maintained a close relationship with the California Institute of Technology, serving on the university's Board of Trustees (including a stint as Chairman) and funding the construction of the Beckman Auditorium (1964) and the Mabel and Arnold Beckman Laboratories of Behavioral Biology (1974). In 1977, Beckman and his wife Mabel established the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, which makes grants to non-profit research institutions in support of scientific research in the life sciences and chemistry.

Through their foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Beckman provided funding for the following centers during the 1980s:

Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California, Irvine Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford University Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Also through their foundation, the Beckmans donated the following major gifts:

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, Irvine, California Pepperdine University School of Business & Management's MBA Program

Over the course of his life, Dr. Beckman received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to science, technology, and business, which include the following:

Induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame - 1987 National Medal of Technology - 1988 National Medal of Science Award - 1989 Chemical Heritage Foundation's Othmer Gold Medal - 2000

Dr. Arnold O. Beckman passed away on May 18, 2004.

Sources

Beckman Historical Collection, Chemical Heritage Foundation Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thackray, and Minor Myers, Jr., Arnold Beckman, One Hundred Years of Excellence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2000.

Scope and Content

The Beckman Historical Collection contains the corporate records of the American scientific and medical instrument manufacturer Beckman Coulter, Incorporated and the personal papers of American scientist and industrialist Arnold O. Beckman. The collection is arranged into the following fourteen series:

I. Arnold O. Beckman Files
II. Business Activities Files
III. Corporate and Division Histories
IV. Press Releases
V. Financial Records
VI. In-House Publications
VII. Salvadoran Kidnappings and Negotiations
VIII. Clippings and Advertisements
IX. Patent Files
X. Photographic Materials
XI. Bulletins
XII. Audio-Visual Materials
XIII. Oversized
XIV. Instructions and Manuals

Subjects and Keywords

  • Beckman Instruments, inc.
  • Beckman Instruments, inc., Spinco Division
  • SmithKline Beckman Corporation
  • Electronic apparatus and appliances
  • Electronic apparatus and appliance industry
  • Inventors--United States
  • Medical instruments and apparatus
  • Medical instruments and apparatus industry
  • Philanthropists -- United States
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments industry
  • Scientists--United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Science History Institute Archives

Access Restrictions:

The Beckman Historical Collection is open to researchers with the exception of the following materials:

In Series I, all materials in Sub-series 5 - Financial Records are closed to researchers until 2064.

In Series V, selected items in Sub-series 1 - Ledgers are closed to researchers until 2039.

Copyright Information: The Science History Institute does not hold copyright to materials in the Beckman Historical Collection. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Acquisition Method: The Beckman Historical Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Beckman Coulter, Incorporated and the Beckman Foundation in November 2011.

Preferred Citation: Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Beckman Historical Collection, 1911-2011, Science History Institute Archives.

Processing Information: The Beckman Historical Collection was processed by Kenton G. Jaehnig in July 2014.

Collection Inventory

  • Series I. Arnold O. Beckman Files, 1918-2009, undated

    This series contains the personal files of Arnold O. Beckman, the founder of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. The contents of the Arnold O. Beckman Files are arranged into the following five sub-series:

    • Sub-series 2. Legal Files, 1929-1962, undated

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains Arnold O. Beckman's personal legal files. Most of the files in this sub-series concern legal cases involving chemistry on which Beckman served as an expert witness, including, but not limited to the Church Horse Doping Case, and the Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case. A small number of files documenting Beckman's personal legal affairs, including a couple of his early attempts at invention and business dealings (most notably his purchase of John J. Murdock's stake in National Technical Laboratories) are also preserved in this sub-series.

      The contents of the Legal Files consist of legal documents, correspondence, scientific data, notes, clippings, financial documents, proceedings, minutes, reports, and printed materials.

      • Box 3, folder 12; American Bitumuls vs. Union Oil Company Patent Infringement Case (1937)
      • Box 3, folder 13; Arnold O. Beckman - Bore-Hole Survey Apparatus - Affidavits Envelope (1929)
      • Box 3, folder 14; Arnold O. Beckman - Statement to Fix the Date of Conception of Certain Improvements in Methods of Fumigation (1929)
      • Box 3, folder 15; Church Horse Doping Case - Clippings (1937)
      • Box 3, folder 16; Church Horse Doping Case - Correspondence (1937)
      • Box 3, folder 17; Church Horse Doping Case - Notes (1937)
      • Box 3, folder 18; Church Horse Doping Case - Periodicals (1937)
      • Box 3, folder 19; Church Horse Doping Case - Proceedings (1937 January 16 and 21)
      • Box 3, folder 20; Church Horse Doping Case - Proceedings (1937 February 4)
      • Box 3, folder 21; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Clippings (1931-1935)
      • Box 3, folder 22; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Correspondence (1933-1935)
      • Box 3, folder 23; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Gravity Raise (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 24; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Miscellaneous Data (1933, 1935)
      • Box 3, folder 25; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Notes (1933-1935)
      • Box 3, folder 26; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #1 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 27; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #2 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 28; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #3 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 29; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #4 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 30; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #5 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 31; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #6 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 32; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run #7 (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 33; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Run Outline and Index (1933)
      • Box 3, folder 34; Cox and Weatherill Oil Swindle Case - Subpoenas (1934)
      • Box 3, folder 35; Engineering, Incorporated - Correspondence (1936-1938)
      • Box 3, folder 36; Engineering, Incorporated - Financial Documents (1933-1938)
      • Box 3, folder 37; Engineering, Incorporated - Legal Documents (1935-1938)
      • Box 3, folder 38; Engineering, Incorporated - Legal Documents (1939)
      • Box 3, folder 39; Engineering, Incorporated - Minutes (1937, undated)
      • Box 3, folder 40; Engineering, Incorporated - Notes (undated)
      • Box 3, folder 41; Engineering, Incorporated - Publications (1937, undated)
      • Box 3, folder 42; Engineering, Incorporated - Reports (1936-1939)
      • Box 3, folder 43; Glass Instruments, Incorporated - Stock Sale Agreement (1955)
      • Box 3, folder 44; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Clippings (1941)
      • Box 3, folder 45; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Correspondence (1941)
      • Box 3, folder 46; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Findings and Decision (1941)
      • Box 3, folder 47; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Minutes (1941)
      • Box 3, folder 48; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Notes (1941)
      • Box 4, folder 1; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Spectrophotometric Measurements (1941)
      • Box 4, folder 2; Hollywood Park Horse Doping Case - Testimony (1941)
      • Box 4, folder 3; Iverson and Jerome vs. Orange County Road Oil Case (1937-1939)
      • Box 4, folder 4; Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District - Consultant Agreements (1948-1953)
      • Box 4, folder 5; John J. Murdock Estate - Stock Option Agreement (1949-1962)
      • Box 4, folder 6; Petroleum Technologies, Incorporated - Tapo Canyon Oil Field Appraisal (1954)
      • Box 4, folder 7; Gray Phelps Estate - Arnold O. Beckman's Claim (1957)
      • Box 4, folder 8; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Affidavits (1931-1932)
      • Box 4, folder 9; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Brief for Plaintiffs (1936)
      • Box 4, folder 10; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Correspondence (1931-1937)
      • Box 4, folder 11; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Defendants' Brief to Exceptions to Master's Report (1936)
      • Box 4, folder 12; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Defendants' Reply Brief on Exceptions to the Master's Report (1937)
      • Box 4, folder 13; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Memorandum of Conclusions (1938)
      • Box 4, folder 14; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Notes (1931-1932)
      • Box 4, folder 15; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Patents (undated)
      • Box 4, folder 16; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Report on Chemical Aspects of Defendants' Exceptions to the Master's Report (undated)
      • Box 4, folder 17; Tretolite Company Patent Case - Reprint - "Analysis of Fatty Modifications Obtained by Action of Sulfuric Acid" (1931)
    • Sub-series 3. Research Files, 1922-2009, undated

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains research files pertaining to Arnold O. Beckman himself. Most of the files in this sub-series regard Beckman's life and career. Also present in this sub-series are a handful of files documenting Beckman's early professional work, including consultant work he performed for several clients and some of his early attempts at invention. A noticeable number of files regarding subjects connected with Arnold O. Beckman, including, but not limited to, his family and the National Inventors Hall of Fame are also preserved here.

      The contents of the Research Files consist mainly of clippings, correspondence, press releases, periodicals, and various printed materials. Photographic materials, scientific data, research notes, manuscripts, reprints, and oral history transcripts are found in these files as well.

      • Box 4, folder 18; American Association for Clinical Chemistry - 17th Annual Arnold O. Beckman Conference (1994)
      • Box 4, folder 19; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1935)
      • Box 4, folder 20; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1952-1957)
      • Box 4, folder 21; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1963-1969)
      • Box 4, folder 22; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1970-1979)
      • Box 4, folder 23; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1980-1985)
      • Box 4, folder 24; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1986-1988)
      • Box 4, folder 25; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1990-1992)
      • Box 4, folder 26; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (1992-1999)
      • Box 4, folder 27; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (2000-2006)
      • Box 4, folder 28; Arnold O. Beckman - Articles About (undated)
      • Box 4, folder 29; Arnold O. Beckman - Autobiography Online (undated)
      • Box 4, folder 30; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 90th (1990)
      • Box 4, folder 31; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 92nd (1992)
      • Box 4, folder 32; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 93rd (1993)
      • Box 4, folder 33; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 98th (1998)
      • Box 4, folder 34; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 99th (1999)
      • Box 4, folder 35; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 100th - Clippings (2000)
      • Box 4, folder 36; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 100th - Correspondence (1999-2001)
      • Box 4, folder 37; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 100th - Miscellaneous (2000)
      • Box 4, folder 38; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 100th - Press Releases (2000)
      • Box 4, folder 39; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 101st (2001)
      • Box 4, folder 40; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 102nd (2002)
      • Box 4, folder 41; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 103rd (2003)
      • Box 4, folder 42; Arnold O. Beckman - Birthdays - 104th (2004)
      • Box 4, folder 43; Arnold O. Beckman - Biographies - Miscellaneous (1963-1996)
      • Box 4, folder 44; Arnold O. Beckman - Biography - I've Been Lucky All My Life - Draft 1 (1992)
      • Box 4, folder 45-46; Arnold O. Beckman - Biography - I've Been Lucky All My Life – Draft 2 (1993)
      • Box 4, folder 47; Arnold O. Beckman - Cullom, Illinois (undated)
      • Box 4, folder 48; Arnold O. Beckman - Death - General Info (2004)
      • Box 5, folder 1; Arnold O. Beckman - Death - Memorial Services (2003-2004)
      • Box 5, folder 2; Arnold O. Beckman - Death - Obituaries (2004)
      • Box 5, folder 3; Arnold O. Beckman - Death - Tributes (2004)
      • Box 5, folder 4; Arnold O. Beckman - Death - Tributes (2005-2006)
      • Box 5, folder 5; Arnold O. Beckman - Furniture Appraisal (1960)
      • Box 5, folder 6; Arnold O. Beckman - General (1970-2002)
      • Box 5, folder 7; Arnold O. Beckman High School (Tustin, California) (2004)
      • Box 5, folder 8; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - American Chemical Society - National Historic Chemical Landmark (2004)
      • Box 5, folder 9; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - American Chemical Society - Parsons Award (1988-1989)
      • Box 5, folder 10; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - American Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal (1987)
      • Box 5, folder 11; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - California Industrialist of the Year (1971)
      • Box 5, folder 12; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Center for Excellence in Education - Achievement in Excellence Award (1991)
      • Box 5, folder 13; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Coast Community College - Outstanding Citizen of the Year (1972)
      • Box 5, folder 14; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Economic Development Corporation of Orange County - Festival of the Rock (1983)
      • Box 5, folder 15; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Election to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1976)
      • Box 5, folder 16; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Good Scout Award (1991)
      • Box 5, folder 17; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Hoover Medalist 1981 (1981-1982)
      • Box 5, folder 18; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Instrument Society of America (1955-1987)
      • Box 5, folder 19; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - National Medal of Science (1989, 1991)
      • Box 5, folder 20; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - National Medal of Technology (1988)
      • Box 5, folder 21; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Orange County Manager of the Year (1966)
      • Box 5, folder 22; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Pepperdine University - Private Enterprise Award (1979)
      • Box 5, folder 23; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Republican Presidential Task Force (undated)
      • Box 5, folder 24; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Richard Henry Lee Award (Operation Patriotism) (1970)
      • Box 5, folder 25; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Scientific Apparatus Makers Association - SAMA Award (1974)
      • Box 5, folder 26; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Semper Fidelis Award (1995)
      • Box 5, folder 27; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Spurgeon Award (2007)
      • Box 5, folder 28; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - University of California, Riverside - Chancellor's Award (1986)
      • Box 5, folder 29; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - University of California, Riverside - Honorary Doctorate (1966)
      • Box 5, folder 30; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - University of Nebraska-Lincoln - ISCO Award (1981)
      • Box 5, folder 31; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Vermilye Medal (1987)
      • Box 5, folder 32; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Whittier College - Honorary Doctorate (1971)
      • Box 5, folder 33; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Young Men's Christian Association - Humanitarian of the Year (1985)
      • Box 5, folder 34; Arnold O. Beckman - Honors and Awards - Zoological Society of San Diego - Conservation Award (2003)
      • Box 5, folder 35; Arnold O. Beckman - Humor - H.H. Caldwell Letters (1933-1934)
      • Box 5, folder 36; Arnold O. Beckman - Job #9 - Rickard Waterproofing (1933)
      • Box 5, folder 37; Arnold O. Beckman - Job #10 - Globe Grain and Milling Company (1934)
      • Box 5, folder 38; Arnold O. Beckman - Job #11 - General Glass (1934)
      • Box 5, folder 39; Arnold O. Beckman - List of Items from His Office and Subsequent Donations to the Collection (1987)
      • Box 5, folder 40; Arnold O. Beckman - Memoranda of Inventions (1937, 1942)
      • Box 5, folder 41; Arnold O. Beckman - Miscellaneous Invention Drawings (1928, 1934, undated)
      • Box 5, folder 42; Arnold O. Beckman - Miscellaneous Inventions - Notes and Sketches (1938-1951, undated)
      • Box 5, folder 43; Arnold O. Beckman - Miscellaneous Jobs - Completed (1933-1935)
      • Box 5, folder 44; Arnold O. Beckman on TV - Architects of Change (1991-1992)
      • Box 5, folder 45; Arnold O. Beckman - Oral History - California Institute of Technology Oral History Project (1981, 1995)
      • Box 5, folder 46; Arnold O. Beckman - Oral History - University of Pennsylvania (1985)
      • Box 5, folder 47; Arnold O. Beckman - Papers By (1927-1939)
      • Box 5, folder 48; Arnold O. Beckman - Papers By (1940-1946)
      • Box 5, folder 49; Arnold O. Beckman - Papers By (1948-1949)
      • Box 5, folder 50; Arnold O. Beckman - Papers By (1950-1953)
      • Box 6, folder 1; Arnold O. Beckman - Papers By (undated)
      • Box 6, folder 2; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Beckman Coulter Life (2000 Second Quarter )
      • Box 6, folder 3; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - BSG 2Day (1985 First Quarter )
      • Box 6, folder 4; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Engineering and Science (1974-1986)
      • Box 6, folder 5; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - HR Connection (1994 3rd Quarter )
      • Box 6, folder 6; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Inside Caltech (1974 July )
      • Box 6, folder 7; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Lab World (1980 June )
      • Box 6, folder 8; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Los Angeles Times Magazine (2000 April 2)
      • Box 6, folder 9; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Orange Coast (1992 August )
      • Box 6, folder 10; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Pepperdine People (1981 Winter)
      • Box 6, folder 11; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - R/D Research Development (1974 December )
      • Box 6, folder 12; Arnold O. Beckman - Periodicals Featuring - Stanford Medicine (1986 Winter )
      • Box 6, folder 13; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - American Chemical Society (1993, 2000)
      • Box 6, folder 14; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (1987-2005)
      • Box 6, folder 16; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - California Institute of Technology - Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis (1986)
      • Box 6, folder 17; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - California Institute of Technology - Arnold O. Beckman Professorship of Chemistry (1980)
      • Box 6, folder 18; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - California Institute of Technology - Beckman Auditorium (1986)
      • Box 6, folder 19; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - California Institute of Technology - Beckman Institute (1986-2004)
      • Box 6, folder 20; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - California Institute of Technology - Mabel and Arnold Beckman Laboratories of Behavioral Biology (1974)
      • Box 6, folder 21; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Chapman University (1999)
      • Box 6, folder 22; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Chronicle of Philanthropy (1985, 1990, undated )
      • Box 6, folder 23; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - City of Hope (1983-2006)
      • Box 6, folder 24; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Irvine Community Hospital (1981-1985 )
      • Box 6, folder 25; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - National Academy of Science (1984-1999)
      • Box 6, folder 26; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Neuroscience Education/Research Facility (Cold Springs Harbor Lab, New York) (1988)
      • Box 6, folder 27; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Pepperdine University (1988)
      • Box 6, folder 28; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Rockefeller University (1985)
      • Box 6, folder 29; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Scripps Clinic (1992)
      • Box 6, folder 30; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Stanford University (1985, 1987)
      • Box 6, folder 31; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - University of California, Irvine (1982-2000)
      • Box 6, folder 32; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - University of Illinois (1985-2006, undated )
      • Box 6, folder 33; Arnold O. Beckman - Philanthropy - Zoological Society of San Diego (2005 February )
      • Box 6, folder 34; Arnold O. Beckman - Quotes (undated)
      • Box 6, folder 35; Arnold O. Beckman - References (1975-2009, undated)
      • Box 6, folder 36; Arnold O. Beckman - Signature (Photocopy) (undated)
      • Box 6, folder 37; Arnold O. Beckman - Speeches By (1936-1956)
      • Box 6, folder 38; Arnold O. Beckman - Speeches By (1961-1986)
      • Box 6, folder 39; Arnold O. Beckman - Speeches By (1987)
      • Box 6, folder 40; Arnold O. Beckman - Thesis - California Institute of Technology (1928)
      • Box 6, folder 41; Arnold O. Beckman - Thesis - University of Illinois (1922)
      • Box 6, folder 42; Arnold O. Beckman - Unidentified Musical Scores (1932)
      • Box 6, folder 43; Fred Beckman - Patents (Photocopies) (1938)
      • Box 6, folder 44; Mabel Beckman (1982-2005)
      • Box 6, folder 45; Beckman Family - Genealogy (1980, undated)
      • Box 6, folder 46; Beckman Well Cleaning Process (undated)
      • Box 6, folder 47; California Council on Science and Technology (1993)
      • Box 6, folder 48; California Institute of Technology - Asphalt Institute - Reports (1938)
      • Box 6, folder 49; California Institute of Technology - History (1999)
      • Box 6, folder 50; Chiang Kai-Shek - Funeral - Clippings (1975)
      • Box 7, folder 1; Chiang Kai-Shek - Funeral - Miscellaneous (1972-1975)
      • Box 7, folder 2; Chiang Kai-Shek - Funeral - Publications (1974-1975)
      • Box 7, folder 3-4; Walter G. Clark - Computation For (1926-1933)
      • Box 7, folder 5; Delta Upsilon Fraternity - Illinois Chapter Membership Directory (undated)
      • Box 7, folder 6; Education - Clippings (1956)
      • Box 7, folder 7; H.J. Fraser - Articles By (1937)
      • Box 7, folder 8; Gas Analysis Apparatus (1938, undated)
      • Box 7, folder 9; Henson Bore-Hole Surveying Apparatus (1928-1929)
      • Box 7, folder 10; Albert Myers - Thesis - California Institute of Technology (1934)
      • Box 7, folder 11; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Clippings (2004, undated)
      • Box 7, folder 12; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Clippings (1987)
      • Box 7, folder 13; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Correspondence (1986-1987)
      • Box 7, folder 14; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Miscellaneous (1987)
      • Box 7, folder 15; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Photographs and Slides (1987)
      • Box 7, folder 16; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Press Releases (1987)
      • Box 7, folder 17; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Induction of Arnold O. Beckman - Speeches (1987)
      • Box 7, folder 18; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Programs (1986-1989)
      • Box 7, folder 19; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Programs (1993, 2002)
      • Box 7, folder 20; National Inventors Hall of Fame - Programs (2004)
      • Box 7, folder 21; Revolutionary Tools - Exhibit at Chemical Heritage Foundation (2002-2004)
      • Box 7, folder 22; Reynolds Metals Company - Rankin Process for Alunite (1941)
      • Box 7, folder 23; Smudge Pots - Miscellaneous Patents (undated)
      • Box 7, folder 24; System Development Corporation - Publications (1966)
    • Sub-series 4. Notebooks, 1924-1977

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains Arnold O. Beckman's personal notebooks. A large majority of its contents consist of appointment books kept by Beckman between 1948 and 1977, which provide limited documentation of Beckman's daily activities with National Technical Laboratories and Beckman Instruments, Incorporated, and his activities outside of the firm. The information written in the appointment books includes times and dates for appointments, meetings, and travel arrangements.

      Also preserved in this sub-series is a notebook/ledger kept by Beckman between 1924 and 1935. Written in this notebook/ledger are a few ideas and designs for instruments that Beckman believed to be patentable, including his "signaling device", which was patented in 1928. A brief correspondence record from 1925 and Beckman's daily notes regarding work on his non-clogging postal meter ink, inking appliances, and pH meter are also entered in this notebook/ledger. Financial information regarding Beckman's consultant work (including work he performed for National Postal Meter Company), and Christmas card lists are written in the notebook/ledger as well.

      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1948)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1949)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1950)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1951)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1952)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1953)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1954)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1955)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1957)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1961)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1963)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1966)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1967)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1968)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1972)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1974)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1975)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1976)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Appointment Book (1977)
      • Box 8, Arnold O. Beckman - Notebook/Ledger (1924-1935)
    • Sub-series 5. Financial Records (RESTRICTED), 1941-1959

      Arranged chronologically by tax year, this sub-series contains Arnold and Mabel Beckman's personal financial records. The contents of the Financial Records consist mainly of ledger pages, tax returns, statements, correspondence, and receipts. Check stubs, notes, stock certificates, account books, and clippings are preserved in this sub-series as well.

      This sub-series is closed to researchers until 2064.

      • Box 9, folder 1; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1942 Accounts (1941-1943)
      • Box 9, folder 2; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1943 Accounts (1943, 1946)
      • Box 9, folder 3; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1944 Accounts (1944-1946)
      • Box 9, folder 4; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1945 Accounts (1944-1946)
      • Box 9, folder 5; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1946 Accounts (1946-1947)
      • Box 9, folder 6; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1947 Accounts (1947-1948)
      • Box 9, folder 7; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1948 Accounts (1942-1951)
      • Box 9, folder 8; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1949 Accounts (1949-1950)
      • Box 9, folder 9; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1950 Accounts (1950-1951)
      • Box 9, folder 10; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1951 Accounts (1951-1953)
      • Box 9, folder 11; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1952 Accounts (1952-1953)
      • Box 9, folder 12; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1953 Accounts (1948-1954)
      • Box 9, folder 13; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1954 Accounts (1954-1955)
      • Box 9, folder 14; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1955 Records (1952-1955)
      • Box 9, folder 15-17; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1956 Records (1955-1957)
      • Box 9, folder 18; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1957 Records (1957-1958)
      • Box 9, folder 19; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1958 Accounts (1956-1958)
      • Box 9, folder 20; Arnold and Mabel Beckman - 1959 Records (1958-1959)
  • Series III. Corporate and Division Histories, 1935-2011, undated

    This series contains materials pertaining to the corporate history of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. A majority of the materials in this series were created by the Beckman concern, but a significant amount of materials produced independently of the firm are preserved in this series as well. The contents of the Corporate and Division Histories series are arranged into the following two sub-series:

    • Sub-series 1. Oral Histories, 1976-2007

      Arranged alphabetically, this sub-series contains interviews given by eleven Beckman Instruments, Incorporated executives, including, but not limited to, company founder Arnold O. Beckman and president William Ballhaus. Taken as a whole, the materials found in this sub-series provide insight into the development of Beckman Instruments and the company's internal workings from the perspective of its executives. They also provide biographical information about the executives themselves. A large majority of the interviews were conducted under the auspices of the Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program. Two interviews of Ed Cherniss conducted by the Beckman Historical Collection and one interview of Louis T. Rosso conducted by California State University, Fullerton are also included in this sub-series.

      The contents of the Oral Histories files consist mainly of unedited interview transcripts and edited interview manuscripts. A small amount of accompanying materials, including correspondence and notes, are found in these files as well.

      • Box 25, folder 1; Beckman Historical Collection - Ed Cherniss - Interview I (1982, 1985)
      • Box 25, folder 2; Beckman Historical Collection - Ed Cherniss - Interview II (1982, 1985)
      • Box 25, folder 3; California State University, Fullerton - Louis T. Rosso - Interviews (2007)
      • Box 25, folder 4; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - William F. Ballhaus - Interview I (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 5; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - William F. Ballhaus - Interview II (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 6; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview I Manuscript (1979)
      • Box 25, folder 7; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview I Transcript (1979)
      • Box 25, folder 8; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview II Manuscript (1979)
      • Box 25, folder 9; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview II Transcript (1979)
      • Box 25, folder 10; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview III Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 11; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview IV Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 12; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview V Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 13; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview VI Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 14; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Arnold O. Beckman - Interview VII Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 15; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Robert A. Lineberger - Interview Manuscript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 16; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Robert A. Lineberger - Interview Transcript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 17; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Dr. Richard Nesbit - Interview Manuscript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 18; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Dr. Richard Nesbit - Interview Transcript (1976-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 19; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Louis T. Rosso - Interview Manuscript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 20; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Louis T. Rosso - Interview Transcript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 21; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Spilhaus - Interview Transcript Page (undated)
      • Box 25, folder 22; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Lowell Stanley - Interview Manuscript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 23; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Lowell Stanley - Interview Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 24; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Robert J. Steinmeyer - Interview I Transcript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 25; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Robert J. Steinmeyer - Interview II Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 26; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Robert J. Steinmeyer - Interview III Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 27; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Donald A. Strauss - Interview Manuscript (1980-1981)
      • Box 25, folder 28; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - Donald A. Strauss - Interview Transcript (1980)
      • Box 25, folder 29; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program - G. Howard Teeter - Interview Transcript (1977-1981)
    • Sub-series 2. Subject Files, 1935-2011, undated

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains subject files regarding the corporate history of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. Most of the files concern the history of the Beckman Coulter itself and a number of its corporate predecessors, divisions, departments, and subsidiaries. This sub-series also contains a few files documenting the Beckman Historical Collection, a corporate history program established by Beckman Instruments, Incorporated during the 1970s.

      The contents of the Subject Files consist of a wide variety of materials. Narrative histories, chronologies, lists, correspondence, and notes are found in these files. Clippings, press releases, miscellaneous company publications (including brochures, bulletins, manuals, and publicity publications), speeches, legal documents, and a few photographs are preserved in the Subject Files as well.

      • Box 25, folder 30; Advanced Technology Operations - Historical Milestones (1976-1978)
      • Box 25, folder 31; Advanced Technology Operations - Publications (1964-1976, undated)
      • Box 25, folder 32; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - List of Employees (1948)
      • Box 25, folder 33; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - Miscellaneous (1942-2000)
      • Box 25, folder 34; Beckman Coulter Heritage Council - Loan Agreement (2010)
      • Box 25, folder 35; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company History - Articles (1998, 2001)
      • Box 26, folder 1; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company History - Miscellaneous (1935-1976)
      • Box 26, folder 2; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company History - Miscellaneous (1980-1988)
      • Box 26, folder 3; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company History - Miscellaneous (1990-1999)
      • Box 26, folder 4; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company History - Miscellaneous (2011, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 5; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Company Overview (1998)
      • Box 26, folder 6; Beckman Coulter, Incorporated - Model E and Model L Centrifuge Exhibit (2007-2009, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 7; Beckman Coulter Inventors Hall of Fame - Speech by Bill May (2004)
      • Box 26, folder 8; Beckman GmbH - Legal Documents (1953-1970)
      • Box 26, folder 9; Beckman Historical Collection - Amplexer Model C-44 Amplifier (undated)
      • Box 26, folder 10; Beckman Historical Collection - Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - Bulletins (undated)
      • Box 26, folder 11; Beckman Historical Collection - Biotechnology Milestones (undated)
      • Box 26, folder 12; Beckman Historical Collection - Brochures and Letters (1948-1982)
      • Box 26, folder 13; Beckman Historical Collection - Brochures and Letters (undated)
      • Box 26, folder 14; Beckman Historical Collection - Categories (1976, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 15; Beckman Historical Collection - Common Stock (1952)
      • Box 26, folder 16; Beckman Historical Collection - Correspondence (1976-1979)
      • Box 26, folder 18; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Analytical Instruments Sales and Service Division (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 19; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Berkeley Division (1964, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 20; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Biological and Fine Chemicals Division (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 21; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Bioproducts Department (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 22; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Electronic Instrument Division Product Guide (1970)
      • Box 26, folder 23; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Information Displays Operations (1977)
      • Box 26, folder 24; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Process Instruments Division (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 25; Beckman Historical Collection - Division Histories - Scientific Instruments Division (1959-1977)
      • Box 26, folder 26; Beckman Historical Collection - Fullerton Facility (1952-1982)
      • Box 26, folder 27; Beckman Historical Collection - Instruments - Lists (1977-1984, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 28; Beckman Historical Collection - Last Stock Trade (1982)
      • Box 26, folder 29; Beckman Historical Collection - Milestones (1972-1986)
      • Box 26, folder 30; Beckman Historical Collection - Miscellaneous (1976, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 31; Beckman Historical Collection - National Technical Laboratories (undated)
      • Box 26, folder 32; Beckman Historical Collection - New Products - Lists (1977-1978)
      • Box 26, folder 33; Beckman Historical Collection - Product Directory - Divested Products (1992)
      • Box 26, folder 34; Beckman Historical Collection - Salvadoran Kidnapping and Negotiations - Newspaper Ads (1979, 1990)
      • Box 26, folder 35; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - 50th Anniversary - Golden Past, Golden Future (1985)
      • Box 26, folder 36; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - 50th Anniversary - Materials Kit (1985)
      • Box 26, folder 37; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - 50th Anniversary - Miscellaneous (1985-1986)
      • Box 26, folder 38; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Certification of Products and Facilities (1991-1994)
      • Box 26, folder 39; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Chronology (1961)
      • Box 26, folder 40; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Product Milestones (1993)
      • Box 26, folder 41; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Speeches (1960-1964)
      • Box 26, folder 42; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Speeches (1966)
      • Box 26, folder 43; Beckman Instruments (Japan), Limited - Company History (1986)
      • Box 26, folder 44; Beckman Technical Centre, Beijing, China - Grand Opening (1981)
      • Box 26, folder 45; Berkeley Division - Acquisition by Beckman (1952)
      • Box 26, folder 46; Bioproducts Department - History (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 47; Clinical Instruments Division - History (1976)
      • Box 26, folder 48; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Clippings (1963-2003, undated)
      • Box 26, folder 49; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Correspondence (2006-2011)
      • Box 27, folder 1; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Coulter-Continental-Bank of America, 50 Years Working Together (1995)
      • Box 27, folder 2; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Miscellaneous (2003, 2010, undated )
      • Box 27, folder 3; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Patents (undated )
      • Box 27, folder 4; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Publications (1980-1998, undated)
      • Box 27, folder 5; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Timelines (1993-2008)
      • Box 27, folder 6; Coulter Corporation - Corporate History - Trademarks (1985, undated)
      • Box 27, folder 7; Coulter Corporation - Joseph Coulter, Jr. - Obituary (1995)
      • Box 27, folder 8; Coulter Corporation - Wallace Coulter - National Inventors Hall of Fame (2004)
      • Box 27, folder 9; Coulter Corporation - Wallace Coulter - Obituaries (1998)
      • Box 27, folder 10; Health Care Group - Brochures (undated)
      • Box 27, folder 11; IBM - Data Processing Contract (1948, 1978)
      • Box 27, folder 12; Lehman Brothers - Stock Underwriting Agreement (Photocopies) (undated)
      • Box 27, folder 13; Microbics Operations - History (1973-1976)
      • Box 27, folder 14; Model DU Fiftieth Anniversary Symposium (1991)
      • Box 27, folder 15; National Sales Corporation - Dissolution (1948)
      • Box 27, folder 16; National Technical Laboratories - Library Accession Book (1949-1956)
      • Box 27, folder 17; National Technical Laboratories - Miscellaneous Agreements (1941-1946)
      • Box 27, folder 18; pH Story - Reference Materials (1975-2009)
      • Box 27, folder 19; Process Instruments Division - History (1976)
      • Box 27, folder 20; Shasta Division - Miscellaneous (1953-1956)
      • Box 28, folder 1; SmithKline Beckman Corporation - Federal Deficit - Statement (1982)
      • Box 28, folder 2; SmithKline Beckman Corporation - Merger - Clippings (1981-1982)
      • Box 28, folder 3; SmithKline Beckman Corporation - Merger - Shareholders Meeting Minutes and Press Conference Questions (1982)
      • Box 28, folder 4; SmithKline Beckman Corporation - Spinoff - Clippings (1988)
      • Box 28, folder 5; Special Projects Division - U.S. Navy Contract - Press Release (2000)
      • Box 28, folder 6-7; Spinco Division - History - Centrifuges (1965-2010, undated)
      • Box 28, folder 8-9; Spinco Division - History - Miscellaneous (1947-2008, undated)
      • Box 28, folder 10; Spinco Division - History - Nobel Prize Winners (1986, 1997, undated)
      • Box 28, folder 11; Spinco Division - History - Edward G. Pickels (1951-2007, undated)
  • Series IV. Press Releases, 1955-1994

    Arranged chronologically, this series contains press releases distributed by Beckman Instruments, Incorporated to media organizations between 1955 and 1994. The materials in this series provide information regarding Beckman Instruments' development and business activities from the company's perspective. They also shed light on the firm's public relations efforts. Product introductions, product literature introductions, facility openings, employee news, and company social functions are among the news stories publicized in the Press Releases. Financial news, acquisition announcements, contract announcements, and corporate restructuring announcements are documented in the Press Releases as well.

    The contents of this series consist mainly of the press releases themselves. A significant number of accompanying photographs, most of which are physically attached to the press releases, are also included in this series. A small number of accompanying brochures and bulletins for various Beckman products are preserved in this series as well.

    • Box 29, folder 1; Press Releases (1955)
    • Box 29, folder 2; Press Releases (1956 January-June )
    • Box 29, folder 3; Press Releases (1956 July-December )
    • Box 29, folder 4; Press Releases (1957)
    • Box 29, folder 5; Press Releases (1958 January-June )
    • Box 29, folder 6; Press Releases (1958 July-December )
    • Box 29, folder 7; Press Releases (1959 January-September )
    • Box 29, folder 8; Press Releases (1959 October-December)
    • Box 29, folder 9; Press Releases (1960 January-June)
    • Box 29, folder 10; Press Releases (1960 July-December)
    • Box 29, folder 11; Press Releases (1961)
    • Box 29, folder 12; Press Releases (1962)
    • Box 29, folder 13; Press Releases (1963 January-September)
    • Box 29, folder 14; Press Releases (1963 October-December)
    • Box 29, folder 15; Press Releases (1964 January-October)
    • Box 29, folder 16; Press Releases (1964 November-December)
    • Box 29, folder 17; Press Releases (1965)
    • Box 29, folder 18; Press Releases (1966 January-July)
    • Box 29, folder 19; Press Releases (1966 August-December)
    • Box 29, folder 20; Press Releases (1967 January-August)
    • Box 30, folder 1; Press Releases (1967 September-October)
    • Box 30, folder 2; Press Releases (1967 November-December)
    • Box 30, folder 3; Press Releases (1968 January-March)
    • Box 30, folder 4; Press Releases (1968 April-June)
    • Box 30, folder 5; Press Releases (1968 July-October)
    • Box 30, folder 6; Press Releases (1968 November-December)
    • Box 30, folder 7; Press Releases (1969 January-March)
    • Box 30, folder 8; Press Releases (1969 April-May)
    • Box 30, folder 9; Press Releases (1969 June-August)
    • Box 30, folder 10; Press Releases (1969 September-October)
    • Box 30, folder 11; Press Releases (1969 November-December)
    • Box 30, folder 12; Press Releases (1970 January-March)
    • Box 30, folder 13; Press Releases (1970 April-July)
    • Box 30, folder 14; Press Releases (1970 August-October)
    • Box 30, folder 15; Press Releases (1970 November-December)
    • Box 30, folder 16; Press Releases (1971 January-April)
    • Box 30, folder 17; Press Releases (1971 May-August)
    • Box 30, folder 18; Press Releases (1971 September-December)
    • Box 31, folder 1; Press Releases (1972 January-April)
    • Box 31, folder 2; Press Releases (1972 May-September)
    • Box 31, folder 3; Press Releases (1972 October-December)
    • Box 31, folder 4; Press Releases (1973)
    • Box 31, folder 5; Press Releases (1974 February-May)
    • Box 31, folder 6; Press Releases (1974 June-September)
    • Box 31, folder 7; Press Releases (1974 October-December)
    • Box 31, folder 8; Press Releases (1975 January-April)
    • Box 31, folder 9; Press Releases (1975 May-September)
    • Box 31, folder 10; Press Releases (1975 October-December)
    • Box 31, folder 11; Press Releases (1976 January-June)
    • Box 31, folder 12; Press Releases (1976 July-October)
    • Box 31, folder 13; Press Releases (1976 November-December)
    • Box 31, folder 14; Press Releases (1977 January-April)
    • Box 31, folder 15; Press Releases (1977 May-August)
    • Box 31, folder 16; Press Releases (1977 September-December)
    • Box 31, folder 17; Press Releases (1978 January-May)
    • Box 31, folder 18; Press Releases (1978 June-September)
    • Box 31, folder 19; Press Releases (1978 October-December)
    • Box 32, folder 1; Press Releases (1979 January-February)
    • Box 32, folder 2; Press Releases (1979 March-April)
    • Box 32, folder 3; Press Releases (1979 May-August)
    • Box 32, folder 4; Press Releases (1979 September-December)
    • Box 32, folder 5; Press Releases (1980 January-March)
    • Box 32, folder 6; Press Releases (1980 April-June)
    • Box 32, folder 7; Press Releases (1980 July-September)
    • Box 32, folder 8; Press Releases (1980 October-December)
    • Box 32, folder 9; Press Releases (1981 January-March)
    • Box 32, folder 10; Press Releases (1981 April)
    • Box 32, folder 11; Press Releases (1981 May)
    • Box 32, folder 12; Press Releases (1981 June)
    • Box 32, folder 13; Press Releases (1981 July-September)
    • Box 32, folder 14; Press Releases (1981 October-December)
    • Box 32, folder 15; Press Releases (1982 January-April)
    • Box 32, folder 16; Press Releases (1982 May-July)
    • Box 32, folder 17; Press Releases (1982 August-December)
    • Box 32, folder 18; Press Releases (1983 January-June)
    • Box 33, folder 1; Press Releases (1983 July-September)
    • Box 33, folder 2; Press Releases (1983 October-December)
    • Box 33, folder 3; Press Releases (1984 January-June)
    • Box 33, folder 4; Press Releases (1984 July-September)
    • Box 33, folder 5; Press Releases (1984 October-December)
    • Box 33, folder 6; Press Releases (1985 January-March)
    • Box 33, folder 7; Press Releases (1985 April-June)
    • Box 33, folder 8; Press Releases (1985 July-September)
    • Box 33, folder 9; Press Releases (1985 October-December)
    • Box 33, folder 10; Press Releases (1986 January-June)
    • Box 33, folder 11; Press Releases (1986 July-October)
    • Box 33, folder 12; Press Releases (1986 November-December)
    • Box 33, folder 13; Press Releases (1987 January-June)
    • Box 33, folder 14; Press Releases (1987 July-December)
    • Box 33, folder 15; Press Releases (1988 January-August)
    • Box 33, folder 16; Press Releases (1988 September-December)
    • Box 33, folder 17; Press Releases (1989 January-March)
    • Box 33, folder 18; Press Releases (1989 April-July)
    • Box 34, folder 1; Press Releases (1989 August-December)
    • Box 34, folder 2; Press Releases (1990 January-June)
    • Box 34, folder 3; Press Releases (1990 July-September)
    • Box 34, folder 4; Press Releases (1990 October-December)
    • Box 34, folder 5; Press Releases (1991 January-July)
    • Box 34, folder 6; Press Releases (1991 August-December)
    • Box 34, folder 7; Press Releases (1992 January-October)
    • Box 35, folder 1; Press Releases (1992 November-December)
    • Box 35, folder 2; Press Releases (1993 January-September)
    • Box 35, folder 3; Press Releases (1993 October-December)
    • Box 35, folder 4; Press Releases (1994)
  • Series V. Financial Records, 1911-1974, undated

    This series contains financial records created by several corporate predecessors of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. The Financial Records provide a reasonably detailed financial history of the firms that eventually became part of Beckman Coulter. By studying the contents of these files, one can also learn much about the companies' growth and development. The contents of the Financial Records series are arranged into the following three sub-series:

    • Sub-series 1. Ledgers, 1911-1974

      Arranged alphabetically by subject whenever possible, this sub-series contains a handful of financial ledgers created by the following corporate predecessors of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated: Beckman Instruments, Incorporated, National Technical Laboratories, Republic Flow Meters Company, and Steam Appliance Company. The items created by Beckman Instruments include two payroll ledgers and a ledger for the Corolido Apartments, a company-owned apartment complex located in Corona Del Mar, California. A personnel ledger and a payroll ledger created by National Technical Laboratories are also preserved in this sub-series.

      Also found in this in this sub-series are four board of directors and stockholders minutes ledgers (which mainly contain financial information) created by Republic Flow Meters Company and Steam Appliance Company. These two firms are the predecessors of Rockwell Manufacturing Company's Republic Division, which was acquired from Rockwell by Beckman Instruments in 1967.

      Selected items in this sub-series are closed to researchers until 2039.

      • Box 36, Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Executive Payroll Ledger (1964-1969)
      • Box 36, Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Payroll Ledger (1957-1958)
      • Box 36, Corolido Apartments - Tenant Ledger and General Ledger (1959-1974)
      • Box 36, National Technical Laboratories - Personnel Records Ledger (1941-1944)
      • Box 37, National Technical Laboratories/Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Confidential Payroll Ledger (1943-1953)
      • Box 37, Republic Flow Meters Company - Board of Directors and Stockholders Minutes Ledger (1918-1920)
      • Box 37, Republic Flow Meters Company - Board of Directors and Stockholders Minutes Ledger (1920-1924)
      • Box 37, Republic Flow Meters Company - Board of Directors and Stockholders Minutes Ledger (1925-1944)
      • Box 37, Steam Appliance Company/Republic Flow Meters - Board of Directors and Stockholders Minutes Ledger (1911-1918)
    • Sub-series 2. Statements, 1935-1957

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains financial statement files created by several corporate predecessors of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. Most of the materials in this sub-series were created by National Technical Laboratories and its successor Beckman Instruments, Incorporated. A few files created by Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated, Berkeley Scientific Corporation/Berkeley Division, Helipot Corporation, and National Sales Corporation are also preserved in this sub-series.

      The contents of the files in this sub-series consist mainly of financial statements, which are also referred to as reports, profit and loss budgets, operating statements, and balance sheets. A significant amount of accompanying materials, including correspondence, ledger sheets, tax documents, and notes are found in these files as well.

      • Box 38, folder 1; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1950 August-1951 July )
      • Box 38, folder 2; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1951 August-1952 July)
      • Box 38, folder 3; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1952 September-1953 July)
      • Box 38, folder 4; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated and Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1952 (1952-1953)
      • Box 38, folder 5-6; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated and Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1953 (1953)
      • Box 38, folder 7; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated and Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1954 (1954)
      • Box 38, folder 8; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1950 January-March)
      • Box 38, folder 9; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1950 April-December)
      • Box 38, folder 10; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1951 July-September )
      • Box 38, folder 11; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1951 October-December)
      • Box 38, folder 12; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1952 June-1953 May)
      • Box 38, folder 13; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1953 June-1954 June)
      • Box 38, folder 14; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements (1957 June)
      • Box 38, folder 15; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements - Comments (1953 September-1954 May)
      • Box 38, folder 16; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Financial Statements - Comments (1954 June-December)
      • Box 38, folder 17; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Monthly Reports and Financial Statements - 1951 (1951-1952)
      • Box 38, folder 18; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated (National Technical Laboratories) - Monthly Financial Statements - 1948 (1948)
      • Box 38, folder 19; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated (National Technical Laboratories) - Monthly Financial Statements - 1949 (1949)
      • Box 38, folder 20; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated (National Technical Laboratories) - Monthly Financial Statements - 1950 (1950-1951)
      • Box 38, folder 21; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Profit and Loss Budget (1954 June-1955 June)
      • Box 39, folder 1; Berkeley Scientific Corporation/Berkeley Division - Financial Statements (1951-1953)
      • Box 39, folder 2; Berkeley Scientific Corporation - Financial Statements - Radiac (1949-1956)
      • Box 39, folder 3; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1943-1947 (1944-1947 )
      • Box 39, folder 4; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1948-1949 (1948-1949)
      • Box 39, folder 5; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements - 1950 (1950-1951)
      • Box 39, folder 6; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements and Reports - January-June 1951 (1951)
      • Box 39, folder 7; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements and Reports - July-December 1951 (1951-1952)
      • Box 39, folder 8; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements and Reports - January-June 1952 (1952)
      • Box 39, folder 9; Helipot Corporation - Financial Statements and Reports - July-December 1952 (1952)
      • Box 39, folder 10; National Sales Corporation - Operating Statement (1942 June)
      • Box 39, folder 11; National Technical Laboratories - Balance Sheets - May 1944 to June 1946 (1944-1946)
      • Box 39, folder 12; National Technical Laboratories - Balance Sheets - January 1947 to June 1947 (1947)
      • Box 39, folder 13; National Technical Laboratories - Balance Sheets - 1948 (1948)
      • Box 39, folder 14; National Technical Laboratories - Balance Sheets - 1949 (1949)
      • Box 39, folder 15; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1939)
      • Box 39, folder 16; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1940)
      • Box 39, folder 17; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1941 January-June)
      • Box 39, folder 18; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1941 July-December)
      • Box 39, folder 19; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1942)
      • Box 39, folder 20; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1943)
      • Box 39, folder 21; National Technical Laboratories - Comparative Operating Statements (1944)
      • Box 39, folder 22-23; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/35 (1935-1936)
      • Box 40, folder 1; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 6/30/36 (1936)
      • Box 40, folder 2; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 9/30/36 (1936)
      • Box 40, folder 3; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/36 (1936-1937)
      • Box 40, folder 4; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 3/31/37 (1937)
      • Box 40, folder 5; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - June 30, 1937 (1937)
      • Box 40, folder 6; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 9/30/37 (1937)
      • Box 40, folder 7; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/37 (1937-1939)
      • Box 40, folder 8; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 6/30/38 (1938)
      • Box 40, folder 9; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/38 (1938-1940)
      • Box 40, folder 10; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 6/30/39 (1939)
      • Box 40, folder 11; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/39 (1939-1940)
      • Box 40, folder 12; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 6/30/40 (1940)
      • Box 40, folder 13; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 9/30/40 (1940)
      • Box 40, folder 14; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/40 (1940)
      • Box 40, folder 15; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 6/30/41 (1941)
      • Box 40, folder 16; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements - 12/31/41 (1941)
      • Box 40, folder 17-18; National Technical Laboratories - Financial Statements and Tax Returns for 1940 (1940-1942)
      • Box 40, folder 19; National Technical Laboratories - Monthly Reports (1939)
      • Box 40, folder 20; National Technical Laboratories - Monthly Reports (1940)
      • Box 41, folder 1; National Technical Laboratories - Monthly Reports (1941)
      • Box 41, folder 2; National Technical Laboratories - Preliminary Financial Statements - 12/31/40 (1940)
      • Box 41, folder 3; National Technical Laboratories - Reports and Accounts - December 31, 1941 (1942)
      • Box 41, folder 4; National Technical Laboratories - Reports and Accounts - December 31, 1942 (1943)
      • Box 41, folder 5; National Technical Laboratories - Reports and Accounts - December 31, 1943 (1944)
      • Box 41, folder 6; National Technical Laboratories - Reports and Accounts - December 31, 1944 (1945)
      • Box 41, folder 7; National Technical Laboratories - Reports and Accounts - December 31, 1945 (1946)
      • Box 41, folder 8; National Technical Laboratories - Special Memorandum (1941 February 6)
    • Sub-series 3. Miscellaneous, 1935-1973, undated

      Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains miscellaneous financial files created by several corporate predecessors of Beckman Coulter, Incorporated. Most of the files in this sub-series were created by National Technical Laboratories and its successor Beckman Instruments, Incorporated. A handful of files created by Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated, Berkeley Division, Helipot Corporation, National Inking Appliance Company, and Republic Flow Meters Company are also preserved in this sub-series.

      The contents of the Miscellaneous files consist of a wide variety of financial materials. Ledger pages, tax documents, and correspondence are the most common materials found in these files. The files' contents also include expense books, invoices, and purchase orders. Stock offering documents, a note agreement, a checkbook, and corporate data are preserved within the Miscellaneous files as well.

      • Box 41, folder 9; Arnold O. Beckman, Incorporated - 1948 California Bank and Corporation Franchise Tax Return (1949)
      • Box 41, folder 10; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Checkbook - Gas Chromatography (1968-1973)
      • Box 41, folder 11; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Note Agreement with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (1967)
      • Box 41, folder 12; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Stock Offering on New York Curb Exchange (1952)
      • Box 41, folder 13; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Taxes - Miscellaneous (1952-1953)
      • Box 41, folder 14; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Taxes - New York City (1949-1954)
      • Box 41, folder 15; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Taxes - Renegotiation - Non Renegotiable (1953)
      • Box 41, folder 16; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Taxes - Renegotiation - Renegotiable (1953)
      • Box 41, folder 17; Berkeley Division - Financial Correspondence (1953-1958)
      • Box 41, folder 18; Helipot Corporation - Acquisition Records (1951)
      • Box 41, folder 19; Helipot Corporation - Acquisition Records (1952-1954)
      • Box 41, folder 20; National Inking Appliance Corporation - Income and Franchise and Tax Returns - 1935-1940 (1936-1941)
      • Box 41, folder 21; National Inking Appliance Corporation - Income Tax File (Final Returns) - December 31, 1943 (1944)
      • Box 41, folder 22; National Technical Laboratories - Arnold O. Beckman Expense Account (1945)
      • Box 41, folder 23; National Technical Laboratories - Arnold O. Beckman Expense Account (1946)
      • Box 41, folder 24; National Technical Laboratories - Arnold O. Beckman Expense Account (1947)
      • Box 41, folder 25; National Technical Laboratories/Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Stock Value Information (1961)
      • Box 41, folder 26; National Technical Laboratories/Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Taxes - Refund Claims (1944-1951)
      • Box 41, folder 27; National Technical Laboratories - Consignments (1940-1943)
      • Box 41, folder 28; National Technical Laboratories - Fire Records (1948-1952)
      • Box 41, folder 29; National Technical Laboratories - Income and Franchise Tax Returns - 1947-1948 (1948-1949)
      • Box 41, folder 30; National Technical Laboratories - Miscellaneous Financial Information - 1941-1948 (1948, 1975)
      • Box 41, folder 31; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1942)
      • Box 41, folder 32; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1943)
      • Box 41, folder 33; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1944)
      • Box 41, folder 34; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1945)
      • Box 41, folder 35; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1946)
      • Box 42, folder 1-2; National Technical Laboratories - Recurring Journal - Supporting Schedules (1947)
      • Box 42, folder 3; National Technical Laboratories - Tax Returns - 1943-1946 (1944-1947)
      • Box 42, folder 4; National Technical Laboratories - Taxes - Statement for Form 991 - 1939 (Photocopy) (undated)
      • Box 42, folder 5; Republic Flow Meters Company - Corporate Data (1957-1962)
  • Series VI. In-House Publications, 1947-2010, undated

    Arranged alphabetically by title, this series contains in-house publications printed by Beckman Coulter, Incorporated and several of its corporate predecessors. The materials in this series document Beckman Coulter's development and activities over the course of its history from the firm's perspective. They are also examples of the firm's efforts to communicate with its employees, dealers, and the general public.

    Most of the materials in this series were published by Beckman Instruments, Incorporated and a number of its divisions. This series also contains a noticeable number of publications printed by Beckman Instrument's successor Beckman Coulter, Incorporated, and a small amount of material from its predecessor National Technical Laboratories. A smaller number of publications printed by the following Beckman Coulter predecessors: Coulter Corporation, Helipot Corporation, Liston-Becker Instruments Company, SmithKline Beckman Corporation, and Spinco are also included in this series.

    The contents of the In-House Publications series consist mainly of company periodicals and newsletters. A handful of employee guidebooks and company fact books are preserved in this series as well.

    • Box 43, folder 1; The Analyzer (1960)
    • Box 43, folder 2; The Analyzer (1962 January)
    • Box 43, folder 3; Astra Clinical Systems User's Club Advisor (1984 Spring Issue)
    • Box 43, folder 4; Beckman, Acronyms And Other Abbreviations (circa 1982-1988)
    • Box 43, folder 5; Beckman Bits (1961-1962)
    • Box 43, folder 6; The Beckman Bulletin (1950)
    • Box 43, folder 7; The Beckman Bulletin (1951)
    • Box 43, folder 8; The Beckman Bulletin (1952)
    • Box 43, folder 9; The Beckman Bulletin (1953)
    • Box 43, folder 10; The Beckman Bulletin (1954)
    • Box 43, folder 11; The Beckman Bulletin (1955)
    • Box 43, folder 12; The Beckman Bulletin (1956)
    • Box 43, folder 13; The Beckman Bulletin (1965 Fall)
    • Box 43, folder 14; The Beckman Bulletin (1966 Winter)
    • Box 43, folder 15; The Beckman Bulletin and Infrared Notes (1957)
    • Box 43, folder 16; Beckman Coulter - Do the Right Thing, Standards of Company Conduct (2000)
    • Box 43, folder 17-18; Beckman Coulter - Employee Guidebook (1999, 2001)
    • Box 43, folder 19; Beckman Coulter, Innovating Processes for Biomedical Analysis (1998)
    • Box 43, folder 20; Beckman Coulter, Innovating Processes for Biomedical Analysis, 1998 Fact Book (1998)
    • Box 43, folder 21; Beckman Coulter, Innovating Processes for Biomedical Analysis, Analyze It!, 1999 Fact Book (1999)
    • Box 43, folder 22; Beckman Coulter Life (1998)
    • Box 43, folder 23; Beckman Coulter Life (1999)
    • Box 43, folder 24; Beckman Coulter Life (2000)
    • Box 43, folder 25; Beckman Coulter Life (2001)
    • Box 43, folder 26; Beckman Coulter Life (2002)
    • Box 43, folder 27; Beckman Coulter Life (2003)
    • Box 43, folder 28; Beckman Coulter Life (2004)
    • Box 43, folder 29; Beckman Coulter Life (2005)
    • Box 43, folder 30; Beckman Coulter Life (2006)
    • Box 43, folder 31; Beckman Coulter Life (2007)
    • Box 43, folder 32; Beckman Coulter Life (2008)
    • Box 43, folder 33; Beckman Coulter Life (2009)
    • Box 43, folder 34; Beckman Coulter Life (2010)
    • Box 43, folder 35; Beckman Electrophoresis Information (1976)
    • Box 43, folder 36; Beckman Electrophoresis Information (1977 January)
    • Box 43, folder 37; Beckman, Employee Assistance Program (1996)
    • Box 43, folder 38; Beckman Employee Stock Purchase Plan (undated)
    • Box 43, folder 39; Beckman Hauszeitschrift (1960 November-December)
    • Box 43, folder 40; Beckman Instruments, Incorporated - Employee Gift Cards (1964-1987, undated)
    • Box 43, folder 41; Beckman Infrared Notes (undated)
    • Box 43, folder 42; Beckman Life (1985)
    • Box 43, folder 43; Beckman Life (1986 Summer)
    • Box 43, folder 44; Beckman Life (1987)
    • Box 43, folder 45; Beckman Life (1988)
    • Box 43, folder 46; Beckman Life (1989)
    • Box 43, folder 47; Beckman Life (1990)
    • Box 43, folder 48; Beckman Life (1991)
    • Box 44, folder 1; Beckman Life (1992)
    • Box 44, folder 2; Beckman Life (1993)
    • Box 44, folder 3; Beckman Life (1994)
    • Box 44, folder 4; Beckman Life (1995)
    • Box 44, folder 5; Beckman Life (1996)
    • Box 44, folder 6; Beckman Life (1997)
    • Box 44, folder 7; Beckman Protein Analysis News (1977 September)
    • Box 44, folder 8; Beckman, Safety and Emergency Procedures (1988)
    • Box 44, folder 9; Beckman Supplemental Retirement Plan (undated)
    • Box 44, folder 10; Beckman, Voluntary Separation Plan (1993)
    • Box 44, folder 11; Beckman, What to do when someone says - "I have an idea" (undated)
    • Box 44, folder 12; Careers in Instrumentation, the Field with a Future (1953)
    • Box 44, folder 13; Clinical Profile, Volume 1 (1968)
    • Box 44, folder 14; Communicator (1969 December)
    • Box 44, folder 15; Communicator (1973)
    • Box 44, folder 16; Communicator (1976)
    • Box 44, folder 17; Communicator (1977)
    • Box 44, folder 18; Communicator (1978)
    • Box 44, folder 19; Communicator (1979)
    • Box 44, folder 20; Communicator (1980)
    • Box 44, folder 21; Communicator (1981 January)
    • Box 44, folder 22; Coulter Connection (1994 July 18)
    • Box 44, folder 23; Coulter Connection (1995 December 18)
    • Box 44, folder 24; Coulter Corporation - Confidential Memorandum (1997 April)
    • Box 44, folder 25; CSD Spotlight (1984)
    • Box 44, folder 26; ElectroViews (1980)
    • Box 44, folder 27; ElectroViews (1981)
    • Box 44, folder 28; Feedback (1954)
    • Box 44, folder 29; Feedback (1955)
    • Box 44, folder 30; Feedback (1956)
    • Box 44, folder 31; Feedback (1957)
    • Box 44, folder 32; Feedback (1958)
    • Box 44, folder 33; Feedback (1959)
    • Box 44, folder 34; Feedback (1960)
    • Box 44, folder 35; Feedback (1961)
    • Box 44, folder 36; Feedback (1962)
    • Box 44, folder 37; Feedback (1963)
    • Box 44, folder 38; Feedback (1964)
    • Box 44, folder 39; Feedback (1965)
    • Box 44, folder 40; Feedback (1966)
    • Box 44, folder 41; Feedback (1967)
    • Box 45, folder 1; Feedback (1968)
    • Box 45, folder 2; Feedback (1969)
    • Box 45, folder 3; Feedback (1970 September)
    • Box 45, folder 4; Feedback (1971 May)
    • Box 45, folder 5; Feedback (1994)
    • Box 45, folder 6; Feedback (1995)
    • Box 45, folder 7; Feedback (1996)
    • Box 45, folder 8; Feedback (1997)
    • Box 45, folder 9; Feedback (1998)
    • Box 45, folder 10; Feedback (1999)
    • Box 45, folder 11; Feedback (2000)
    • Box 45, folder 12; Feedback (2001)
    • Box 45, folder 13; Feedback (2002)
    • Box 45, folder 14; Feedback (2003)
    • Box 45, folder 15; Feedback (2004)
    • Box 45, folder 16; Feedback (2005)
    • Box 45, folder 17; Feedback News (1969)
    • Box 45, folder 18; Feedback News (1970)
    • Box 45, folder 19; Feedback News (1973)
    • Box 45, folder 20; Feedback Notes (1958)
    • Box 45, folder 21; Feedback Notes (1959)
    • Box 45, folder 22; Feedback Notes (1960)
    • Box 45, folder 23; Feedback Notes (1961)
    • Box 45, folder 24; Feedback Notes (1962)
    • Box 45, folder 25; Feedback Notes (1963)
    • Box 45, folder 26; Feedback Notes (1964)
    • Box 45, folder 27; Feedback Notes (1965)
    • Box 45, folder 28; Feedback Notes (1966)
    • Box 45, folder 29; Feedback Notes (1967)
    • Box 45, folder 30; Feedback Notes (1968)
    • Box 45, folder 31; Feedback Notes (1969)
    • Box 45, folder 32; Feedback Notes (1970)
    • Box 45, folder 33; Feedback Notes (1971)
    • Box 46, folder 1; Feedback Notes (1972)
    • Box 46, folder 2; Feedback Notes (1973)
    • Box 46, folder 3; Feedback Notes (1974)
    • Box 46, folder 4; Feedback Notes (1975)
    • Box 46, folder 5; Feedback Notes (1976)
    • Box 46, folder 6; Feedback Notes (1977)
    • Box 46, folder 7; Feedback Notes (1978)
    • Box 46, folder 8; Feedback Notes (1979)
    • Box 46, folder 9; Feedback Notes (1980)
    • Box 46, folder 10; Feedback Notes (1981)
    • Box 46, folder 11; Feedback Notes (1982)
    • Box 46, folder 12; Feedback Notes (1983)
    • Box 46, folder 13; Feedback Notes (1984)
    • Box 46, folder 14; Feedback Notes (1985)
    • Box 46, folder 15; Feedback Notes (1986)
    • Box 46, folder 16; Feedback Notes (1987)
    • Box 46, folder 17; Feedback Notes (1988)
    • Box 46, folder 18; Feedback Notes (1989)
    • Box 46, folder 19; Feedback Notes (1990)
    • Box 46, folder 20; Feedback Notes (1991)
    • Box 46, folder 21; Feedback Notes (1992)
    • Box 46, folder 22; Feedback Notes (1993)
    • Box 46, folder 23; Feedback Notes (1994)
    • Box 46, folder 24; Feedback Notes - Satirical Issue (1982 July 2)
    • Box 46, folder 25; Fractions (1954)
    • Box 46, folder 26; Fractions (1955 April)
    • Box 46, folder 27; Fractions (1956 June)
    • Box 46, folder 28; Fractions (1957)
    • Box 46, folder 29; Fractions (1958 October)
    • Box 46, folder 30; Fractions (1959 June)
    • Box 46, folder 31; Fractions (1960-1961)
    • Box 46, folder 32; Fractions (1961-1962)
    • Box 46, folder 33; Fractions (1962)
    • Box 46, folder 34; Fractions (1963)
    • Box 46, folder 35; Fractions (1964)
    • Box 46, folder 36; Fractions (1965)
    • Box 46, folder 37; Fractions (1966)
    • Box 46, folder 38; Fractions (1967)
    • Box 46, folder 39; Fractions (1968)
    • Box 46, folder 40; Fractions (1969)
    • Box 46, folder 41; Fractions (1970)
    • Box 46, folder 42; Fractions (1971)
    • Box 46, folder 43; Fractions (1972)
    • Box 46, folder 44; Fractions (1973)
    • Box 47, folder 1; Fractions (1974)
    • Box 47, folder 2; Fractions (1975)
    • Box 47, folder 3; Fractions (1976)
    • Box 47, folder 4; Fractions (1977)
    • Box 47, folder 5; Fractions (1978)
    • Box 47, folder 6; Fractions (1979)
    • Box 47, folder 7; Fractions (1980)
    • Box 47, folder 8; Fractions - Index (undated)
    • Box 47, folder 9; Glucose/BUN Creatinine News (1979 April)
    • Box 47, folder 10; Health Care Happenings (1981 December)
    • Box 47, folder 11; Health Care Happenings (1982-1983)
    • Box 47, folder 12; Health Care Happenings (1983-1984)
    • Box 47, folder 13; Health Care Happenings (1984)
    • Box 47, folder 14; Health Care Happenings (1984-1985)
    • Box 47, folder 15; Helicall (1956)
    • Box 47, folder 16; Helicall (1957)
    • Box 47, folder 17; Helinews (1954 July)
    • Box 47, folder 18; Helinews (1956)
    • Box 47, folder 19; Helinews (1957)
    • Box 47, folder 20; Helinews (1958 April)
    • Box 47, folder 21; Helinews (1959)
    • Box 47, folder 22; Helinews (1960 Summer)
    • Box 47, folder 23; Helinews (1961)
    • Box 47, folder 24; Helinews (1962)
    • Box 47, folder 25; Helinews (1963)
    • Box 47, folder 26; Helinews (1964 Summer)
    • Box 47, folder 27; Helinews (1966 Spring)
    • Box 47, folder 28; HeliViews (1978)
    • Box 47, folder 29; HeliViews (1979)
    • Box 47, folder 30; HeliViews (1980)
    • Box 47, folder 31; The Liston-Becker Analyzer (1955)
    • Box 47, folder 32; Microinformation Zone (1974 February)
    • Box 47, folder 33; Microinformation Zone (1975)
    • Box 47, folder 34; The News (1952)
    • Box 47, folder 35; The Prototype (1966)
    • Box 47, folder 36; The Prototype (1967 March)
    • Box 47, folder 37; The Spectroctopus (1953 December)
    • Box 47, folder 38; The Spectroctopus (1954)
    • Box 47, folder 39; SPID Engineering Notebook (1964)
    • Box 47, folder 40; SPID Engineering Notebook (1965 June 21)
    • Box 47, folder 41; Synchron Users Club Advisor (1987)
    • Box 47, folder 42; Synchron Users Club Advisor (1988)
    • Box 47, folder 43; Technically Speaking (1947)
    • Box 47, folder 44; Technically Speaking (1948)
    • Box 47, folder 45; Technically Speaking (1949)
    • Box 47, folder 46; Technically Speaking (1950)
    • Box 47, folder 47; Welcome to Beckman (circa 1960)
    • Box 47, folder 48; Welcome to Beckman (circa 1965)
    • Box 47, folder 49; Welcome to Beckman (1960s)
    • Box 47, folder 50; Welcome to Beckman (1975)
    • Box 47, folder 51; Welcome to Beckman, Porterville, California (undated)
    • Box 47, folder 52; Working with Beckman (undated)
  • Series VII. Salvadoran Kidnappings and Negotiations, 1979-1981

    On September 21, 1979, Beckman Instruments executives Dennis MacDonald and Fausto Bucheli, and their driver were ambushed by terrorists near the company's Aplar manufacturing plant in San Salvador, El Salvador. The driver was killed in the attack, and MacDonald and Bucheli were taken hostage. Identifying themselves as the Revolutionary Party of Central American Workers, a left-wing organization seeking to overthrow Salvadoran President Carlos Romero, the kidnappers contacted Beckman Instruments and demanded that the company publish a political manifesto in a number of newspapers and pay ransom in exchange for the hostages. After a series of negotiations, Beckman Instruments complied with the demands by publishing the kidnapper's manifesto in more than thirty newspapers and paying an undisclosed ransom. After being held captive for forty-seven days, MacDonald and Bucheli were released unharmed by the kidnappers on November 8, 1979. Largely in response to this incident, citing El Salvador's instability, Beckman Instruments shut down its Salvadoran operation by the end of the year.

    Arranged alphabetically by subject, this series documents Beckman Instrument's handling of the Salvadoran kidnapping crisis and its aftermath as events unfolded. The materials in this series also document the news media's extensive coverage of the crisis and provide a first-hand look at the development of Beckman Instruments' strategy for dealing with the press. This series also serves as a case study of the dangers encountered by international corporations doing business in unstable countries during the late 1970s.

    The contents of the files in this series consist of a variety of materials. Correspondence, briefings, notes, and clippings are found in these files. Press releases and photographs are preserved in these files as well.

    • Box 48, folder 1; Ad Campaign - Clippings (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 2; Ad Campaign - Correspondence (1979-1980)
    • Box 48, folder 3; Ad Campaign - Lists (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 4; Ad Campaign - Newspaper Ad (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 5; Ad Campaign - Newspaper Ad Layout (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 6; Ad Campaign - Newspaper Ad Manuscripts (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 7; Ad Campaign - Press Releases (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 8; Aftermath - Clippings (1979-1981)
    • Box 48, folder 9; Aftermath - Closing Down the Press (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 10; Aftermath - Contingency Plans (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 11; Aftermath - Correspondence (1979-1980)
    • Box 48, folder 12; Aftermath - Press Releases (1979-1980)
    • Box 48, folder 13; The Capture - Clippings (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 14; El Salvador Clippings (1979 September 21-22)
    • Box 48, folder 15; El Salvador Clippings (1979 September 23)
    • Box 48, folder 16; El Salvador Clippings (1979 September 24-28)
    • Box 48, folder 17; El Salvador Clippings (1979 October)
    • Box 48, folder 18; El Salvador Clippings (1979 November 1-5)
    • Box 48, folder 19; El Salvador Clippings (1979 November 8)
    • Box 48, folder 20; El Salvador Clippings (1979 November 9)
    • Box 48, folder 21; El Salvador Clippings (1979 November 10-29)
    • Box 48, folder 22; El Salvador Clippings (1979 December)
    • Box 48, folder 23; El Salvador Clippings (1980)
    • Box 48, folder 24; El Salvador Kidnap File - Daily Log (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 25; Negotiations - Rayne International (1979-1981)
    • Box 48, folder 26; Our Strategy - Communications Plan (1979-1980)
    • Box 48, folder 27; Our Strategy - Communications Program (1979-1980)
    • Box 48, folder 28; Our Strategy - Hostage Release Recommendations and Considerations (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 29; Our Strategy - Media Coordination (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 30; Our Strategy - Objectives/Approach (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 31; The Release - Clippings (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 32; The Release - Contingency Plans (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 33; The Release - Correspondence (1979)
    • Box 48, folder 34; The Release - Press Releases (1979)
    • B