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Robert H. Beecher papers

Title
Robert H. Beecher papers, 1941-1987.
Author
Beecher, Robert Houston, 1914-1987.
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Additional Authors
  • Beecher, Clarence.
  • Gaskin, Ed.
  • Russell, Carlos.
Description
2.2 lin. ft. (6 record cartons)
Subjects
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Books and magazines transferred to General Research and Reference Division.
Source (note)
  • Clarence Beecher
Biography (note)
  • Panamanian-born educator. Robert Beecher's elementary education took place in Jamaica, his parents' country of origin before they migrated to Panama at the time of the construction of the Canal. He graduated from the University of Panama in 1948 and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1951. He served as a college and high school teacher in the Canal Zone until 1956, when he migrated to the United States. Hired by the New York City Board of Education in 1958, he worked first as a high school teacher, then as an administrator and community liason in the Bronx. He obtained his Ph D. at New York University in 1968 and became, the following year, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Education Foundations at Hunter College. At the time of his death, he was working jointly with his brother, Dr. Clarence Beecher, on a bibliography on the slave trade in Panama.
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Call Number
Sc MG 272
OCLC
122532573
Author
Beecher, Robert Houston, 1914-1987.
Title
Robert H. Beecher papers, 1941-1987.
Summary
Personal papers, correspondence, writings and research materials relating to education in the Panama Canal Zone and the education of minorities in the United States. Included are papers documenting Beecher's career as a New York City school teacher and community coordinator for school district 12 in the Bronx as well as his interest in issues relating to Panama and Panamanians of West Indian heritage. Also included are transcripts of interviews with black political figures from Central Brooklyn including Judge Thomas R. Jones, Andrew and Jocelyn Cooper, Patrick Carter, Assemblyman Thomas Fortune, Judge Joseph B. Williams, Jim Greenidge, Kasisi Jitu Weusi and Bertram Baker and the thesis, "Perspectives on Power: A Black Community Looks at Itself" by Carlos E. Russell which incorporates these interviews. However, the thesis is missing chapters five and six. Other individuals represented in the collection are Clarence Beecher and two Panamanian labor leaders, Ed Gaskin and George Westerman.
Biography
Panamanian-born educator. Robert Beecher's elementary education took place in Jamaica, his parents' country of origin before they migrated to Panama at the time of the construction of the Canal. He graduated from the University of Panama in 1948 and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1951. He served as a college and high school teacher in the Canal Zone until 1956, when he migrated to the United States. Hired by the New York City Board of Education in 1958, he worked first as a high school teacher, then as an administrator and community liason in the Bronx. He obtained his Ph D. at New York University in 1968 and became, the following year, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Education Foundations at Hunter College. At the time of his death, he was working jointly with his brother, Dr. Clarence Beecher, on a bibliography on the slave trade in Panama.
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Local Subject
Black author.
Added Author
Beecher, Clarence.
Gaskin, Ed.
Russell, Carlos.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 272
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