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John C. Beukema papers

 Collection
Identifier: 00029

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal papers of John C. Beukema, the records of the Greater Muskegon Chamber of Commerce for the period 1931-1950, when he was secretary-manager, and papers concerning the St. Lawrence Seaway. "Greater Muskegon" covers Muskegon, North Muskegon, and the Muskegon Heights, Michigan, which were all served by a single Chamber of Commerce. Examples of the Chamber's activities include the formation of a loan agency during the Depression; sponsoring charity drives and civic functions such as a regional Miss America preliminary contest; working with the Michigan Unemployment Compensation Commission on post-World War II labor problems; organizing luncheons and testimonial dinners for Muskegon businessmen; and serving as host to visiting delegations of industrial representatives from other cities and from abroad.

The Greater Muskegon papers also contain correspondence with Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg and Wendell Willkie; accounts, including many pictures of a wartime industrial tour by Lt. Gen. William S. Kundsen. A picture of Beukema from a newspaper dated Feb. 20, 1942, can be found in folder 20 of Box 3.

Correspondents include: Wendell L. Willkie, Sam Rayburn, Charles Halleck, Raymond M. Foley, Charles W. Sawyer, Kim Sigler, Arthur H. Vanderburg, Homer Furguson, Albert J. Engel, and Frank D. Fitzgerald.

Also included in the collection are one box of personal papers of John C. Beukema.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Papers consist of correspondence, financial records, congressional records and speeches, printed materials, maps, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to the development and completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It also contains interesting accounts of pressure groups and lobbying techniques in Congress. Shipping records in the collections state rates, tonnage, and travel time of various commodities.

With the establishment of the Deep Waterway Commission in 1895 both Canada and the United States demonstrated their interest in the feasibility of opening the mid-continent of North America to ocean shipping at the Great Lakes ports by constructing a canal of sufficient depth over the course of the St. Lawrence River. In 1919 the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Tidewater Association was established in response to a call issued by Charles Craig to governments of the states involved. Initial support came from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Their objective was to open ports on the Great Lakes to ocean shipping. Correspondence between John C. Beukema and Craig begins with box 7, folder 21. This Tidewater Association was chiefly responsible for bringing the United States and Canada together to discuss the Seaway issue for the first time.

Beginning with 1925 there are many letters to and from Beukema demonstrating his early interest in the Seaway. With the report on December 5, 1926, by the Joint Board of Engineers, construction of this waterway was seen as favorable but the two countries could not agree on details. It was also in this year that the St. Lawrence Commission of the United States was established with Herbert Hoover as chairman.

In 1931, the Power Authority of New York was created by Franklin Roosevelt, who was then the Governor of New York. By May 1932, letters in the collection refer to the approaching treaty between Canada and the United States regarding the joint development of the Seaway and power project with construction of a two-dam system and a twenty-seven foot deep channel. Material about the signing of this treaty on July 18, 1932, includes a detailed press release and numerous newspaper clippings and a letter dated July 31, 1932, to F. D. Roosevelt. This treaty was submitted to the Senate in November of 1932 and hearing continued until a vote was taken on March 14, 1934. The majority voted in favor of the treaty but it lacked the necessary two-thirds vote for ratification. The collection includes reports on these hearings, statements and testimonies both for and against, Congressional records, personnel correspondence with senators and presidents, promotional records, personnel correspondence with senators and presidents, promotional material, resolutions as well as a map showing how senators from each state voted.

The Tidewater Association was the primary group in conducting a promotional campaigns during these years and was aided by the National Seaway Council formed in May of 1936 with Fred Freestone as Chairman. The negotiations on the treaty resumed in 1938 and by January of 1940 substantial agreement was reached between Canada and the United States. Final consummation was postponed until after the Canadian National Elections in March in 1940, but before negotiations could be resumed the European was situation became extremely aggravated.

Dangerous possibilities of future shortages of power, transportation, and shipbuilding facilities led to an Executive Order on October 17, 1940, appointing a St. Lawrence Advisory Committee for undertaking preliminary borings and plans for the St. Lawrence pending final Congressional action. The signing of the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Basin Agreement in 1941 provided for construction of works in the International Rapids Section and completion of navigation improvements by 1948.

Not all of the major political groups were for the seaway however. By 1950, more than two hundred and fifty organizations were listed as members in the National St. Lawrence Project Conference -- "A Nation-wide Organization in Opposition". Primary opposition came from interest representing existing harbors on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and internal waterways as well as from the railroads associations.

The statement by the Canadian Prime Minister on September 28, 1951, to President Truman advising that Canada was unwilling to wait for the United States and would build a seaway alone led to the formation of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority by the Canadian Legislature on December 21, of that year. This prompted the International Joint Commission to issue an order of approval for joint construction in October of 1952. Senate debate on the bill began on January 12, 1953, and the bill emerged from the House of Representatives Committee of Public Works on February 22, 1954. It received approval by both the Senate and the House by May of 1954. The first positive action to enlarge the seaway was taken on May 13, 1954 when President Eisenhower signed the Wiley-Dondero Act to authorize joint construction and also to establish the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. The need for cheap haulage of Quebec - Labrador iron ore was one of the arguments that finally swung the balance in favor of the seaway. Material relating to this final debate and the passage of the bill is found in boxes twenty-nine and thirty.

Ground breaking ceremonies took place on August 10, 1954, and in May of 1957, the Connecting Channels Project was begun by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. On April 25, 1959, large deep-draft, ocean vessels began streaming to the heart of the North American continent through the seaway that had been supported by every administration from Wilson through Eisenhower.

Various materials relating to the following organizations are included in the papers: American Association of Port Authorities American Farm Bureau Federation Champlain Valley Council* East Michigan Ports Association* Federal Power Authority Great Lakes Harbors Association* Michigan Great Lakes Tidewater Association Minnesota Arrowhead Association* Mississippi Valley Association Muskegon Chamber of Commerce National Grange* Northern Federation of Chambers of Commerce* Ohio Lake Ports Association* Ohio Waterway Association Power Authority of the State of New York* Rural Electrification Association West Michigan Legislative Council*

* Members of the National Seaway Council

Much of the material is composed of correspondence between John Beukema and A. O. Moreaux (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Tidewater Association); Fred S. Keiser (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Tidewater Association); A.C. Carton, (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Tidewater Association); George E. Hardy, (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Tidewater Association); Daniel W. Hoan (Great Lakes Harbors Association); William George Bruce, (Great Lakes Harbors Association); H.C. Brockel, (Great Lakes Harbors Association); Harold R. Wilde (Great Lakes Harbors Association); Herbert H. Naujoks, (Great Lakes Harbors Association); W.C. Cowling, (Great Lakes Harbors Association); E.B. Crosby, (National Seaway Council); Rollo F. Hunt, (National Seaway Council); Thomas W. Wahl, (National Seaway Council); George S. Reed, (Power Authority, State of New York); Joseph Winterbotham, Jr., (National Seaway Council); George B. Sowers, (National Seaway Council); Arthur P. Zirkaloso, (National Seaway Council); F.C. Barnes, (Great Lakes Michigan Tidewater Commission); Roy M. Overpack, (Great Lakes Michigan Tidewater Commission); Nate S. Shapero, (Michigan Great Lakes Tidewater Commission); Raymond Carroll, (Lobbyist in Washington, D.C.): Richard F. Malia, (National Seaway Council); and Maurice P. Davidson, (New York Power Authority).

The papers also bear reference to the following prominent persons:

Acheson, Dean - Secretary of State June 14, 1945 letter to August 17, 1945 letter to August 20, 1945 letter to August 27, 1945 letter to August 28, 1945 letter from March 5, 1947 letter from May 20, 1947 letters to and from

Aiken, George - United States Senator - Vermont April 11, 1944 letter to April 19, 1944 letter from May 22, 1944 letter from June 14, 1944 letter from September 25, 1944 letter from October 10, 1944 letter to October 19, 1944 letter to November 8, 1944 letter to November 11, 1944 letter to November 17, 1944 letter from December 14, 1944 letter to December 16, 1944 letter to December 19, 1944 letter to January 4, 1945 letter from January 5, 1945 letter to January 6, 1945 letter to January 8, 1945 letter from January 11, 1945 letter to January 14, 1945 letter to January 15, 1945 letter to January 20, 1945 letter from January 31, 1945 letter to February 2, 1945 letter from February 13, 1945 letter to February 14, 1945 letter to February 20, 1945 letter from March 9, 1945 letter to March 21, 1945 letter from May 1, 1945 letter to May 7, 1945 letter to May 24, 1945 letter to June 2, 1945 letter to July 23, 1945 telegram to and telegram from July 23, 1945 letter to July 28, 1945 letter to July 29, 1945 letter to July 30, 1945 letter to August 3, 1945 letter from August 7, 1945 letter to September 29, 1945 letter to October 3, 1945 letter to October 6, 1945 letter to October 26, 1945 letter to November 15, 1945 letter to December 4, 1945 letter to January 18, 1946 letter to February 6, 1946 letter to February 23, 1946 letter to March 7, 1946 letter to and letter from May 20, 1946 letter to August 6, 1946 letter to August 14, 1946 letter from October 25, 1946 letter to October 30, 1946 letter from November 20, 1946 letter from February 15, 1947 letter from May 14, 1947 letter from July 21, 1947 letter from August 25, 1947 letter from February 16, 1948 letter to July 1, 1948 letter from March 17, 1951 letter to

Barkley, Alben - United States Senator - Kentucky April 23, 1946 letter from

Baxter, Howard - Michigan Senator January 11, 1927 letter from

Beaverbrook, Lord November 10, 1937 letter to

Bell, Jasper C. - United States House of Representatives - Missouri February 7, 1941 letter from

Bennett, Richard B - Canada - Prime Minister Box 32 (folder 13)

Berle, A.A., Jr. - State Dept. March 27, 1940 letter from April 6, 1940 letter to

Bradely, Fred - U.S. House of Representatives - Michigan October 9, 1941 letter from

Brown, Prentice M. - United States Senator - Michigan December 7, 1936 December 18, 1936 October 1, 1940 letter to January 30, 1941 letter to February 8, 1941 letter from February 22, 1941 letter from February --, 1941 letter from May 23, 1941 letter from June 11, 1941 telegram to October 9, 1941 letter from September 17, 1942 letter to September 19, 1942 letter from September 21, 1942 telegram to September 25, 1942 letter to

Brucker, William - Governor - Michigan August 28, 1931 March 5, 1932 March 7, 1932 December 6, 1932 December 8, 1932

Buckley, Charles A - United States House of Representatives - New York February 28, 1952 letter from

Burton, Harold - United States Senator - Ohio February 8, 1941 letter from January 20, 1945 letter to and letter from

Celler, Emanuel - United States House of Representatives - New York February 10, 1941 letter from

Chandler, Albert - United States Senator - Kentucky February 3, 1941 letter from

Comstock, William - Governor - Michigan March 16, 1933 July 6, 1933 July 16, 1933 July 21, 1933

Coolidge, Calvin - President - United States December 6, 1923 January 3, 1927 June 9, 1936 Box 32 (folder 13)

Couzens, James - United States Senator - Michigan September 30, 1931 October 3, 1931 September 27, 1932 September 29, 1932 November 22, 1932 May 25, 1933 May 27, 1933 June 8, 1933 June 9, 1933 June 28, 1933 Crawford, Fred - United States House of Representatives - Michigan February 5, 1941 letter from June 1, 1942 letter from

Culkin, Francis D. - United States House of Representatives - New York September 5, 1936 April 21, 1938 letter to and letter from January 16, 1939 letter to August 17, 1939 letter from October 20, 1939 letter to July 20, 1940 letter from September 25, 1940 letter from October 21, 1940 letter from November 8, 1940 letter from November 30, 1940 letter from December 13, 1940 letter from December 16, 1940 letter from May 23, 1941 letter to May 26, 1941 letter from June 27, 1941 letter to June 30, 1941 letter from March 20, 1942 letter from July 16, 1947 testimony (two)

Dondero, George - United States House of Representatives - Michigan May 9, 1939 letter from February 4, 1941 letter to February 10, 1941 letter to March 3, 1941 letter from March 7, 1941 letter to April 2, 1941 letter to April 3, 1941 letter to April 29, 1941 letter to July 10, 1941 letter to July 12, 1941 letter from August 13, 1941 letter to and letter from September 4, 1941 statement September 15, 1941 letter to and letter from October 9, 1941 letter from November 14, 1941 letter to January 24, 1942 telegram from March 17, 1944 letter from May 13, 1947 letter from July 12, 1947 letter to and letter from July 16, 1947 testimony July 16, 1947 letter to and letter from August 11, 1947 letter to September 24, 1947 letter to January 2, 1948 letter from June 10, 1948 letter to October 26, 1948 letter to and letter from March 6, 1950 letter to August 5, 1950 letter to and letter from March 21, 1951 letter to August 4, 1951 letter from August 10, 1951 letter to April 24, 1952 letter from August 1, 1952 letter to August 4, 1952 letter from

Davis, Glenn R. - United States House of Representatives - Wisconsin May 5, 1953 letter to

Dern, George H. - Secretary of War under F.D. Roosevelt October 18, 1933 telegram from

Dickinson L.C. - Governor - Michigan July 25, 1938 Executive order May 9, 1939 letter to August 10, 1939 letter to

Dingell, John - Michigan Representative to Congress March 26, 1940 letter from April 13, 1940 letter to March 17, 1951 letter to March 26, 1951 letter from

Dirksen, Everett - United States Senator - Illinois February 1, 1941 letter from March 7, 1952 letter from

Donnell, Forrest C. - United States Senator - Missouri June 11, 1945 letter from

Duff, James H. - United States Senator - Pennsylvania March 6, 1952 letter from

Eisenhower, Dwight D. - Untied States President June 30, 1952 letter from March 3, 1953 letter to

Engle, Albert - Michigan State House of Representatives October 3, 1931 letters from (two) March 30, 1938 letter from May 19, 1939 letter to June 29, 1939 letter to July 6, 1939 letter from July 29, 1939 letter from April 6, 1940 letter from January 4, 1941 letter to February 1, 1941 letter from April 9, 1941 letter to April 18, 1941 letter to May 23, 1941 letter from June 11, 1941 telegram to August 16, 1941 letter to September 18, 1941 letter to September 19, 1941 letter from September 23, 1941 letter to September 25, 1941 letter to and letter from November 6, 1941 letter to February 20, 1942 letter to May 9, 1946 letter to December 23, 1947 letter to January 3, 1948 letter from Fenton, Ivan - United State House of Representatives - Pennsylvania February 3, 1941 letter from

Ferguson, Homer - United States Senator - Michigan 1944 - miscellaneous material January 20, 1945 letter from January 23, 1945 letter from February 22, 1945 letter to and letter from October 6, 1945 letter to and letter from January 16, 1946 letter to December 21, 1946 letter from March 7, 1947 letter from March 17, 1951 letter to March 21, 1951 letter from February 22, 1952 letter from April 24, 1952 letter from

Fitzgerald, Frank - Governor - Michigan November 16, 1934 letter to November 26, 1934 letter from January 29, 1935 letter from December 30, 1938 letter from Box 32 (folder 13) statement

Ford, Gerald R., Jr. - Michigan House of Representatives April 24, 1952 letter from

Gehrmann, B.J. - United States House of Representatives - Wisconsin February 25, 1941 letter from September 30, 1941 letter from

Gorman, Lee - Michigan Senator January 19, 1933 letter from

Green, Fred W. - Governor - Michigan January 17, 1927 letter to January 20, 1927 letter to

Gurney, Chan - United States Senator - South Dakota February 25, 1941 letter from

Gwynne, John - United States House of Representatives - Iowa February 1, 1941 letter from

Harding, Warren G. - United States President Box 32, folder 13 address

Harriman, Averill - Governor - New York October 7, 1946 letter to

Harrison, William Henry - United States House of Representatives - Wyoming February 29, 1952 letter from

Havenner, Frank R. - United States House of Representatives - California March 3, 1952 letter from

Healey, Arthur - United States House of Representatives - Massachusetts February 4, 1941 letter from

Hepburn, M.F. - Premier - Ontario; Canadian Prime Minister February 14, 1938 letter from February 22, 1938 letter to

Hill, Knute - United States House of Representatives - Washington February 4, 1941 letter from

Hill, Lister - United States Senator - Alabama April 23, 1946 letter from

Hobbs, Sam - United States House of Representatives - Alabama February 4, 1941 letter from

Hoover, Herbert - United States President January 3, 1927 January 7, 1927 March 12, 1927 July --, 1930 December --, 1932 February 3, 1934 June 9, 1936 September 22, 1945 letter to October 15, 1945 letter to October 26, 1945 letter to Box 32 (folder 13)

Hughes, Charles E. - Chief Justice Box 32 (folder 13)

Hull, Cordell - United States Secretary of State March 17, 1938 letter from Box 32 (folder 13)

Hull, Merlin - United States House of Representatives - Wisconsin February 3, 1941 letter from

Jonkman, Bartel J. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan February 8, 1941 letter from September 8, 1941 letter to and letter from October 8, 1941 letter from

Kelly, Harry F. - Governor - Michigan May 18, 1943 letter to June 1, 1943 letter from August 2, 1943 letter to September 10, 1943 letter to November 2, 1943 letter to November 20, 1943 letter to November 23, 1943 letter from March 14, 1944 letter to March 30, 1944 letter to May 22, 1944 letter to May 23, 1944 letter to June 5, 1944 letter from June 23, 1944 letter from July 21, 1944 letter to August 2, 1944 letter from September 27, 1944 letter to February 19, 1945 letter to October 3, 1945 letter to November 6, 1945 letter to November 8, 1945 letters from (two) December 24, 1945 letter from December 31, 1945 letters to (two) January 31, 1946 letter to February 4, 1946 letter to

Kersten, Charles J. - United States House of Representatives - Wisconsin March 10, 1952 letter from

Kilburn, Clarence - United States House of Representatives - New York February 7, 1941 letter from

King, MacKenzie - Prime Minister - Canada February 14, 1938 letter to February 22, 1938 letter from Box 32 (folder 12)

Knowland, William F. - United States Senator - California March 7, 1952 letter from

LaFollette, R.M., Jr. - United States Senator - Wisconsin September 25, 1933 letter from February --, 1934 letter to and letter from January 20, 1945 letter to and letter from June 8, 1946 letter to June 17, 1946 address July 16, 1947 testimony June 29, 1949 letter from

Lehman, Herbert H. - Governor - New York August 14, 1935 (two) statement and telegram from July 16, 1946 statement in testimony Box 32 (folder 12)

Malone, George W. - United States Senator - Nevada March 12, 1952 letter from

McAdoo, William - United States Senator - California Box 32 (folder 13) statement

McCarthy, Joseph R. - United States Senator - Wisconsin February 7, 1952 letter to February 26, 1952 letter to McFarland, Ernest W. - United States Senator - Arizona February 27, 1952 letter from

McMurray, Howard S. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan March 23, 1943 letter from May 13, 1943 letter to

Meader, George - Michigan House of Representatives March 1, 1952 letter from March 6, 1952 statement March 12, 1952 letter from

Michener, Earl C. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan September 22, 1941 letter to, two letter from September 29, 1941 letter to October 4, 1941 letter to and letter from October 9, 1941 letter from October 10, 1941 letter to and letter from May 30, 1942 letter from

Moody, Blair - United States Senator - Michigan March 2, 1952 letter from

Murphy, Frank - Governor - Michigan January 20, 1937 letter to August 6, 1937 letter to December 3, 1937 letter to September 13, 1938 letter to December 28, 1938 letter to

Murray, James E. - United States Senator - Montana April 23, 1946 letter from

Norris, George - United States Senator - Nebraska Box 32 (folder 13) statement

O'Brian, George D. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan October 9, 1941 letter to

Pepper, Claude - United States Senator - Florida December 2, 1942 letter from April 23, 1946 letter from

Pittenger, William - United States House of Representatives - Minnesota March 3, 1941 letter from May 30, 1942 letter from July 6, 1944 letter to November 8, 1944 letter to May 15, 1945 letter from June 2, 1945 letter from January 18, 1946 letter to June 1, 1946 letter from July 5, 1946 letter from November 9, 1946 letter from November 14, 1946 letter to June 6, 1947 letter to

Pittman, Key - United States Senator - Nevada January 31, 1934 letter to

Potter, Charles E. - United States Senator - Michigan March 21, 1958 letter to

Poulson, Norris - United States House of Representatives - California March 4, 1952

Rabaut, Louis C. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan February 10, 1941 letter from March 21, 1952 letter from

Rankin, John E. - United States House of Representatives - Mississippi March 3, 1952 letter from

Rayburn, Samuel - United States House of Representatives - Texas January 4, 1941 letter to

Riley, John J. - United States House of Representatives - South Carolina March 1, 1952 letter from

Rogers, Will March 16, 1934 newspaper article written by him

Roosevelt, Franklin D. - United States President July 31, 1932 May 9, 1933 May 16, 1933 June 8, 1933 October 9, 1933 August 7, 1935 September 19, 1935 March 11, 1936 speech July 30, 1936 July 31, 1936 September 16, 1936 (two articles) September 17, 1936 September 19, 1936 September 23, 1936 March 11, 1937 statement May 21, 1937 letter to May 26, 1937 letter from November 4, 1937 letter to June 4, 1938 letter to August 18, 1938 speech December 9, 1938 letter to May 28, 1940 letter to September 14, 1940 letter to October 4, 1940 letter to October 7, 1940 letter to October 14, 1940 letter to December 10, 1940 telegram to March 19, 1941 telegram to June 6, 1941 letter to August 3, 1941 letter from January 25, 1942 telegram to (five articles) January 26, 1942 telegram to (two articles) January 28, 1942 telegram to September 18, 1942 letter to September 19, 1948 letter to and telegram to May 14, 1943 telegram to March 3, 1944 letter from January 20, 1945 telegram from July 16, 1947 statement in testimony Box 32 (folder 12)

Roosevelt, Mrs. F. D. December 17, 1945 letter to December 22, 1945 letter from March 4, 1946 letter from September 19, 1946 letter from

Sheehan, Timothy P. - United States House of Representatives - Illinois March 3, 1952 letter from

Sigler, Kim - Governor - Michigan May 15, 1947 letter to June 27, 1947 telegram from July 18, 1947 letter to July 24, 1947 letter from August 27, 1947 letter from November 6, 1947 letter to December 1, 1947 letter to February 3, 1948 letter from March 12, 1948 letter to April 19, 1948 letter from August 1, 1948 letter to August 3, 1948 letter to August 12, 1948 letter to August 18, 1948 letter from August 26, 1948 letter to and letter from October 26, 1948 letter to

Smith, Lawrence - United States House of Representatives - Wisconsin February 7, 1952 letter to

Steelman, John R. - Assistant to President February 7, 1952 letter to February 12, 1952 letter from

Taft, Robert A. - United States Senator - Ohio October 13, 1947 letter from January 6, 1948 telegram to October 11, 1948 letter to March 23, 1951 letter from March 25, 1952 letter from

Talle, Henry O. - United States House of Representatives - Iowa February 6, 1941 letter from February 29, 1952 letter from

Tenerowicz, Ralph G. - United States House of Representatives - Michigan February 7, 1941 letter from



Thompson, Ruth-United States House of Representatives - Michigan March 5, 1952 letter from April 24, 1952 letter from

Thye, Edward J. - United States Senator - Minnesota February 27, 1952 letter from

Truman, Harry S. - United States President September 19, 1945 letter to January 10, 1948 telegram to April 27, 1948 letter to April 29, 1948 letter from December 22, 1948 letter to

Tunnell, James M. - United States Senator - Delaware February 7, 1941 letter from

Vandenberg, Arthur H. - United States Senator - Michigan January 17, 1927 January 18, 1927 October 7, 1931 October 8, 1931 November 21, 1932 December 1, 1932 December 15, 1932 May 25, 1933 May 29, 1933 January 4, 1934 January 26, 1934 January 29, 1933 June 9, 1936 December 15, 1936 December 18, 1936 January 11, 1937 letter from June 30, 1937 letter to July 3, 1937 letter from August 13, 1937 statement March 30, 1938 letter from May 17, 1939 letter to November 22, 1940 letter from January 4, 1940 letter to January 30, 1940 letter to November 5, 1940 letter to March 14, 1941 letter to April 28, 1941 telegram to May 23, 1941 letter from June 11, 1941 letter to August 9, 1941 letter from August 13, 1941 letter to (two letters) October 9, 1941 letter from October 13, 1941 letter to November 25, 1941 letter from March 27, 1944 letter from (two letters) April 3, 1944 letter to May 8, 1944 letter from May 12, 1944 telegram from May 15, 1944 letter from November 29, 1944 letter to and letter from December 4, 1944 letter to and letter from December 11, 1944 letter from December 12, 1944 telegram to and letter to December 15, 1944 letter to December 16, 1944 letter from December 19, 1944 letter from January 14, 1945 letter to January 18, 1945 letter to and letter from January 19, 1945 letter from January 20, 1945 letter from January 22, 1945 letter from January 30, 1945 letter to June 30, 1945 letter to July 21, 1945 letter to July 24, 1945 letter from October 3, 1945 letters to (two letters) October 16, 1945 letter to and letter from December 13, 1945 letter from December 17, 1945 letter to February 23, 1946 letter to and letter from April 19, 1946 letter from May 21, 1946 telegram to May 22, 1946 letter from May 24, 1946 letter from May 28, 1946 telegram to June 8, 1946 letter to June 10, 1946 letter to June 14, 1946 letter from November 14, 1946 letter from January 13, 1947 letter to January 18, 1947 letters to (two letters) January 22, 1947 letter to January 23, 1947 letter to January 25, 1947 letter to January 27, 1947 letter to and letter from January 28, 1947 letter from February 20, 1947 letters from (two letters) February 27, 1947 letter to March 5, 1947 letter from April 17, 1947 letter to May 9, 1947 resolution May 19, 1947 telegram to May 20, 1947 telegram from June 9, 1947 letter to July 30, 1947 letter to August 14, 1947 letter to

Wiley, ..... February 16, 1948 letter to and telegram to February 17, 1948 letter to March 3, 1948 letter from April 27, 1948 letter from April 29, 1948 letter to May 3, 1948 letter to June 5, 1948 letter from June 8, 1948 letter to June 10, 1948 letter to and from August 11, 1948 letter to August 14, 1948 letter from September 3, 1948 letter to and from September 10, 1948 letter to October 25, 1948 letter to November 13, 1948 letter from December 3, 1948 letter to December 14, 1948 letter from March 17, 1951 letter to March 24, 1951 letter from February 7, 1952 letter to July 2, 1952 letter to July 11, 1952 letter from Williams, G. Mennen (Governor - Michigan) January 1, 1949 letter from January 6, 1949 letter to May 9, 1949 letter to and from June 17, 1949 letter from November 29, 1950 letter to March 15, 1951 letter to and from March 23, 1951 letter from May 1, 1951 letter to May 7, 1951 letter from June 25, 1951 letter to March 12, 1952 letter to November 28, 1952 letter and telegram to

Wilkie, Wendell July 1, 1940 letter to July 10, 1940 letter to

Wolcott, Jesse P. (U.S. House of Representative - Michigan) February 7, 1941 letter from June 1, 1942 letter from

Zablocki, Clement J. (U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin February 29, 1952 letter from

Dates

  • 1920 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

John Beukema was a prominent Muskegon businessman. Moving to Muskegon from Manistee, Michigan, in 1922, he became the Secretary-Manager of the Greater Muskegon Chamber of Commerce. He retained this position until his retirement in 1960.

Extent

15.66 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

Gift of John C. Beukema, transferred by the MSU Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Title
John C. Beukema Papers
Status
4 Published And Cataloged
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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