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Walter C. Beckett Papers

Collection ID

Acc. 65

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Collecting Area(s)


Collection Summary


Beckett, Walter C. Papers



Collection ID

URB 19 (Acc. 65)


Beckett, Walter C.


3 cubic feet (6 boxes, 6 reels of microfilm)   


Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries


Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

Walter C. Beckett was a mortician and lay member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was active in community organizations such as the West Rittenhouse YMCA, in church groups, and in business and fraternal groups. He was a prominent businessman and church leader in Germantown's black community. His mortuary was at 216 West Coulter Street, Germantown, and he attended and was a trustee of Union A.M.E. Church at 16th and Fairmount Streets. His scrapbooks contain clippings from Philadelphia's black and white presses on subjects concerning the black population.

Description of Collection

Papers include incoming and outgoing correspondence, printed programs, and a microfilm copy of scrapbooks.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Walter C. Beckett Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number],Walter C. Beckett Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Charles C. Beckett, 1970. Accession no. 65.  

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in February 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services.


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:

Alexander, Raymond Pace, 1898-1974

Alexander,  Sadie Tanner Mossell, 1898-1989

Beckett, J. Campbell

Millen, Herbert E., 1892?-1959

Tyler, Edward Ernest

Wright, Emanuel C.

Wright, Richard Robert, 1855-1947

Corporate Names:

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mount Lawn Cemetery (Sharon Hill, Pa.)

Union African Methodist Episcopal Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Young Men’s Christian Association (Philadelphia, Pa.), West Rittenhouse branch


African Americans Congregations

African American churches

Undertakers and undertaking


Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Material Types:






Box 1

URB 19/1-41 Incoming correspondence A-Ci

See list of added entries for names of correspondents

Box 2

URB 19/42-98 Incoming correspondence Co-K

See list of added entries for names of correspondents

Box 3

URB 19/99-151 Incoming correspondence L-P

See list of added entries for names of correspondents

Box 4

URB 19/152-199 Incoming correspondence R-W See list of added entries for names of correspondents

Box 5

URB 19/200-212 Incoming correspondence Y-Z

See list of added entries for names of correspondents

URB 19/213 Miscellaneous incoming correspondence

URB 19/214-223 Outgoing correspondence 1920-1950 See list of added entries for names of correspondents

Box 6

URB 19/224 Speeches

URB 19/225 Funerals and memorial services 1920-1968

URB 19/226 Church services 1924-1953

URB 19/227 Testimonials

URB 19/228 Commencement and ceremonial programs 1928-1959

URB 19/229 Concerts and recitals

URB 19/230 Concerts and recitals

URB 19/231 Publications and magazines

URB 19/232 Morticians' literature

URB 19/233 Greeting cards


Reel 1 Scrapbooks 1934-1943

Reel 2 Scrapbooks 1943-1950

Reel 3 Scrapbooks 1951-1957

Reel 4 Scrapbooks 1957-1961

Reel 5 Scrapbooks 1961-1965

Reel 6 Scrapbooks 1966-1968