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RG3089.AM:  Ralph Frederick Beermann, 1912-1977



Papers:  1961-1964

Dakota City, Dakota County, Neb.:  U.S. Representative

Size:  41.5 cu.ft.; 83 boxes



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Born near Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska on August 13, 1912, Ralph Frederick Beermann attended public schools in South Sioux City, Nebraska and went on to attend Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. During World War II, Beermann served in the U.S. Army in the African and European Theaters with the 601st Ordnance Battalion, 301st Ordnance Regiment. After the war he partnered with six brothers (Beermann Bros.) in farming, cattle feeding, and alfalfa dehydrating in Dakota County, Nebraska.



Long active in politics, Beermann organized the Dakota County Young Republicans in 1946. He served as the chairman of the Dakota County Republican Central Committee for ten years, and in 1960 he defeated Democratic Rep. Larry Brock to represent Nebraska’s 3rd District. Following the state’s House redistricting in 1961, Beermann defeated Clair Callan to represent Nebraska’s newly formed 1st District. In 1964 Beermann lost his bid for reelection to Clair Callan. Beermann served both terms on the House Agriculture Committee. Following his loss to Callan, Beermann resumed his business activities with Beermann Bros., but in 1972 he returned to politics when he won a seat on the board of the Nebraska Public Power District. He served on the board of the NPPD until his death in 1977.



Ralph Beermann died on February 17, 1977 when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed at the Sioux City (Iowa) airport. His plane apparently caught a pole with its wing and flipped over near the end of the runway. Beermann was survived by his wife, Marjorie, and four brothers. He was laid to rest at the Dakota City Cemetery in Dakota City, Nebraska.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The material in this collection relates to Congressman Beermann’s activities in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1964. The collection consists of 83 file boxes, arranged in the order kept by Mr. Beermann during his two terms in Congress. The papers consist largely of correspondence and are arranged in three series:



Series 1 – 87th Congress, 1961-1962



Boxes 1-6: General correspondence by topic

Boxes 6-10: Agricultural committee files

Boxes 10-19: Legislation, arranged alphabetically

Boxes 20-23: Acknowledgements, congratulations and invitations

Boxes 24-27: Requests and recommendations

Box 28: Bills



Series 2 – 88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963



Boxes 28-31: General correspondence by topic

Box 31: Republican Party

Boxes 32-40: Legislation, arranged alphabetically

Boxes 40-42: Acknowledgements, congratulations and invitations

Boxes 43-46: Requests



Series 3 – 88th Congress, 2nd Session, 1963-1964



Boxes 47-49: Agriculture

Boxes 50-59: General correspondence by topic

Boxes 60-64: Agricultural committee files

Boxes 65-74: Legislation, arranged alphabetically

Box 75: Supreme Court

Box 76: Acknowledgements

Boxes 77-78: Extension of remarks

Boxes 78-79: Invitations

Boxes 80-83: Requests



Note:  There is currently no description available for the photograph component [RG3089.PH] of this collection. Please ask a reference staff member for assistance with the photographs.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – 87th Congress, 1961-1962



Box 1

Folder




  1. USDA

  2. Ag Dept. Credit Unions

  3. ASCS

  4. PVS Act

  5. CCC

  6. Ag. – Wheat

  7. Billie Sol Estes

  8. FHA



Box 2

Folder




  1. REA

  2. Soil Conservation

  3. Air Force – Gen

  4. Transfers – Discharges

  5. Inman Case

  6. Army General

  7. Engineers

  8. Discharges – Fort Lee Boys

  9. Discharges

  10. Gen. Walker

  11. Census Bureau



Box 3

Folder




  1. Civil Aeronautic Brand

  2. High Plains

  3. Civil Service

  4. Dept. of Commerce

  5. Rural Area Development Adm.

  6. Dept. of Defense

  7. Civil Defense

  8. FAA

  9. Frontier Airlines

  10. FCC

  11. WJAG



Box 4

Folder




  1. GPO

  2. HEW

  3. Food & Drugs

  4. Hospital Construction

  5. Office of Education

  6. Social Security

  7. Public Health Service

  8. Housing & Home Finance Agency

  9. ICC

  10. Dept. of Justice – General

  11. FBI

  12. Immigration & Naturalization

  13. Labor – CNW Strike

  14. NASA, NLRB

  15. Navy Gen, Transfers & Discharges, Marine Corps

  16. GSA



Box 5

Folder




  1. General

  2. Commemorative Stamps

  3. Postmasters, Rural Carriers, etc.

  4. Post Office Construction

  5. Rural Routes

  6. Allen, Nebraska Post Office

  7. Dakota City

  8. Beemer Rural Carrier Cumming County

  9. Creston, Nebraska

  10. Post Office – Fremont

  11. Post Office – Genoa

  12. Genoa – Postmastership

  13. Giltner Rural Carrier – Hamilton County

  14. Howe Post Office

  15. Lyons Postmaster – Burt County

  16. McLean Rural Carrier – Pierce County

  17. Post Office – Madison

  18. Madison Rural Route

  19. Post Office – Milford

  20. Post Office – Meadow Grove

  21. Milford Rural Carrier – Seward County

  22. Palmer Post Office

  23. Pilger Postmaster – Stanton County

  24. So. Sioux County

  25. Surprise – 4th Class – Butler County

  26. Tekamah Post Office

  27. Waco Rural Carrier – York County

  28. Yutan

  29. Verdigre Post Office



Box 6

Folder




  1. SBA

  2. State Dept. General

  3. Passports, Visas, Etc. – Supreme Court – Treasury – General – IRS

  4. Veterans Admin.

  5. White House

  6. Ag Committee Votes

  7. Agriculture Committee – Tobacco

  8. Letters to be Used in Committee

  9. Committee Notices

  10. Agriculture Committee Releases



Box 7

Folder




  1. Committee Correspondence

  2. Ag Committee – Subcommittee Oversight and Consumer Relations

  3. Ag Committee – Subcommittee on Equipment, Supplies, and Manpower

  4. Ag Committee – Subcommittee on Oilseeds and Rice

  5. Ag Committee – Public Law 480

  6. Ag Committee – Subcommittee on Dairy and Poultry



Box 8

Folder




  1. Farm Labor – Public Law 78

  2. Ag Committee – Hog Cholera

  3. Oilseeds & Rice Subcommittee trip to Texas

  4. Food and Fiber

  5. Subcommittee Domestic Marketing

  6. Ag. Committee – Cotton

  7. Ag. Committee – Wheat

  8. Ag. Committee – Wool Act

  9. Ag. Feed Grains Bill

  10. Ag. Committee – Feed Grains HR 4510



Box 9

Folder




  1. Feed Grains Program – 1961

  2. Feed Grains – Working File

  3. Ag – Feed & Grains

  4. Ag. Committee HR 5023

  5. Agric. Com. Sub-Com Hearings Sioux City, etc.



Box 10

Folder




  1. C.E.D.

  2. Dairy

  3. Committees, Whip Notices, Republican Conference, Policy Committee

  4. Agric., Anti-Trust

  5. Appropriations

  6. AEC, Appropriations, Hanford Project



Box 11

Folder




  1. Area Redevelopment

  2. Banking, Berlin, Budget

  3. Captive Nations, Censorship, Civil Rights

  4. Communism

  5. Education – Federal Aid to (Opposed) Robo Letter

  6. Communism

  7. Civil Service, Cuba, Constitutional Amendment

  8. Disarmament, Delaware River Com., Depressed Areas, Dist-Col., Education

  9. Education; Fed Aid to:



Box 12

Folder




  1. Education – Aid to Parochial Schools

  2. Foreign Affairs, Trade, FCC & Radio, Flood Control, Foreign Aid

  3. 1961 – General

  4. General

  5. GI Bill, Housing, Home Rule, Housing

  6. ICC

  7. Indians, Interior (Water Rights)

  8. Interstate Commerce (Rate-Making)



Box 13

Folder




  1. Judiciary Com, Labor-Migrant Workers, Common Site Picketting, Liquor

  2. Labor – Minimum Wage

  3. Labor – Minimum Wage – Robo

  4. HR 3935 Minimum Wage

  5. Misc. HR 4999



Box 14

Folder




  1. Legislation – Miscellaneous (Nebraska)

  2. Misc.

  3. Veterans



Box 15

Folder




  1. Veterans

  2. Taxes – General

  3. Taxes – Gore Amend – HR 10

  4. Taxes: Excise, Income



Box 16

Folder




  1. Taxes – (Robo)(Savings & Loan)

  2. Taxes, Telephone, Transportation, Trade

  3. Trade

  4. Un-American Act

  5. United Nations

  6. UN Bonds, Unemployment

  7. Urban Redevelopment (Affairs)



Box 17

Folder




  1. Water Pollution, Welfare, Wilderness Act

  2. N.S. Life Ins., New Frontier

  3. Nuclear Testimony, Nursing Bill

  4. Postal Rate Increase

  5. Postal Pay Increase

  6. Postal-Communism Mail, Public Works

  7. Qual. Stab. Bill, Railroads

  8. Reclamation, Reorganization Plans



Box 18

Folder




  1. Reclamation, Frying Pan, Ark.

  2. Rules Com.

  3. Medicare – Social Security HR 4222

  4. Social Security (Medicare)

  5. Social Security, Steel Crisis



Box 19

Folder




  1. Taxes, Clay Products

  2. Taxes – Co-op

  3. Taxes – Highway

  4. Taxes – General



Box 20

Folder




  1. Acknowledgements – Nebraska

  2. Acknowledgements – Out of State



Box 21

Folder




  1. Acknowledgements – Out of State

  2. Condolences

  3. Congrats – Gen.

  4. Wedding Anniv., Congrats from Others

  5. Birthday Congrats

  6. Congratulations, General



Box 22

Folder




  1. Invitations – Accepted

  2. Invites – Declined, Invites to Others

  3. Invites – Declined



Box 23

Folder




  1. Invitations



Box 24

Folder




  1. Newspapers – Magazine Subscriptions

  2. Newsletter

  3. News – Release Corres.

  4. Radio & TV

  5. Office Staff, Applicants, Football Tickets

  6. Peace Corps



Box 25

Folder




  1. Office – Nebr., No, Positions

  2. Positions (High School Grads)

  3. Recommendations

  4. Requests

  5. Requests – Farm Bulletins

  6. Requests 1961



Box 26

Folder




  1. Yearbooks

  2. Flags, Photos & Biographical Material Requests

  3. Requests & Students, Cong. Directory, Battle Monuments



Box 27

Folder




  1. Nebr. Gen.

  2. Redistricting

  3. Mead Ordinance, Fort Robinson, Rurbia

  4. Newspapers – Libraries

  5. Visitors



Box 28

Folder




  1. Bills, 87th Congress



Series 2 – 88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963




  1. Ag

  2. Air Force – General

  3. AF Transfers, etc.

  4. General

  5. Discharge, Transfers, etc

  6. CAB

  7. Civil Service

  8. Commerce Dept.



Box 29

Folder




  1. National Guard

  2. Department of Defense, Civil Defense, National Guard

  3. FAA

  4. Frontier Airlines

  5. FCC

  6. GSA

  7. Food & Drug

  8. Health, Ed. & Welfare

  9. Education

  10. HEW – Public Health

  11. Social Security

  12. Housing & Home Fin. Agency

  13. FHA



Box 30

Folder




  1. ICC

  2. Labor

  3. National Relations Board

  4. Navy

  5. Guantanamo Bay Trip

  6. Navy – Transfers – Discharges

  7. Tariff Com.

  8. Arms Control & Disarmament



Box 31

Folder




  1. US Info Agency

  2. Small Business

  3. State Dept – General

  4. Test Ban Treaty

  5. Treasury – Gen, IRS

  6. Veterans

  7. Rep. Conference

  8. HR 12 – Medical Asst. Act

  9. Rep. Whip Notices

  10. Rep. Policy Com.

  11. Minority Staffing



Box 32

Folder




  1. Ag – Appropriations

  2. Appropriations

  3. Appropriations – Military

  4. Captive Nations

  5. Civil Rights



Box 33

Folder




  1. Civil Rights (Robo Letter)

  2. Cuba

  3. Civil Rights (Robo Letter – Petition)

  4. Education

  5. Education – Fed Dist – (For Aid to Parochial)

  6. Dist of Columbia

  7. Education – HR 6143



Box 34

Folder




  1. Education (Impacted Areas), Vocational Ed, Equal Pay

  2. FCC

  3. Federal Pay Increase

  4. Federal Pay Robo Letter

  5. Food & Drug

  6. Foreign Aid

  7. Foreign Aid – HR 7885

  8. Foreign Affairs (Policy)



Box 35

Folder




  1. Material from Meeting w/ Nebr. Federation of Retail Associations

  2. General

  3. ICC

  4. Independent, Bus Ballot

  5. Interior



Box 36

Folder




  1. Misc (Out of District)

  2. Monroe Doctrine

  3. New Frontier

  4. Postal, Postal Pay

  5. Medicare

  6. Military Pay

  7. Misc. (Nebr.)

  8. Mental Health

  9. Military



Box 37

Folder




  1. Social Security

  2. Supreme Court

  3. Space

  4. Taxes – Co-Ops

  5. Taxes – Excise

  6. School Lunch

  7. Selective Service

  8. Railroads

  9. Quality Stabilization

  10. Railroads – Robo Letter



Box 38

Folder




  1. Taxes – Income

  2. Trade

  3. Transportation

  4. United Nations

  5. UN (Arab Isreal)

  6. Veterans – Discharge Petition

  7. Taxes – General



Box 39

Folder




  1. Veterans

  2. Ack – Out of State

  3. Wilderness Bill

  4. Acknowledgements – Nebr.



Box 40

Folder




  1. General Congrats

  2. Birthday Congrats, Wedding

  3. Invitations – Accepted



Box 41

Folder




  1. Invitations – Accepted

  2. Invitations – Declined



Box 42

Folder




  1. Subscriptions

  2. Newsletter – No Answer

  3. Invitations – Declined

  4. 1963 – Founders Day

  5. Newsletter



Box 43

Folder




  1. Newsletter

  2. Requests



Box 44

Folder




  1. Yeabooks

  2. Photos, Students, Cong. Directory



Box 45

Folder




  1. Nebr. Gen.

  2. Nebr. Breakfast

  3. Whitney

  4. Visitors



Box 46

Folder




  1. Agriculture

  2. Dr. Willard Cochrane

  3. Ag Research Service

  4. Freeman

  5. Freeman Speeches

  6. Dual Grading of Beef



Series 3 – 88th Congress, 2nd Session, 1963-1964



Box 47

Folder




  1. Meat Imports



Box 48

Folder




  1. Meat Imports

  2. Ag (Root Worm)

  3. Ag Stabilization and Conservation Service



Box 49

Folder




  1. Commodity Credit Corporation

  2. Farmers Home Administration

  3. Rural Electrification Administration

  4. Soil Conservation Service

  5. Rural Areas Development Office



Box 50

Folder




  1. Ag – Marketing Service

  2. Lincoln Air Force Base

  3. Air Force – Transfers, Discharges

  4. Air Force – General

  5. Dept of Army – General

  6. Army Engineers

  7. Engineers – Blue River Basin

  8. Flood Control



Box 51

Folder




  1. Elkhorn – Flood Control

  2. Little Nemaha Flood Control

  3. Flood Control – Papio Creek

  4. Flood Control – Salt Wahoo

  5. Discharges – Transfers – Army



Box 52

Folder




  1. Census Bureau

  2. Civil Aeronautics Board

  3. Civil Service

  4. Area Redevelopment Administration

  5. Department of Commerce

  6. Area Redevelopment (Delmarva Soybean Plant) Vienna, MD

  7. Department of Defense

  8. National Guard

  9. Federal Aviation Agency

  10. Federal Communications Commission



Box 53

Folder




  1. Fish & Wildlife Service

  2. Federal Power Commission

  3. Federal Trade Commission

  4. General Services Administration

  5. National Archives & Records

  6. Government Printing Office

  7. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare

  8. Food & Drug Administration

  9. Hospital Construction – HEW

  10. Health, Education, & Welfare – Office of Education

  11. Social Security

  12. Federal Home Loan Bank Board

  13. Railroad Retirement

  14. Public Housing

  15. Dept of Interior – General



Box 54

Folder




  1. Bureau of Reclamation

  2. Bureau of Land Management

  3. National Park Service

  4. Outdoor Recreation

  5. Bureau of Indian Affairs



Box 55

Folder




  1. Angus Dam

  2. Cedar River Irrigation Project

  3. Colorado River Storage Project – Correspondence

  4. Colorado River Storage Project – Working File

  5. Elkhorn Basin Flood Control & Irrigation

  6. Elkhorn Valley Water Resources Assn.

  7. Little Blue River

  8. Loup River Storage – Correspondence & News Clips

  9. Loup River Storage Project



Box 56

Folder




  1. Maple Creek

  2. Mirage Flats Irrigation Project

  3. Shell Creek

  4. North Loup Projects & Big Indian Creek

  5. Cedar River Valley

  6. Mid-State Reclamation

  7. Bellwood & Bear-Pierce-Cedar Watershed Projects



Box 57

Folder




  1. Interstate Commerce Commission

  2. ICC – Box Car

  3. Post Office Dept

  4. Commemorative Stamp (Sokol-Crete)

  5. FBI

  6. Immigration & Naturalization

  7. Dept. of Labor

  8. National Aeronautics & Space Administration

  9. Dept of the Navy, Transfers – Discharges, Marine Corps



Box 58

Folder




  1. Post Office – General

  2. Lincoln Post Office

  3. Postmasters

  4. Rural Carriers (Post Office)

  5. Rural Routes

  6. Tariff Commission

  7. Supreme Court

  8. Atomic Energy Commission

  9. Smithsonian Institute

  10. Small Business Administration

  11. State Dept.

  12. Agency of International Development

  13. State Dept – Passports, Visas, Etc.

  14. Dept of Treasury

  15. Veterans Administration

  16. International Revenue Service

  17. White House



Box 59

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee – Legislative Calendar

  2. Ag. Committee



Box 60

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee



Box 61

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee



Box 62

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee



Box 63

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee



Box 64

Folder




  1. Ag. Committee



Box 65

Folder




  1. Beermann Bills & Correspondence



Box 66

Folder




  1. Beermann Bills & Correspondence

  2. Legislation A



Box 67

Folder




  1. Legislation A



Box 68

Folder




  1. Legislation B-C



Box 69

Folder




  1. Legislation D-G



Box 70

Folder




  1. Legislation H-L



Box 71

Folder




  1. Legislation M



Box 72

Folder




  1. Legislation M-Q



Box 73

Folder




  1. Legislation R-T



Box 74

Folder




  1. Legislation T-Y



Box 75

Folder




  1. Supreme Court

  2. Supreme Court – Letters – Unanswered by Mimeographed Letters

  3. Supreme Court – Robo Letter



Box 76

Folder




  1. Acknowledgements

  2. Biographical-Letters, Condolences, Congratulations

  3. Congratulations



Box 77

Folder




  1. Congressional Record List

  2. Extension of Remarks, 1964

  3. Extension of Remarks, 1963



Box 78

Folder




  1. Extension of Remarks Correspondence, Warren Commission, Eulogies

  2. Invitations – Declined

  3. Invitations – Accepted



Box 79

Folder




  1. Invitations – Accepted

  2. Newsletter

  3. Radio & TV

  4. Questionnaire Correspondence

  5. Questionnaire – 1962 – Nebraska Voters Opinion Poll



Box 80

Folder




  1. Employment

  2. Peace Corps

  3. Requests



Box 81

Folder




  1. Yearbooks

  2. Flags



Box 82

Folder




  1. Brides, Soil Surveys

  2. Nebraska



Box 83

Folder




  1. Nebr. Breakfast

  2. Federal Credit Bill

  3. Nebraska Files

  4. Visitors

  5. Beermann, Ralph F. 1912-



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Agriculture

Beermann, Ralph Frederick, 1912-1977

Legislators — United States

Nebraska — Politics and government

Political parties

Politics — Nebraska

Republican Party

United States. Congress. House of Representatives, 1961-1964



 



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