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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joseph Harold Beck Papers, 1839-1982



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Beck, Joseph Harold, 1839-1867.
Title: Beck, Joseph Harold, papers
Dates: 1839-1982
Abstract: Comprising two letters, a memoir and a biography, genealogical information, and two books, the Joseph Harold Beck Papers, 1839-1982, document Beck’s life, including his tenure as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, and his family in Texas.
Accession No.: 82-046
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Joseph Huguenin and Sarah Jane (Sledge) Beck in Alabama, Joseph Harold Beck (1839-1867) moved with his family to Victoria, Texas, in 1840, eventually settling in San Antonio. He graduated from Princeton University in 1858 and served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1864, Beck married Mary Hester Shepard, and three years later the couple died without issue during a yellow fever epidemic.

Beck’s brother John Chappell Beck married Sarah Leonora Yelvington in 1877, and the couple had a son, Henry Lucien, the next year. A soldier in the United States Army, Henry had at least two sons, including William W. Beck.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising two letters, a memoir and a biography, genealogical information, and two books, the Joseph Harold Beck Papers, 1839-1982, document Beck’s life and family in Texas. A May 19, 1865, letter from Beck near Hempstead, Texas, to his mother discusses the disorganization of the Confederate Army following the end of the Civil War and plans for a possible exile to Mexico. Photocopied portions of Henry Lucien Beck’s typescript memoir, 1942, describe Beck’s life from his birth in 1878 until his departure from Texas in 1903 and include a family history and a transcript of the 1862 will of Joseph Huguenin Beck. Additionally, the collection includes a 1982 biography of Joseph Harold Beck by his great-nephew William W. Beck, a letter to William from M. Haley Thomas of the Princeton University Archives about Joseph Harold Beck, and two books formerly belonging to Joseph Harold Beck, Chemistry in Its Application to Agriculture and Physiology (1843) by Justus Liebig from the library of the 8th Infantry and Regulations for the Government of the Ordinance Department (1839).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Beck, Joseph Harold, 1839-1867 -- Archives.
Beck, Henry Lucien, b. 1878.
Beck, William W.
Beck, Joseph Huguenin.
Beck family -- Genealogy.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army -- Soldiers.
United States. Army -- Soldiers.
Subjects
Genealogy -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Harold Beck Papers, 1839-1982, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Zf253 Papers, 1839-1982

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