Elizabeth A. Beck Papers
1919-1921 and undated

MSS 64
5 linear inches


Beck, Elizabeth A., 1898-1939




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Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.)--Students.

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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Elizabeth A. Nelson was born in Chesterton, Indiana in 1898. She was valedictorian of her class at Augustana College in 1921, and taught English there for one year until she married Rev. Victor E. Beck in 1922. He served as a Lutheran pastor for several years in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Elizabeth was an officer of the Iowa Women's Home and Foreign Mission Society and a board member of the Y.W.C.A. When her husband was called to pastor a church in Mankato, Minnesota, Mrs. Beck continued her church and community service work there until her death in 1939. She had four children.



The Elizabeth A. Beck papers includes four folders of writings. Each folder includes a bound collection of various samples of her writings, which are arranged thematically.

Folder 1 contains ten handwritten book reviews. These may have been assignments written when Elizabeth Nelson was an undergraduate at Augustana College.

Folder 2 includes lecture notes that Elizabeth Nelson took as an undergraduate at Augustana College, between 1919 and 1920. The courses were Epic Art, Romanticism, Literary Criticism, and Philosophy of Style, all taught by Dr. E.F. Bartholomew. Also included in this folder are notes on Dramatic Art, and six essays written by Elizabeth Nelson.

Folder 3 contains three sets of lecture notes that Elizabeth Nelson took as an undergraduate at Augustana College, between 1920 and 1921. The courses were History of Education and School Administration, taught by Dr. A.R. Wallin, and Esthetics, taught by Dr. E.F. Bartholomew.

Folder 4 contains 16 speeches given by Elizabeth Beck to various church and community groups. Also included are four loose pages of notes on Queen Victoria.



The bound books are arranged thematically.



Box 1
      Book Reviews, undated
      Essays and Lecture Notes, 1919-1920
      Lecture Notes, 1920-1921
      Speeches, undated



Victor Beck papers, SSIRC MSS P:223; Esther Beck papers, MSS 70


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