Esther Beck Papers

MSS 70
2.5 linear inches

Creator: Beck, Esther A. (Esther Anderson), 1904-1988
Language: English, Swedish
Access: There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Access points: Teachers--Illinois.
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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Esther Beck was born January 7, 1904 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1928 and later became a teacher and dean of women there. She married Rev. Dr. Victor E. Beck in 1941. Esther Beck earned a master's degree from New York University. The Beck's came to Rock Island in 1955. Victor was secretary of literature at Augustana Book Concern from 1955 until his death in 1963. Esther served as a teacher and counselor in the Rock Island public schools between from 1955 until her retirement in 1970. Upon her retirement from the Rock Island School District, she travelled to Taipei where she taught English, speech, and debate at National Taiwan University. While in Taiwan she also did missionary work. In 1985, she came back to the U.S. permanently and settled in Northfield, Minnesota where she passed away in 1988. Esther Beck was a member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, an international honor society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth.



This is a very small collection that consists, most notably, of 2 travel diaries that detail travels abroad in Sweden as well as other European locales. Other items of interest include two photographs, correspondence, and various writings. This collection spans the time period when Esther Beck was living and working in Rock Island.



Box 1
      Book, In Tune with the Father, 1950
      Correspondence, photographs, and clippings,1941-1971 (scattered)
      Delta Kappa Gamma Society Yearbooks, 1960-1961, 1972-1973
      Notebooks, 1954, 1963
      Travel notebooks, 1952, 1963, 1972



Victor Beck papers, SSIRC MSS P:223; Elizabeth A. Beck papers, MSS 64


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