Consists of papers relating to Rollo Beck's life, primarily but not exclusively his life as a collector. Included are papers
relating to expeditions to the Galápagos (5 starts, 4 completed trips), South America and parts of the Caribbean, the South
Seas, and Alaska (two trips). The collection includes negatives, prints and lantern slides of his travels, as well some of
his life as a farmer.
Rollo Howard Beck was born August 26, 1870, in Los Gatos, California. When he was six, his family moved a few miles to Berryessa,
now a district of San Jose, California. Over an active career that lasted nearly 60 years, Beck became the best known bird
and reptile collector of the time, despite having only completed school through part of eighth grade.
17.88 Cubic feet
1 records center carton, 52 archives boxes (some oversize, some glass negative boxes), 1 rolled item
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