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Inventory to the papers of Rollo Howard and Ida Menzies Beck at the California Academy of Sciences Library MSS.036
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Series 1: Biographical Materials undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Autobiographies and obituaries 1918, 1936, 1950

Box 1, Folder 2

Materials about Beck's life, mostly created after his death

 

Series 2: Correspondence 1886-1895

Box 1, Folder 3

Undated undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1886

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1890-1893

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence 1894 January-June

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence 1894 July-September

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence 1894 October-December

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1895 January-June

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence 1895 July-December

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence 1896 January-June

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence 1896 July-December

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence 1897

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence 1898 January-March

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence 1898 April-June

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence 1898 July-September

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence 1899 January-March

Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence 1899 April-June

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence 1899 July-December

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence 1900

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence 1901

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence 1902

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence 1903

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence 1904

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence 1905

Box 4, Folder 7

Correspondence 1906

Box 4, Folder 8

Correspondence 1907

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence 1908

Box 4, Folder 10

Correspondence 1909

Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence 1910

Box 5, Folder 2

Correspondence 1911

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence 1912

Box 5, Folder 4

Correspondence 1913

Box 5, Folder 5

Correspondence 1914

Box 5, Folder 6

Correspondence 1915

Box 5, Folder 7

Correspondence 1916

Box 5, Folder 8

Correspondence 1917-1918

Box 5, Folder 9

Correspondence 1919

Box 5, Folder 10

Correspondence 1920

Box 5, Folder 11

Correspondence 1921

Box 5, Folder 12

Correspondence 1922

Box 5, Folder 13

Correspondence 1923

Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence 1924 January-March

Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence 1924 April-June

Box 6, Folder 3

Correspondence 1924 July-December

Box 6, Folder 4

Correspondence 1925

Box 6, Folder 5

Correspondence 1926

Box 6, Folder 6

Correspondence 1927

Box 6, Folder 7

Correspondence 1929

Box 6, Folder 8

Correspondence 1929

Box 6, Folder 9

Correspondence 1930-1934

Box 6, Folder 10

Correspondence 1935-1936, 1939

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence 1898 October-December

Box 7, Folder 1

Correspondence 1940-1950

Box 7, Folder 2

Correspondence 1951-1985

Box 9, Folder 1

Correspondence to and from others not recorded

Box 9, Folder 2

Correspondence, Ida M. Beck not recorded

 

Oversize correspondence 1894-1927

Box 8, Folder 1

Correspondence 1894 November 20

Box 8, Folder 2

Correspondence 1894 November 30

Box 8, Folder 3

Correspondence 1894 December 3

Box 8, Folder 4

Correspondence 1894 December 8

Box 8, Folder 5

Correspondence 1894 December 19

Box 8, Folder 6

Correspondence 1894 December 28

Box 8, Folder 7

Correspondence with Skinner 1895 February 27

Box 8, Folder 8

Correspondence 1895 October 2

Box 8, Folder 9

Correspondence 1897 March 24

Box 8, Folder 10

Correspondence 1898 March 18

Box 8, Folder 11

Correspondence 1898 October 9

Box 8, Folder 12

Correspondence 1898 October 14

Box 8, Folder 13

Correspondence 1898 October 27

Box 8, Folder 14

Correspondence 1900 July 11

Box 8, Folder 17

Correspondence 1906 December?

Box 8, Folder 18

Correspondence 1910? December 29

Box 8, Folder 19

Correspondence 1921 June 7 and August 8 1921 June 7 and August 8

Box 8, Folder 20

Correspondence 1921 December 7

Box 8, Folder 21

Correspondence 1922 October 6

Box 8, Folder 22

Correspondence 1923 July 17

Box 8, Folder 24, Box 8, Folder 23

Correspondence 1924 April 2

Box 8, Folder 25

Correspondence 1924 June 20

Box 8, Folder 26

Correspondence 1924 July 18

Box 8, Folder 27

Correspondence 1925 September 16

Box 8, Folder 28

Correspondence 1925 September 28

Box 8, Folder 29

Correspondence 1925 December 18

Box 8, Folder 31

Correspondence 1926 February 4

Box 8, Folder 30

Correspondence 1926 January 11

Box 8, Folder 33

Correspondence 1926 December 16

Box 8, Folder 35

Correspondence 1927 January 12

Box 8, Folder 36

Correspondence 1927 March 27

Box 8, Folder 37

Correspondence 1927 March 20

Box 8, Folder 38

Correspondence 1927 May 9

Box 8, Folder 39

Correspondence 1927 June 15

Box 8, Folder 34

Correspondence 1927 January 10-12

 

Series 3: Field Journals and Notes

Box 10, Folder 1

Rollo Beck Galapagos expedition journal [original] 1905-1906

Box 10, Folder 2

Rollo Beck Galapagos expedition journal [acid-free copy] 1905-1906

Box 10, Folder 3

California Academy of Sciences Galapagos Expedition, Beck's Schooner Academy Log Book, Personnel Evaluations, and J. J. Parker Matter Letters 1906

Box 10, Folder 4

Waterbird Notes, Los Banos, California 1908-1909

Box 10, Folder 5

Alaska 1911

Box 10, Folder 6

Peru [sic] 1912

Box 10, Folder 7

South American Expeditions for American Museum of Natural History 1912-1917

Box 11, Folder 1

South America, original field notes, American Museum of Natural History 1912-1917

Box 11, Folder 2

South America, edited by Murphy and typed, American Museum of Natural History 1912-1917

Box 11, Folder 3

Alaska, collecting list and journal, notes on desiderata, localities. 1919

Box 11, Folder 4

South Seas, Materials prepared for Beck on flora, fauna, geography, people, and languages, Whitney expedition undated

Box 11, Folder 5

South Seas, Parts of handwritten journal and edited/typed version 1920-1923

Box 12, Folder 1

South Seas, Field notes typed by Rollo and/or Ida Beck 1922-1928

Box 12, Folder 2

New Guinea expedition, typed by Beck 1928-1929

Box 12, Folder 3

Field Notes, typed by Beck [duplicates of pages in Box 11, folder 3] 1919

Box 12, Folder 4

Field notes, edited by Murphy and typed at American Museum of Natural History 1920-1923

Box 12, Folder 5

Field notes, edited by Murphy and typed at American Museum of Natural History 1923-1925

Box 12, Folder 6

Field notes [duplicate of material in Box 12, Folder 5] 1924

Box 12, Folder 7

Discursive summaries of South Seas field notes by locale or bird undated

Box 13, Folder 1

Bird lists from South Seas 1920-1929

Box 8, Folder 32

List of New Hebrides Island birds taken by Whitney Expedition, J. G. Correia 1926 October 29

Box 13, Folder 2

Lists of birds collected for USFWS, USDA, Ca. 1895-1896, 1931-1939

Box 13, Folder 3

Lists of Beck's personal collections 1931-1938

Box 13, Folder 4

Redwing blackbird control notes, Merced County, California 1943-1950

 

Series 4: Legal, Financial, and Related Papers

Box 14, Folder 1, Box 14, Folder 2

Legal papers, stock certificates, and financial records not recorded

Box 14, Folder 3

Papers related to La Prosperidad Colony not recorded

Box 14, Folder 4

Passports, collecting permits, and letters of introduction not recorded

Box 14, Folder 5

Acknowledgments of donations, appointments of honor not recorded

Box 15, Folder 1

Correspondence re: bookkeeping not recorded

Box 15, Folder 2

Account book 1888-1898

Box 15, Folder 3

Account book 1899-1907

Box 15, Folder 4

Account book early 1900s

Box 15, Folder 5

Account book [includes some diary-like entries] 1940-1950

Box 8, Folder 15

Stores list for 1901 expedition 1901

Box 8, Folder 16

Contracts and other legal documents 1903 April 20

 

Series 5: Other Papers

 

Maps 1902, 1907, undated

 

Maps, Pilot Charts not recorded

 

U.S. Chart #1798 of the Galapagos 1907

 

Map of Santo Domingo Island not recorded

Object 1

U.S. Chart #1798 of the Galapagos, used on expedition 1902 December 11

Box 17, Folder 1

Maps, Tahiti, various not recorded

Box 17, Folder 2

Drafts and travel notes 1895-1942

Box 17, Folder 3

Bird eggs and skins for sale; Bird books for sale not recorded

Box 17, Folder 4

Ticket stubs and business/calling cards 1895-1942

Box 17, Folder 5

Printed and duplicated materials kept by Beck not recorded

Box 17, Folder 6

Blank stationary and forms undated

Box 17, Folder 7

Printed materials not recorded

Box 17, Folder 8

Book, Gems of Scottish Songs 1894

Box 17, Folder 9

Christmas Carols, Pamphlet with Lyrics undated

 

News clippings undated

Box 18, Folder 1

News Clippings about Beck, Childhood not recorded

Box 18, Folder 2

News Clippings about Beck, Galapagos 1894

Box 18, Folder 3

News Clippings about Beck, Alaska 1911

Box 18, Folder 4

News Clippings about Beck, South America 1912-1917

Box 18, Folder 5

News Clippings about Beck, South Seas 1920-1930

Box 18, Folder 6

News Clippings about Beck 1930-1985

Box 18, Folder 7

News Clippings, Articles about Ida M. Beck not recorded

Box 18, Folder 8

Duplicates, not deacidified not recorded

Box 18, Folder 9

Printed mementos of Beck's travels

Box 19, Folder 1

Scrapbook of Beck's travels not recorded

Box 19, Folder 2

Clippings and articles related to Beck's life, but not by or about him not recorded

Box 19, Folder 3

Murphy, R. C., "Observations on Birds of the South Pacific," typed partial manuscript not recorded

Box 19, Folder 4

Beck's handwritten list of articles or references to himself not recorded

Box 19, Folder 5

Articles by or about Beck, including Slevin's 1917 log 1917, undated

Box 20, Box 22, Box 21

Reprints and offprints of journal articles by or about Beck not recorded

 

Ephemera undated

Box 19, Object 1, Box 19, Object 2

Pith helmets undated

Box 23, Object 3

Bulb for lantern slide projector undated

Box 23, Object 4

Green eyeshade undated

Box 23, Object 5

Small knife case undated

Box 23, Object 6

Eastman Kodak Bulls-Eye #2 camera undated

 

Series 6: Photo Lists and Photographic Materials

 

Photo lists undated

Box 26, Folder 1

Galapagos undated

Box 26, Folder 2

South America and the Caribbean undated

Box 26, Folder 3

South Seas undated

Box 26, Folder 4

Photo captions, South Seas undated

Box 26, Folder 4

Three small notepads with South Seas photo lists plus other notes; paper used to hold prints for publication (Gifford, "Proceedings") undated

 

Galapagos photographic prints in notebooks 1905-1906

Existence and Location of Copies note

Most prints and negatives from these notebooks have been scanned and are available for viewing via the library's Cumulus database.
Box 39

Volume 1: Tortoises; Tortoises and People undated

Box 40

Volume 2: People, not Tortoises undated

Box 41

Volume 3: Fauna and Flora

Box 42

Volume 4: Ship and Crew, Mexico undated

 

Photographic negatives undated

Box 27

Galapagos, nitrate negatives [in freezer] undated

Box 28

Galapagos, glass plate negatives undated

Box 29

South Seas, 5" by 7" glass plate negatives undated

Box 30

South Seas, 2 1/2" by 3" glass plate negatives

Box 31

South America, glass negatives undated

Box 32

Beck's farm, glass negatives

Box 33

Galapagos, safety film negatives, plus ten 5" by 7" nitrate negatives and five 3" by 4" negatives to be tested

Box 34

South Seas, safety film negatives [sNegatives] undated

Box 35

Not South Seas, safety film negatives [sNegatives] undated

 

Lantern slides undated

Box 36

Lantern slides undated

Box 37

Lantern slides undated

Box 38

Lantern slides undated

Box 38.1

Lantern slides in old slide carrier box undated

Box 43, Folder 1

Alaska, photographic prints 1911, 1919

Box 43, Folder 2

South America and Caribbean (Brewster-Sanford Expedition) prints 1912-1917

 

South Seas (Whitney Expedition) photographic prints 1920-1929

Scope and Contents note

All images are 5" by 7" and most have American Museum of Natural History numbers.
Box 44, Folder 2, Box 44, Folder 1

Fiji, no captions

Box 44, Folder 3

Fiji; captions undated

Box 44, Folder 4

Tuamotus, with captions 1922

Box 44, Folder 5

Marquesas, with captions 1923

Box 44, Folder 6

Tubuai and Austral, with captions 1921

Box 44, Folder 7

Unknown, a few with captions undated

Box 44, Folder 8

Samoa, a few with captions 1924

Box 44, Folder 9

Tonga, a few with captions 1925

Box 44, Folder 10

Societies/Tahiti, with captions 1923

Box 44, Folder 11

S.V. France, some with captions undated

Box 45, Folder 1

New Zealand, some with captions 1925-1926

Box 45, Folder 2

Papua New Guinea 1, with captions 1928-1929

Box 45, Folder 3

Papua New Guinea 2, with captions 1928-1929

Box 45, Folder 4

Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon; a few with captions 1927

Box 45, Folder 7

Solomons, a few with captions 1927

Box 45, Folder 5

Kiribati, a few with captions 1921 December

Box 45, Folder 6

Bismarck Archipelago, a few with captions 1928

 

South Seas (Whitney Expedition) prints arranged by topic. 1920-1929

Scope and Contents note

Prints of various sizes. These items do not have AMNH numbers.
Box 46, Folder 1

Ships, shipping, cargo

Box 46, Folder 2

Houses, people and houses 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 3

Fauna 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 4

Flora 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 5

Portraits with one or two people 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 6

Group shots 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 7

Laundry 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 8

Market and toting 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 9

People at work 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 10

Ceremonies 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 11

Archery and hunting 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 12

Steamers/ocean liners 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 13

Schooners: France, Moana, Pro Patria, Hinano? 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 14

Europeans 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 15

Natives, mostly Tuamotus 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 16

Australia 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 17

Jose and Virginia Correia 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 18

Gardening 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 19

Fishing, collecting eggs 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 20

Village 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 21

Native and Western boats 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 22

Geography and scenery 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 23

Solomons 1929

Box 46, Folder 24

Kiritimati, Vanuatu, Tonga 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 25

Samoa 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 26

Marquesas 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 27

Societies 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 28

Fiji 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 29

Papua New Guinea and Bismarck Archipelago 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 30

New Zealand 1920-1929

Box 46, Folder 31

Norfolk I. and Lord Howe I., Australia late May 1926

Box 47, Folder 1

South Seas prints corresponding to negatives in box 34.

Scope and Contents note

Old prints as well as new ones of previously unprinted negatives. Many duplicates.
 

Family and non-expedition photographic prints

Box 47, Folder 2

Family photos, corresponding to negatives in Box 35 undated

Box 47, Folder 3

Photos taken in England, corresponding to negatives in Box 35 1929

Box 48, Folder 1

Family and friends, greater Bay Area undated

Box 48, Folder 2

Fruit farming undated

Box 48, Folder 3

Live birds, probably Planada, CA undated`

Box 48, Folder 4

California, not Bay Area undated

Box 48, Folder 5

Massachusetts and Rhode Island 1898-1899

Box 48, Folder 6

Not United States undated

Box 48, Folder 7

Taxidermy, activity and products undated

 

Oversize prints undated

Box 49, Folder 1

Galapagos, most mounted on hardboard and identified by G number undated

Box 49, Folder 2

Farm pictures undated

Box 49, Folder 3

Miscellaneous and unknown undated

Box 49, Folder 4

Portraits of Rollo Beck undated

 

Photo albums undated

Scope and Contents note

What was Album 5 is now missing. It was a small photo album given to Rollo and Ida Beck by Ernest Quayle, Christmas 1920.
Box 50

Albums 1 and 2

Box 51

Albums 3 and 4

Box 52

Albums 6 and 7