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Beck family papers

Identifier: L133

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence written by Elias W. H. Beck to his wife and father-in-law Samuel Milroy during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Also included are letters written from Walter Beck to Frances Keith during the Philippine Insurrections; Beck’s photography from the Philippines and Japan is also included.


  • 1827-1899

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Elias W. H. Beck was born in 1822 and worked as a physician. He served as a surgeon with the 1st Indiana Regiment in Texas and Mexico during the Mexican-American War and was also a surgeon with the 3rd Indiana Calvary Regiment and U.S. Army of the Potomac in Virginia and Maryland during the Civil War. He married Frances Milroy on October 28, 1848. Elias W. H. Beck died on October 1, 1888.

Walter Beck was born about 1872. He was the son of Elias W.H. Beck and Francis Milroy. He served as a physician with the 13th Minnesota Infantry Regiment during the Philippine insurrections.


Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. 18 Apr. 2006.


1 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mildred Knight Richardson during 1929.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Barbara Hilderbrand during April 2007. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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