Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Herman Beck Language Practice Book, 1852

Finding aid created by
Theresa Dowker, April 2019

Summary Information
Title: Herman Beck language practice book
Creator: Beck, Herman.
Inclusive dates: 1852
Extent: 1 volume
Herman Beck created this book of German-English language practice exercises on ethics, business administration, letter writing, bookkeeping, and other subjects. The volume includes some teacher corrections as well as printed, colored illustrations and a map of Europe.
Language: The material is in English and German
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2013. M-4954.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

This collection has been processed according to minimal, accession-level processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Herman Beck Language Practice Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is a single bound volume.


Herman Beck was born in Frankfurt-Main, Hesse, Germany, around 1840, the son of Earnest (b. ca. 1815) and Ann Beck (b. ca. 1805). He immigrated to the United States as a young boy with his parents and siblings, Henrietta (b. ca. 1844), Earnest (b. ca. 1838), and Bernard (b. ca. 1838), to live in Baltimore, Maryland, where he later worked as a merchant and tobacconist. Herman married Ida, born in Pennsylvania around 1847, with whom he had three children, Ernest Charles Beck (b. ca. 1868), Eberhard Beck (b. ca. 1870), and Julia F. Beck (b. ca. 1873). Herman died prior to 1900.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Herman Beck created this book of German-English language practice exercises on ethics, business administration, letter writing, bookkeeping, and other subjects. Beck wrote his German in Fraktur and Kurrent; his English contains many misspellings and some teacher corrections. Three printed, colored illustrations of a scene from William Tell and poems or lyrics ("Der kleine Tambour" and "Der kleine Grenadier") are included, as well as a printed, colored map of Europe. The names B. J. Beck and Johan Beck are legible on the cover and inside flyleaf; Herman Beck signed his name and initials throughout the volume.

Subject Terms

    • Accounting--Study and teaching.
    • Economics--Study and teaching.
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • English language--Study and teaching--German speakers.
    • Life lessons.
    • Small business--accounting.
    • Writing skills.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Archery in art.
    • Drum.
    • Europe--Maps.
    • Horses.
    • Landscapes.
    • Parades.
    • Soldiers.
    • Beck, Johan.
    Genre Terms:
    • Color lithographs.
    • Exercise books.
    • Exercises.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Herman Beck Language Practice Book,  1852 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Gerhard. "Bin Der Kleine Tambour Veit (Der Kleine Tambour)." Deutsche Volkslieder,

    Year: 1860; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 8, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: M653_462; Page: 489; Family History Library Film: 803462

    Year: 1870; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 14, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M593_577; Page: 436A; Family History Library Film: 552076

    Year: 1880; Census Place: Franklin, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: 495; Page: 383D; Enumeration District: 222

    Year: 1900; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 14, Baltimore City (Independent City), Maryland; Page: 10; Enumeration District: 0174; FHL microfilm: 1240614