William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Herman Beck Language Practice Book, 1852
Theresa Dowker, April 2019
Herman Beck language practice book
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.
The material is in English and German
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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.
- 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.
- Archery in art.
- Color lithographs.
- Exercise books.
Additional Descriptive Data
Gerhard. "Bin Der Kleine Tambour Veit (Der Kleine Tambour)." Deutsche Volkslieder, www.volksliederarchiv.de/bin-der-kleine-tambour-veit-der-kleine-tambour/.
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