HISTORY: This collection was purchased by the Mercantile Library in 2001.

SCOPE: This collection is composed of the two journals and several letters written by Abraham Beck. As a young man Beck left his family home in upstate New York in 1818, to seek his fortune in the burgeoning city of St. Louis.

The Journals describe his travels through New York, Pennslyvania and down the Ohio River. Along the way Beck describes the towns and people he met during his travels. The letters, written after his arrival in St. Louis, describe the city as well as give insight into the life of St. Louis just prior to and immediately following Missouri´s admission to the Union.

HOLDINGS: 1 box .5 linear feet.

ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-246 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

Copies of the finding aid are available for download

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection (.rtf)

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection (.pdf)

This collection has been transcribed. Copies of the transcription are available for download

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection Journal (.rtf)

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection Journal (.pdf)

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection Letters (.rtf)

M-246 Abraham Beck Collection Letters (.pdf)