Guide to the Beck Family Papers and Photographs 1870-2003

Senator John Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Beck Family Papers and Photographs
Creator
Beck Family
Collection Number
MSS 0641
Date [inclusive]
1870-2003
Extent
4.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
Dr. Charles F. Beck, Jr., and Amy Elizabeth Kintzing Beck were born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, a borough adjacent to the city of Pittsburgh, in the early twentieth century. Dr. Beck served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II, and taught chemistry in Pittsburgh Public Schools before and after the war. Amy Elizabeth K. Beck served as the first librarian for the Allegheny County Health Department during the 1970’s. The Beck Family Papers and Photographs consist primarily of Charles and Elizabeth Becks’ personal and professional documents, family histories and genealogies, and numerous family photographs.
Sponsor Note
This collection has been made accessible as part of an NHPRC-funded Basic Processing grant.

Preferred Citation

Beck Family Papers and Photographs, 1870-2003, MSS 0641, Library and Archives Division, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Dr. Charles Frederick Beck, Jr., was born September 10, 1911 to Charles F. Beck and Francis Chambers in Wilkinsburg, Pa. He graduated from Wilkinsburg High School in 1928, and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1932 and 1934. Dr. Beck was enrolled in advanced science and chemistry summer courses at Duke University from 1936 through 1940, and in 1957 he earned his doctorate of education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Beck began to teach sciences at Wilkinsburg High School in 1937, where he met Amy Elizabeth Kintzing. The couple was married in 1941.

Dr. Beck joined the United States Navy and served as a Radar Material Officer on the USS Riverside during World War II, taking part in the invasions of the Philippine islands and Okinawa. He was discharged from active duty in 1946, and served in the Navy Reserves until 1964. Dr. Beck taught at Wilkinsburg High School for ten additional years after the war before transferring to Mt. Lebanon High School in 1957, where he taught chemistry until his retirement in 1977. Dr. Beck was recognized for educational excellence in 1963 when he received the Pittsburgh Society of Analytical Chemists Burns Award for Excellence in Teaching, and again in 1974 with the Manufacturing Chemists Association Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Dr. Charles F. Beck, Jr., died on March 11, 1996.

Amy Elizabeth Kintzing Beck was born August 6, 1916, to Reese Tench Kintzing and Edna M. Roop in Wilkinsburg, PA. In 1934, she graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster in 1938. She married Charles F. Beck, Jr., in 1941, and together they had three sons; George, born 1945, David in 1951, and Donald in 1955. She received her master’s of library science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, and worked as the first librarian for the Allegheny County Health Department until her retirement in 1979. Amy Elizabeth Beck died on February 21, 2011.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Beck Family Papers and Photographs are made up of four boxes consisting of records of Dr. Charles F. Beck Jr.’s involvement in World War II and his teaching career before and after the war. Also included are Amy Elizabeth Kinzting Beck’s personal and professional documents, graduation programs and newspaper clippings of the couple’s children and grandchildren, and genealogical reviews containing family histories.

Series I: Dr. Charles F. Beck Jr. (1922-1990)

Dr. Charles F. Beck Jr.’s papers contain administrative military records from his World War II service, including his discharge records, naval training records and certificates, and naval reserve records. Newspaper clippings and magazine pages from army publications highlight victory in Europe in 1945. Photographs depict him and other sailors aboard the U.S.S. Riverside, as well as on islands in the Pacific Ocean from 1942 through 1945. Also included are teaching awards and honorary fraternity certificates, Pennsylvania teaching certificates from 1932 and 1934, copies of his 1932 Master’s thesis (A Short Table of integrals for the Use in the Calculus of Finite Differences) and 1934 Dissertation (The Development and Present Status of School Science Fairs), and photographs taken in classroom labs and other events. There are a series of personal letters and notes sent to Amy Elizabeth Kintzing from Dr. Beck, both when she was at the College of Wooster, and during their dual employment at Wilkinsburg High School.

Series II: Amy Elizabeth Kintzing Beck (1916-1979)

The papers contain records of Amy Elizabeth Beck’s time at the College of Wooster from 1935 until 1938, as well as records of the courses she completed while earning her master’s of library science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. There are wedding cards, announcements, and photographs from the couple’s 1941 marriage. Also included are written correspondence between her and other family members between 1923 and 1975, her baby book from 1916, and report cards from her elementary education .

Series III: Immediate Family (Children and Grandchildren) (1987-2002)

Charles F Beck, Jr., and Amy Elizabeth Beck had three sons, George, David, and Donald. The papers contain an adoption statement from David Beck and his wife Dana, as well as a variety of David’s employment cards. George Beck and wife Marianna had two daughters, Melissa and Joanna. The papers include programs from the girls individual college graduations, career information, as well as newspaper clippings highlighting George Beck’s professional accomplishments.

Series IV: Reese Tench Kintzing (1908-1971)

Reese Tench Kintzing was the father of Amy Elizabeth Kintzing, and worked for 46 years for Westinghouse Electric Company as an engineer. He held 21 design patents which he sold to the company. The papers contain materials documenting Reese Tench Kintzings’ 80th birthday celebration, a certificate of acceptance in the Phi Kappa Phi fraternity, and personal photographs.

Series V: Genealogical records and Photographs (1870-2003)

The Beck Family Papers contain an extensive review of the Beck and Kintzing families’ histories, beginning with accounts of early ancestors in Europe. Numerous lineage charts display the family connections from 17th century Dutch ancestors, down to the three Beck children born in the mid twentieth century. The papers include maps of ancestral burial plots, including several in Homewood Cemetery on Pittsburgh’s East side, and a variety of family photographs. Additionally, the records contain 4 family histories compiled by Elizabeth Kintzing Beck of the Faulds, Gallagher, Haus, and Kintzing families.

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Arrangement

The Beck Family Papers and Photographs are arranged into five series: Series I: Charles F. Beck, Jr. Series II: Amy Elizabeth Kintzing Beck Series III: Immediate Family (Children and Grandchildren) Series IV: Reese Tench Kintzing Series V: Genealogical and Families Histories

  • Series I: Charles F. Beck, Jr. (Boxes 1 & 2)
  • Series II: Amy Elizabeth Kintzing Beck (Boxes 2 & 3)
  • Series III: Immediate Family -Children and Grandchildren (Box 3)
  • Series IV: Reese Tench Kintzing (Box 3)
  • Series V: Genealogical and Families Histories (Boxes 3 & 4)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , November 2011

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift from George Beck in 2011.

Archives accession # 2011.0056

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alex J. Toner on 11/4/11.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The museum division maintains several artifacts associated with this collection iuncluding Amy Elizabeth Beck's wedding dress veil and Reese Tench Kintzing's Westinghouse employee badge.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Wilkinsburg High School
  • Mt. Lebanon High School

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • World War-1939-1945
  • Teaching-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
  • Family history-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

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