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Guide to the John L. Beck papers
circa 1967-1984

Collection number: HMC-0450.
Creator: Beck, John Leslie, 1943-1995.
Title: John L. Beck papers.
Dates: circa 1967-1984; bulk circa 1972-1984.
Volume of collection: 7 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an archaeologist who worked for the Anchorage office of the Bureau of Land Management.

Biographical note:
John Leslie Beck was born in 1943 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  He received a B.A. from Sacramento State College in 1969 and came to Alaska in 1974, eventually residing in Palmer.  He was married to Linda J. Sloan.  In the 1970s and early 1980s, Beck worked as an archaeologist for the Anchorage District Office of the Bureau of Land Management.  John L. Beck died in 1995.

Collection description:
The collection contains papers kept and created by John L. Beck that relate mostly to his work as an archaeologist for the Anchorage District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska.  These materials date from circa 1972-1984 and include notes, reports, and papers on archaeological studies in Alaska (some written by Beck but most by others); Beck’s professional papers from his work with the BLM; photographs taken by Beck of archaeological sites; and papers he kept from conferences, workshops, and trainings he attended on the subjects on anthropology, archaeology, and Alaska history.  The collection also contains some personal papers relating to Beck’s education, dating back from 1967, as well as reports on archaeological studies he conducted in California.  

Arrangement: Arranged in the original order in which the collection arrived at the Archives.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives owns the copyright to materials that were created by John L. Beck but may not own copyright to other materials by other authors in the collection.

Preferred citation: John L. Beck papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Some publications from this collection were removed to the Rare Books collection in 2011.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Linda J. Sloan in 1996.

Processing information: This guide is an initial draft only.   This collection was described by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

Container list:





Photographs, reports, and unpublished papers documenting archaeological sites and digs in Alaska

circa 1972-1983


Notes on archaeological studies, Bureau of Land Management papers, and personal papers regarding education

circa 1972-1982


Bureau of Land Management papers

circa 1973-1981


Alaska archaeological reports and papers

circa 1971-1983


Class notes and papers from workshops, conferences, and seminars on archaeology, anthropology, Alaska history, and professional trainings

circa 1967-1983


Bureau of Land Management papers

circa 1978-1984


Bureau of Land Management and other professional papers

circa 1972-1984