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Warren A. Beck Manuscript

Identifier: MSS -226 -BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains one set of galley proofs of Beck's book entitled New Mexico, a History of Four Centuries. The galley is unmarked. This manuscript deals with various aspects of New Mexico, including its history, geographic setting, and the development of the state. Beck incorporates the histories of Native Americans, Spanish conquistadors and their descendants, and Anglo settlers into the history of the land they share.


  • 1962


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Collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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Warren A. Beck was born in 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received degrees from Wayne State and Ohio State universities. Known as a historian and expert on Western America, Beck has authored more than ten books. New Mexico, a History of Four Centuries, published in 1962, has been reprinted 14 times.

New Mexico Magazine called New Mexico, a History of Four Centuries "a readable account of New Mexico history that hits the high spots of the past 400 years" and which presents "a good general picture of New Mexico past and present." Critics of the book note that as a mere settler of Eastern New Mexico, rather than a life-long resident, Beck's "eastern New Mexico slant" on history is apparent.

Beck taught at Eastern New Mexico University for three years, and then at California State University at Fullterton for three decade, where he served as Chairman of the History Department, and where he was pivotal in shaping history instruction.


1 box ( .38 cu. ft. )


This collection is comprised of the galley proofs for Warren A. Beck's book entitledNew Mexico, a History of Four Centuries.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Beck, Warren A. New Mexico, a History of Four Centuries. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.
  • New Mexico Magazine. Vol. 41 (November-December): 37, 1963.
  • The Times Mirror Company. Los Angeles Times August 31, 1991, Orange County Edition, Metro, Part B, p. 10. "Warren Beck, Historian and Longtime Cal State Professor, Dies."
Finding Aid of the Warren A. Beck Manuscript, 1962
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131