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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series: Series I. C. Ogden Beresford papers, 1940-1990s.
This collection consists of a section of "Blue Sea Lion," a set of essays written by C. Ogden Beresford in the 1990s. In the essays, Ogden discusses his undergraduate years at Columbia College, followed by Midshipmen's School and his service during World War II. The memoir ends when Beresford was released from active duty in February 1946. There is also one CD made from the tape recorded performances of the dance band, the Blue Lions.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6 to 8 weeks. A selection of the recorded tracks is available at the Columbia Blue Lions site.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); C. Ogden Beresford papers, 1940-1990s; Box and Folder (if known); University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Selected Related Material at Columbia
No additions are expected.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in June 2018.
2018-08-22 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Carl Ogden "Oggie" Beresford was born in Yonkers, NY and grew up in Tarrytown. He graduated from Columbia College in 1943, where he was a member of Delta Phi and Sachems. He was a resident of both John Jay and Livingston Halls and served in the Residence Hall Council. He was elected Vice-President of his class in both his Sophomore and Junior years. A trumpet player, Beresford joined the University Band, played in the Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the dance band, the Columbia Blue Lions, which included a tenor sax player from Julliard, Sid Caesar. He participated in three Varsity Show productions, twice as a member of the Pony Ballet (1940 and 1941) and once as a second lead (1942). (There was no Varsity Show in 1943.) After graduation, Beresford joined the Midshipmen's School at Columbia and even served as an instructor for a year. He married Mary Louise Meyer, Columbia Business School Class of 1943. A World War II Navy veteran, he served on the USS Baltimore in the Pacific.