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C. Ogden Beresford papers, 1940-1990s

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of the college and World War II recollections of C. Ogden Beresford, Columbia College Class of 1943, and a collection of recordings by the dance band, the Columbia Blue Lions, from 1940-1941.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0078
Bib ID 13484020 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Beresford, C. Ogden (Carl Ogden), 1921-2014
Title C. Ogden Beresford papers, 1940-1990s
Physical Description 0.21 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box)
Language(s) English
Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series: Series I. C. Ogden Beresford papers, 1940-1990s.

Description

Content Description

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.

  • Series I. C. Ogden Beresford papers

    This series contains the typed, unpublished collection of personal stories, "Blue Sea Lion," by C. Ogden Beresford, from his choosing to attend Columbia College in 1939 to his last day in active service with the Navy in 1946. The series also contains a CD with performances by the dance band the Columbia Blue Lions recorded in 1940-1941.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Use

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.

Preferred Citation

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

World War II Collection, 1933-1956 (UA#0015)

Accruals

No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in June 2018.

Revision Description

2018-08-22 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

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.