Columbia University Archives

Walter L. Bogert Photograph album, 1932-1943

Summary Information


Views of Columbia University in the City of New York and the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights taken by Walter Lawrence Bogert (CC AB 1888, AM 1889, LLB 1934). Buildings depicted include Low Memorial Library, St. Paul's Chapel, Grant's Tomb, Avery, Livingston, and John Jay Halls.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0177
Bib ID 4205701 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bogert, Walter Lawrence
Title Walter L. Bogert Photograph album, 1932-1943
Physical Description 1 album (1 album 265 photographic prints 2 boxes; 19 x 26 cm)
Language(s) English .

There are no restrictions on this collection.

This collection is located onsite.



Material is organized numerically by page in the album.


Scope and Content

One album, containing 265 black and white photographic prints, documents Columbia University in the City of New York and the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights. The bulk of the photographs measure 8.5 x 11.5 cm (3.5 x 5 in) and are affixed with photo corners on 113 album pages measuring 17.5 x 25.5 cm. Eight additional pages were found inside the album, measuring 13.5 x 18 cm, with 40 black and white photographs measuring 4 x 6 cm (1.5 x 2.5 in.). The smaller pages were not bound, but were probably a later addition, yet still part of the gift.

Bogert used collage techniques for a few pages, with prints overlapping without adhesive on the page to create one larger view. The New York Times article, "Gates from Past Given to Columbia," was inserted following photographs of the St. Paul's Chapel gates, pages 75-76.

The album leaves have been unbound and separately housed in polypropylene sleeves to prevent further deterioration, and pages are numbered for ease of access. Pages were originally bound in reverse chronological order, with some gaps in dates. A photocopy of the letter acknowledging this gift precedes the album cover.

This album serves as a comprehensive source for campus views in this period. Of note are views of the George Washington Bridge, the old Juilliard School of Music building, and scenes of Student Army Training Corps (SATC) reviews. Bogert donated negatives and additional prints to the university at another time, which means that duplicates and other views may also be found in the Historical Photograph Collection (UA#0003).

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

This collection is located onsite.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Walter L. Bogert Photograph album; Box and Page Number; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Selected Related Materials

Historical Photograph Collection, University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.


No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records processed and finding aid written June 2003 Jennifer Ulirch

Finding aid edited March 2017 Joanna Rios

Revision Description

2009-10-29 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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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Walter Lawrence Bogert, conductor and music teacher, was born in Flushing, Queens, on December 7, 1864. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1888 and Master of Arts in 1889. He entered the Law School in 1888, but the degree program was extended for one year. Members of that class did not graduate but later received a Certificate in Law in 1925. He received a Bachelor of Law degree in 1934. Bogert's father, Henry Augustine Bogert, attended Columbia (A.B. 1846, A.M. 1849), as did his brothers: John Lawrence Bogert (A.B. 1878), Marston Taylor Bogert (A.B. 1890), Theodore Lawrence Bogert (A.B.1897), and Henry Lawrence Bogert (A.B. 1878).

As a student, Bogert was active in the Columbia College Dramatic Club, as musical director and orchestra conductor of the group's burlesques. He was appointed Lecturer in Music History and Appreciation at Yale University by 1920. By 1925, he had returned to New York as a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing and offered classes for singers and speakers at his apartment. He later served as president of the Alumni Association of the Columbia Graduate Schools in 1939. He lived at 25 Claremont Avenue and produced a photographic record of his alma mater and neighborhood. Some of his campus views were included in the 1940 Columbia University calendar. This album was accepted by President Grayson Kirk as a gift to the University on April 21, 1953. He died at the age of ninety-four on August 13, 1959.