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Walter L. Bogert Photograph album, 1932-1943.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Walter L. Bogert Photograph album, 1932-1943.
Physical description:1 album (265 photographic prints, 2 boxes); 19 x 26 cm.
Language(s):In English


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

Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Accrual Information

No additions are expected.

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.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Records processed and finding aid written June 2003 Jennifer Ulirch

Finding aid edited March 2017 Joanna Rios

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion October 29, 2009

Finding aid written in English.

    2009-10-29 File created.

Subject Headings

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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.