MC 00275 Guide to the Charles P. Berkey Papers, 1884 - 1955

The collection is organized into twelve series, including Correspondence, Biographical materials, Writings/Lectures, Professional Correspondence, Projects, Awards, Miscellaneous Professional, Family, Genealogy, Photographs, Miscellaneous, and Bibliography.
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The largest series in the collection, it contains personal family letters and is housed in twelve archival boxes. Correspondence between Berkey and the authors, including his wife Minnie, his daughter Virginia, his son Paul, and his grandchildren is organized together chronologically, as are additional letters between several of these relations. The correspondence generally covers topics such as Berkey's travels, health, and other family matters. Paul Berkey described his experiences in the military to his father in some correspondence, while other letters bring their intended recipients up to date on such events as weddings and birthdays.
Minnie and Charles
[Box 1, Folder 1] 1887 - 1888
[Folder 2] May, 1889
[Folder 3] June 2, 1889 - June 21, 1889
[Folder 4] June 23, 1889 - June 26, 1889
[Folder 5] July 28, 1889 - December 1, 1889
[Folder 6] February, 1890 - March, 1890
[Folder 7] May, 1890 - November, 1890
[Folder 8] 1891
[Folder 9] 1892
[Folder 10] January, 1893 - June, 1893
[Folder 11] July 15, 1893 - August 17, 1893
[Folder 12] August 25, 1893 - November 10, 1893
[Folder 13] - [no date], November 12, 1893
[Folder 14] January 17, 1894 - May 11, 1894
[Folder 15] - [no date], May 17, 1894
[Folder 16] 1897 - 1898
[Folder 17] May 3, 1899 - May 16, 1899
[Folder 18] May 17, 1899 - June 2, 1899
[Folder 19] June 4, 1899 - July 16, 1899
[Folder 20] July 18, 1899 - August 7, 1899
[Folder 21] August 9, 1899 - August 18, 1899
[Folder 22] - [no date], August 20, 1889
[Box 2, Folder 1] May 2, 1901 - May 13, 1901
[Folder 2] May 15, 1901 - May 22, 1901
[Folder 3] May 25, 1901 - July 21, 1901
[Folder 4] July 24, 1901 - October 18, 1901
[Folder 5] April 6, 1902 - June 22, 1902
[Folder 6] June 23, 1902 - July 7, 1902
[Folder 7] July 9, 1902 - July 27, 1902
[Folder 8] July 29, 1902 - August 12, 1902
[Folder 9] - [no date], August 17, 1902
[Folder 10] June 15, 1903 - June 23, 1903
[Folder 11] June 28, 1903 - July 12, 1903
[Folder 12] July 16, 1903 - August 3, 1903
[Folder 13] August 5, 1903 - August 16, 1903
[Folder 14] August 17, 1903 - August 28, 1903
[Folder 15] - [no date], August 31, 1903
[Folder 16] 1904
[Folder 17] January 5, 1905 - July 18, 1905
[Folder 18] July 20, 1905 - August 7, 1905
[Folder 19] August 9, 1905 - August 21, 1905
[Folder 20] - [no date], August 25, 1905
[Folder 21] June 14, 1906 - July 25, 1906
[Folder 22] July 30, 1906 - September 24, 1906
[Box 3, Folder 1] March 23, 1907 - July 17, 1907
[Folder 2] July 18, 1907 - July 31, 1907
[Folder 3] 1907 - August 12, 1907
[Folder 4] - [no date], September 5, 1907
[Folder 5] 1908 - 1909
[Folder 6] July 10, 1910 - July 21, 1910
[Folder 7] - [no date], July 23, 1910
[Folder 8] 1911
[Folder 9] July 3, 1912 - July 16, 1912
[Folder 10] - [no date], July 18, 1912
[Folder 11] [no date], 1912
[Folder 12] 1914
[Folder 13] 1916 - 1917
[Folder 14] 1919
[Folder 15] 1920
[Folder 16] January 14, 1922 - February 9, 1922
[Folder 17] February 14, 1922 - March 12, 1922
[Folder 18] March 14, 1922 - April 3, 1922
[Folder 19] April 5, 1922 - April 20, 1922
[Folder 20] April 21, 1922 - May 19, 1922
[Folder 21] May 19, 1922 - June 25, 1922
[Folder 22] [no date], 1922
[Box 4, Folder 1] 1923 - 1924
[Folder 2] Febuary 21, 1925 - March 17, 1925
[Folder 3] March 22, 1925 - April 8, 1925
[Folder 4] April 9, 1925 - April 26, 1925
[Folder 5] May 22, 1925 - July 17, 1925
[Folder 6] - [no date], August 2, 1925
[Folder 7] 1926
[Folder 8] 1927
[Folder 9] 1928 - 1929
[Folder 10] 1930
[Folder 11] January 25, 1931 - August 16, 1931
[Folder 12] - [no date], August 17, 1931
[Folder 13] 1932
[Folder 14] 1933 - 1935
[Folder 15] January 18, 1936 - July 13, 1936
[Folder 16] July 14, 1936 - August 19, 1936
[Folder 17] - [no date], August 20, 1936
[Folder 18] March 17, 1938 - August 13, 1938
[Folder 19] - [no date], August 17, 1938
[Folder 20] January 26, 1939 - June 3, 1939
[Folder 21] June 5, 1939 - July 15, 1939
[Folder 22] July 18, 1939 - August 25, 1939
[Folder 23] - [no date], September 23, 1939
[Box 5, Folder 1] [no date]
[Folder 2] [no date]
[Folder 3] [no date]
[Folder 4] [no date]
[Folder 5] [no date]
[Folder 6] [no date]
[Folder 7] [no date]
[Folder 8] [no date]
[Folder 9] [no date]
[Folder 10] [no date]
[Folder 11] [no date]
[Folder 12] [no date]
[Folder 13] [no date]
[Folder 14] [no date]
[Folder 15] [no date]
[Folder 16] [no date]
[Folder 17] [no date]
[Folder 18] [no date]
[Folder 19] [no date]
[Folder 20] [no date]
[Folder 21] [no date]
[Folder 22] [no date]
Virginia and Charles
[Box 6, Folder 1] 1907 - 1916
[Folder 2] July 9, 1921 - July 30, 1921
[Folder 3] August 4, 1921 - August 28, 1921
[Folder 4] 1922
[Folder 5] [College days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 6] 1925
[Folder 7] 1926 - 1927
[Folder 8] 1928
[Folder 9] [Virginia in China], 1928 - 1929
[Folder 10] 1930 - 1939
[Folder 11] 1939 - 1940
[Folder 12] 1940 - 1942
[Folder 13] February 10, 1943 - December 24, 1943
[Folder 14] [no date], 1943
[Folder 15] January 1, 1944 - July 12, 1944
[Folder 16] [no date], 1944
[Folder 17] 1945 - 1946
[Folder 18] 1947 - 1948
[Folder 19] June 5, 1950 - September 22, 1950
[Folder 19] [no date], 1950
[Folder 20] 1953 - 1954
[Box 7, Folder 1] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 2] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 3] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 4] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 5] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 6] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 7] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 8] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 9] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 10] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 11] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 12] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 13] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 14] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 15] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 16] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 17] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 18] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 19] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 20] [no date post-1940]
[Folder 21] [no date post-1940]
[Box 8, Folder 1] [no date]
[Folder 2] [no date]
[Folder 3] [no date]
[Folder 4] [no date]
[Folder 5] [no date]
[Folder 6] [no date]
[Folder 7] [no date]
[Folder 8] [no date]
[Folder 9] [no date]
[Folder 10] [no date]
[Folder 11] [no date]
[Folder 12] [no date]
[Folder 13] [no date]
[Folder 14] [no date]
[Folder 15] [no date]
[Folder 16] [no date]
[Folder 17] [no date]
[Folder 18] [no date]
[Folder 19] [no date]
[Folder 20] [no date]
[Folder 21] [no date]
[Box 9, Folder 1] [no date]
[Folder 2] [no date]
[Folder 3] [no date]
[Folder 4] [no date]
[Folder 5] [no date]
Virginia and Minnie
[Folder 6] 1917 - 1919
[Folder 7] 1921
[Folder 8] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 9] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 10] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 11] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 12] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 13] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 14] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 15] [College Days], 1921 - 1925
[Folder 16] - [no date], February 27, 1925
[Folder 17] [no date], 1924 - 1925
[Folder 18] 1928
[Folder 19] 1931
[Folder 20] - [no date June], June 3, 1932
[Folder 21] July 21, 1932 - September 29, 1932
[Folder 22] - [no date], October 8, 1932
[Box 10, Folder 1] 1935
[Folder 2] April 4, 1937 - April 17, 1937
[Folder 3] April 19, 1937 - May 19, 1937
[Folder 4] - [no date], May 22, 1937
[Folder 5] 1938
[Folder 6] [no date]
[Folder 7] [no date]
[Folder 8] [no date]
Paul and Charles
[Folder 9] 1899 - 1901
[Folder 10] 1902 - 1903
[Folder 11] 1905 - 1906
[Folder 12] 1911 - 1914
[Folder 13] 1916 - 1918
[Folder 14] 1921
[Folder 15] 1922 - 1923
[Folder 16] 1924 - 1925
[Folder 17] 1926
[Folder 18] 1927
[Folder 19] 1928 - 1929
[Folder 20] 1930 - 1931
[Folder 21] 1932 - 1934
[Box 11, Folder 1] 1936 - 1937
[Folder 2] 1938 - 1939
[Folder 3] 1941 - 1944
[Folder 4] 1945 - 1947
[Folder 5] 1948 - 1949
[Folder 6] 1950 - 1952
[Folder 7] 1953 - 1955
[Folder 8] [no date]
[Folder 9] [no date]
M.H. Hartigan and Virginia
[Folder 10] 1925
[Folder 11] 1926
[Folder 12] 1927
[Folder 13] 1928
[Folder 14] [no date]
[Folder 15] [no date]
[Folder 16] [no date]
Donn Michael and Charles
[Folder 17] September 3, 1940; [no date]
Donn Michael and Virginia
[Folder 18] [no date]
Virginia Brown and Minnie
[Folder 19] 1918 - 1919
[Folder 20] 1920 - 1924
[Folder 21] [no date]
Loré and Minnie
[Box 12, Folder 1] 1929 - 1930
[Folder 2] 1931
[Folder 3] 1932 - 1945
Misplaced or Not Addressed
[Box 4] [no date]
Miscellaneous Family
[Folder 5] 1882- 1906
[Folder 6] 1907
[Folder 7] 1912 - 1931
[Folder 8] 1936 - 1952
[Folder 9] [no date]
Envelopes (additions of September, 2004)
[Box 12a, Folder 1] Envelopes addressed to Dr. Charles P. Berkey, 1905 - 1954
[Folder 2] Envelopes addressed to Master Paul Ainsworth Berkey, 1908 - 1911
[Folder 3] Envelopes addressed to Mrs. Charles P. Berkey, 1922 - 1929
[Folder 4] Envelopes addressed to Virginia Berkey, 1922 - 1926
[Folder 5] Envelopes addressed to Virginia Berkey Berkey, 1927 - 1928
[Folder 6-7] Envelopes addressed to Mrs. M.H. Hartigan
[Folder 8] Other envelopes
This series contains printed biographical information, autobiographical manuscripts, letters of personal commendation, and birthday correspondence. In 1937, on Berkey's 70th birthday, a surprise dinner was held in his honor. Over 300 guests attended it from several countries. This series contains a large number of letters from those who were unable to attend, as well as the invitation, program, and speech transcripts. This series also has the printed obituaries and official memorials dedicated to Berkey. His daughter, Virginia Berkey Hartigan, presumably collected this last part.
[Folder 10] Minnesota
[Folder 11] Columbia
[Folder 12] Autobiographical Notes (1)
[Folder 13] Autobiographical Notes (2)
[Folder 14] Autobiographical Notes (3)
[Folder 15] Miscellaneous Biography
[Folder 16] Personal Commendation, 1903 - 1926
[Folder 17] Personal Commendation, January 7, 1927 - March 4, 1927
[Folder 18] Personal Commendation, March 11, 1927 - May 28, 1927
[Folder 19] Personal Commendation, 1928 - 1938
[Folder 17] Personal Commendation, [no date], 1940 - 1959
[Box 13, Folder 1] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 2] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 3] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 4] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 5] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 6] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 7] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 8] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 9] 70th Birthday, Correspondence
[Folder 10] 70th Birthday, Information
[Folder 11] 70th Birthday, Clippings
[Folder 12] 80th Birthday, Correspondence (1)
[Folder 13] 80th Birthday, Correspondence (2)
[Folder 14] 80th Birthday, Clippings
[Folder 15] Miscellaneous Birthday
[Folder 16] Berkey Will Drafts and Revisions
[Folder 17] University of Minnesota Reunion Invitations
[Folder 18] University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes, 1935, 1939, 1940
[Folder 19] University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes, 1941 - 1942
[Folder 20] University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes, 1943 - 1946
[Folder 21] University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes, 1947 - 1949
[Box 14, Folder 1] Berkey Obituaries, 1955
[Folder 2] Berkey Obituary Clippings, 1955
This series contains only a very small portion of Berkey's published works and unpublished manuscripts. There is a listing of his extensive publications in the first folder of the series. Berkey was invited to give a series of lectures for Columbia University in 1914 - 1915 called the Jessup Lectures. Drafts and completed copies of these lectures are contained in this series.
[Folder 3] Publication Lists
[Folder 4] Manuscript Notes Misc.
[Folder 5] Manuscript Notes, "The Engineering Geology of NYC"
[Folder 6] Publications (1)
[Folder 7] Publications (2)
[Folder 8] Jessup Lecture, 1914 - 1915
[Folder 9] Lecture Notes (1)
[Folder 10] Lecture Notes (2)
[Folder 11] Lecture Notes (3)
[Folder 12] Lecture Clipplings (1)
[Folder 13] Lecture Clippings (2)
Berkey maintained a long-standing relationship with his mentor at Columbia University, James Furman Kemp. Their correspondence deals with both professional and personal matters but is kept in this one series for ease of organization. The large amount of miscellaneous correspondence contains letters and telegrams from Berkey's employers and colleagues. This series maintains Berkey's original classification order.
[Folder 14] Kemp, J.F., 1904 - 1908
[Folder 15] Kemp, J.F., July 1, 1913 - August 23, 1913
[Folder 16] Kemp, J.F., August 25, 1913 - November 3, 1913
[Folder 17] Kemp, J.F., 1914 - 1915
[Folder 18] Kemp, J.F., 1916
[Folder 19] Kemp, J.F., 1917
[Folder 20] Kemp, J.F., 1918 - 1951
[Folder 21] Kemp. J.F., no date
[Box 15, Folder 1] Columbia Univeristy, 1904 - 1916
[Folder 2] Columbia University, 1921 - 1935
[Folder 3] Columbia University, 1938 - 1942
[Folder 4] Colorado River Board, 1928 - 1932
[Folder 5] Colorado River Board, 1933 - 1934
[Folder 6] Colorado River Board, no date
[Folder 7] Miscellaneous, 1899 - 1908
[Folder 8] Miscellaneous, 1912 - 1924
[Folder 9] Miscellaneous, 1925
[Folder 10] Miscellaneous, 1926 - 1943
[Folder 11] Miscellaneous, March 31, 1944 - April 7, 1944
[Folder 12] Miscellaneous, April 10, 1944 - May 4, 1944
[Folder 13] Miscellaneous, 1945
[Folder 14] Miscellaneous, 1946
[Folder 15] Miscellaneous, 1947
[Folder 16] Miscellaneous, January 8, 1948 - February 24, 1948
[Folder 17] Miscellaneous, March 25, 1948 - December 30, 1948
[Folder 18] Miscellaneous, 1949
[Folder 19] Miscellaneous, 1950
[Folder 20] Miscellaneous, 1952 - 1955
[Folder 21] Miscellaneous, no date
This series consists primarily of newspaper clippings from Berkey's many projects throughout the United States. Also contained in this series is the extensive record of Berkey's trip to Mongolia in 1925. The expedition was followed closely by the United States press and Berkey gave lectures and interviews on this event for many years.
[Box 16, Folder 1] Mongolia documents
[Folder 2] Mongolia Clippings (1)
[Folder 3] Mongolia Clippings (2)
[Folder 4] Mongolia Clippings (3)
[Folder 5] Mongolia Clippings (4)
[Folder 6] Mongolia Clippings (5)
[Folder 7] Miscellaneous Clippings (1)
[Folder 8] Miscellaneous Clippings (2)
[Folder 9] Miscellaneous Clippings (3)
[Folder 10] Miscellaneous Clippings (4)
[Folder 11] Miscellaneous Clippings (5)
[Folder 12] Miscellaneous Clippings (6)
Berkey was the recipient of numerous awards, medals, and honorary degrees. This series contains newspaper announcements, congratulatory correspondence, and official invitations and programs of the ceremonies. It is organized according to the date of the award.
[Folder 13] Columbia DSc 1929
[Folder 14] Minnesota DSc 1940, Correspondence
[Folder 15] Minnesota DSc 1940, Documentation
[Folder 16] Minnesota DSc 1940, Clippings
[Folder 17] American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Official Correspondence
[Folder 18] American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Personal Correspondence
[Folder 19] American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Documentation
[Box 17, Folder 1] Kemp Medal, Documentation
[Folder 2] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, October 5, 1948 - October 24, 1948
[Folder 3] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, October 25, 1948
[Folder 4] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, October 26, 1948
[Folder 5] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, October 27, 1948 - October 31, 1948
[Folder 6] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, November 1, 1948 - November 29, 1948
[Folder 7] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, December 7, 1948 - January 29, 1949
[Folder 8] Kemp Medal, Correspondence, no date
[Folder 9] Kemp Medal, Clippings
[Folder 10] Berkey Volume, Correspondence, 1951
[Folder 11] Berkey Volume, Correspondence, 1951 - 1954
[Folder 12] Personal Commendation
This series contains the mundane official documentation of Berkey's professional career. It contains his handwritten (and undated for the most part) itineraries that he left for his family, as well as legal documents. The contracts, licenses, and invoices necessary for a professional career are contained in this series. The last folder in this series contains two of Berkey's geological journals in which he kept notes of the projects for which he consulted from 1945 - 1948. They contain minutes of meetings, random observations, and topographical sketches.
[Folder 14] References, 1894
[Folder 15] Itineraries
[Folder 16] Licenses
[Folder 17] Contracts
[Folder 18] Invoices, 1923 - 1946
[Folder 19] Invoices, 1947 - 1948
[Folder 20] Invoices, 1949 - 1951
[Folder 21] Taxes, 1926 - 1935
[Folder 22] Invoices, 1936 - 1946
[Box 18, Folder 1] Certificates, 1900 - 1924
[Folder 2] Invoices, 1929
[Folder 3] Associations
[Folder 4] Memorials (non-Berkey)
[Folder 5] Geological Journals, 1945 - 1948
This small series contains clippings and official letters that pertain to Berkey's wife, children, and grandchildren. Minnie Berkey, the wife of Charles, left a sizable donation to the New Jersey College for Women (now a part of Rutgers University) in her will. This series has the correspondence between the College and Charles on the disposition of the funds. The last two folders of this series are long manuscripts in the form of family letters. Charles and Minnie traveled through Europe in 1929 and maintained a running diary complete with photographs. One manuscript treats the journey as a whole, while the other focuses on a tour of World War I battlefields of northern France. Their son, Paul, fought in the war as an artillery officer and the parents traced the movements of his company through his wartime letters.
[Folder 6] Minnie, Letters of Consolation
[Folder 7] Minnie, New Jersey College for Women
[Folder 8] Minnie, Miscellaneous
[Folder 9] Virginia, Miscellaneous
[Folder 10] Virginia, Clippings
[Folder 11] Paul
[Folder 12] Hartigan, M.H.
[Folder 13] Mike
[Folder 14] Miscellaneous
[Folder 15] Family Letter, "A Day on the Battlefields of France"
[Folder 15] Family Letter, "A Holiday in Europe"
Berkey toiled on the genealogy of the Berkey Family all his life. This series contains folders of various branches of the family and correspondence between Berkey and distant relatives. The largest amount of information describes the Studebaker- Stutsman line, of which Berkey's mother was a part. The Studebaker family maintained correspondence with Berkey's daughter, Virginia, after his death in 1955. This series maintains Berkey's original classification scheme.
[Box 19, Folder 1] Berkey (1)
[Folder 2] Berkey (2)
[Folder 3] Berkey (3)
[Folder 4] Berkey (4)
[Folder 5] Captain Peter Berkey
[Folder 6] Jacob Berkey
[Folder 7] Hazel Berkey
[Folder 8] Berkeys West of Goshen
[Folder 9] Salem IN, Berkeys
[Folder 10] Peter Berkey
[Folder 11] Studebaker-Stutsman (1)
[Folder 12] Studebaker-Stutsman (2)
[Folder 13] Studebaker-Stutsman (3)
[Folder 14] Studebaker-Stutsman (4)
[Folder 15] Studebaker-Stutsman (5)
[Folder 16] Studebaker-Stutsman (6)
[Folder 17] Henry Clay Dewey
[Folder 18] Riley
[Folder 19] Bonner
[Folder 20] Miscellaneous
This series is split into three sections: Berkey, professional, and family. All photos that depict Berket are in the first section, while those that only treat the projects on which he worked are in the second. The family section contains several photos of unknown personages assumed to be related to Berkey.
[Box 20, Folder 1] Berkey (1)
[Folder 2] Berkey (2)
[Folder 3] Berkey (3)
[Folder 4] Professional
[Folder 5] Family
This series contains only two items. The first is an original invitation to the coronation of Edward VII of England in 1903. It is unknown, and considered unlikely, that Berkey attended the coronation. The invitation is unaddressed. The second item is an unsigned engraving of an unknown building, possibly on Columbia's campus.
[Folder 6] Edward VII Coronation Invitation
[Folder 7] Engraving [Columbia?]

Creator

Berkey, Charles Peter, b. 1867

Quantity

10.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

21 archival boxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, Booksellers in 2000.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, Booksellers, 2000.

Processing

Processed by: William M. Wisser; machine-readable finding aid created by: Katherine M. Wisser

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes both personal and professional materials assembled by Charles P. Berkey during his lifetime. It consists primarily of correspondence, but also contains writings, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The collection spans the entire adult life of Berkey, and therefore provides insight into both his family and the growth of his career.

The Correspondence series relates primarily to Berkey's family and their activities, while the Biography series is limited to writings about Berkey and his accomplishments. The Writings/Lectures, Professional Correspondence, and Projects series address his contributions to the fields of geology and engineering, while the Awards series docuemtns the recognition he received for this work. Finally, the Family, Genealogy, and Photographs series provides insight into his personal family history. This guide concludes with a selected bibliography of texts from his collection.

Biographical Note

Charles P. Berkey was born in Goshen, Indiana in 1867. He moved with his family to a farm outside Minneapolis, Minnesota as a young adult, and enrolled in the University of Minnesota directly after graduation from Farmington High School. He continued his studies at Minnesota, earning a Ph.D. in Geology in 1894. After teaching and researching in Minnesota for several years, he transferred to Columbia University in 1903. He flourished under his mentor, James Furman Kemp, and rose through every rank of academia at Columbia until retiring in 1932 as the Newberry Professor of Geology. He lived in Palisades, N.J. with his wife Minnie (until her death in 1940), his daughter Virginia and his son Paul. He died in 1955 at the age of 88.

Professor Berkey was a celebrated instructor of geology but his skill and passion lay in fieldwork. He spent most of his career travelling the United States and select international locations surveying geological formations and advising engineering firms. He is credited with transforming the field of geology from pure science to applied science. His close work with engineers in dam construction earned him U.S. government accolades and honorary membership into the American Society of Civil Engineering. He worked consistently past retirement and could be found in the field right up until his death.

During his career he authored several books and articles and had an edited book dedicated as a fetschschrift ( The Berkey Volume). He achieved international fame with his participation in the Central Asiatic Expedition of 1925, led by Roy Chapman Andrews. He was the recipient of many awards for outstanding contributions to the field of geology included Honorary Doctorates in Science from Columbia University and the University of Minnesota, and the first Kemp Medal in Geology to be award by Columbia University.

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