Charles P. Berkey Papers 1884-1955

Creator
Berkey, Charles Peter, 1867-1955
Size
10.5 linear feet
Call number
MC 00275

The Charles P. Berkey Collection contains materials relating to the personal and professional life of geologist and civil engineer Berkey who was affiliated with Columbia University throughout his career. It includes correspondence, family documents, Berkey's writings, awards, and photographs. Materials in the collection date from 1884 - 1955.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/content

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.

Physical description

21 archival boxes

Arrangement

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.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Berkey, Charles Peter, b. 1867
  • Berkey Family
  • Berkey, Minnie
  • Berkey, Paul A.
  • Berkey, Virginia D.
  • Columbia University. Dept. of Geology -- Faculty
  • Dams -- United States -- Design and construction
  • Engineering geology
  • Geology -- Asia
  • Geology -- United States
  • Kemp, James Furman
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Mongolia
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Scientific expeditions -- Mongolia
  • Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence
  • Studebaker Family
  • University of Minnesota -- Alumni and Alumnae
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Battlefields -- France

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles P. Berkey Papers, MC 00275, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, Booksellers in 2000.

Purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, Booksellers, 2000.

Correspondence 1887-1954

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.

13 archival boxes, 6 linear feet

Minnie and Charles
1887-1888
Box 1, Folder 1
1889 May 5
Box 1, Folder 2
1899 June 2-1899 June 21
Box 1, Folder 3
1899 June 23-1899 July 19
Box 1, Folder 4
1889 October 13-1889 December 29
Box 1, Folder 5
1890 February 2-1890 March 30
Box 1, Folder 6
1890 May 18-1890 November 9
Box 1, Folder 7
1891
Box 1, Folder 8
1892
Box 1, Folder 9
1893 January 15-1893 June 27
Box 1, Folder 10
1893 July 15-1893 August 17
Box 1, Folder 11
1893 August 25-1893 November 10
Box 1, Folder 12
1893 November 12, undated
Box 1, Folder 13
1894 January 17-1894 May 11
Box 1, Folder 14
1894 May 17-1894 July 4, undated
Box 1, Folder 15
1897-1898
Box 1, Folder 16
1899 May 2-1899 May 16
Box 1, Folder 17
1899 May 17-1899 June 2
Box 1, Folder 18
1899 June 4-1899 July 16
Box 1, Folder 19
1899 July 18-1899 August 7
Box 1, Folder 20
1899 August 9-1899 August 18
Box 1, Folder 21
1899 August 19-1899 August 27, undated
Box 1, Folder 22
1901 May 2-1901 May 13
Box 2, Folder 1
1901 May 15-1901 May 22
Box 2, Folder 2
1901 May 25-1901 July 21, undated
Box 2, Folder 3
1901 July 24-1901 October 18, undated
Box 2, Folder 4
1902 April 6-1902 June 22
Box 2, Folder 5
1902 June 23-1902 July 7
Box 2, Folder 6
1902 July 9-1902 July 27
Box 2, Folder 7
1902 July 29-1902 August 13
Box 2, Folder 8
1902 August 17-1902 September 1, undated
Box 2, Folder 9
1903 June 15-1903 June 24
Box 2, Folder 10
1903 June 28-1903 July 12
Box 2, Folder 11
1903 July 16-1903 August 3
Box 2, Folder 12
1903 August 5-1903 August 16
Box 2, Folder 13
1903 August 17-1903 August 28
Box 2, Folder 14
1903 August 31-1903 September 24, undated
Box 2, Folder 15
1904
Box 2, Folder 16
1905 January 5-1905 July 18
Box 2, Folder 17
1905 July 20-1905 August 7
Box 2, Folder 18
1905 August 9-1905 August 21
Box 2, Folder 19
1905 August 25-1905 August 30, undated
Box 2, Folder 20
1906 June 14-1906 July 25
Box 2, Folder 21
1906 July 30-1906 September 24
Box 2, Folder 22
1907 March 23-1907 July 17
Box 3, Folder 1
1907 July 18-1907 July 31
Box 3, Folder 2
1907 July 22-1907 August 12, undated
Box 3, Folder 3
1907 September 5-1907 September 12, undated
Box 3, Folder 4
1908 June 1-1909 October 20, undated
Box 3, Folder 5
1910 July 5- 1910 July 21
Box 3, Folder 6
1910 July 23-1910 July 29, undated
Box 3, Folder 7
1911 July 25-1911 August 8, undated
Box 3, Folder 8
1912 July 1-1912 July 16
Box 3, Folder 9
1912 July 18-1912 July 31, undated
Box 3, Folder 10
1912 July 8-1912 July 9, undated
Box 3, Folder 11
1914 July 5-1914 September 6
Box 3, Folder 12
1916 June 25-1917 September 7
Box 3, Folder 13
1919 August 10-1919 September 15, undated
Box 3, Folder 14
1920 July 5-1920 September 9, undated
Box 3, Folder 15
1922 January 14-1922 February 9
Box 3, Folder 16
1922 February 14-1922 March 12
Box 3, Folder 17
1922 March 14-1922 April 3
Box 3, Folder 18
1922 April 5-1922 April 20
Box 3, Folder 19
1921 April 21-1922 May 19, undated
Box 3, Folder 20
1922 May 19-1922 June 25
Box 3, Folder 21
1922 June 13-1922 October 25, undated
Box 3, Folder 22
1923 March 5-1924 July 19, undated
Box 4, Folder 1
1925 February 21-1925 March 17, undated
Box 4, Folder 2
1925 March 22-1925 April 8
Box 4, Folder 3
1925 April 9-1925 April 26
Box 4, Folder 4
1925 May 22-1925 July 17
Box 4, Folder 5
1925 August 2-1925 August 13, undated
Box 4, Folder 6
1926 June 20-1926 July 2, undated
Box 4, Folder 7
1927 June 13-1927 July 19, undated
Box 4, Folder 8
1928 May 27-1929 December 29, undated
Box 4, Folder 9
1930 January 11-1930 October 28
Box 4, Folder 10
1931 January 25-1931 August 16
Box 4, Folder 11
1931 August 17-1931 November 3, undated
Box 4, Folder 12
1932 July 27-1931 September 17
Box 4, Folder 13
1933 May 8-1935 August 23, undated
Box 4, Folder 14
1936 January 18-1936 July 13
Box 4, Folder 15
1936 July 14-1936 August 19
Box 4, Folder 16
1936 August 20-1936 September 3, undated
Box 4, Folder 17
1938 March 17-1938 August 13, undated
Box 4, Folder 18
1938 August 17-1938 October 25, undated
Box 4, Folder 19
1939 January 26-1939 June 3
Box 4, Folder 20
1939 June 5-1939 July 12
Box 4, Folder 21
1938 July 27-1939 August 17
Box 4, Folder 22
1939 May 18-1939 December 20, undated
Box 4, Folder 23
undated
Box 5, Folder 1
undated
Box 5, Folder 2
undated
Box 5, Folder 3
undated
Box 5, Folder 4
undated
Box 5, Folder 5
undated
Box 5, Folder 6
undated
Box 5, Folder 7
undated
Box 5, Folder 8
undated
Box 5, Folder 9
undated
Box 5, Folder 10
undated
Box 5, Folder 11
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Box 5, Folder 12
undated
Box 5, Folder 13
undated
Box 5, Folder 14
undated
Box 5, Folder 15
undated
Box 5, Folder 16
undated
Box 5, Folder 17
undated
Box 5, Folder 18
undated
Box 5, Folder 19
undated
Box 5, Folder 20
undated
Box 5, Folder 21
undated
Box 5, Folder 22
Virginia and Charles
1911 August 5-1916 September 26, undated
Box 6, Folder 1
1921 July 9-1921 July 30
Box 6, Folder 2
1921 August 4-1921 August 28
Box 6, Folder 3
1922 January 14-1922 October 18
Box 6, Folder 4
1921-1925, undated letters from Virginia at college
Box 6, Folder 5
1925 February 14-1925 April 9, undated
Box 6, Folder 6
1926-1927, undated
Box 6, Folder 7
1928 February 26-1928 April 13
Box 6, Folder 8
1928-1929, undated-Virginia in China
Box 6, Folder 9
1930 January 5-1939 December 31
Box 6, Folder 10
1939-1940, undated
Box 6, Folder 11
1940 September 4-1942 August 11, undated
Box 6, Folder 12
1943 February 10-1943 December 26
Box 6, Folder 13
1943 September 6-1943 December 19, undated
Box 6, Folder 14
1944 January 1 -1944 July 12
Box 6, Folder 15
1944 July 9-1944 September 24, undated
Box 6, Folder 16
1945 September 13-1946 June 13, undated
Box 6, Folder 17
1947 May 29-1948 December 22
Box 6, Folder 18
1950 June 5-1950 September 22
Box 6, Folder 19
1950 September 29-1950 October 22, undated
Box 6, Folder 20
1953 March 4-1954 July 4, undated
Box 6, Folder 21
undated
Box 7, Folder 1
undated
Box 7, Folder 2
undated
Box 7, Folder 3
undated
Box 7, Folder 4
undated
Box 7, Folder 5
undated
Box 7, Folder 6
undated
Box 7, Folder 7
undated
Box 7, Folder 8
undated
Box 7, Folder 9
undated
Box 7, Folder 10
undated
Box 7, Folder 11
undated
Box 7, Folder 12
undated
Box 7, Folder 13
undated
Box 7, Folder 14
undated
Box 7, Folder 15
undated
Box 7, Folder 16
undated
Box 7, Folder 17
undated
Box 7, Folder 18
undated
Box 7, Folder 19
undated
Box 7, Folder 20
undated
Box 7, Folder 21
undated
Box 8, Folder 1
undated
Box 8, Folder 2
undated
Box 8, Folder 3
undated
Box 8, Folder 4
undated
Box 8, Folder 5
undated
Box 8, Folder 6
undated
Box 8, Folder 7
undated
Box 8, Folder 8
undated
Box 8, Folder 9
undated
Box 8, Folder 10
undated
Box 8, Folder 11
undated
Box 8, Folder 12
undated
Box 8, Folder 13
undated
Box 8, Folder 14
undated
Box 8, Folder 15
undated
Box 8, Folder 16
undated
Box 8, Folder 17
undated
Box 8, Folder 18
undated
Box 8, Folder 19
undated
Box 8, Folder 20
undated
Box 8, Folder 21
undated
Box 9, Folder 1
undated
Box 9, Folder 2
undated
Box 9, Folder 3
undated
Box 9, Folder 4
undated
Box 9, Folder 5
Virginia and Minnie
1916 July 25-1919 December 23, undated
Box 9, Folder 6
1921 July 22-1921 December 9
Box 9, Folder 7
undated
Box 9, Folder 8
undated
Box 9, Folder 9
undated
Box 9, Folder 10
undated
Box 9, Folder 11
undated
Box 9, Folder 12
undated
Box 9, Folder 13
undated
Box 9, Folder 14
undated
Box 9, Folder 15
1924 February 27-1924 April 25, undated
Box 9, Folder 16
undated
Box 9, Folder 17
1928 February 29-1928 April 3
Box 9, Folder 18
1931 March 1-1931 March 27
Box 9, Folder 19
1932 June 3-1932 July 5, undated
Box 9, Folder 20
1932 July 21-1932 September 29
Box 9, Folder 21
1932 October 8-1932 October 18, undated
Box 9, Folder 22
1935 June 8-1936 August 24, undated
Box 10, Folder 1
1937 April 4-1937 April 17
Box 10, Folder 2
1937 April 19 -1937 May 19
Box 10, Folder 3
] 1937 May 22-1937 June 10, undated
Box 10, Folder 4
1938 March 3-1938 August 4, undated
Box 10, Folder 5
undated
Box 10, Folder 6
undated
Box 10, Folder 7
undated
Box 10, Folder 8
Paul and Charles
1899 June 11-1901 August 10, undated
Box 10, Folder 9
1902 July 5-1903 July 26
Box 10, Folder 10
1905 August 1-1906 June 30
Box 10, Folder 11
1910 July 31-1914 August 10
Box 10, Folder 12
1916 July 13-1918 July 4
Box 10, Folder 13
1921 February 20-1921 December 7
Box 10, Folder 14
1922 January 6-1923 December 30
Box 10, Folder 15
1924 June 29-1925 December 27
Box 10, Folder 16
1926 February 6 -1926 October 31, undated
Box 10, Folder 17
1927 January 4-1927 November 19
Box 10, Folder 18
1928 April 16-1929 June 17
Box 10, Folder 19
1930 February 13-1931 September 19
Box 10, Folder 20
1932 April 5-1934 January 22
Box 10, Folder 21
1936 May 27-1937 September 17
Box 11, Folder 1
1938 July 27-1939 July 8
Box 11, Folder 2
1941 June 28-1944 November 2
Box 11, Folder 3
1945 February 19-1947 November 26
Box 11, Folder 4
1948 April 14-1949 September 28
Box 11, Folder 5
1950 March 25-1952 October 28
Box 11, Folder 6
1953 February 1-1955 March 23
Box 11, Folder 7
undated
Box 11, Folder 8
undated
Box 11, Folder 9
M.H. Hartigan and Virginia
1925 May 21-1925 December 19
Box 11, Folder 10
1926 March 9-1026 December 10, undated
Box 11, Folder 11
1927 January 12-1927 December 24
Box 11, Folder 12
1928 January 31-1928 December 25, undated
Box 11, Folder 13
undated
Box 11, Folder 14
undated
Box 11, Folder 15
undated
Box 11, Folder 16
Donn Michael and Charles
1940 September 3, undated
Box 11, Folder 17
Donn Michael and Virginia
undated
Box 11, Folder 18
Virginia Brown and Minnie
1918 May 20-1919 December 29
Box 11, Folder 19
1920 January 6-1924 March 19, undated
Box 11, Folder 20
undated
Box 11, Folder 21
Loré and Minnie
Lore and Minnie 1929-1930
Box 12, Folder 1
Lore and Minnie 1931, undated
Box 12, Folder 2
Lore and Minnie 1932-1945, undated
Box 12, Folder 3
Misplaced or Not Addressed
Letter Fragments undated
Box 12, Folder 4
Miscellaneous Family
Miscellaneous 1882- 1906
Box 12, Folder 5
Miscellaneous 1907
Box 12, Folder 6
Miscellaneous 1912-1931
Box 12, Folder 7
Miscellaneous 1936-1952, undated
Box 12, Folder 8
Miscellaneous undated
Box 12, Folder 9
Envelopes (additions of September, 2004)
Envelopes addressed to Dr. Charles P. Berkey 1905-1954, undated
Box 12a, Folder 1
Envelopes addressed to Master Paul Ainsworth Berkey 1908-1911, undated
Box 12a, Folder 2
Envelopes addressed to Mrs. Charles P. Berkey 1922-1929
Box 12a, Folder 3
Envelopes addressed to Virginia Berkey 1922-1926
Box 12a, Folder 4
Envelopes addressed to Virginia Berkey 1927-1946
Box 12a, Folder 5
Envelopes addressed to Mrs. M.H. Hartigan 1942-1945, undated
Box 12a, Folder 6
Envelopes addressed to Mrs. M. H. Hartigan 1942, undated
Box 12a, Folder 7
Other envelopes 1910-1937, undated
Box 12a, Folder 8
Biographical materials

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.

1.5 archival boxes, .75 linear feet

Minnesota 1887-1927, undated
Box 12, Folder 10
Columbia 1910-1934, undated
Box 12, Folder 11
Autobiographical Notes 1943, undated
Box 12, Folder 12
Autobiographical Notes 1946, undated
Box 12, Folder 13
Autobiographical Notes 1934-1947, undated
Box 12, Folder 14
Miscellaneous Biography 1916-1945, undated
Box 12, Folder 15
Personal Commendation 1903-1926
Box 12, Folder 16
Personal Commendation 7 January 1927-4 March 1927
Box 12, Folder 17
Personal Commendation 11 March 1927-28 May 1927
Box 12, Folder 18
Personal Commendation 1928-1938
Box 12, Folder 19
Personal Commendation 1940-1954, undated
Box 12, Folder 20
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 1
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 2
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 3
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 4
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 5
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 6
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 7
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 8
70th Birthday, Correspondence 1937
Box 13, Folder 9
70th Birthday, Information 1937
Box 13, Folder 10
70th Birthday, Clippings 1937
Box 13, Folder 11
80th Birthday, Correspondence (1) 1947
Box 13, Folder 12
80th Birthday, Correspondence (2) 1947
Box 13, Folder 13
80th Birthday, Clippings 1947
Box 13, Folder 14
Miscellaneous Birthday 1927-1954
Box 13, Folder 15
Berkey Will Drafts and Revisions 1903-1948
Box 13, Folder 16
University of Minnesota Reunion Invitations 1917-1957, undated
Box 13, Folder 17
University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes 1935, 1939, 1940
Box 13, Folder 18
University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes 1941-1942
Box 13, Folder 19
University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes 1943-1946
Box 13, Folder 20
University of Minnesota Reunion Minutes 1947-1949
Box 13, Folder 21
1955 Berkey Obituaries
Box 14, Folder 1
1955 Berkey Obituary Clippings
Box 14, Folder 2
Writings/Lectures
Size: 0.5 linear feet

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.

1 archival box

Publication Lists
Box 14, Folder 3
Manuscript Notes
Box 14, Folder 4
Manuscript Notes,"The Engineering Geology of NYC"
Box 14, Folder 5
Publications (1)
Box 14, Folder 6
Publications (2)
Box 14, Folder 7
1914-1915 Jessup Lecture
Box 14, Folder 8
Lecture Notes (1)
Box 14, Folder 9
Lecture Notes (2)
Box 14, Folder 10
Lecture Notes (3)
Box 14, Folder 11
Lecture Clippings (1)
Box 14, Folder 12
Lecture Clippings (2)
Box 14, Folder 13
Professional Correspondence 1904-1955
Size: 1 linear foot

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.

2 archival boxes

Kemp, J.F. 1904 June 21-1908 July 10
Box 14, Folder 14
Kemp, J.F. 1913 July 1 -1913 August 23
Box 14, Folder 15
Kemp, J.F. 1913 August 25-1913 November 3
Box 14, Folder 16
Kemp, J.F. 1914 June 27-1915 December 17
Box 14, Folder 17
Kemp, J.F. 1916 January 1-1916 August 27
Box 14, Folder 18
Kemp, J.F. 1917 January 26-1917 December 30
Box 14, Folder 19
Kemp, J.F. 1918 January 4-1951 July 4
Box 14, Folder 20
Kemp. J.F. undated
Box 14, Folder 21
Columbia Univeristy 1904 January 25-1916 February 17
Box 15, Folder 1
Columbia University 1921 May 2-1935 October 11
Box 15, Folder 2
Columbia University 1938 December 28-1942 May 6
Box 15, Folder 3
Colorado River Board 1928 July 9-1932 November 23
Box 15, Folder 4
Colorado River Board 1933 January 3-1934 July 23
Box 15, Folder 5
Colorado River Board undated
Box 15, Folder 6
Miscellaneous 1899 May 4-1909 May 28
Box 15, Folder 7
Miscellaneous 1912 May 30-1924 June 21
Box 15, Folder 8
Miscellaneous 1925 February 17-1925 December 10, undated
Box 15, Folder 9
Miscellaneous 1926 January 8-1943 January 20
Box 15, Folder 10
Miscellaneous 1944 March 16-1944 April 7
Box 15, Folder 11
Miscellaneous 1944 April 10-1944 May 4
Box 15, Folder 12
Miscellaneous 1945 January 26-1945 December 27
Box 15, Folder 13
Miscellaneous 1946 April 12-1946 December 11, undated
Box 15, Folder 14
Miscellaneous 1947 May 6-1947 December 5, undated
Box 15, Folder 15
Miscellaneous 1948 January 8-1948 February 24
Box 15, Folder 16
Miscellaneous 1948 March 25-1948 December 30
Box 15, Folder 17
Miscellaneous 1949 January 20-1949 August 30
Box 15, Folder 18
Miscellaneous 1950 February 24-1950 November 28
Box 15, Folder 19
Miscellaneous 1951 January 3-1955 August 27
Box 15, Folder 20
Miscellaneous undated
Box 15, Folder 21
Projects
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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.

.5 archival box

Mongolia documents 1921-1923
Box 16, Folder 1
Mongolia Clippings (1) 1922
Box 16, Folder 2
Mongolia Clippings (2) 1922-1931, undated
Box 16, Folder 3
Mongolia Clippings (3) 1925-1927, undated
Box 16, Folder 4
Mongolia Clippings (4) 1922-1928, undated
Box 16, Folder 5
Mongolia Clippings (5) 1922-1940, undated
Box 16, Folder 6
Miscellaneous Clippings (1) 1931-1953, undated
Box 16, Folder 7
Miscellaneous Clippings (2) 1906-1949, undated
Box 16, Folder 8
Miscellaneous Clippings (3) 1915-1936, undated
Box 16, Folder 9
Miscellaneous Clippings (4) 1912-1948, undated
Box 16, Folder 10
Miscellaneous Clippings (5) 1917-1948, undated
Box 16, Folder 11
Miscellaneous Clippings (6) 1898-1954, undated
Box 16, Folder 12
Awards 1929-1954
Size: 0.5 linear feet

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.

1 archival box

Columbia DSc 1929 1929
Box 16, Folder 13
Minnesota DSc 1940, Correspondence 1940
Box 16, Folder 14
Minnesota DSc 1940, Documentation 1940
Box 16, Folder 15
Minnesota DSc 1940, Clippings 1940-1942
Box 16, Folder 16
American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Official Correspondence 1940-1941
Box 16, Folder 17
American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Personal Correspondence 1940-1941, undated
Box 16, Folder 18
American Society of Civil Engineering Honorary Membership 1941, Documentation 1941
Box 16, Folder 19
Kemp Medal, Documentation 1949
Box 17, Folder 1
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 October 5-1948 October 24
Box 17, Folder 2
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 October 25
Box 17, Folder 3
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 October 26
Box 17, Folder 4
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 October 27-1948 October 31
Box 17, Folder 5
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 November 1-1948 November 29
Box 17, Folder 6
Kemp Medal, Correspondence 1948 December 7-1949 January 29
Box 17, Folder 7
Kemp Medal, Correspondence undated
Box 17, Folder 8
Kemp Medal, Clippings 1948
Box 17, Folder 9
Berkey Volume, Correspondence 1950 December 21-1951 March 4
Box 17, Folder 10
Berkey Volume, Correspondence 1951 March 5-1954 January 16
Box 17, Folder 11
Professional Commendations 1907-1954
Box 17, Folder 12
Miscellaneous Professional 1894-1948
Size: 0.5 linear feet

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.

1 archival box

References 1894
Box 17, Folder 13
Itineraries 1940 January 25-1948 January 5, undated
Box 17, Folder 14
Licenses 1886-1948, undated
Box 17, Folder 15
Contracts 1896-1954
Box 17, Folder 16
Invoices 1923-1946, undated
Box 17, Folder 17
Invoices 1947-1948
Box 17, Folder 18
Invoices 1949-1951
Box 17, Folder 19
Taxes 1918-1935
Box 17, Folder 20
Taxes 1936-1946
Box 17, Folder 21
Certificates 1900-1924
Box 18, Folder 1
International Geological Congress, Documentation 1929
Box 18, Folder 2
Associations 1894-1954, undated
Box 18, Folder 3
Memorials (non-Berkey) 1890-1944
Box 18, Folder 4
Geological Journals 1945-1948
Box 18, Folder 5
Family
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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.

.5 archival box

Minnie, Letters of Consolation 1940
Box 18, Folder 6
Minnie, New Jersey College for Women 1914-1944
Box 18, Folder 7
Minnie, Miscellaneous 1884-1936, undated
Box 18, Folder 8
Virginia, Miscellaneous 1910-1941, undated
Box 18, Folder 9
Virginia, Clippings 1926-1929, undated
Box 18, Folder 10
Paul 1914-1945
Box 18, Folder 11
Hartigan, M.H. 1941-1942, undated
Box 18, Folder 12
Mike 1947-1950
Box 18, Folder 13
Miscellaneous 1901-1930, undated
Box 18, Folder 14
Family Letter, "A Day on the Battlefields of France", original 1929
Box 18, Folder 15
Family Letter, "A Day on the Battlefields of France", copy 1929
Box 18, Folder 16
Family Letter, "A Holiday in Europe", original 1929
Box 18, Folder 17
Family Letter, "A Holiday in Europe", copy 1929
Box 18, Folder 18
Genealogy
Size: 0.5 linear feet

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.

1 archival box

Berkey (1) undated
Box 19, Folder 1
Berkey (2) 1940-1948, undated
Box 19, Folder 2
Berkey (3) undated
Box 19, Folder 3
Berkey (4) 1915-1952
Box 19, Folder 4
Captain Peter Berkey 1902-1953
Box 19, Folder 5
Jacob Berkey 1939-1953
Box 19, Folder 6
Hazel Berkey 1928-1938, undated
Box 19, Folder 7
Berkeys West of Goshen undated
Box 19, Folder 8
Salem IN, Berkeys 1947-1949, undated
Box 19, Folder 9
Peter Berkey 1924-1945, undated
Box 19, Folder 10
Studebaker-Stutsman (1) 1930-1957, undated
Box 19, Folder 11
Studebaker-Stutsman (2) undated
Box 19, Folder 12
Studebaker-Stutsman (3) 1948-1954, undated
Box 19, Folder 13
Studebaker-Stutsman (4) 1944-1954
Box 19, Folder 14
Studebaker-Stutsman (5) undated
Box 19, Folder 15
Studebaker-Stutsman (6) 1967-1972
Box 19, Folder 16
Henry Clay Dewey 1947, undated
Box 19, Folder 17
Riley 1930-1954, undated
Box 19, Folder 18
Bonner 1915, undated
Box 19, Folder 19
Miscellaneous 1915-1950, undated
Box 19, Folder 20
Photographs
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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.

.5 archival boxes

Berkey (1) undated
Box 20, Folder 1
Berkey (2) undated
Box 20, Folder 2
Berkey (3) undated
Box 20, Folder 3
Professional undated
Box 20, Folder 4
Family undated
Box 20, Folder 5
Miscellaneous
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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.

.5 archival boxes

Edward VII Coronation Invitation 1902
Box 20, Folder 6
Engraving [Columbia?] undated
Box 20, Folder 7
Correspondence, Program, Passport 1888-1934

These materials were acquired after the original materials were processed.

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