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Descriptive inventory for the Harold T. Berc papers and sound recordings, 1941-1998

Harold T. Berc papers and sound recordings

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Descriptive inventory for the Harold T. Berc papers and sound recordings, 1941-1998

Prepared by Matthew Sabin; ed. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Harold T. Berc papers and sound recordings, 1941-1998 (inclusive)
Creator: Harold T. Berc
Dates: 1941-1998 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2002.0253.9
Bib number: 00145780
Call numbers: MSS Lot B
Sound Berc
Size:5 linear ft. (7 boxes)
1 microfilm reel
7 sound reels
2 sound cassettes
3 sound discs
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Harold T. Berc (2002.0253.9).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Collection is open for use.

Please cite this collection as:

Harold T. Berc papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include a photograph collection and his published book, Short Sea Sagas.

Collection Summary +/-

Administrative and legal documents, research files, correspondence, newspaper and journal articles, scrapbooks, and other papers of Harold T. Berc relating to his World War II experiences as a navy lieutenant in the Pacific on the USS Reno and the USS Washington; his work with AMVETS for several decades (national commander 1959-1960), including efforts to create the USS Arizona Memorial and later to establish the USS Chicago Foundation; plus research files and manuscripts of his writings. Includes copies of excerpts from war diaries, naval orders, ships' logs, and writings by Berc and others on the history of the U.S. Navy and World War II. Also includes materials on Berc's work as a board member of the Chicago Press Veterans Association.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Harold T. Berc, a Chicago lawyer and author, served from 1942-1945 as lieutenant in the United States Navy aboard the USS Reno and USS Washington. While serving in the Pacific, Berc was awarded the Bronze Star medal. He was honorably discharged from the navy in 1955. Berc joined AMVETS (American Veterans of World War II) in 1946 and served as its national commander in 1959-1960. His work with AMVETS included the creation and funding of the USS Arizona memorial and establishment of the USS Chicago Foundation in 1980. Berc also was a board member of the Chicago Press Veterans Association, an organization of people who worked in journalism or publishing. Berc contributed to various histories concerning the U.S. Navy and World War II and published Short Sea Sagas (2002), a collection of his short stories based on traditional sea lore and his own experiences. He died in 2012 in Chicago at age 97.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Journalists--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.--20th century
Veterans--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.--20th century
Veterans--United States--Societies, etc.--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Persons:
Berc, Harold T.--Archives
Organizations:
American Veterans (Organization)
American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam
Arizona (Battleship)--Exhibitions
Chicago (Cruiser)
Chicago Press Veterans Association
Knapp (Destroyer)
Reno (Cruiser : CL-96)
U.S.S. Chicago Foundation (Chicago, Ill.)
United States. Navy
United States. Navy. Naval Officers Tactical Radar School (Hollywood, Fla.)
United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945
United States. Navy--Officers
Washington (Battleship : BB-56)
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Certificates
Correspondence
Diaries
Interviews
Legal documents
Logbooks
Microfilm
Research notes
Scrapbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

This collection has been organized only in a general manner into five series. Therefore, items about a particular topic may be scattered throughout the collection.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. General files, 1942-1996 (box 1)
Series 2. AMVETS materials, 1944-1996 (box 1-2)
Series 3. Chicago Press Veterans Association files, 1941-1998 (box 3)
Series 4. USS Chicago Foundation files, 1965-1996 (box 3)
Series 5. U.S. Navy materials, 1942-1996 (box 4-7)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Brittany Long using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in .
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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