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   Moe Berg papers, 1910-1980 [Bulk Dates: 1920-1964]

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Moe Berg Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1679
Bib ID:10473368 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Berg, Moe, 1902-1972
Title:Moe Berg papers, 1910-1980 [Bulk Dates: 1920-1964]
Physical description:2.5 linear ft. (5 document boxes)
Language(s): Material is in English, German, French, and Japanese
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged topically, and roughly chronologically within topic

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Description

Scope and Content

The Moe Berg Papers contain correspondence, photographs, and ephemera related to Berg's career as a professional baseball player, as well as his experience as a spy for the CIA and the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Also included in the collection is a series of material collected by or generated by Moe Berg's sister Ethel in the process of writing and promoting a biography of her brother.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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); Moe Berg Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 7/16/2014 ceh

Finding aid written 7/16/2014 ceh

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion August 1, 2014 Finding aid written in English.
    2014-08-01 File created.

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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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Subjects

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Baseball.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Berg, Moe, 1902-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States.--Office of Inter-American Affairs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Morris (Moe) Berg, born on March 2, 1902, was a Major League Baseball catcher and coach, and later a spy for the United States. Berg briefly attended New York University before transferring to Princeton in 1919 where he played shortstop and ultimately received a B.A. in modern languages in 1923. He began playing baseball professionally after graduation with the Brooklyn Robins. In 1926 Berg took a leave of absence from the White Sox to pursue a law degree at the Columbia University Law School. When he returned to baseball he was drafted to fill in as catcher due to an injury. He remained a catcher for the rest of his playing career. After he stopped playing, Berg briefly served as part of the Red Sox coaching staff from 1940-1941 until the U.S.'s entry into World War II shifted his focus to national service. During the war he served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services and later worked for this organization's successor the Central Intelligence Agency. Berg died on May 29, 1970.

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