5 linear ft. (7 boxes)
1 microfilm reel.
7 sound reels.
2 sound cassettes
3 sound discs ; 33 1/3 rpm.
For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).
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.
Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include a photograph collection and his published book, Short Sea Sagas.
Berc was awarded the Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1955. As an author, he 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.
Descriptive inventory available online.