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Eliot S. Berkley collection

Call Number: SC AV 27


The three video recordings in this collection provide insights into the life and interests of Kansas City, Missouri-based academic Eliot S. Berkley. The earliest one, filmed September 27, 1994, is from the International Relations Council 40th Anniversary dinner honoring Berkley. The second videotape, dating from February 26, 2002, is about The History Speaks Project: Western Historical Manuscript Collection – Kansas City. The third videotape records an interview with Berkley made November 12, 2007 for the Veterans History Project. The portrait photograph of Eliot Berkley, located at MS P749, was taken during the interview.


  • Creation: 1994 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Eliot S. Berkley (1924-2012)

Dr. Eliot S. Berkley was a Kansas City native and Princeton University graduate. He taught history and government at the University of Kansas City (now the University of Missouri-Kansas City, or UMKC) and social science at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design, where he also served as vice president for development (1960-1961) and dean of the college (1961-1965). He was active in educational and social-action organizations, founding the International Relations Council in 1954 with the aim of fostering understanding of international affairs among citizens of the greater Kansas City area.

Berkley also had a keen interest in rare books and manuscripts. During four decades of collecting 16th- to 18th-century printed books and the occasional manuscript, he accumulated an impressive private library. The Eliot S. Berkley Collection, given to Kenneth Spencer Research Library in 2011-2013, includes one manuscript and more than 400 printed books. Their topics, reflecting his wide ranging interests, include religion, philosophy, military and political history, geography, biography, social commentary, and science.


1 folder (1 folder + 3 VHS video cassettes)

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Physical Location

SC AV 27

Physical Location

MS P749

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Eliot S. Berkley estate, 2013.

Separated Materials

Catalog records for the books donated by Dr. Berkley can be located in the University of Kansas Libraries online catalog by searching for the phrase "Eliot S. Berkley."

Speeches in Parliament manuscript, MS C311, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Eliot S. Berkley Collection
Eliot S. Berkley collection
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Eliot S. Berkley collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States