Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Notes and Notebooks, 1932-1972

11 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of hand-written notes dating from Berg's first trip to Japan in 1932 to his death in 1972. Topics range from his own current activities, such as daily notes concerning his activities while in government service (including his activity with the CIA), to later memoir-like ruminations on baseball and narrative accounts of his time in the OSS. Berg also kept track of his active and complex social life and thus names, addresses, phone numbers, personal observations of others, and the dates of meetings and social gatherings make up a large part of the content. Some notes are illegible or completely lacking in context. Other notes are structured and go on for many pages, and in one case, are gathered into a large manuscript. A complete diary from Berg's time serving the OIAA in Latin and South America is also included.

Languages include French, German, Japanese, and Italian.


This series is arranged in three subseries.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in 2012 with assistance from Lisa Yankowitz ('13). Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in February 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Notes and Notebooks; Moe Berg Papers, C1413, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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Find More


Dawidoff, N. 1994. The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg. New York: Pantheon Books.

Princeton University Class of 1923.
Berg, Moe (1902-1972)
Huni, Estella, 1910-1992