Guide to the Warren C. Birmingham Education Collection MC 89

Cameron Rees
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
Title: Warren C. Birmingham Education Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MC 89
Physical Description: 0.04 Linear Feet 1 Folder
Date (inclusive): 1949-1961
Abstract: This is a multiple format collection containing ephemera related to the primary and secondary education of Warren Cooper Birmingham in Sacramento, California. Grade reports, commencement information, diplomas, and a portrait photograph maintain a brief record of Birmingham's education and, to a lesser extent, that of his brother Gordon Birmingham.

Biographical / Historical

Warren Cooper Birmingham was born in Contra Costa County, California on December 22, 1939 to Wilbert and Joyce Birmingham. Birmingham was educated in Sacramento, California where he attended El Dorado Elementary School and Sacramento Senior High School. At Sacramento Senior High School, he was a member of the school's R.O.T.C. Battalion as well as the Sabre and Rifle Team. He graduated on June 12, 1957. Birmingham went on to attend Sacramento City College. During his time at the college, Birmingham served as the president of the Amateur Radio Club and competed in a charity event called The Ugly Man Contest to raise money for the Sacramento Children's Home. Birmingham joined the U.S. Army in January of 1962 and served until December of 1964. He served in Vietnam during wartime and obtained the rank of Specialist 5th class. After leaving the armed services, Birmingham settled in Sunny Vale, California. He passed away on January 7, 2003. He was interred at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Warren Birmingham's brother Gordon Birmingham was born on May 25, 1943. He also attended Sacramento Senior High School, graduating in 1961. Gordon Birmingham married his wife, Carole, in 1975.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a single folder consisting of ephemera from Sacramento area schools and one black and white photograph. All items relate to the education of brothers Warren Birmingham and Gordon Birmingham. Warren Birmingham's 5th grade and 6th grade progress reports are printed on cardstock, hand marked with pen, and housed in their original envelopes. Warren and Gordon's diplomas of high school graduation are secured with ribbon in their original felt-fronted envelopes. The collection also contains an invitation to Warren Birmingham's high school commencement and a photograph of him, both from 1957.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Warren C. Birmingham Education Collection, MC 89, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.