The Charles B. Burdick Military History Collection, 1914-1984 (bulk 1939-1966), represents the research files and collections
amassed by military historian and SJSU history professor, Charles B. Burdick. The collection documents the history of World
War I and World War II.
Charles B. Burdick (1927-1998) grew up in San José, California where he attended Lincoln High School before enlisting in the
United States Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, Burdick enrolled at San José State College in 1946. He
graduated with a B.A. in History in 1949, and obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1954. He joined SJSU's History
Department in 1957, and became department chair in 1976. Throughout his teaching career, Professor Burdick worked diligently
to create a program dedicated to military history. In addition, he donated several large private book collections on military
history to the University Library, significantly adding to the monographic holdings in this area. Professor Burdick also taught
for many years at the Sixth United Army Intelligence School located at the Presidio in Monterey, California. Over the course
of his distinguished career, Burdick published dozens of articles and book chapters, and wrote and edited over twenty books.
His research and writing on the history of the German High Command in World War II remains an important part of the historiography
of World War II. After an association with San José State University that spanned forty-five years, Professor Burdick retired
in 1988. He died in 1998.
(111.94 linear feet)
Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the
original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
The collection is open for research.