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Golden, Cal, 1928-2012


CMSgt. Calvin "Cal" Golden was known as the "Golden Boy" of square dancing callers. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cal served in the US Army Air Corps (09/05/1945-03/15/1947) until his transfer on 03/15/1947 to the Air Force. It was during his time in Colorado Springs when he began square dancing (1947) and calling (1948). He knew both Lloyd Shaw and Bob Osgood. Cal recorded over 125 records with Old Timer, Hoedown, Folkcraft, and Gold Star Records. The last of which he was also the owner and producer. During he tenure with the Air Force, Cal called in Englad, Germany, and other countries throughout Europe.

See Cal Golden files in Bob Osgood's Papers for more information.

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

Audiovisual Materials

Identifier: D059.05
Scope and Contents This series contains copies of LPs recorded by Cal Golden.
Dates: 1928-2012

Awards and Realia, 1949-1981

Identifier: D059.01
Scope and Contents This series contains awards, beer steins, badges, pins, bow ties, coffee mugs, and belt buckles.
Dates: 1949-1981

Box 1: Champion of Colorado Caller Trophy, 1949

 File — Box: D059.0001
Identifier: D059.01.0001
Overview This box contains (1) trophy awarded to Cal Golden as Champion of Colorado Caller 1949.
Dates: 1949

Box 10: Posters and Framed Objects, 1957

 File — Box: D059.0010
Identifier: D059.04.0010
Overview This box contains (2) posters for events/performances featuring Cal Golden including his farewell tour in 1957 and (3) frames with collages, sketches, and photos of Cal Golden.
Dates: 1957

Box 11: Cal Golden in Europe with American Square Dancing LP

 File — Box: D059.0011
Identifier: D059.05.0011
Overview This box contains (2) copies of an LP recorded by Cal Golden titled "Cal Golden in Europe with American Square Dancing."
Dates: 1928-2012

Box 12: Memorabilia

 File — Box: D059.0012
Identifier: D059.01.0012
Overview This box contains (2) beer steins, (3) coffee mugs, (1) bag of pins and badges, and (2) Arkansas license plates reading 'Caller' and 'Cal.'
Dates: 1949-1981

Box 2: Callerlab Milestone Award, 1981

 File — Box: D059.0002
Identifier: D059.01.0002
Overview This box contains (1) award presented to Cal Golden on April 14, 1981. Award inscribed as the Callerlab Milestone Award.
Dates: 1981

Box 3: Plaques and Memorabilia

 File — Box: D059.0003
Identifier: D059.01.0003
Overview This box includes (13) items such as (3) plaques, (2) letter openers, (1) coffee mug, (1) beer stein, (4) belt buckles, (1) pin, and (1) bow tie.
Dates: 1949-1981

Box 4: Portraits and Signed Photos, 1958-1969

 File — Box: D059.0004
Identifier: D059.02.0004
Overview This box contains (20) folders with portraits and signed photos given to or including Cal Golden.
Dates: 1958-1969

Box 5: Overalls

 File — Box: D059.0005
Identifier: D059.03.0005
Overview This box contains (1) pair of overalls worn by Cal Golden.
Dates: 1928-2012