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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 19 Collections and/or Records:

Box 5: Oversize Photos

 File — Box: D059.0005
Identifier: D059.02.0005
Overview This box contains (2) large photos: (1) signed photo of Cal Golden on Mount Rushmore and (1) photo from square dance in Seattle, WA.
Dates: 1958-1969

Box 6: Gold Suit

 File — Box: D059.0006
Identifier: D059.03.0006
Overview This box contains (1) gold suit with jacket and assorted parts.
Dates: 1928-2012

Box 7: Suit Jackets and Dress Shirt

 File — Box: D059.0007
Identifier: D059.03.0007
Overview This box contains (2) suit jackets and (1) heavily embroidered dress shirt.
Dates: 1928-2012

Box 8: Textiles

 File — Box: D059.0008
Identifier: D059.03.0008
Overview This box contains (1) t-shirt, (2) Bow ties, and (3) cumberbunds.
Dates: 1928-2012

Box 9: Royal Blue Suit

 File — Box: D059.0009
Identifier: D059.03.0009
Overview This box contains (1) suit consisting of a royal blue jacket and a pair of pants.
Dates: 1928-2012

Cal Golden Papers

Identifier: D059
Overview This collection contains memorabilia from Cal Golden's time as a Square Dance Caller. The collection includes awards, realia, audio recordings, textiles, and photographs. Cal used the textiles for his performances. The awards, realia, and photographs were gifts or depict Cal performing.
Dates: 1928-2012

Oversize Materials

Identifier: D059.04
Scope and Contents This series 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: 1928-2012

Photographs, 1958-1969

Identifier: D059.02
Scope and Contents This series contains photographs of Cal Golden or given to him by visiting callers.
Dates: 1958-1969


Identifier: D059.03
Scope and Contents This series contains textiles worn or created by Cal Golden during his calling.
Dates: 1928-2012