Preliminary Guide to the Rodney Bertramson papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Bertramson, B. Rodney
Rodney Bertramson papers
Date [inclusive]
5.0 Linear feet 5 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use: MS.1992.71: 2-14-22-6; MS.1993.01: 2-4-29-1; MS.1993.05: 2-14-14-4)
Materials are in English and Arabic.

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Bertram Rodney Bertramson (1914-2005), was a Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Washington State University. Dr. Bertramson received his Bachelor's of Science in Agronomy and Master's of Science in Soils from the University of Nebraska in 1933 and 1937 respectively. Dr. Bertramson went on to earn his Ph.D. in Soils from Oregon State University in 1941. Following his service in World War II, where he became the Food and Agriculture Officer for the Rhineland and Gross Hessen regions in Germany, Dr. Bertramson worked at the University of Wisconsin as an Assistant Soils Scientist, and later at Purdue University as an Associate Soil Chemist and Assistant Soils Scientist, before being appointed the Chairman of the Agronomy Department at Washington State University in 1949. Dr. Bertramson served this position until he was appointed Director of Resident Instruction of the College of Agriculture in 1967, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. During Dr. Bertramson's career, he also served as the President of the Agronomic Science Foundation, the editor of the Journal of Agronomic Education, the President of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Pullman Community Hospital Corporation, and a member of the Pullman City Council. In 1978, Bertramson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. (see Cage 458)

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers of Dr. Bertram Rodney Bertramson (1914-2005), a Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Washington State University. The collection consists of papers primarily concerning major events of Dr. Bertramson's life: the Pullman, Washington, subdivision called "Pioneer Heights," the U.S.A.I.D Morocco Dryland Farming Project, Dr. Bertramson's experiences with the Food and Agriculture Administration while serving in World War II, and Dr. Bertramson's professional career at WSU. Papers pertaining to the Pullman subdivision "Pioneer Heights" from 1955 to 1993 includes: a history written by Bertramson, business and financial records, development plans, lot sales and purchase contracts, public relations, as well as maps and photographs of the area. Papers pertaining to the U.S.A.I.D Morocco Dryland Farming Project from 1981 to 1984, with Dr. Bertramson serving as the Consulting Agronomist and Project Leader includes: incoming and outgoing correspondence, biographical sketches of team members, "musing" of events and people Dr. Bertramson met while in Morocco, research materials, as well as photographs, maps, newspaper articles, and legal documents. Papers pertaining to Dr. Bertramson's experiences in WWII include: materials from Officer Candidate School and Tank Destroyer School at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1943, reports and research for the Food and Agriculture Administration in Germany, a scrapbook made by "German Civilians of Land Gross Hesse" given to Dr. Bertramson in 1946, scrapbooks titled "War Experience" from 1942 to 1945,bound correspondence from Dr. Bertramson to his wife Eleanor titled "Letters to Orie from the E.T.O.," Dr. Bertramson's WWII dairies from 1944 to 1946, and a copy of Dr. Bertramson's publication Observation and Mediations of a Military Government Officer in the European Theater of Operations, 1944 to 1945. Additionally, this collection contains materials from Dr. Bertramson's time at Washington State University, including: copies of the journals Agronomy and Men from 1949 to 1950 and 1971 to 1972, and the Agronomists from 1972 to 1973 and 1985 to 1986, which were both publications from the Agronomy Club at WSU, eight audiocassettes containing the an oral history Dr. Bertramson recorded of himself and his mother and sister, papers pertaining to the project "Recollections of WSU," speeches from his time as the Department Chair of Agronomy, as the Director of Resident Instruction, and as an Emeritus professor, from 1946 to 1979, as well as published reports of the "People to People Agronomy Delegation to the Soviet Union" in 1988, and "People to People Agronomy Delegation to Australia and New Zealand" in 1986, both of which Dr. Bertramson served as a delegation leader.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It consists of multiple accessions received in between 1992 and 1993: MS.1992.71, MS.1993.01, MS.1993.05. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use, except the legal files in MS 1993-05. Please contact the repository for further information.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Rodney Bertramson to Washington State University Libraries in 1992 and 1993. This is an unprocessed collection with multiple accessions.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Bertram Rodney Bertramson Papers (Cage 458)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Germany
  • Morocco
  • Pullman (Wash.) -- History -- Sources
  • Soviet Union -- Study and teaching

Personal Name(s)

  • Bertramson, B. Rodney


  • Agriculture
  • World War, 1939-1945

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