Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Bertha Herse Collection, 1905-1960

Bertha Herse and a student at the catalog room information desk on the second floor of the Library, later known as Kidder Hall, ca 1940s.

Information and Credits

MSS Herse

The Bertha Herse Collection consists of materials assembled by Herse and includes diplomas and certificates, student memorabilia, postcards, and photographs. Herse graduated from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1910 and worked in the OAC Library from 1910 until her retirement in 1957, with a 2-year break to complete a BS in Library Science at the New York State Library School.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.4 cubic foot, including 21 photographs; 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box


The Bertha Herse Collection is arranged in 4 series: I. Diplomas and certificates, 1905-1960; II. Memorabilia and Correspondence, 1905-1930; III. Postcards, 1907-1914; and IV. Photographs, 1909-1950.

Related Papers

The Library Records (RG 009), Photographs (P 083), and Moving Images (FV P 083) provide extensive documentation of the Oregon State University Libraries. The Archives' holdings also include the papers of librarians William H. Carlson and Rodney Waldron. Additional photographs of library staff are part of Harriet's Collection (HC 0635). Materials pertaining to the Oregon Agricultural College Class of 1910 are also available in the Frances Alva Aitken Collection, Bertha Andresen Photographs (P 026), F. Ross Brown Papers, and Beulah Gilkey Collection.

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