Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Bertha Herse Collection, 1905-1960

Scope and Content Note

The Bertha Herse Collection consists of materials assembled by Herse and includes diplomas and certificates, student memorabilia, postcards, and photographs. The collection documents her student years at Oregon Agricultural College, the activities of the Class of 1910, and her early years as a librarian in the Oregon Agricultural College Library. The diplomas and certificates include her high school and college diplomas. Student memorabilia includes her grade reports, registration cards, commencement programs, and a student handbook. A letter to Herse from Ellen Crawford in 1913 describes Crawford's plans to attend library school and her teaching experience in Laidlaw, Oregon.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of postcards received and assembled by Herse. Many of them are greetings cards for Christmas or other holidays and special events. Picture postcards depicting Oregon scenes are included; images of buildings in Corvallis, Eugene, and Portland are part of the collection. Postcards from Nebraska were sent by family and friends in West Point, Albion, and York.

The collection also includes photographs of family and friends, Oregon Agricultural College classmates, and other library staff. Of special note is a 1910 photograph of the library when it was in the Administration Building (now Benton Hall).


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