The Helen M. and Alan B. Berg Papers document their careers at Oregon State University and civic activities in the City of Corvallis. The collection consists of approximately equal amounts of materials created or assembled by each of them.
The Helen Berg materials include article reprints, correspondence, chronological files and materials pertaining to the development of the Corvallis riverfront. The chronological files include correpondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, and materials related to Helen Berg's civic activities. A sound recording, two DVDs about Corvallis, and a CD with photographs and other documents honoring her work as Corvallis mayor are included.
The Alan Berg materials include a published transcipt of a 1981 oral history, his undergraduate and graduate theses, article reprints, and reports and proceedings published by the OSU Forest Research Laboratory and the School of Forestry. The materials also include certificates and diplomas, Berg's military records, and correspondence and clippings from his years as a member of the City Council and as Mayor. Subject files document Berg's involvement in civic organizations and in the campaign against Cascadia Dam. The papers include materials documenting his forestry work and employment; essays and short stories he wrote; and ephemera.
Most of the photographs in the papers are of Alan Berg. They include images of him as a child, during his military service, and of his forestry work. The papers also include portrait photographs of Helen Berg.