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Paul E. Bernier Papers, 1930-1992

Collection Overview

Title: Paul E. Bernier Papers, 1930-1992

ID: MSS Bernier

Primary Creator: Bernier, Paul E. (1911-)

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into nine chronologically arranged series: I. Biographical information; II. Bibliography of Bernier's writings from 1930-1975; III. Publications; IV. Research Records; V. Histories of departmental research projects; VI. Katherine Osborn recognition materials - OSU Librarian in Science and Technology for 42 years; VII. Triad Club records; VIII. B.S. Diploma and other Certificates; and IX. Photographs.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


These papers were generated and collected by Paul E. Bernier and document his research in chicken breeding and genetics. The collection contains correspondence, publications, research records, certificates, and photographs.

Scope and Content Notes

The photos consist of one of Bernier and an unidentified person and two of Triad Club members (1956 & 1976). The bulk of the materials contain information about Bernier's research in chicken breeding and genetics.

An addition to the Bernier Papers (Accession 2005:070) consists of photographic images used by Bernier for instructional classroom use. Totaling 1028 images in all (919 35mm slides and 109 lantern slides), the slides document poultry afflicted by various genetic disorders as well as printed data in tables and graphs and Bernier engaged in research.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Paul E. Bernier was born in St. Michel de Bellechasse, Quebec, Canada on October 22, 1911. He received the B.S. in Agriculture from Universite Laval, Quebec, in 1932. He attended MacDonald College, McGill University in 1935 and 1936 as a graduate student in genetics, then moved to the University of California at Berkeley where he obtained his Ph.D. in genetics in 1947. He began his career at Oregon State College in 1947 and in 1955 became Professor of Poultry Genetics. Bernier was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 1977.

Bernier was a lecturer in Poultry Husbandry from 1932 to 1945. During that period he was active in the field as secretary-treasurer of the Quebec R.O.P. Poultry Breeders' Association, as consultant geneticist to the Quebec Purebred Livestock Breeders' Association and to the Quebec Provincial Fur Research Farm, secretary of the Poultry Advisory Committee of the Quebec Department of Agriculture, and also as a member of the poultry section of the Quebec Feed Board.

In 1951 he won the Poultry Science Association Research prize for Outstanding Published Research.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: Other collections contain materials related to poultry include the Poultry Science Department Records (RG 182) and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). Photographs of Bernier are located in Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC) numbers 1326  and 1156, the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photographic Collection (P 120) numbers 3486 and 6016-6018, and the Experiment Station Publications Photographic Collection (P 132) numbers 154-157.

Preferred Citation: Paul E. Bernier Papers (MSS Bernier), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 19, 2015.


Bernier, Paul E. (1911-)
Triad Club (Oregon State University)

People, Places, and Topics

Bernier, Paul E., 1911-
History of Science
Oregon State University. Poultry Science Department
Osborn, Katherine H., 1906-
Triad Club (Oregon State University)
University History
Women librarians--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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