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Bertram Huffman papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 676

Scope and Contents

Manuscript material is organized by type of writing, such as poetry and articles. Material includes drafts and edits.

There is a file of incoming correspondence, and also individual correspondence files for Eva Emory Dye, C. H. Miller, and Florence Hodsen. Some of the correspondence is regarding Joaquin Miller.


  • Creation: 1889-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Bertram Wilson Huffman (1870-1953) was born in Summerville, Union County, Oregon. He worked on his father's ranch, and attended school in Union. Early in life he displayed a talent for writing.

He became a writer and poet; many of his poems, essays, and articles were published in Eastern Oregon newspapers, particularly the Oregon Scout and the LaGrande Journal. In time, he was dubbed the "Poet Laureate" of Grande Ronde Valley.

In 1893, he drove a band of horses to the Cherokee strip, sold them, and stayed in that country for three years. He later returned to Eastern Oregon and became a railway fireman, joined the Knights of Labor, and wrote articles favoring Populism.

From 1902-1908, he was editor of the East Oregonian, in Pendleton. He then went to Alberta, Canada, and later moved to British Columbia. In both places he farmed, and wrote articles and poems for newspapers and magazines.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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Bertram Wilson Huffman (1870-1953) of Summerville, Union County, Oregon, who worked for railroads and drove horses, became a celebrated writer and poet in Oregon. The collection (1889-1945) contains manuscripts of poems, articles, and essays, photographs, clippings of published pieces, and correspondence.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Eva Emery Dye and Joaquin Miller can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives. Please enquire at the Reading Room desk.

Physical Description

1 manuscript box.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA