Bertram Huffman papers, 1889-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dye, Eva Emery, 1855-1947--CorrespondenceHuffman, Bertram Wilson, 1870-1953Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913
Bertram Huffman papers
1889-1945 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 676
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.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bertram Huffman papers, Ax 676, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Authors, American--Oregon--Manuscripts
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Poets, American--19th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Huffman, Bertram Wilson, 1870-1953
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon--Poetry
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication