John Taylor Bregger Papers
UA.10.3.74

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator -
Bregger, John Taylor, 1896-1981
Creator
Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926
Title
John Taylor Bregger papers
ID
UA.10.3.74
Date [inclusive]
1903-1981
Extent
2.4 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

John Taylor Bregger was born in Illinois on January 14, 1896. In 1900 his family moved to Bangor, Michigan. He entered Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1913 to major in Horticulture. He was a member of the Horticulture Club, the Students' Citizenship League, and the Sem-Bot Honorary Society, and a founding member of the Dorian Literary Society. He also worked on the Holcad reportorial staff, and played in the M.A.C. Military Band. He graduated with a B.S. in 1917.

Bregger attended graduate school at Oregon State College during the year 1917-1918. Then, after a short tour of duty in the Army, he worked at various jobs in Oregon, California and Alaska. He received his M.S. in Agriculture from Cornell in 1922, following which he was employed by Stark Brothers Nurseries, in Louisiana, first as head of their Special Service and Orchard Research Department (1923-27), and then as Superintendent of the Luther Burbank Experimental Farms in Sebastopol, California (1927-29). After appointments by Washington State College (1929-32) and Cornell (1932-33) and an editorship with American Fruit Grower magazine (1933-35), he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During this career he made his home first in Pennsylvania, and later in Clemson, South Carolina. His work in the SCS was concerned with soil conservation in peach orchards, and he published many articles and delivered several speeches on this and related topics. He also wrote a horticultural column, "Problems in Fruit Production," for the  New York Packer from 1941 until 1951, and served as president of the American Pomological Society for the years 1949 and 1950. Bregger was married to Myra Potter in 1932, and was the father of three children. He died in 1981. His father was Louis A. Bregger, an 1888 graduate of M.A.C., whose papers (UA 10.3.93) contain more information about the family, as well as descriptions of M.A.C. during the period 1884-1888.

For more detailed information regarding John T. Bregger's life and career, please refer to the material in the first series.

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Scope and Content

John T. Bregger papers include biographical information; personal and professional correspondence; notes, papers, records and memorabilia from his elementary and high school education in Bangor, Michigan, (1903-1913) from his studies at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) (1913-1923; 1954-1967), and from his graduate studies at Cornell University (1921-1922) includes his Masters Thesis on Pomology; news clippings written by Bregger or collected for his personal interests (1922-1977); manuscripts by Bregger on agricultural topics; and miscellaneous directories, membership cards, and programs.

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Series Descriptions

(1) Biographical. 1947, 1981. 1 folder This series contains three items. The first is a birth announcement for John Bregger in The Union Lit, posted by his parents. The second is a pair of Federal application forms which detail the life and career of John T. Bregger. The last is an obituary which describes many of his activities in the community of Clemson, South Carolina.

(2) Correspondence. 1901-1971, Undated. 14 folders This series contains, in two sub-series, some of the correspondence of John T. Bregger. Personal Correspondence sub-series contains correspondence between Bregger and his relatives and friends. Some of the later correspondence (1950-19710 is concerned with Bregger's activities as an M.A.C. alumnus.) Professional Correspondence sub-series includes correspondence (1924-1954) from the U.S. Army; letters of appointment to Washington State College and Cornell; and correspondence with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(3) Academic Career. 1903-1967, Undated. 34 folders This series is divided into three sub-series containing notes, papers and memorabilia from Bregger's elementary and high school education in Bangor, Michigan; his undergraduate studies at M.A.C.; and his graduate studies at Cornell University. The Bangor, Michigan Schools sub-series contains report cards, a high school entrance examination, drafts of a high school oration, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia from Bregger's elementary and high school education (1903-1913). The M.A.C. sub-series contains lecture notes and lab notes from a variety of classes, and three papers written by Bregger while at M.A.C. There are also newspaper clippings, diaries, personal financial records, a dance card, commencement programs, and a Michigan State Horticultural Society membership certificate. While the above materials all fall within the dates 1913-1917, there are also some later materials included. They are: correspondence of the Dorian Literary Society (1919-1923); a Class of '17 directory (1922); and alumni correspondence (1954-1967). Bregger's M.A.C. scrapbook, containing photographs, postcards and memorabilia of his days at the college, is included with the collection (Scrapbook #302). Cornell University sub-series (1921-1922) includes Bregger's M.S. Thesis; a term paper; and lecture notes and references for several courses (mainly relating to Pomology).

(4) Publications. 1922-1977, Undated. 36 folders plus oversized material. This series includes clippings, reprints, and pamphlets which Bregger collected. It is divided into two sub-series: the first contains articles collected by Bregger for their historical and personal interest; the second contains articles written by Bregger himself. Collected Publications sub-series are arranged according to subject and title. The major topics are agriculture, soil erosion and conservation, and the history of Bangor, Michigan. Of particular interest is the collection of articles by and about M.A.C. faculty and alumni. There are other articles on the Bregger family, the home of Luther Burbank, the USDA centennial, and the first inaugural at Clemson University. Bregger Publications sub-series contains articles (1928- 1951) written by Bregger, or which summarize speeches he delivered. The topics treated are soil and moisture conservation (especially in orchards), pomology, fruit production and fruit variety research.

(5) Manuscripts. 1933-1953, Undated. 48 folders plus oversized material. These are manuscripts written by John Bregger on the topics of fruit variety research, fruit production, and soil and moisture conservation practices - contour planting, terracing, and cover crops - in orchards. Many of the folders also include pertinent correspondence and/or routing cards used by the Soil Conservation Service in approving the manuscripts for publication or presentation. The Papers sub-series includes manuscripts (1937-1953) that were intended primarily for publication. The Speeches sub-series includes manuscripts (1933-1950) that were intended primarily for delivery as speeches. The Research Materials sub-series materials (1942-1948) were not intended for publication. They include reports on Bregger's SCS research project miscellaneous materials for conservation and fruit variety research, and a series of photographs of leaves indicating fruit variety differences.

(6) Miscellaneous. 1917-1980, Undated. 5 folders. This series includes an announcement of an essay contest which Bregger sponsored; a M.A.C. commencement program from 1926 (when his younger brother graduated); memorabilia such as membership cards and meeting programs; and directories of the Soil Conservation Service.

(7) Scrapbooks and Photographs

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 1985

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  May 2016

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Louis A. Bregger papers (UA 10.3.93), who was John Taylor Bregger's father. The collection contains more information about the family, as well as descriptions of M.A.C. during the period 1884-1888 when Louis A. Bregger was a student.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cornell University. School of Agriculture. -- General subdivision--Graduate work; Chronological subdivision--1921-1922;
  • Michigan Agricultural College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1917.
  • Michigan State University. Horticulture Club.
  • Michigan State University. Spartan Marching Band.
  • Michigan State University. Student's Citizenship League.
  • Phi Kappa Tau. Alpha Alpha Chapter (Michigan State University).
  • Stark Brothers Nurseries.
  • United States. Soil Conservation Service.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Diaries
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Publications
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bregger, Myra Potter
  • Bregger, Myra Potter

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture -- Research -- United States
  • Agriculture -- Study and teaching
  • Fruit-culture -- Research
  • Fruit-culture -- Study and teaching
  • Horticulture -- Study and teaching
  • Soil conservation -- Research

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Collection Inventory

Biographical 

Box Folder

Biographical 1896, 1947, 1981 

1016 1

Bregger Family History 

1017 96

Awards/Mementos 1924, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1977 

1016 60

Obituaries/Eulogies 1981 

1016 61

Military Files Undated 

1016 62

Journal Pages 1929 

1016 69

Employment Application undated 

1016 70

Correspondence 

Personal Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1897-1907 

1016 2

 1908-1909, 1911, 1913, 1916 

1016 3

 1917-1919 

1016 4

 1920-1922 

1016 5

 1924, 1926-1927 

1016 6

 1928-1930 

1016 7

 1936-1939 

1016 8

 1941-1945, 1947 

1016 9

 1950-1952, 1955 

1016 10

 1958-1963, 1965, 1966, 1970-1971, 1978-1979, 1981 

1016 11

 Undated 

1016 12

Professional Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1916, 1924-1925, 1929, 1932 

1016 13

 1937-1939 

1016 14

 1951-1954 

1016 15
Box Folder

Myra Bregger Correspondence 1981, 1988, 1989 

1016 53

Envelopes 

1016 65

Academic Career 

Box Folder

Bangor, Michigan Schools 1903, 1906-1913 

1016 16

M.A.C. 

Box Folder

Alumni Correspondence 1954, 1958-1959, 1962, 1965-1967 

1016 17

Alumni Directory 1922 

1016 18

Clippings 1913, 1916, Undated 

1016 19

Commencement Programs 1917 

1016 20

Dance Card 1915 

1016 21

Diaries 1913-1915 

1016 22

Diaries 1915-1917 

1016 23

Dorian Literary Society Correspondence 1919-1923 

1016 24

Financial Records 1913-1918 

1016 25

List of Subjects to be Discussed by the Sem. Bot. Members 1917 

1016 68

Michigan State Horticultural Society 1915 

1016 26
Drawer

Michigan State Horticultural Society 1915 

Oversize
Box Folder

Organization of the Sem. Bot. Michigan Agricultural College 

1016 67

Lecture and Lab Notes 

Box Folder

Agriculture I and Dairy Husbandry Notes 1914 

1017 97

Botany 4 1915 

1016 27

Chemistry 1914 

1016 28

Chemistry Lab 1914 

1016 29

Chemistry 1 Lab 1913 

1016 30

Chemistry 4 Undated 

1016 31

Farm Crops and Animal Husbandry Notes 1914 

1017 98

Geology 1914 

1016 32

Horticulture 1915 

1016 33

Horticulture 8 Undated 

1016 34

Horticulture 11a 1916 

1016 35

Horticulture 11b 1917 

1016 36

Horticulture 11c 1917 

1016 37

News-writing 

1016 38

Physics Undated 

1016 39

Physics Lab 1914 

1016 40

Physics 4c 1915 

1016 41

Physiology 1915 

1016 42

Papers 

Box Folder

"Alfalfa Leaf Spot" Undated 

1016 43

"The Apple" 1917 

1016 44

"Sooty Blotch of Apple" Undated 

1016 45

Cornell University 

Box Folder

"Apple Stock Variation" 1922 

1016 46

"The Fertilization of Horticultural Fruits" Undated 

1016 47

Notes 

Box Folder

Economic Fruits Undated 

1016 48

Pomology Undated 

1016 49

Various Subjects Undated 

1016 50

References for Pomology Circa 1921-1922 

1016 51
Box Folder

Transcripts – M.A.C., Cornell, Oregon State Agricultural College 

1016 52

Publications 

Collected Publications 

Box Folder

Agriculture 1946, 1953, Undated 

1017 1
Drawer

Agriculture 1937, 1939-1941 

Oversize

Bangor Advance Centennial Edition 1977 

Oversize
Box Folder

Bangor Area Centennial 1977 

1017 2

Bangor Apple Show 1934 

1017 3

Bregger Family 1926, 1945 

1017 4

Burbank Family Home Undated 

1017 5

Burbank Experimental Farm 

1017 99
Drawer

Clemson University News 1980 

Oversize
Box Folder

M.A.C. Alumni and Faculty 1922-1969, Undated 

1017 6
Drawer

Friends of "Frim" Program 1960 

Oversize
Box Folder

Mexican Agricultural Program 1950 

1017 7

Soil Conservation 

Box Folder

Articles 1933,1935-1936, Undated 

1017 8
Drawer

Articles 1935, 1938, 1940-1941 

Oversize
Box Folder

Pamphlets 1935-1937, 1939, 1944, Undated 

1017 9
Box Folder

USDA Employee News Bulletin 1962 

1017 10

General Pamphlets 1898, 1904, 1961, 1962, 1980 

1016 54

Fruit Pamphlets 1896, 1923, 1929, 1930-1932, 1943, 1963, 1966 

1016 55

General Articles 1947, 1954-1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, Undated 

1016 56

American Pomological Society 1945, 1949, 1950, 1981 

1016 57

Myra Bregger 1966, 1980, 1982, 1985 

1016 58

Fruit Articles 1928, 1933, 1938, 1947, 1958, 1965, Undated 

1016 59

Bregger Publications 

Box Folder

American Fruit Grower 1933-1935 

1017 11

"Conserving Soil and Moisture..." 1945 

1017 12
Drawer

"Do We Cultivate Peaches Too Much" 1941 

Oversize
Box Folder

"History and Development of Fruit Tree Irrigation" 1950 

1017 13

"History of U.S. Apple Growing" 1934 

1017 14

"The Home of Club Garden" 1932 

1017 15

Evaluation Surveys and Field Tests 1938 

1017 16

"National Fruit Variety Survey" 1945 

1017 17

"Maintaining a Commercial Peach Orchard" 1945 

1017 18

"Orchard Planting, Maintenance" 1944 

1017 19

"Peach Variety Incompatibilities..." 1948 

1017 20
Drawer

"Plant Fruit Trees on Contour..." 1944 

Oversize
Box Folder

"The Present Trend in Apple Varieties" 1946 

1017 21

"Problems of Fruit Production" 

Box Folder

 1941 

1017 22

 1942 

1017 23

 1943 

1017 24

 1944 

1017 25

 1945 

1017 26

 1946 

1017 27

 1947 

1017 28

 1948 

1017 29

 1949 

1017 30

 1950-1951 

1017 31
Box Folder

"Proper Peach Thinning is Required" 1952 

1017 32

"Sees Need for Removal of Surplus Trees" 1950 

1017 33

Stark Brothers Guide to Profitable Orcharding 1928 

1017 34

"Use of the Survey Method in Showing Cultural Factors..." 1931 

1017 35

"Western Man Takes Other View of Apple Washing..." 1932 

1017 36

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Manuscripts 

Papers 

Box Folder

"Climate and Peach Growing" 1951 

1017 37

"Conservation Practices for Fruit Plantings" 1938 

1017 38

"Contour Planting and Terracing - A Practical Answer..." 1941 

1017 39

"Contour Planting and Terracing..." 1940 

1017 40

"Contour Planting and Terracing in the Northeast" 1940 

1017 41

"Controlling Soil Erosion and Water Run-off" Circa 1937 

1017 42

"Crop Wastes Make Orchard Mulch" 1950 

1017 43

"Developments in Orchard Planting and Maintenance" 1943 

1017 44

"Do We Cultivate Peaches Too Much?" 1941 

1017 45

"Double Duty Cover Crops" 1953 

1017 46

"An Economical Approach to the Orchard Cover Crop..." 1952 

1017 47

"Effects of Various Cover Crops..." Undated 

1017 48

"Erosion Control in the Orchard" 1941 

1017 49

"History of Peach Growing in Texas" Undated 

1017 50

"Making the Soil Work for the Fruit Grower" 1946 

1017 51

"Methods of Soil Conservation" 1942 

1017 52

"Michigan Matriarch" 

1016 71

"New Methods for Using Cover Crops..." 1953 

1017 53

"A New Appraisal of Orchard Cover Crops" 1942 

1017 54

"Who is Planting What Varieties of Apples and Where" Undated 

1016 63

European Tour: Dwarf Fruit Tree Association 1964 

1016 64

"New Trends in Peach Production" Undated 

1017 55

"Nuts and Other Hillculture Plants..." 1942 

1017 56

"The Peach Variety Situation..." Circa 1945 

1017 57

"Practical Soil Management and Conservation Practices for Nut Plantings" 1940 

1017 58

"Principles and Practices of Soil and Water Conservation" 1938 

1017 59

"Principles of Moisture Conservation and Irrigation..." 1944 

1017 60

"...Recent Fruit Tree Irrigation Studies" 1950 

1017 61

"Soil Moisture Variations" 1940 

1017 62

"Stubble Mulch Cultivation" 1941 

1017 63

"Trends in Orchard Soil Management" 1945 

1017 64

"Conservation in the Orchard..." 1942 

1017 65

Speeches 

Box Folder

"Contour Planting and Terracing" 1938 

1017 66

"Nuts and Other Hillculture Plants..." 1941 

1017 67

"Observations on Effects of Soil Covers..." 1939 

1017 68

"Plant Mulch and Other Soil Conservation Practices" 1942 

1017 69

"Plant Mulch Tillage and Other Soil Moisture Practices" 1942 

1017 70
Drawer

Oversized graphs for "Plant Mulch Tillage" 1942 

22
Box Folder

"...Planting, Cultivation, and Cover Crop Practices" 1941 

1017 71

"Problems of Quantity Production in Apple Growing" 1933 

1017 72

"Recent Planting Trends in Fruit Varieties" 1950 

1017 73

"Soil Conservation in the Orchard" 1940 

1017 74

"Soil Moisture Variations..." 1940 

1017 75

"Trends in Peach Orchard Management" 1941 

1017 76

Research Materials 

Box Folder

Conservation Undated 

1017 77

Fruit Varieties Undated 

1017 78

Leaf Descriptions Undated 

1017 79-80

Research Project 

Box Folder

 1942 

1017 81

 1945-1946 

1017 82

 1948-1952 

1017 83

 Undated 

1017 84

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Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Bregger Essay Awards 1980 

1017 85

M.A.C. Commencement Program 1926 

1017 86

Notes...of Pomology Interest 1955 

1017 87

Personal Memorabilia 1917-1954, Undated 

1017 88

Soil Conservation Service Directories 1942, 1947, 1949, Undated 

1017 89

Newspaper Clippings and Press Release 1979 

1017 90

Rotary Club 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1970 

1017 91

Rotary Club 1976-77, 1979-80, Undated 

1017 92

Concert Programs 1937, 1938, 1946, 1948, 1950 

1017 93

European Trip 1963 

1017 94

Travel Journal 1962 

1017 95

M.A.C. Teaching Certificate 1917 

1016 72

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Scrapbooks and Photographs 

Volume

Scrapbook 302 M.A.C. Scrapbook 

SB 302

Photographs 

Drawer

Bregger, John T. Papers 

Photographs

Agriculture. Orchards. Soil Conservation Project (3 folders) 

Alaska 

Bangor (Mich). High School Class. 1908-1912. 

Michigan State University. Music. Bands. Military Band. 

Michigan State University. Scenes. Engineering Building after fire. 

Michigan State University. Student Activities. Dances. 

Michigan State University. Student Activities. Horticulture Shows 

Michigan State University. Students. Women. 

MSU Student Organizations. Dorion Literary Society 

People. Bregger, John T. 

People. Groups. 

7 Slides of Mexico Trip 

Box

Oversized Photographs 

OS 11

Dorian Society (4 photos) 

M.A.C. Concert Band Circa 1913-1915 

M.A.C. Graduating Class 1916 

M.A.C. Staff Spring 1909 

Seminarius Botanicus Circa 1915-1916 

Drawer

Postcards 

Postcards

Arizona. (3) 

Bay City Armory. 

Battle Creek Sanitarium. (2) 

California. (13) 

China. 

Colorado. 

Connecticut. 

France. (5) 

Germany. (2) 

Groups. 

Indiana. (3) 

Illinois. (6) 

Massachusetts. (4) 

Michigan. (10) 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Engineering Building. 

Michigan State University. Buildings. Wells Hall. (4) 

Minnesota. (2) 

Missouri. 

Navajo Squaw. 

New Jersey. 

New Mexico. 

New York. (8) 

Ohio. (4) 

Oregon. (2) 

Pennsylvania. (4) 

Scenes. (5) 

South Carolina. (2) 

Virginia. 

Washington. (2) 

Washington. D.C. 

West Virginia. (3) 

Wyoming. 

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