Inventory of the Bern C. Ramey Papers,1858-1998

Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Email: dmorrison@ucdavis.edu
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Biological and Medical Sciences--Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Inventory of the Bern C. Ramey Papers, 1858-1998

D-389

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: dmorrison@ucdavis.edu
Processed and encoded by: Sara Gunasekara
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bern C. Ramey Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1858-1998
Collection number: D-389
Creator: Ramey, Bern C., 1919-
Extent: 13 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library.Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: Bern C. Ramey had a long career in many aspects of the wine field including those of winemaker, merchandising specialist, author, lecturer, educator, and sales executive. A graduate of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, Ramey worked for "21" Brands and Paul Masson Vineyards. He also composed the music and authored the lyrics to the Cal Aggie Fight Song. His papers contain biographical materials, writings, photographs, audiovisual materials, memorabilia, and subject files relating to the Lonz Winery, the 3 Islands Madeira wine, and his champagne winery venture.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bern C. Ramey Papers, D-389, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2003

Biography

Biographical Narrative

Bern C. Ramey (1919-2003) had a long career in many aspects of the wine field including those of winemaker, merchandising specialist, author, lecturer, educator, and sales executive. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ramey graduated from Ohio State University. When he joined the U.S. Army in 1941, he was on the music staff and was executive officer of the Armed Forces Radio Service radio shows produced in Los Angeles and distributed to Army installations worldwide.
He began his wine career after completion of the Enology and Viticulture courses at the University of California, Davis where he worked with Drs. Maynard Amerine and Albert Winkler. His practical application of his work at Davis resulted in the planting and growing of the first French American grapes in Illinois and the founding of a "Champagne" winery.
Ramey worked for "21" Brands, Inc. for nineteen years including eleven years as the Assistant National Sales Manager. In 1970, he joined Paul Masson Vineyards as Merchandising Specialist for the Midwest, and was later appointed Vice President.
Ramey wrote the World Book Encyclopedia article on wine for a number of years. In 1979 Ramey published his book The Great Wine Grapes and the Wines They Make. He also published a two volume wine record, a quarterly publication Wine Illustrated and the Pocket Dictionary of Wines.
In addition, Ramey composed the music and authored the lyrics to the University of California, Davis Cal Aggie Fight Song.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Bern C. Ramey Papers are arranged in seven series: 1. Personal papers, 2. Writings, 3. Subject files, 4. Printed materials, 5. Audiovisual materials, 6. Photographs and slides, 7. Memorabilia.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Ramey, Bern C.
Viticulture
Grapes--Varieties
Wine and wine making
Fight songs

Separated Material

Copies of the record Bern Ramey on Wine have been transferred to the Audiovisual Collection, O-014, Box 9.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Personal papers

Box 1

Subseries 1.1 Biographical material

Scope and Content Note

Contains newsclippings and biographical sketches
Box 1

Subseries 1.2 Education

Scope and Content Note

Contains notebooks from UC Davis classes (1946-1947).
Box 1

Subseries 1.3 Musician

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials relating to Ramey's musical pursuits. Also contains a file on the Aggie Fight Song, including copyright application.
 

Series 2 Writings

 

Subseries 2.1 Books

Box 2

Subseries 2.1.1 The great wine grapes and the wines they make

Scope and Content Note

Contains corrected proof copies by Louis Martini, Dick Peterson, and Joe Heitz, original typed manuscript, notes and correspondence dealing with the production of the book.
Box 3

Subseries 2.1.2 Pocket Dictionary of wines

 

Subseries 2.2 Sound recording

Box 3

Subseries 2.2.1 Bern Ramey on Wine

Scope and Content Note

Contains research material and notes for the production of the sound recording. Copies of the sound recording have been transferred to 0-014, Audiovisual Collection Box 9.
Box 3

Subseries 2.3 Articles and speeches

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
 

Series 3 Subject files

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Box 4-5

Subseries 3.1 3 Islands Madeira

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Box 5

Subseries 3.2 Lonz Winery

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Box 6

Subseries 3.3 Ramey/Allen Champagne Venture

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Box 7-8

Subseries 3.4 Various

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Series 4 Printed materials

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Box 9

Subseries 4.1 Articles

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Box 9

Subseries 4.2 Books

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D Folio 5:1

Subseries 4.3 Menus

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Jack and Charlie's "21" Club Menus (Lunch and Dinner, April 15-27, 1957)
Box 10

Subseries 4.4 Wine labels

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Box 11

Series 5 Audiovisual materials

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Contains audiocassette recordings of several speeches by Ramey and the audiocassette version of Hugh Johnson's How to enjoy wine.

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Box 11-12

Series 6 Photographs and slides

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Box 11, 13

Series 7 Memorabilia

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Scope and Content Note

Contains a "wine radio," two wooden mallets presented to Ramey, three 3 Islands Madeira bottles, one 3 Islands Madeira lamplight, and one English gin bottle and case.

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