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Inventory of the Frederic T. Bioletti Papers.
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  • Creator: Bioletti, Frederic T. (Frederic Theodore), 1865-1939
    Title: Frederic T. Bioletti Papers
    Date: 1881-1935
    Extent: 4.8 linear feet
    Abstract: The Frederic T. Bioletti Papers document the work of University of California professor Frederic Bioletti's pioneering work in grape-growing and wine-making practices in California. The collection includes correspondence, research material, publications by Bioletti, and extensive set of publications by others on a variety of agricultural topics, and a small series of specimen photographs.
    Phyiscal location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-363
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Biography

    Frederic Theodore Bioletti was born in Liverpool, England in 1865. In 1878, he came to the United States and settled in Sonoma County, California. After graduating from Heald's Business School in San Francisco, he worked on Senator Stanford's Vina Ranch, where he was employed in the senator's commercial wine cellar. Bioletti studied at the University of California, Berkeley from 1889-1900; he earned his Bachelor's degree in 1894 and his Master's degree in 1898. During this time, he was also an assistant to noted soil scientist Professor E.W. Hilgard. While working with Hilgard, Bioletti studied the fermentation of wines under a variety of conditions. The results of his experiments aided California vintners in refining their wine production practices and improving the resulting wines.
    In 1901, Bioletti left the University of California for Elsenburg College in South Africa, where he taught viticulture, enology, and horticulture for the next three years. Bioletti returned to California in 1904 and rejoined the Department of Viticulture and Enology. With the exception of a brief hiatus from 1908-1910 and another in 1930, Bioletti worked in the department until his retirement in 1935. He was the University of California's first Professor of Viticulture as well as the first chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology.
    Bioletti's greatest passion was systematic botany. His last publication was on the classification of vinifera grapes grown in California. Bioletti's academic work fell along similar lines: he was active in introducing and breeding new grape varieties and founded the grape breeding program at the University of California Agricultural Experiment Station. During Prohibition, Bioletti worked on finding additional uses for wine grapes. He also worked extensively with olive products and pioneered the use of an alkaline brine for olive canning.
    Frederic Bioletti died in 1939.
    Sources:
    University of California, In Memoriam. 1939.

    Scope and Content

    The Frederic T. Bioletti Papers document the work of University of California professor Frederic Bioletti's pioneering work in grape-growing and wine-making practices in California. The collection includes correspondence, research material, publications by Bioletti, and extensive set of publications by others on a variety of agricultural topics, and a small series of specimen photographs.
    Of particular interest are Bioletti's notes and research data on little-leaf disease of grapes and his proposals for an enological laboratory at the University Farm (later known as the University of California, Davis).
    Additional materials related to Bioletti's work may be located in the Harold P. Olmo Papers, D-280.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The Collection is arranged into five series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Research; 3. Publications and Manuscripts by Bioletti; 4. Publications by Others; 5. Photographs.

    Related Collections

    The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
    D-280, Harold Paul Olmo Papers, 1909-2006: This collection contains faculty papers including correspondence, research files, slides on grape varieties, grape variety reports by county, and materials relating to Olmo's activities in symposiums, conferences, and advisory boards.
    D-357, Paul Masson Collection, 1859-1940: This collection contains photographs and ledger books from Masson's Santa Clara winery.
    D-060, Maynard A. Amerine Collection, 1911-1998: This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, wine labels, and pamphlets pertaining to the production of wine and spirits. Collection also includes travel diaries, menus, photographs relating to the Viticulture and Enology Department, California wine industry, and wine research.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bioletti, Frederic T. (Frederic Theodore), 1865-1939--Archives.
    Grapes -- Diseases and pests -- California.
    Wine and wine making.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist, processed the collection and created the finding aid.

    Acquisition Information

    Separated from Harold Paul Olmo Papers, D-280. Gift of Richard W. Hoenisch, 1999.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frederic T. Bioletti Papers, D-363, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    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 the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, 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.