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Inventory of the Bern C. Ramey Papers,1858-1998
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • 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


    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


    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.


    Ramey, Bern C.
    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.