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Jim Bergers WWII papers

Identifier: RHC-168

Scope and Contents

Collection of World War II era correspondence, photographs, press and personnel releases, military papers, printed material, and memorabilia of Jim Bergers. Correspondence includes letters to and from Jim Bergers from 1941 to 1945 while he was in the United States Army, as well as enclosures such as newspaper clippings and photographs. The press releases and personnel papers are written by Bergers and provide information regarding the soldiers of Fort Eustis, Fort Bragg, and Fort Hood, and also include news articles pertaining to the forts. Military documents contain information regarding Bergers' service with the United States Army, as well as general information regarding Army practices. Printed materials are largely comprised of abridged books and travel information regarding the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and France. Printed materials also include Bibles and dictionaries. Photographs include photos taken by both Jim, his parents, his friends, and Army photographers. Personal papers include notes taken by Bergers during his war correspondent classes. These personal papers also include jokes, poems and songs written by Bergers. Artifacts include a large ammunitions case, several cameras, toiletries, and wartime memorabilia such as patches and pins.


  • 1941 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1945


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.


Box 42: Nitrate film negatives is restricted (fragile). Digital copies of negatives may be requested.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Note

Jim Bergers (1918-2004) was a Grand Rapids Press journalist and United States Army reporter who served in World War II from November 1941 to November 1945. Prior to being drafted, Jim wrote for the Grand Rapids Press, covering the draft board. After being drafted, Jim became a wartime correspondent, authoring both press releases as well as personnel releases. During his time in the Army, Jim lived at Fort Eustis, Virginia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Hood, Texas. Following deployment in June 1944, Jim spent a small portion of time in the United Kingdom before arriving in Northern France, where he would spend the rest of his time in Europe. Jim would receive an honorable discharge from the Army following his return to the United States in 1944 and accolades for participating in the Northern France Campaign. Following his return to the United States, Jim married Irene Baty (1917-2012) and together had one son, Randall Bergers.


20 Linear feet (43 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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The collection is organized in seven series: 1) Correspondence, 1941-1945, 2) Photographs, 3) Personal papers, 4) Printed materials, 5) Press releases and personnel papers, 6) Military documents, and 7) Artifacts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Randall Bergers, 2018.
Jim Bergers WWII papers, RHC-168
Matthew Lawrence and Annie Benefiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States