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J. Rayburn Bertrand Scrapbooks

Collection 184

Bertrand, J. Rayburn (1918-2005). Scrapbooks, 1959-1972

6 scrapbooks; 3 reels [microfilm]

J. Rayburn Bertrand was born in 1918 in Kinder, Louisiana. He married Julie Burgin and they had one daughter. He attended Lafayette High School and University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). Bertrand was a fighter pilot early in World War II, flying out of England with the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group. During two years there, he flew 88 combat missions, earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and seven Air Medals. His group also was honored with the Presidential Unit Citation. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Bertrand was the fifteenth mayor of Lafayette, serving from 1960 to 1972. He led Lafayette through a period of unprecedented growth and the turbulent civil rights era. During his term as mayor, the city’s population grew from about 40,000 to about 75,000, and the city grew in size from 8.25 square miles to 24 square miles.

Bertrand’s accomplishments were appreciated in Lafayette and also gained state recognition. He received two “Project Earth” awards for activities and programs which improved the environment, and the Mayor-of-the-Year citation for the state of Louisiana in 1962.

This collection contains five books of scrapbooks while he was mayor of Lafayette. These scrapbooks have been microfilmed. Also included is a Bertrand family genealogy scrapbook that was compiled by Velia Bertrand Jr. who is a distant cousin of Bertrand. It has been donated to UAAMC by Henrietta Bertrand Boriskie.


Scrapbooks: 1959-1972 Books 1-5
Bertrand Family Genealogy Volume 1
Microfilm 3 reels


Book 1: 1959-1962
Book 2: 1962-1965
Book 3: 1965-1967
Book 4: 1967-1968
Book 5: 1969-1972
Bertrand Family Genealogy
Volume 1
Reel 1: Book 1: 1959-1962
  Book 2: 1962-1965
Reel 2: Book 2: 1962-1965 con't
  Book 3: 1965-1967
  Book 4: 1967-1968
Reel 3: Book 4: 1967-1968 con't
  Book 5: 1969-1972