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Bernard Elbert Gray Papers

Call Number: MS020

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information, correspondence, 1950-1981, memorial/obituary, 1982-1983, and technical papers, 1927-1948. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to and from Bernard Gray in his capacity as Head Class Agent for 1911 and a collection of technical papers written in connection with the Asphalt Institute.


  • Majority of material found within 1927 -- 1983
  • 1927 -- 1983


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.


This collection is organized in one series.


0.75 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Elbert Gray was born in Andover, Massachusetts in 1888. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1911. During his summer vacations he worked for the Massachusetts Highway Commission. After graduation, he joined the Commission full time as an Assistant Division Engineer engaged in building roads and bridges. From 1916-1918 he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads which he rejoined (after a year in the military during World War I) as Senior Highway Engineer supervising Federal Aid projects. Starting in 1921 he worked for the West Virginia State Roads Commission in various positions and advanced asphalt technology.

Gray went on to become one of the world's leading experts on highway engineering. He was very active in the Asphalt Institute, an international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. He wrote many technical papers in the highway engineering trade press, addressed those in the highway engineering field at industry conventions, and among other posts served as President of the Asphalt Institute from 1947-54 which he had joined in 1930 as Highway Engineer. Gray was a former director of the American Road Builder's Association, a trustee of the Automotive Safety Foundation, a member of the Highway Research Board, the American Society of Engineers, and the Vermont Engineering Society. Gray received an honorary degree from Tufts University in 1935. Bernard Gray died on July 24, 1982.

Processing Information

This collection was created by combining Bernard Gray's technical papers with the development alumni files in the archives.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

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