Henry John Bruman joined the UCLA faculty in 1945, chaired its Department of Geography from 1957-62 and retired in 1983 as
professor emeritus. Bruman specialized in Latin American cultural-historical geography, plant geography and land use in the
American West. The collection consists of photographs, memorabilia, research files, professional and teaching materials, field
notebooks, manuscripts, maps and publications.
Henry John Bruman was born in Berlin, Germany on March 25, 1913. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from UCLA in 1935
and the following year earned a B.A. in geography from UCLA. Bruman attended graduate school at the University of California,
Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in geography in 1940 under the direction of Professor Carl O. Sauer. In 1945, Bruman
joined the UCLA Department of Geography, he chaired the department from 1957-1962 and remained at UCLA for over four decades
until his retirement as professor emeritus. In 1961 Bruman founded the largest academic map library in the United States at
UCLA which was named in his honor in 1987. Bruman was known as an expert in Latin American cultural-historical geography,
plant geography and land use in the American West. His dissertation, "Aboriginal Drink Areas in New Spain" was published sixty
years later as a book entitled,
Alcohol in Ancient Mexico. Bruman died on March 6, 2005 at his Westwood home.
14.0 linear ft.
(13 record storage cartons and 1 oversize flat box)
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