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Martin W. Gorman papers, 1872-1929

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gorman, Martin W.
Title
Martin W. Gorman papers
Dates
1872-1929 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.5 linear feet, (4 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 169
Summary
Martin W. Gorman (1853-1926) was a leading authority on the flora of the Northwest, especially trees. He traveled to the Yukon several times and did much botanical work in the Pacific Northwest. He is credited with discovering at least ten species new to science. The selected papers of Martin W. Gorman consist of correspondence, journals, annotated plant lists and reports, published articles, several photographs, and collected printed material used primarily in his work. Documenting his botanical studies, the journals and plant lists span Gorman's career from its inception through the last years of his life. Gorman's published articles and various other materials complete the collection.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Martin W. Gorman, the son of Peter and Mary Gorman, was born on a farm near the town of Eaganville, Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada, on November 23, 1853. He attended McGill College in Montreal in 1876 and later worked as a bookkeeper for a wholesale hardware store in Montreal. In February 1885 Gorman moved to Portland, Oregon where he was employed as a bookkeeper in a bank. In a letter to his brother John, in 1892, Gorman wrote that he was studying botany. He made his first journey to the Yukon in 1893, on behalf of a Portland bank which had backed salmon canneries. While there he gathered several boxes of plant specimens.

Gorman traveled to the Yukon several times, with various expeditions, and also did much botanical work in the Pacific Northwest, becoming a leading authority on the flora of the Northwest, especially trees. Gorman's private herbarium was received by the University of Oregon Herbarium in Eugene after his death; in May 1993 those specimens were transferred to the Oregon State University Herbarium in Corvallis. Other specimens he gathered are in the Smithsonian Institution. He is credited with discovering at least ten species new to science.

During the summers Gorman made collecting trips to all parts of Oregon and Washington. From findings he made as a member of an expedition on Mount Baker in 1906, he later published a booklet entitled Vegetation of the Northwestern Slope of Mount Baker.

At the close of the Lewis & Clark Exposition, Gorman was appointed curator of the Oregon Forestry Building, a position he held until his death in Portland, Oregon, on October 7, 1926.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of Martin W. Gorman consist of correspondence, journals, annotated plant lists and reports, published articles, photographs, and collected printed material used primarily in his work. Documenting his botanical studies, the journals and plant lists span Gorman's career from its inception through the last years of his life. These are arranged in chronological order. The plant lists and reports Gorman compiled are filed by geographic region or state and alphabetically within each section. Gorman's published articles and various other materials complete the collection. A box of prints is included

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Martin W. Gorman Papers, Coll 169, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Copy of inventoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Correspondence; address book
1897-1929

Journals and Plant ListsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 3
1872-1874
1 4
1885-1886
1 5
1889
1 6
1890
1 7
1892
1 8
1893
1 9
1894
1 10
1895
1 11
1896
1 12
1897
1 13
December 1898-March 1899
2 1
May 1899-July 21, 1899
2 2
July 22, 1899-December 1, 1899
2 3
1902
2 4
1903
2 5
1904-1906
2 6
1909-1916
2 7
1922-1923

Plant Lists and Reports Divided GeographicallyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Oregon and Pacific Northwest
Box Folder
3 1
Food Plants of the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest; Important Events in the History of Oregon; List of Native Oregon Plants Suitable for Cultivation; List of Plants Collected on Crater Lake Trip, Aug. 13-25, 1886; List of Plants Used as Greens or Salads; List of Shrubs and Undershrubs of Oregon; List of Shrubs Growing in the Vicinity of Portland
3 2
List of plants in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon
August 13, 1886-August 25, 1886
Alaska
Box Folder
3 3
The Flora of Southeastern Alaska; Ice Cliffs on White River, Yukon Territory; List of Plants collected in the Yukon Valley, April 24-Sept. 20, 1899; Report on a Botanical Survey of the Lake Iliamna Region During the Summer of 1902
April 24, 1899-September 20, 1899 1902
Washington
Box Folder
3 4
The Flora of Mt. Adams; List of Plants Collected on Mt. Baker, July 27-Aug 9, 1906; Report on the Vegetation of the Washington Forest Reserve
July 27, 1906-August 9, 1906

Published Articles by GormanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 5
"Economic Botany of S.E. Alaska." Pittonia. San Francisco: Payot Upham & Co., June 1896; "Forest Resources of Oregon." Appendix to the Report of the State Board of Horticulture (n.p., n.d.); "Vegetation of the Northeast Slope of Mount Baker." Portland, Oregon (n.d.)
1896

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 6
Family nomenclature
3 7
Wallowa Lake auto trip
1918
3 8
Mazamas
3 9
Collected printed material

Photographs (PH170)Return to Top

1.0 linear feet
Gorman, Martin W., 1853-1926
Container(s) Description
Box
1
Prints