Harry J. Sears Glass Lantern Slide Collection, 1916-1941  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Sears, Harry J., Ph.D.
Harry J. Sears Glass Lantern Slide Collection
1916-1941 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 archives box )
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The collection consists of twenty glass lantern slides of the University of Oregon Medical School faculty members and their families. The slides were used for a presentation in 1950 and donated by the University of Oregon Medical School Department of Bacteriology Head, Harry J. Sears, Ph.D., from 1918 until 1956.
Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives
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Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-494-5587
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The collection consists of twenty glass lantern slides of the University of Oregon Medical School faculty members and their families, donated by Harry J. Sears, Ph.D. A handwritten list of the slides describes each photograph. The photos were used for a talk given before the wives of UOMS faculty members in 1950.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Harry J. Sears, M.D., was born in Daviess County, Missouri where he attended a one room grade school. He earned a B.A. in 1911 and an M.A. in 1912 from Stanford University. Sears remained at Stanford to obtain a Ph.D. which he earned in 1916. He spent two and a half years as Director of the Berkley, California City Health Laboratory before he came to Portland. He paid for his education cleaning bricks from the earthquake damaged buildings on campus, washing dishes, and working on a railroad construction crew.

He married Huldah Meyer of Palo Alto, California, with whom he had two daughters and two sons, Thomas and David.

Until his retirement in 1956, Harry J. Sears served as the first chair and professor at the University of Oregon Medical School's (UOMS) Department of Bacteriology. When Sears first arrived in Portland from Berkley, he was the only bacteriologist in the state of Oregon. He began teaching at the medical school in 1919 when it was still located at the corner of NW 23rd and Lovejoy. There, he organized UOMS's first Department of Bacteriology. He was among the first small contingent faculty of the school, teaching both bacteriology and chemistry.

In his early days, he was among the teams who sought to find the causes and treatments for influenza, typhoid, paratyphoid, and diphtheria. Sears also helped to establish the state civil service merit system of examinations and served as first director of the merit system.

It was said of Sears that “He was one of our great pioneers.” He retired in 1956 after serving as the Head of the Bacteriology Department for 38 years. Over the course of his career, Sears authored and published 30 professional papers. He died at the age of 77 at his daughter's home on October 27, 1962.

Medical Practice:

Head of Bacteriology – University of Oregon Medical School


Friends of the Library Committee – Portland Academy of Medicine

Society of the American Association for Advancement of Science

The Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

The Portland Academy of Medicine

Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Xi

Phi Lambda Upsilon.


A list of Sears' publications can be found in the Historical Collection & Archives' Biographical Files.

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Preferred Citation

Harry J. Sears Glass Lantern Slide Collection, Accession number 2006-011, Historical Collections & Archives, Oregon Health & Science University.

Restrictions on Use

The OHSU Historical Collections & Archives is the owner of the materials and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the OHSU HC&A before any reproduction use. The OHSU HC&A does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
University of Oregon Medical School faculty members,
circa 1930
University of Oregon Medical School faculty members,
circa 1940
Portrait of Richard Dillehunt, M.D.,
circa 1950s
Portrait of Mary Baird,
circa 1900
Portrait of Ruth Hurd,
circa 1900
Portrait of Mrs. W. R. Todd,
circa 1910s
Portrait of Rosina Tedisch,
20th century
Portrait of Mrs. Vinton Sneedon,
circa 1920s
Haney twins and the Norman David girls,
circa 1940
Future site of the University of Oregon Medical School,
circa 1918
Edward Staunton West, Ph.D.,
circa 1930s
George E. Burget with family,
circa 1925
University of Oregon Medical School construction,
circa 1940
Faculty fishing trip with Edward West, Wren Gaines, and Hance Haney,
circa 1940
Clearing trees on Marquam Hill campus,
circa 1937
News clipping,
Alois Tedisch,
circa 1920s
Portrait of Harold B. Myers, Ph.D.,
circa 1935

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Faculty,University
  • University of Oregon.Medical School
  • Personal Names :
  • David, Norman A. , M.D.
  • Sneedon, Vinton, M.D.
  • Todd, Wilbur R., M.D.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • lantern slides
  • portrait
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Allen, William Fitch, Ph.D., Sc.D., 1875-1951 (depicted)
    • Baird , David W. E., M.D., 1898-1974 (depicted)
    • Baird, Mary (depicted)
    • Burget, George E. , M.D. (depicted)
    • Carlson, A. J., Ph.D. (depicted)
    • Dillehunt, Richard B., Dean, University of Oregon Medical School, 1920-1943 (depicted)
    • Fitzgibbons, John H. , M.D. (depicted)
    • Gaines, Wren E. (depicted)
    • Haney, Hance, M.D. (depicted)
    • Haskins, Howard D., M.D. (depicted)
    • Hunter, Warren C., M.D. (depicted)
    • Hurd, Ruth (depicted)
    • Larsell, Olof (depicted)
    • Menne, Frank Raymond, M.D. , 1915-1971 (depicted)
    • Myers, Harold Bunce, M.D. (depicted)
    • Rush, Homer Parrott, M.D., 1897-1970 (depicted)
    • Sears, Harry J., Ph.D. (donor)
    • Tedisch, Alois (depicted)
    • Tedisch, Rosina (depicted)
    • West, Edward Staunton , Ph.D. , 1896-1988 (depicted)
    • Youmans, William Barton, Ph.D. (depicted)