Horticulturist Melvin Westwood was a faculty member in the Oregon State University Horticulture Department and Agricultural Experiment Station from 1960 until his retirement in 1983. Westwood published extensively and received numerous awards for his research in rootstock physiology and fruit germplasm. He helped establish the National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon; served as its Research Director in 1980-1982; and was the National Technical Advisor for Clonal Germplasm from 1982 to 1986. Westwood earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pomology from Utah State University (1952) and Washington State University (1956).
The Melvin N. Westwood Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Westwood and include article reprints, correspondence, course handouts, newspaper clippings, a list of publications, notes, reference materials, reports, and a self-published monograph on the foods gathered and eaten during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The papers primarily document Westwood's research on tree fruits (primarily pears, apples, prunes, and peaches) and include summary reports compiled by Westwood of fruit research done in Oregon. The reference materials collected by Westwood pertain to plant phenology and the history of horticulture in Oregon.