Marian Field Collection, 1933-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Field, Marian.
Title
Marian Field Collection
Dates
1933-1982 (inclusive)
1933-1941 (bulk)
Quantity
3.00 cubic feet, including 250 illustrations and 23 photographic prints, (6 oversize boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Field
Summary
The Marian Field Collection is comprised of botanical illustrations produced by Marian Field, an Oregon artist and botanical illustrator. The illustrations in the collection appear to have been generated by Field between 1933 and 1941 in collaboration with faculty at the University of Oregon and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The collection includes approximately 250 illustrations of plants and fungi, materials from an exhibit of Field's works, photographs, correspondence, and a short biography of Field's life and work.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Marian Field (née Rorapaugh) was born in the Dakota Territory on November 7, 1885. She attended the Cincinnati Art Institute and, in 1902, married musician William B. Field. In 1905, she took a position as head of the University of North Dakota Art Department where she stayed until 1909. After leaving the University of North Dakota, she attended the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts.

The Field family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1910. She attended the University of Oregon and earned a B.A. in fine arts in 1930 and took graduate coursework through 1933. From 1929 to 1933, Field worked at the University's art and architecture library. During this time, she also worked closely with Dr. Louis Henderson, curator of the University of Oregon Herbarium, for whom she made numerous botanical illustrations. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Field also did extensive illustrative work for botany professor Frank Sipe.

In 1939, Field became director of the Salem Art Center, a Works Project Administration (WPA) project. After the Salem Art Center was defunded in the early 1940s, she moved to Corvallis, Oregon and taught in the Oregon State College Art Department until her retirement in 1948. Field died in 1957 at the age of 72.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Marian Field Collection is comprised of nearly 250 botanical illustrations created by Field between 1933 and 1941, as well as a small collection of photographs and textual documents.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of nearly 200 illustrations created for use in Trees and Shrubs in Winter, a book written by University of Oregon botany professor Frank Sipe and supported by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Though the book was never published, the University of Oregon Herbarium exhibited Field's illustrations in the 1980s and the collection includes text panels from that exhibit. The collection also includes colorized photos of 15 of Field's illustrations and a small body of correspondence between Sipe and potential publishers.

The collection also includes more than 50 illustrations of Oregon fungi created by Field in 1933-1934. These illustrations were likely created in cooperation with Louis Henderson, curator of the University of Oregon Herbarium. A small number of reference photographs of fungi is also extant.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Marian Field Collection (MSS Field), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Illustrations for Trees and Shrubs in Winter, 1936-1982Return to Top

Series 1 is comprised predominately of 193 pen and ink botanical illustrations of woody plants produced by Marian Field between 1936 and 1941. The drawings were originally intended to illustrate Trees and Shrubs in Winter by Frank Sipe, a botany professor at the University of Oregon. The series also includes a small quantity of correspondence documenting Sipe's efforts to publish the book, colorized photographs of 15 of Field's illustrations, and reprints of her illustrations of Acer macrophyllum and several species belonging to genus Arctostaphylos. The project, which was supported by the Works Project Administration (WPA), was defunded prior to publication.

Following the discontinuation of the book project, the illustrations were held and exhibited by the University of Oregon Herbarium. Twelve text panels from this exhibit are included in the series and provide details about the life and work of Marian Field, context for the production of the illustrations, and information about the process of plant identification. The source of some of the exhibit text, a manuscript biographical sketch of Marian Field produced by Mary Field Etter in December 1982, is also present along with a partial inventory of the illustrations.

Container(s) Description Dates
Abies Amabilis - Ceanothus velutinus
1936-1941
Box/Folder
1.1
Abies amabilis. Amabilis fir. Lovely fir. Red silver fir
1937
1.1
Abies concolor. White fir
undated
1.1
Abies grandis. Lowland fir
1941
1.1
Abies grandis. Giant fir. White fir
1936
1.1
Abies lasiocarpa [?]
undated
1.1
Abies lasiocarpa. Alipine fir
1941
1.1
Acer circinatum. Vine maple
1936
1.1
Acer circinatum. Vine maple
1938
1.1
Acer macrophyllum. Large-leaf maple
1936
1.1
Acer macrophyllum. Large-leaf maple
1936
1.1
Acer macrophyllum. Large-leaf maple
1936
1.1
Acer macrophyllum. Large-leaf maple
1936
1.1
Acer macrophyllum. Large-leaf maple
1936
1.1
Acer macrophyllum var. Kimballi. Kimball's maple
1941
1.1
Alnus oregona. Red alder
1936
1.1
Alnus oregona. Red alder
1938
1.1
Alnus sinuata. Sitka alder
1940
1.1
Alnus sinuata. Sitka alder
1940
1.1
Alnus sinuata. Sitka alder
1941
1.1
Amelanchier alnifolia. Service berry
1936
1.1
Arbutus menziesii. Madrona
undated
1.1
Arctostaphylos columbiana. Hairy manzanita
1936
1.1
Arctostaphylos columbiana. Hairy manzanita
1937
1.1
Arctostaphylos columbiana. Hairy manzanita
1938
1.1
Arctostaphylos patula
1938
1.1
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. Kinnikinnic
1936
1.1
Artemisia tridentata. Sagebrush
1936
1.1
Baccharis pilularis. Coyote brush. Chaparral broom. Kidneywort
undated
1.1
Berberis aquifolium. Oregon grape
1936
1.1
Berberis aquifolium. Oregon grape
1936
1.1
Berberis aquifolium. Oregon grape
1937
1.1
Berberis nervosa. Mountain Oregon grape
1937
1.1
Berberis nervosa. Mountain Oregon grape
1939
1.1
Castanopsis chrysophyll. Chinquapin. Golden-leaved chestnut
1937
1.1
Castanopsis chrysophyll. Chinquapin. Golden-leaved chestnut
1939
1.1
Ceanothus cordulatus. Snow bush
1937
1.1
Ceanothus cuneatus
1938
1.1
Ceanothus cuneatus. Buckbrush. Greasewood
1938
1.1
Ceanothus cuneatus. Buckbrush. Greasewood
1938
1.1
Ceanothus sanguineus. Oregon tea. Buckbrush. Wild lilac
1937
1.1
Ceanothus velutinus. Cinnamon bush. Snow bush
1940
Cercocarpus ledifolius - Micromeria douglasii
1936-1941
Box/Folder
2.1
Cercocarpus ledifolius. Mountain Mahogany
1939
2.1
Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana. Lawson cypress. Port Orford cedar
undated
2.1
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis. Yellow cypress. Alaska cypress. Yellow cedar
1937
2.1
Cornus Nuttallii. Dogwood
1936
2.1
Cornus occidentalis. Creek dogwood
1936
2.1
Cornus occidentalis. Creek dogwood
1936
2.1
Cornus occidentalis. Creek dogwood
1938
2.1
Corylus californica. Hazel
1939
2.1
Crataegus Douglasii. Hawthorn
1936
2.1
Crataegus Douglasii. Hawthorn
1938
2.1
Crataegus Douglasii. Hawthorn
1939
2.1
Cytisus scoparius. Scotch broom
1936
2.1
Cytisus scoparius. Scotch broom
1936
2.1
Cytisus scoparius. Scotch broom
1936
2.1
Cytisus scoparius. Scotch broom
1936
2.1
Euonymus occidentalis. Western burning bush
1941
2.1
Euonymus occidentalis. Western burning bush
1941
2.1
Fraxinus oregona. Oregon ash
1936
2.1
Fraxinus oregona. Oregon ash
1936
2.1
Fraxinus oregona. Oregon ash
1936
2.1
Fraxinus oregona. Oregon ash
1936
2.1
Fraxinus oregona. Oregon ash
1936
2.1
Gaultheria shallon. Salal
1936
2.1
Gaultheria shallon. Salal
1937
2.1
Gaultheria shallon. Salal
1938
2.1
Holodiscus discolor. Ocean spray
1937
2.1
Holodiscus discolor. Ocean spray
1938
2.1
Juniperus occidentalis. Western juniper
1936
2.1
Ledum columbianum. Labrador tea
1936
2.1
Libocedrus decurrens. Incense cedar
1936
2.1
Libocedrus decurrens. Incense cedar
undated
2.1
Lithocarpus densiflora. Tan oak
1940
2.1
Lonicera ciliosa. Climbing honeysuckle
1936
2.1
Lonicera ciliosa. Climbing honeysuckle
1937
2.1
Lonicera hispidula. Pink honeysuckle
1936
2.1
Lonicera involucrata. Bush honeysuckle
1939
2.1
Lonicera involucrata. Bush honeysuckle
undated
2.1
Menziesia ferruginea. Fool's huckleberry. Rusty leaf
undated
2.1
Menziesia ferruginea. Fool's huckleberry. Rusty leaf
1937
2.1
Micromeria douglasii. Yerba buena. Oregon tea
1938
Myrica californica - Rhamnus purshiana
1936-1940
Box/Folder
3.1
Myrica californica. Wax myrtle. California myrtle
1937
3.1
Myrica californica. Wax myrtle. California myrtle
1937
3.1
Myrica californica. Wax myrtle. California myrtle
1937
3.1
Oplopanax horridum. Devil's club
1936
3.1
Oplopanax horridum. Devil's club
1940
3.1
Osmaronia cerasiformis. Oso berry. Indian peach
1936
3.1
Osmaronia cerasiformis. Oso berry. Indian peach
1938
3.1
Osmaronia cerasiformis. Oso berry. Indian peach
1938
3.1
Pachistima myrsinites. Mountain lover
1938
3.1
Philadelphus gordonianus. Mock orange. Syringa
1938
3.1
Phoradendron villosum. Mistletoe
1937
3.1
Phyllodoce empetriformis. Heather
1937
3.1
Physocarpus capitatus. Nine bark
1936
3.1
Physocarpus capitatus. Nine bark
1936
3.1
Picea sitchensis. Sitka spruce. Tideland spruce
1938
3.1
Pinus albicaulis. White-bark pine
1936
3.1
Pinus albicaulis. White-bark pine
1937
3.1
Pinus contorta. Lodge pole pine
1937
3.1
Pinus ponderosa. Western yellow pine
1936
3.1
Polygonum paronychia. Sand knotweed. Dune knotweed
1937
3.1
Populus trichocarpa. Cottonwood
1936
3.1
Prunus demissa. Wild cherry
1936
3.1
Pseudorsuga taxifolia. Douglas fir
1938
3.1
Purshia tridentata. Antelope brush
1937
3.1
Pyrus rivularis. Wild crab apple
1936
3.1
Pyrus rivularis. Wild crab apple
1939
3.1
Quercus chrysolepsis. Canyon live oak. Mountain holly. Maul oak. Golden leaf oak
1937
3.1
Quercus chrysolepsis. Canyon live oak. Mountain holly. Maul oak. Golden leaf oak
1937
3.1
Quercus garryana. White oak. Garryana. Garry oak
1936
3.1
Quercus garryana. White oak. Garryana. Garry oak
1936
3.1
Quercus garryana. White oak. Garryana. Garry oak
1939
3.1
Quercus Kelloggii. California black oak
1936
3.1
Quercus Kelloggii. California black oak
1936-1939
3.1
Quercus Kelloggii. California black oak
1937
3.1
Rhamnus Purshiana. Cascara. Chittim
1936
3.1
Rhamnus Purshiana. Cascara. Chittim
1936
3.1
Rhamnus Purshiana. Cascara. Chittim
1936
3.1
Rhamnus Purshiana. Cascara. Chittim
1936-1938
Rhododendron albiflorum - Salix sitchensis
1936-1941
Box/Folder
4.1
Rhododendron albiflorum
1940
4.1
Rhododendron californicum
1936
4.1
Rhododendron californicum
1936-1939
4.1
Rhododendron occidentale. Azalea
1937
4.1
Rhus diversiloba. Poison oak
1939
4.1
Ribes bracteosum. Stink currant
1938
4.1
Ribes bracteosum. Stink currant
1939
4.1
Ribes cereum. Squaw currant
1937
4.1
Ribes cruentum. Shiny leaved gooseberry
1938
4.1
Ribes divaricatum. Coast black gooseberry. Straggly gooseberry
1938
4.1
Ribes lacustre
1938
4.1
Ribes menziesii
1938
4.1
Ribes sanguineum. Red-flowering currant
1936
4.1
Ribes sanguineum. Red-flowering currant
1936
4.1
Ribes sanguineum. Red-flowering currant
1936
4.1
Ribes sanguineum. Red-flowering currant
1938
4.1
Rosa gymnocarpa. Wood rose
1936
4.1
Rosa nutkana
1936
4.1
Rosa pisocarpa
1936
4.1
Rosa rubiginosa. Sweet briar
1936
4.1
Rosa rubiginosa. Sweet briar
1937
4.1
Rubus laciniatus. Evergreen blackberry
1936
4.1
Rubus leucodermis. Black-cap
1937
4.1
Rubus macropetalus. Wild blackberry
1936
4.1
Rubus parviflorus. Thimble berry
1936
4.1
Rubus parviflorus. Thimble berry
1938
4.1
Rubus spectabilis. Salmon berry
1938
4.1
Rubus Coulteri. Coulter's willow
1941
4.1
Salix Hookeriana. Coast willow
1938
4.1
Salix lasiandra. Yellow willow. Red willow
1938
4.1
Salix mackenziana. Mackenzie black willow
1938
4.1
Salix melanopsis. Dusky willow
1938
4.1
Salix Piperi. White willow. Dune willow. Piper willow
1938
4.1
Salix scouleriana. Nuttall willow. Scouler willow
1938
4.1
Salix sessilifolia
1938
4.1
Salix sitchensis. Satin willow. Silky willow
1939
4.1
Salix sitchensis. Satin willow. Silky willow
1940
4.1
Salix sitchensis. Satin willow. Silky willow
1941
Sambucus - Viburnum pauciflorum
1936-1941
Box/Folder
5.1
Sambucus
1938
5.1
Sambucus
1938
5.1
Sambucus glauca. Blue elderberry
1936
5.1
Sambucus glauca. Blue elderberry
1936
5.1
Sambucus racemosa. Red elderberry
1938
5.1
Sequoia sempervirens. Redwood
1938
5.1
Spirea densiflora
1941
5.1
Spirea Douglasii. Hardhack spirea
1936
5.1
Symphoricarpos albus. Snow berry
1939
5.1
Symphoricarpos albus. Snow berry
1939
5.1
Taxis brevifolia. Western
1937
5.1
Thuja plicata. Red cedar. Canoe cedar. Giant cedar
1937
5.1
Tsuga heterophylla. Western hemlock
1937
5.1
Tsuga Mertensiana. Mountain hemlock
1937
5.1
Tsuga Mertensiana. Mountain hemlock
1937-1941
5.1
Ulex europaeus. Gorse. Whin
1937
5.1
Umbellularia californica. California laurel. Oregon myrtle
1938
5.1
Umbellularia californica. California laurel. Oregon myrtle
1938
5.1
Vaccinium caespitosum. Dwarf bilberry
1938
5.1
Vaccinium caespitosum. Dwarf bilberry
1939
5.1
Vaccinium membranaceum. Mountain huckleberry
1938
5.1
Vaccinium occidentale. Western huckleberry
1941
5.1
Vaccinium ovalifolium. Tall blue huckleberry
1938
5.1
Vaccinium ovatum. Common evergreen huckleberry
1936
5.1
Vaccinium ovatum. Common evergreen huckleberry
1937
5.1
Vaccinium ovatum. Common evergreen huckleberry
1937
5.1
Vaccinium Oxycoccos. Small cranberry
1939
5.1
Vaccinium parvifolium. Red huckleberry
1936
5.1
Vaccinium parvifolium. Red huckleberry
1936
5.1
Vaccinium parvifolium. Red huckleberry
1938
5.1
Viburnum ellipticum. Western way-faring tree
1936
5.1
Viburnum ellipticum. Western way-faring tree
1938
5.1
Viburnum ellipticum. Western way-faring tree
1938
5.1
Viburnum ellipticum. Western way-faring tree
1938
5.1
Viburnum ellipticum. Western way-faring tree
1938
5.1
Viburnum pauciflorum. High bush cranberry. Squash berry. Pimpina
1938
Box/Folder
6.1
Panels from Winter and Spring Twigs of Oregon Woody Plants exhibit
undated
6.2
Photographs and reprints of illustrations for Trees and Shrubs in Winter
1936
6.3
Correspondence re: Trees and Shrubs in Winter
1938-1941
6.4
Partial inventory of illustrations for Trees and Shrubs in Winter
circa 1982
6.5
Biographical sketch of Marian Field by Mary Field Etter
1982

Series 2:  Illustrations of Oregon Fungi, 1933-1934Return to Top

Series 2 is comprised of 54 illustrations of fungi created between 1933 and 1934. These illustrations were produced in a variety of sizes and mediums and include pencil drawings, oil paintings, and watercolors. Some illustrations depict the subjects in various life stages and sometimes contain notes on the origin of the reference specimen. It is likely these illustrations were produced in collaboration with Louis Henderson, curator of the University of Oregon Herbarium.

The series also includes 8 matted photographs of assorted species of mushrooms that may have been used as reference images for Field's illustrations. Many of the photographs are colorized and all but one include handwritten notes identifying the species.

Container(s) Description Dates
Botanical Illustrations
Box/Folder
6.6
Alurea aurantia. Orange cup
undated
6.6
Amanita calyptrata
1933
6.6
Amanita calyptrata pk.
1934
6.6
Amanita muscaria
undated
6.6
Amanita muscaria
undated
6.6
Amillaria
1934
6.6
Amillaria
undated
6.6
Armillaria mellea / Cantharellus floccosusSchw. Long tubed chanterelle
1933
6.6
Boletus eximius Peck.
undated
6.6
Boletus luridus Schaeff var. Rubeolarius [?]
undated
6.6
Cantherellus cibarius Fr. Chanterelle
undated
6.6
Cantherellus cibarius Fr. Chanterelle
undated
6.6
Clavaria
undated
6.6
Clavarias
undated
6.6
Clilocybe laccata
1934
6.6
Clitocybe laccata Scop.
undated
6.6
Coprinus atramentarius (Bull.) Fr.
1934
6.6
Coprinus comatus
1934
6.6
Coprinus micaceus [?]
undated
6.6
Cortinarius violaceus
undated
6.6
Gomphidius oregonensis
1934
6.6
Heboloma pracox
1934
6.6
Helvella lacunos Afzel
undated
6.6
Helvella lacunosa Afzel
undated
6.6
Hygrophorus pratensis var. meisneriensis. Meadow hyprophorus / Hygrophorus flammans [?]. Little glassy top
1934
6.6
Hypholoma fasciculare. Sulphur cap
1934
6.6
Hypholoma fasciculare. Sulphur cap
undated
6.6
Hypholoma fasciculare. Sulphur cap
undated
6.6
Inocybe abundans [?]
1934
6.6
Inocybe geophylla var. Violacea
undated
6.6
Lactarius deliciosus Fr.
1933
6.6
Lactarius deliciosus Fr.
undated
6.6
Lactarius rufus
undated
6.6
Lepiota
1934
6.6
Lepiota
undated
6.6
Lycoperdon. Puffball
1933
6.6
Marasmius siccus
1934
6.6
Morchella esculenta Pers.
undated
6.6
Paxilus involus (Batsch) Fr.
1933
6.6
Pholiota adiposa Fr.
undated
6.6
Pholiota adiposa Fr.
undated
6.6
Pleurotus ostreatus. Oyster mushroom / Schizophyllum commune. Split leaf
1934
6.6
Pluteolus expansis
undated
6.6
Polyphorus picipes
undated
6.6
Polyphorus sulphureus Fr.
1933
6.6
Polyphorus sulphureus Fr.
undated
6.6
Polystictus
undated
6.6
Russula alutacea Fr.
1933
6.6
Russula nigricans Bull. / Clitocybe laccata Scop.
1933
6.6
Russula roseipes
undated
6.6
Russula roseipes
1934
6.6
Tricholoma equestre
1934
6.6
Tricholoma personatum
1934
6.6
Untitled
undated
Specimen Photographs
Box/Folder
6.7
Armillaria mellea [?]
6.7
Amanitopsis raginata
6.7
Cantharellus floccosus
6.7
Gomphidius
6.7
Hypholoma
6.7
Mycena
6.7
[Nidulariaceae]. Bird's nest fungus
6.7
Untitled

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Botanical artists--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Mushrooms--Oregon.
  • Woody plants--Oregon.
  • Personal Names :
  • Field, Marian.
  • Sipe, Frank Perry.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University. Herbarium.
  • United States. Works Progress Administration.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Botanical illustrations.
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scientific illustrations (images)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Sipe, Frank Perry. (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • United States. Works Progress Administration. (creator)