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Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records, 1900-2005

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State University. Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology.
Title
Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records
Dates
1900-2005 (inclusive)
1908-1966 (bulk)
Quantity
0.8 cubic feet, (1 box)
14 microfilm reels
Collection Number
RG 054
Summary
The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records document research, teaching, and outreach activities in botany and plant diseases at Oregon State University. The records include general and research correspondence, reports, teaching materials, research records, and publications. The records address the diseases of economically important crops and plants grown in Oregon. Botany courses have been taught at Oregon State since the 1870s and the first plant pathology course was taught in 1895; the department was formally established in 1888 as the Department of Botany and Horticulture.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & 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
Collection is open for research.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Botany and Plant Pathology Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and conducts research on the fundamental aspects of plant biology, plant health and funcion, plant-microbe and plan-insect interactions, genomics, evolution, and ecology. The extension unit of the department addresses diseases of economically important plants in Oregon and plant diseases of worldwide significance.

Botany courses have been taught at Oregon State since the 1870s; the first plant pathology course was taught in 1895. The Department of Botany and Horticulture was established in 1888 with E.R. Lake as head. A combined Department of Botany and Forestry was active from 1904 until 1908, when a separate Department of Botany was formed in the School of Agriculture. In 1909, it was renamed the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Joint administration of the department by the Schools of Agriculture and Science began about 1932.

Department chairs have included Howard P. Barss (1915-1936), Charles E. Owens (1936-1947), S.M. Dietz (1947-1958), and Roy A. Young (1958-1966).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records document research, teaching, and extension programs in botany and plant diseases at Oregon State. The bulk of the records were microfilmed in the 1960s and consist of general and research correspondence pertaining to department administration and various research projects. Much of the collection pertains to research and extension activities on the diseases of tree fruits, ornamentals and nursery crops, small fruits and berries, vegetable crops and potatoes, hops, mint, and cereals; use of fungicides; and nematodes.

Reports include fungicide test results, reports of the Fruit and Ornamental Disease Management Program, and a comprehensive report and self-study prepared in 1975.

The records include correspondence with and reports to the Agricultural Experiment Station, which funded much of the research. Correspondence and reports by Howard P. Barss are part of the records; reports on the Herbarium by Helen Gilkey are also included. The teaching materials include laboratory manuals and course outlines for botany courses taught in the 1920s. Authors include W.M. Atwood and Charles E. Owens. A booklet about the department prepared in about 1990 includes profiles of all department faculty that describe their research areas and list several recent publications.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 054), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1900-1962Return to Top

Series I consists of correspondence, reports, committee and advisory board records, and related materials pertaining to the administration as well as instruction, research, and extension activities of the department. Correspondence with Agricultural Experiment Station administrators is included.

Container(s) Description Dates
General Correspondence
1900-1934
Reel
1
2-5: Within this department in reference to College
1
6: Report of the Director of the Experiment Station (Cordley)
1
7: College Exchange and referred letters
1
8: Dean A. B. Cordley (College)
1
9-13: Dean Cordley
1
14: Dean M. E. Smith
1
15: Dean Smith
1
16: Dean Smith (Courses and Schedules)
1
17: Dean Smith (Appointments and Assistance)
1
18: Dean Smith (Apartment Needs and Appropriations)
1
19: Director J. T. Jardine (Station)
1
20-22: Director Jardine
1
23: Department Car
1
24-25: Extension Office
1
26: Within this Department in reference to Extension
1
27: President Kerr
1
28: Business Office
1
29: Registrar
1
30: Graduate Instruction Committee
1
31: With other departments
1
32: Student Relations - Cascade Cub
1
33: Catalog and Schedule
1
34: Greenhouse Committee - Recommendations
1
35: Greenhouse Committee
1
36: Greenhouse Committee - General
2
37: Greenhouse Committee
2
38: Resident Instruction Problems
2
39-40: H. P. Barss Personal
2
41-43: With Professional Colleagues
2
44: National Research Council
2
45: War Emergency Board (WEB) - Reports and Minutes of Meetings
2
46: War Emergency Board (WEB) - Projects
2
47: War Emergency Board (WEB) - Circular Letters
2
48: Advisory Board - List of Phytopathological Projects
2
49: Advisory Board - Minutes of Meeting
2
50: Advisory Board - G. R. Lyman, Chairman
2
51: Advisory Board - H. P. Barss
2
52: Advisory Board - H. W. Barre
2
53: Advisory Board - C. R. Orton, Secy.
2
54: Advisory Board - Paul A. Murphy (Canada)
2
55: Advisory Board - H. S. Jackson
2
56: Advisory Board - Pine Blister Rust
2
57: Advisory Board
2
58: Advisory Board - Projects and Project Outlines
2
59: Portland Phytopathological Meeting
2
60: Advisory Board Meetings - Preliminary Information
2
61: Advisory Board - Long Island Meetings
2
62: Advisory Board - American Institute for Phytopathological Research
2
63: Advisory Board - Thompson Institute
2
64: Advisory Board - Shenandoah Valley Meeting
2-3
65: Cooperative Work/Plant Disease Survey
3
66-67: Cooperative Work/Plant Disease Survey
3
68: C. E. Owens, Survey Work in Oregon
3
69: Correspondence Relating to Courses
3
70: Outgoing Recommendations
3
71: Plant Disease Survey
3
72: Bean Disease Survey
3
73: Grain Disease Survey
3
74: Prune Disease Survey
3
75: Volunteer Reporters’ Plant Disease Survey
3
76: Plant Disease Survey - Reports for Oregon
3
77: Plant Disease Survey - Losses
1917
3
78: General Record of Conditions
1917
3
79: Crop Disease Survey
1917
3
80: Volunteer Reporters’ Plant Disease Survey
1918
3
81: Plant Disease Survey Reports
3
82: Report on Bean Diseases
3
83: Report on Peach Leaf Curl
3
84: Report on Fire Blight
3
85: Report on Apple Diseases
3
86: Report on Strawberry Disease
3
87: Report on Potato Disease
3
88: Laboratory Report on Miscellaneous Fungi
1911-1912
3
89: Fungi Disease
3
90: Miscellaneous
General Correspondence
1935-1962
Reel
9
1: Aims and Objectives
9
2: Am. Phytopath
1950-1951
9
3: R. S. Besse
9
4: Botany Library Books
9
5: Branch Stations, correspondence
9
6: Proposed Building
3 folders
9
7: Chemistry Department
10
8: Courses in Botany - Catalog Revisions
10
9: Catalog material, changes, etc.
1951-1952
10
9a: County Agents
10
10: The Dalles Experimental Area
10
11: The Dalles Situation
10
12: Dana
10
13: Davidson to Legislators
10
14: Departmental Land Committee
10
15: Department Needs - Room Space and other
10
16: Departmental Notices
10
17: Disease of Nursery Stock - Problems
10
18: Eastern Oregon Wheat League
10
19: Emergency Plan - Prev. Moscow, Idaho
10
20: Entomology
10
21: Equipment Correspondence
10
22: Extension
1949-1953
10
23: Flanagan Hope Act Projects
10
24: Forest Land Rehabilitation
10
25: Gilfillan
1951-1953
10
26: Resident Instruction
10
27: Reports and Statistics and Grades
10
28: Greenhouse
1949-1951
10
29: Greenhouse
10
30: R. W. Henderson
1950-1951
10
31: H. E. P. Northwest Association of Horticulturists, Entomologists and Plant Pathologists
10
32-33: Herbarium
10
34: Institutional Correspondence
1950-1952
10
35: W. C. Brown Company Manual
10
36: McKinnon
10
37: McWhorter, Frank P.
1931-1943
10
38: O. T. McWhorter
10-11
39: Meetings and Field Trips
11
40: Ag. Department Head Meeting
11
41: Science Faculty Meetings
11
42: Variety Release Policies
11
43: Policies and Procedures
11
44: Fern
1960-1961
11
45: Fern
1962
11
46: Greenery Project
11
47: Letters
11
48: Salal
11
49: F. E. Price
1950-1952
11
50: Station Projects, Miscellaneous Correspondence Research and Service Projects
1932-1949
11
51: Project report 55 - 1
11
52: Botany Newsletters
11
53: Campus Publications Miscellaneous
11
54: File for publications
11
55: Manuscripts approved
1953-1957
11-12
56: Manuscripts approved
1957-1958
12
57: Manuscript Publication Rules
12
58: Non - departmental publications
12
60: Regulations for publications
12
61: Technical Papers Published by Staff
12
62: Radio
12
63: Radiation Center
12
64: Rentals, Land Leases, and Agreements
12
65: Annual Progress Reports
1950-1952
12
66: Agriculture - Research and Advisory
12
67: Basic Research
12
68: Resolutions, Legislative, Flanagan - Hope
12
69: School of Science - Gilfillan
1952
12
70: Societies and Organizations
1949
12
71: Staff records
12
72: Staff Registration
12
74: State Department of Agriculture
12
75: Washington State
12
76: Zoology, Geology
12
77: Miscellaneous
1949-1952
12
78: Miscellaneous Institutional Correspondence
Box
box 1
Budget for 1959/1961
Letter from Roy Young, Plant Pathologist, to R.W. Henderson, Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station with justification for additional funds for the department in the 1959-1961 biennium. The letter describes current activities in the department and proposed staff additions.
1958

Series II:  Research Correspondence, 1900-1962Return to Top

The Research Correspondence consists of correspondence, reports, project outlines, research data, laboratory and trip reports, and information from suppliers and vendors documenting the research activities of the department addressing the diseases of fruits and nuts, potatoes and other field crops, holly and other ornamental plants, hops, and wheat. Much of the research was funded by the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Container(s) Description Dates
Research Correspondence
1900-1930
Reel
3
1-4: Fake and Doubtful Cures
3
5: Crown Gall
3
6: Cherry Crown Gall
3
7: Cherry Exoascus
3
8: Cherry Shothole
3
9: Hollyhock
3
10: Snapdragon
3
11: Prune Sun Scald
3
12: Bitter Pit Investigations
3
13: Strawberry Disease
3
14: Potato Blight Spray Experiments
3
15: Potato Disease Investigations
3
16: Potato Blight Control
3
17: Prune Brown rot spraying experiments
3
18: Apple Tree Anthracnose Experiments
3
19: Correspondence relating to spray material
3
20: Apple fruit spot and rots
3
21: Potato Blight Control
3
22: Sclerotinia Cinerea Investigations
3
23: Prune Sun Scald
3
24: Prune Brown Rot Investigations
3
25-26: Prune Brown Rot Spraying Experiments
3
27: Peach Leaf Curl Control
3
28: Apple and Pear Scab - Life history investigations
3
29: Cherry Bacteriosis Control
3
30: Potato Powdery Scab Investigations
3
31: Brown Rot, Blossom Blight Investigations
3
32: Currant Anthracnose Spraying Experiment
3
33: Rose mildew and black spot control
3
34: Gooseberry mildew spraying experiment
3
35: Potato Disease Investigation
3
36: Apple Scab Spraying Experiments
3
37: Gooseberry Spray Experiments
4
38: Verticillem Wilt of Potatoes
4
39: Dry Storage Rot of Potatoes
4
40: Efficiency of Spray Materials in Control of Apple Scab
4
41: Hood River Experiment Station Report
4
42: Hood River Experiment Station Project Outlines
4
43: Cost and Effectiveness of Plant Disease Control
4
44: Experiments with Scalecide on Cankers
4
45: Western Yellow Tomato Blight
4
46: Anthracnose of apple
4
47: Eel Worm Investigations in Oregon
4
48: Potato dusting
4
49: Prelimary Studies of Stem Rot in Clover and Alfalfa
4
50: Disease of bulbs including tulip and narcissus
4
51: Tests for comparing bands and types of Bordeaux mixtures
4
52: Walnut blight
4
53: Fungicide studies
4
54-55: Rose mosaic
4
56: B. A. Rudolph correspondence
4
57: Bulb project, USDA cooperating
4
58: Chestnut blight on Paragon Chestnut
4
59: Tomato Strain of A. H. Osgood
4
60: Adherence of copper sprays and apple trees anthracnose control
4
61: Cereal Investigations
4
62: Treatments for Anemone Rust
4
63: Transmission of tulip and iris mosaic
4
64: Basal Cane canker of red raspberry
4
65: The preparation of botanical bibliographies
4
66: Barse - Miscellaneous clippings
4
67-68: Barss
4
69: Barss - Popular material
4
70-72: Barss
4
73: H. P. Barss - Notes on meetings of various kinds
4
74: H. P. Barss - Manuscripts and abstracts Crown Gall
4
75: Crown Gall
4
76: The Dependence of Stinking Smut Occurrence on the Character of the Soil
4
77: Diseases produced by Rhizoctonia Violacea
4
78: The effect of higher temperatures during and after treatment by various fungicides
4
79: On the Elaioplasts in Mono - and Dicotyledonous Plants
4
80: External factors in disease
4
81: Further remarks on the limitation of the genera Urebineai
4
82: General works and papers on plant diseases and their control
4
83: Miscellaneous phytopathological catch-all
4
84: Monilia Blight
4
85: Norwegian Table Salt Spray - Investigations against American Gooseberry Mildew
4
86: On the possibility to the biology of host changing rust fungi by means of studying their morphological characters
4
87: Sclerotinia Trifoliorum
4
88: Seed treatment materials
4
89: Thallium as a poison
4
90: Unterschungen Uber die Entwicklungs Geschichte und Sexual Physiologie der Ustilago Bromivora und Ustilago Grandis
4
91: Station budget
1927-1928
4
92: Proposed investigations
4
93: Department scopes
4
94: Experimental Station information, etc.
4
95: Plant pathological work
4
96: Apple Baldwin Fruit Spot
4
97: Currant Leaf Spot
4
98: Laboratory and Trip Reports
1911-1912
4
99: Nematode - in Strawberries in Oregon
4
100: Projects
4
101: Report of Investigations
4
102: The effect of higher temperatures during and after treatment with various fungicides
4
103: Research Council
4
104: Rose anthracnose
4-5
105: Potato disease reports
5
106-108: Potato disease reports
5
109: Potato disease studies, cultures
5
110: Potato disease studies
5
111: Potato disease studies, field notes
5
112: Potato disease studies, cultures, and yields
5
113: Potato disease studies, general
5
114: Potato disease studies, spread of verticillium
Research Correspondence
1930-1940
Reel
5
1: Adams Project No. 36 and Legislative Brown Rot Project
5
2: American Plant Pest Committee
5
3: Annual report of nut disease investigations in the Pacific Northwest
5
4: Annual report of the cooperative uniform cereal rust nurseries for the year 1934
5
5: Popular articles, H. P. Barss
5
6: Berkmann’s blight manuscript
5
7: Bulbs - Mac’s file
5
8-9: Rose crown gall
5
10: Elm
5
11: Fungicide testing
5
12: Gladiolus
6
13: Gladiolus bulbs
6
14: Holly
6
15: Holly Canker
6
16: Investigations of the Relationship of the Soil Solution to Plant Growth and Related Factors Involved in a Permanently Successful Irrigated Agriculture
6
17: Legislation regarding black currant
6
18: C. E. Owens Library Needs
6
19: Notes on Lily Thrips Situation
6
20: Dr. McWhorter’s notes
6
21: McWhorter projects
6
22: Morning Glory
6
23: Nursery Problems - Milbrath Weekly Reports
6
24: Nursery Stock
6
25: P. W. Miller Nut Disease Situation - Reports
6
26: Nut disease investigations in the Pacific Northwest
1931
6
27: Nut investigations
6
28: Nut disease investigations
6
29: Ornamentals
6
30: Pea Disease Report
6
31: Pea Diseases
6
32: Pear scab studies
6
33: List of photographic equipment, Botany Department
6
34: Plant virus nomenclature
6
35: Klamath Experimental Project
6
36: Report for Chancellor on Special Projects
6
37: Botany - Station List of Projects
6
38: Release of property - Resident instruction and station
6
39: Repairs
6
40: School of Science Inventory - Botany Department Floor Space Evaluation
6
41: Stunt Disease of Strawberry
Research Correspondence
1940-1962
Reel
6
1: Aquatic Weeds
6
2: Azalea
6
3: Barberry eradication
6
4: Bloomicide
6
5-6: Bulb Florist Nursery Council
6
7: Camellia
6
8: Camellia Flower Nursery Council
6
9: Cereal Crops Smuts
6
10: Narcissus Certification
6
11: Narcissus and Daffodil Certification
6
12-13: Seed Certification
6
14: Strawberry Certification
6
15: Diseases of Cherry
6
16: Mazzard Cherry
6
17: Cypress Root Rot
7
18: Cypress Root Rot Manuscript
7
19: Daphne
7
20: Daphne PDR
7
21: Daphne Viruses
7
22: W. H. English’s Final Report
7
23: Forage
7
24: Forage Crops
7
25: Fumigation - Soil and Storage
7
26: Fungicides and Herbicides
7
27: Crown Gall
7
28: Gardenia Project
7
29: Glads - Cleveland Trip
7
30: Gladolia Data
7
31: Curvularia Gladiolus
7
32: Gladiolus Flourine Injury
7
33: G - Scab
7
34-36: Holly
7
37: Holly - Corr. Budd.
7
38: Holly Leaf Spot
7
39: Holly Project
7
40: Holly - Phytophthora
7
41: Holly - Spray Trials
1954
7
42: Holly - Spray Recommendations
1955
7
43: Holly - Handbook article
1957
7
44: Holly - Phytophthora manu. - Phytophath
7
45: Hops - Brewing Industry
7
46: Hop Research Committee
7
47: Platu - Buddenhagen Ph. D. thesis article
7
47a: Lilac
7
48: Melon Mildew Control
7
49: Mint
7
50: Nematode
7-8
51: Nursery Disease, Control, Bulbs, etc.
8
52: Nursery Newsletter
8
53: Nursery Meetings
8
54: Nursery Short Course
8
55: Nursery Project 67 - Outline
8
56: Project Reports - 67 Nursery
8
57: Nuts
8
58: Onions, Carrots, Celery, Beans
8
59: Ornamentals
8
60: Ornamental Plants
8
61: Ornamental Diseases
8
62: Anderson - Report of Organisms on Ornamentals
8
63: Ornamental Short Course
1957
8
64: Ornamental Short Course
1957-1958
8
65: Peas - Northwest Canners
8
66: Phytophthera - Cytosfora, Canker
8
67: Pronus - Phytophthera
8
68: University of Washington Arboretum Bulletin, Phytopath. Manuscript
1957
8
69: Plant Pathological Projects, State and Federal
8
70: Plant Pathology Farm
1959
8
71: Potatoes
8
72: Poinsettia
8
73: Seed Disease
8
74: Smut Control
8
75: Sprays and Fungicides
8
76: Stone Fruits: Viruses, Vector Control, Stony Pit
8-9
77: Strawberries and Raspberries
9
78: Disease of Vegetables - Tomato, Seed Treatment, Onion
9
78: Second Report of Progress on Walnut Blight and Its Control in Oregon
9
78: Weeds, Livestock Investigation, Conifer Dis., Fog Generators
9
78: Wheat, Barley, Clover smuts
9
78: Wheat smuts
Box
box 1
CSRS/OSU Graduate School review of the department
1990

Series III:  Reports, 1908-2005Return to Top

Series III consists of reports and handbooks from the 1950s through 2000s in paper format and from the 1900s through 1930s on microfilm. The more recent reports consist primarily of fungicide test results and reports of the Fruit and Ornamental Disease Management Program. Post-2005 reports of the Fruit and Ornamental Disease Management Program are part of the Extension Service Records (RG 111). A comprehensive report and self-study prepared by the department in advance of a special review in 1975 by the Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS) describes the department's faculty and staff, facilities, research program, budget, curricula, and students. The microfilmed reports were prepared for submission to the School of Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, or College administration and provide information about academic, research, and extension programs. These include reports on the Herbarium prepared by Helen Gilkey.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Fungicide-Bactericide Test Results
1976-1988
1
Fungicide Test Results
1989-1992
1
Plant Diseases in Oregon handbook and related correspondence
Compiled by I.C. MacSwan and C.E. Horner.
1956
1
Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS) Special Review
1975
1
Fruit Disease Management Testing Program
1993-1994
1
Fruit and Ornamental Disease Management Program
1996-2005
Microfilmed Reports
1908-1936
Reel
reel 12
4a: College Reports
1908-1912
reel 13
4a: College Reports
1912-1927
reel 13
4b: College Biennial Reports
1914-1928
reel 13
5a: Station Reports
1910-1934
reel 13
5b: Station Biennial Reports
1918-1936
reel 13
6: Miscellaneous Reports
Including grade reports.
reel 14
6: Miscellaneous Reports
Including reports from the Herbarium prepared by Helen Gilkey.

Series IV:  Teaching Materials, 1923-1924Return to Top

Series IV includes lab manuals and course outlines for botany and plant pathology courses taught at Oregon State in the 1920s. The identified authors for two of the items, W.M. Atwood and Charles E. Owens, were department faculty.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Plants: Their Structures and Functions, Lab Manual for General Botany Course 101
1923-1924
1
Plants: Their Structure, Relationship and Origin, Lab Manual for General Botany Course 102
1923-1924
1
Outline for Course 321, Plant Physiology, W. M. Atwood
1924
1
Principles of Plant Pathology: A Text and Laboratory Manual, Charles E. Owens
1924

Series V:  Research Project Records, 1958-1966Return to Top

Series V consists of research project records for a nematode sampling project in Coos Bay, Oregon and for Agricultural Experiment Station project 126 on fungicide testing. The records include research data, correspondence, reports, and project outlines.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Nematodes
Records of sampling project in Coos Bay; includes associated descriptions and drawings of nematodes. Photographs assembled as part of project are part of Botany and Plant Pathology Department Photographs (P 075).
1966
1
Fungicide Testing
4 folders
Research project records for Agricultural Experiment Station project 126 on testing fungicides for control of tree fruit diseases; includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, progress reports, project outlines, and research data.
1958-1965

Series VI:  Publications, circa 1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series VI consists of a booklet about the department for potential undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to degree requirements and courses, it includes profiles of the faculty with their research area and several recent publications.