Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection, circa 1880-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection
circa 1880-1993 (inclusive)
0.25 cubic foot, including 125 photographs, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Bouquet
The Arthur G. Bouquet Collection consists of materials documenting the life of Bouquet and the family of his wife, Mary Grace Wilson Bouquet. Bouquet graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1906 and was a faculty member in the Oregon State College Horticulture Department from 1909 until his retirement in 1950.
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
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alumnus and Oregon State College faculty member, Arthur G.B. Bouquet was born in England in 1885. He came to Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1902 to study horticulture and completed a BS degree in 1906. After graduation, he was appointed the Assistant in Floriculture. In 1908, he attended the Massachusetts Agricultural College (in Amherst) and returned to OAC in 1909 to become an instructor in the Horticulture Department. Bouquet specialized in the study and instruction of vegetable gardening. In 1929-30, Bouquet attended Cornell University and earned a master's degree. He was a founding member of the Triad Club and was active in the Oregon State Horticultural Society. Bouquet retired in 1950 and died in 1971.

In 1912, Bouquet married Mary Grace Wilson, the daughter of Lafayette Yantis Wilson and Inez Irene St. Clair and member of a pioneer Benton County family. Mary Grace Wilson Bouquet died in 1941. They had no children.

Bouquet's sister-in law, Bertha St. Clair Wilson married Joseph Ganong; she died in 1960. Her daughter, Bouquet's niece, Joanne St. Clair Ganong, married Charles E. Norton. Joanne Norton died in 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Bouquet Collection pertains to Horticulture Professor Arthur G. B. Bouquet and the family of his wife Mary Grace Wilson; it consists of biographical and genealogical materials and photographs. The collection appears to have been assembled by Bouquet's niece, Joanne Ganong Norton.

The biographical and genealogical materials include Bouquet's birth and U.S. naturalization certificates, correspondence, genealogical research materials, newspaper clippings, and related documents. The bulk of the genealogical materials document the Wilson and Ganong families.

The photographs consists of 18 photographic prints and 107 color slides. The prints (circa 1880 to 1940s) include images of Bouquet, Mary Grace Wilson and her family, unidentified family groups and children, Bouquet's home at 35th and Polk streets in Corvallis, and images of Bouquet with Oregon State College faculty groups. Of especial note are an 1890s photograph of the Wilson family at their home in Corvallis and an 1890 panoramic print of Corvallis taken from the water tower. The color slides were made in the early 1960s by Bouquet to document urban gardens and flora in Europe (Salzburg, Geneva, Denmark) and during trips to the Snake River and Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Benton County.
  • Personal Names :
  • Bouquet, A. G. B. (Arthur George Bristow), b. 1885
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Faculty.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Benton County (Or.)--History.
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Albumen prints.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides.