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Herbarium Records, 1915-1991

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon State University. Herbarium.
Title
Herbarium Records
Dates
1915-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.35 cubic ft.
8 microfilm reels
Collection Number
RG 117
Summary
The Herbarium Records document the collecting of plant specimens by Oregon State University and include correspondence regarding specimens, exchange lists, gift records. The records also include correspondence of Helen Gilkey, Herbarium curator from 1918 to 1951.
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
Languages
English

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

The collecting of plant specimens by the university dates back to at least 1882, when professor B. J. Hawthorne reported that the USDA had donated a number of plant specimens to the college, and that he had collected around 500 specimens from around the region. The Herbarium grew from 2601 specimens in 1891 to 153,000 in 1967. In 1993, the herbarium of the University of Oregon was added to the OSU Herbarium, bringing the total number of specimens to more than 336,000. In the 1910s, the first special quarters for the herbarium were developed in Agriculture (now Strand) Hall. Since 1957 the Herbarium has been located in Cordley Hall. Herbarium curators have included E. R. Lake, 1886-1891 & 1899-1910; Helen M. Gilkey, 1918-1951; and Kenton L. Chambers, 1960-1990.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Series 1 primarily consists of inquiries received from other institutions. Series 2 contains personal correspondence of Helen Gilkey. Series 3 consists of lists of exchange specimens sent to and received from other institutions and individuals. Series 7 & 8 consist of correspondence regarding plant specimens sent or received by the Herbarium.

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Preferred Citation

Herbarium Records (RG 117), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1915-1959Return to Top

Container(s): Reel 1-3

Series II:  Personal Correspondence, Dr. Helen M. Gilkey, 1918-1948Return to Top

Container(s): Reel 3-4

Series III:  Exchange Lists, 1916-1953Return to Top

Container(s): Reel 4

Series IV:  Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1916-1959Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel Folder
4 1
Bellinger Memorial
1957-1959
4 2
Dr. Carlson
1946-1948
4 3
Dahle
1937-1939
4 4
Elder
1916, undated
4 5
Sister Gemma
1939-1940
4 6
Herbs, (Gunderson, etc.)
1939-1940
4 7
Meola
1939
4 8
Parsell
1936-1941
4 9
Powell, G.M. - Letters
1940
4 10
USDA
1918-1919, 1936-1939
4 11
Zivney
1937-1940

Series V:  Miscellaneous, 1915-1959Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel Folder
4 1
Old files
1916-1939
4 2
Pollens and hay fever
1920-1925
4 3
Herbarium reports
1915-1946
4 4
Special papers by former students
1940, undated
4 5
Correspondence course
1944
4 6
Identification lists
1928, 1935-1940
5 7
Herbarium type lists
1915-1941
5 8
Applications - instructorship
1947-1952
5 9
Applications - research
1953-1959
5 10
Herbarium information
1957-1958
5 11
Herbarium budgets
1939-1959
5 12
Botany (general and miscellaneous)
1918-1922
5 13
Herbarium miscellaneous
1917-1957

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1915-1991Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Herbarium Information
1953-1973
Reel Folder
6 1
October - December 1973
6 2
July - September 1973
6 3
April - June 1973
6 4
January - March 1973
6 5
October - December 1972
6 6
July - September 1972
6 7
April - June 1972
6 8
January - March 1972
6 9
October - December 1971
6 10
July - September 1971
6 11
April - June 1971
6 12
January - March 1971
6 13
October - December 1970
6 14
July - September 1970
6 15
April - June 1970
6 16
January - March 1970
6 17
October - December 1969
6 18
July - September 1969
6 19
April - June 1969
6 20
January - March 1969
6 21
October - December 1968
6 22
July - September 1968
6 23
April - June 1968
6 24
January - March 1968
6 25
September - December 1967
6 26
May - August 1967
6 27
January - April 1967
6 28
September - November 1966
6 29
May - August 1966
6 30
January - April 1966
6 31
November - December 1965
6 32
August - October 1965
6 33
May - July 1965
6 34
January - April 1965
6 35
July - December 1964
6 36
January - June 1964
6 37
July - December 1963
6 38
April - June 1963
6 39
January - March 1963
6 40
January - June 1962
6 41
January - December 1962
6 42
July - December 1962
6 43
January - December 1961
6 44
January - December 1961
6 45
July - December 1960
6 46
January - June 1960
6 47
January - December 1957
6 48
July - December 1956
6 49
January - June 1956
6 50
July - December 1955
6 51
January - June 1955
6 52
August - December 1954
6 53
January - July 1954
6 54
June - Decmeber 1953
Herbarium Information
1974-1984
Reel Folder
7 1
November - December 1984
7 2
September - October 1984
7 3
July - August 1984
7 4
May - June 1984
7 5
March - April 1984
7 6
January - February 1984
7 7
November - December 1983
7 8
September - October 1983
7 9
July - August 1983
7 10
May - June 1983
7 11
March - April 1983
7 12
January - February 1983
7 13
November - December 1982
7 14
September - October 1982
7 15
July - August 1982
7 16
May - June 1982
7 17
March - April 1982
7 18
January - February 1981
7 19
October - December 1981
7 20
August - September 1981
7 21
June - July 1981
7 22
May 1981
7 23
March - April 1981
7 24
January - February 1981
7 25
December 1980
7 26
November 1980
7 27
September - October 1980
7 28
July - August 1980
7 29
January - June 1980
7 30
July - December 1979
7 31
January - June 1979
8 32
July - December 1978
8 33
July 1977 - June 1978
8 34
July 1976 - March 1977
8 35
April - June 1977
8 36
July 1975 - June 1976
8 37
April - June 1975
8 38
January - March 1975
8 39
October - December 1974
8 40
July - September 1974
8 41
April - June 1974
8 42
January - March 1974
Box
1
Herbarium Information
14 folders
1985-1991

Series VII:  Gifts Received, 1940-1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

6 folders

Series VIII:  Gifts Sent, 1940-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1940-1968 (Jun)
2
5 folders
1968 (Jul) - 1991