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George W. Peavy Papers, 1904-1955

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Peavy, George Wilcox, 1869-1951.
Title
George W. Peavy Papers
Dates
1904-1955 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.77 cubic ft., (The materials are housed in three document boxes, one half-size document box and one oversize (20x24) box.)
Collection Number
Consult repository.
Summary
The Peavy Papers document the professional and civic activities of George W. Peavy, who served as the first Dean of Forestry (1913-1940) and President (1932-1940) of Oregon State College.
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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George Wilcox Peavy was born 12 November 1869 in Howell, Michigan. He received his Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Michigan. He obtained his Master of Science degree in Forestry at his alma mater. After receiving his M.S. degree in Forestry in 1905, he entered the United States Forest Service, during which time he traveled throughout the United States and Europe, observing and writing about forestry use and practices.

In 1910 Peavy was selected to become the head of the newly created Department of Forestry at Oregon Agricultural College. In 1911, he became a member of the Oregon State Board of Forestry and served as director from 1932-1941. In 1913, the OAC Forestry Department was designated as the School of Forestry and George W. Peavy was appointed the first Dean. In 1932 he was appointed acting President of Oregon State College and in 1934 became President. In 1936, he was awarded honorary Doctoral degrees by both the University of Michigan and Willamette University. In 1940, Peavy was appointed Dean Emeritus and President Emeritus of Oregon State College. In 1947, Peavy was elected mayor of Corvallis, Oregon, and served in that capacity until his death on 24 June 1951

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Series I includes personal and official correspondence spanning the years 1934 to 1951 and relate to Peavy's service as dean of the School of Forestry and president of Oregon State College. Correspondence relating to the Oregon State Board of Forestry, forestry-related topics, and civic affairs comprise a large portion of this series. Series II contains assorted ephemera including Peavy's 1905 University of Michigan diploma, news clippings, honorary degrees and awards. Series III contains nine notebooks of research field notes and forest surveys. Eight of these date from 1904-1914 (primarily from Peavy's work with the U.S. Forest Service) and one is from 1947-1950 that consists of speech notes and lists of students and research. The two diaries in the collection contain annotated appointment schedules spanning the years 1908-1909. Articles written by and presentations given by Peavy, including KOAC radio programs, are contained in Series IV. These cover a wide-range of topics relating to the nation's forests, forest conservation, forest policies, the political situation during the 1930s and 1940s, and Oregon State College. Series V contains photographs, including one of Peavy, circa 1940, and a reproduction of an early image of Benton Hall.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

George W. Peavy Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence, 1934-1951Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Personal
4 folders
1934-1949
1
State Board of Forestry
1936-1940

Series II:  Ephemera, 1904-1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Certificates, Diplomas, and Citations
1904-1951
1
News clippings, programs, and pamphlets
1914-1951
4
Diplomas, Awards, and Weyerhaeuser Advertisements
apx 20x24 in.
1905-1955

Series III:  Notebooks, 1904-1950 Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
U.S. Department of Agriculture Field Notebooks
1904-1914
1
Diaries (Annotated appointment schedules)
1908-1909
1
Notes
1947-1950

Series IV:  Speeches and Articles, 1912-1949, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
1912-1917
2
1925-1929
2
1931-1935
2
1936-1939
2
1940-1944
2
1945-1949
3
Undated

Series V:  Photographs, ca. 1905-1946Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
5
Benton Hall
ca. 1905
5
James Burrill Angell, photogravure (?)
June 9, 1909
5
Calendar featuring " “The Lady of the Fountain , Class of 1927""
1927
5
“Before” Eroded hills, Seoul, Korea, Bureau of Forestry
1945
5
“After” Flood control work, Seoul, Korea. Bureau of Forestry
June, 1946
5
George W. Peavy, standing on porch
ca. 1940s