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Helen M. Gilkey Papers, 1907-1974

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gilkey, Helen Margaret, 1886-
Title
Helen M. Gilkey Papers
Dates
1907-1974 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 cubic feet
Collection Number
Consult repository.
Summary
These papers were generated and collected by Helen Gilkey, professor of botany and curator of the Herbarium at Oregon Agricultural College until her retirement in 1951. Gilkey's botanical drawings and plant identifications made her a well-known expert in the field.
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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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Helen Margaret Gilkey was born on March 6, 1886, in Montesano, Washington. She moved with her family to Corvallis in 1903. She received her MA at Oregon Agricultural College in 1911 and her PhD at University of California at Berkeley in 1915. From 1915 until 1918, she worked as a scientific illustrator at Berkeley. Curator of the herbarium at OAC from 1918 until 1951, Gilkey was also a Professor of Botany. She had 44 publications to her credit, 10 on vascular plant taxonomy and 10 on Tuberales. Gilkey died in 1972.

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The papers consist of letters from various colleagues around the U.S. and other persons, usually wishing to have a plant identified or a copy of one of her books; scientific illustrations, many drawn by Gilkey; Greenhouse, Herbarium, and Botany Department histories; notes and notebooks giving detailed descriptions of botanicals, especially fungi; newspaper columns on weeds; 3 radio scripts; and copies of publications about botanicals, notably Northwest weeds and subterranean fungi (truffles), including her 1911 master's thesis, "Oregon Mushrooms."

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Preferred Citation

Helen M. Gilkey Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

History of Botany and Plant Pathology, 1965Return to Top

Container(s): 1

Appreciation lettersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Correspondence, A-R, 1910-1974Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Correspondence, S-Z, 1910-1974Return to Top

Grants, 1951-1964Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Correspondence
2
Reports

Greenhouse History & Records, 1919-1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Correspondence
2
Greenhouse Committee
2
Pamphlet describing greenhouse

Handbook of Northwest Flora correspondence, 1950-1951Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Manuscripts, Notes, etc.Return to Top

5 folders
Container(s) Description
Box
2
Scientific descriptions of tuberales (handwritten)
2
Papers (typed)
"Taxonomic Notes on Tuberales", "Truffles in America", "New or Otherwise Noteworthy Species of Tuberales".

Memorials and poetry, 1959-1973Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Newspaper clippings, 1919-1972Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Old Notebooks, undatedReturn to Top

2 folders
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
"Tuberales"
2
Bacteriology class notebook
2
Miscellaneous notes
2
Poetry about tuberales

"Oregon Mushrooms" thesis, 1911Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Oregon State College funding, 1957-1962Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Organizations, 1924-1964Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Radio TalksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Truffles in America
1932
2
Poisonous Plants: How to Recognize Them
1956
2
Untitled
undated

Rhododendron Society, 1954-1960Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
Correspondence
2
Illustrations

"Tuberales of North America" manuscript, 1920Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Weeds & Poisonous Plants, correspondence, 1952-1964Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Handbook of Northwest Flowering Plants, 1936Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Weeds of the Pacific Northwest, 1957Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Winter Twigs, 1962Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

DrawingsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

apx 16x20 in.

Pictures, slides, & negatives of plantsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4