Lord and Schryver landscape architectural records, 1929-1970  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Lord & Schryver (Firm : Salem, Or.)
Lord and Schryver landscape architectural records
1929-1970 (inclusive)
27.5 linear feet, (135 containers)  :  46 record storage boxes, 89 oversize folders
Collection Number
Coll 098
Elizabeth Lord (1887-1976) and Edith Schryver (1901-1984) founded the Lord & Schryver landscape architecture firm in 1929 in Salem, Oregon. The Lord & Schryver landscape architectural records collection contains landscaping plans and drawings, correspondence, office files, subject files, photographs, brief biographical sketches, and notes relating to Lord's and Schryver's work as landscape architects.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Elizabeth Lord (1887-1976) and Edith Schryver (1901-1984) founded the Lord & Schryver landscape architecture firm in 1929. Working from Lord's family home in Salem, Oregon, the pair designed gardens for locations throughout Oregon and Washington.

Elizabeth Lord (1887 November 12-1976 October 09) was born to parents William Paine Lord and Juliette Montague Lord. Her father was a former Oregon governor and US diplomat; her mother, involved in many civic activities, is credited with establishing the Salem Floral Society (now Salem Garden Club), the first garden club in Oregon. Elizabeth Lord received her education in various Oregon public schools as well as Buenos Aires, where her father held a diplomatic post. Her mother's devotion to gardening and extensive travels to the Orient, Europe, and South America influenced Lord's decision to make gardening a profession. Elizabeth Lord entered Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture (Groton, Massachusetts) in 1926.

Edith "Nina" Schryver (1901 March 20-1984 May 20) was born in Kingston, New York to parents George J. Schryver and Eleanor Young Schryver. Pursuing her early interest in gardening, Schryver attended Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture during summers before completing high school. Schryver studied general art for one year at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute before enrolling full-time at Lowthorpe in 1920. While studying at Lowthorpe, Schryver worked part-time in the Boston offices for landscape architects Harold Hill Blossom, Elizabeth Pattee, and Elizabeth Leonard Strang. As part of her scholarship, Schryver spent the summer of 1922 in Cornish, New Hampshire with prominent New York landscape architect Ellen Shipman. Upon graduation from Lowthorpe, Schryver spent the next five years in Ellen Shipman's prestigious New York firm.

Although Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver were both graduates of Lowthorpe, they did not meet until touring the gardens and churches of Europe. Discovery of similar tastes and philosophy in garden design resulted in the decision to form their own business. Schryver left the employ of Ellen Shipman to return with Lord to Salem, Oregon where the pair established themselves as the first firm of professional women landscape architects on the West Coast.

Their practice focused on garden design for private residences, although they also designed the grounds for Reed College, College of Puget Sound, Salem's parks, several Salem schools, a variety of city- and state-owned public buildings, and two churches. Schryver created and developed design and construction plans while Lord concentrated on plant composition. Designs incorporating natural settings and existing trees were used wherever possible; plant composition was such that a succession of bloom and year-round interest prevailed. Several gardens designed by Lord & Schryver can be found in the National Register of Historic Places.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lord & Schryver landscape architectural records collection contains landscaping plans and drawings, correspondence, office files, subject files, photographs, brief biographical sketches, and notes relating to Lord's and Schryver's work as landscape architects.

The project drawings series contains Lord & Schryver landscape architecture plans. Where the grounds were planned in conjunction with the construction of a residence, architectural blueprints can also be found within the drawing file. Some projects consist of only one drawing, while more elaborate projects contain several series of drawings (e.g., construction plans for walls, steps, benches, fences, and arbors).

The correspondence series contains project correspondence, nursery correspondence, and general correspondence related to Lord's and Schryver's work as landscape architects.

Billing files represent labor costs for gardeners, supervising costs, and plant material orders. Plant materials for several projects may be listed together on one bill.

The organizations and committees series details various community and historical projects in which Lord and Schryver were involved, including those for the Salem Art Association, Horticulture Group, McLoughlin Memorial, Oregon Roadside Council, Portland Garden Club, Salem Parks Planning Commission, Salem Tree Commission, and Oregon Society of Landscape Architects. Materials of note in this series relate to the historic renovation of the grounds for the Bush House in Salem, as well as the Minthorn House in Newberg (the boyhood home of Herbert Hoover).

The lecture and published works series is comprised of lecture transcripts and notes, related correspondence, radio scripts, articles, and Edith Schryver's teaching files from Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). Lecture topics include plant materials, landscape design philosophies, as well as gardens in foreign countries. Radio scripts for the "Home Garden Hour" that detail a day in the life of a landscape architect, as well as articles for the Oregonian geared toward home gardeners can also be found in this series.

The research materials series contains subject files, plant and garden clippings, plant lists, collected print material, notebooks, and nursery catalogs. Subject files, arranged alphabetically by subject, chiefly contain printed material collected by Lord and Schryver. While a large portion of the subject matter relates to architecture and landscaping, other interests of both women are reflected. Notebooks contain personal observations regarding travels, gardening, family visits, and notes dispersing selected items to close friends.

The biographical material series contains brief biographical sketches outlining Lord's and Schryver's education, training, and organizational activity relative to their profession; company awards, certificates, and licenses; and the collected projects of New York landscape architect Ellen Shipman.

The photographs and slides series includes lantern slides, negatives, albums, slides, snapshots, and other printed materials. Photos and slides of various trips taken by Lord and Schryver to the Orient, South Africa, South America, England, France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico are included. Subjects are primarily gardens and church architecture.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gardens--Design
  • Women landscape architects
  • Women-owned landscape architectural firms

Personal Names

  • Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
  • Lord, Elizabeth, 1887-1976
  • Schryver, Edith, 1901-1984
  • Shipman, Ellen, 1869-1950

Corporate Names

  • Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture