Earl L. Packard Papers, 1913-1980

Overview of the Collection

Packard, Earl L. (Earl Leroy) b. 1885
Earl L. Packard Papers
1913-1980 (inclusive)
0.5 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Packard
The Earl L. Packard Papers consist of Packard's notes, reference materials, maps, correspondence, and a student paper. Packard came to Oregon State College in 1932 to teach paleontology in the Geology Department; he served as the chair of the department from 1932 to 1950 and the Dean of the School of Science from 1932 to 1938.
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: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Earl Leroy Packard was known for his study of the fossil records of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods along the Pacific coast, as well as his summer geology field camps in Eastern Oregon. He attended the University of Washington from 1907 to 1912, receiving his BA and MA degrees in geology; three years later, in 1915, he received his PhD in paleontology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Packard taught geology at the University of Oregon from 1918 through 1932; it was there that he began to offer summer field camps in geology. In 1932, the Oregon State System of Higher Education was reorganized; as a consequence, the School of Science was established at Oregon State College. With this reorganization, Packard began his tenure at OSC as Dean of the new School of Science, Chairman of the Department of Geology, and Director of the Research Council. He resigned as Dean in 1938, but continued to head the research council until 1946. He retired in 1950 and moved to Palo Alto, where he was named research associate at Stanford University. Packard died January 20, 1983, in Palo Alto, California.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of materials generated and collected by Earl L. Packard and includes notes, reference materials, maps, correspondence, and a student paper. The handwritten and typed notes reflect paleontological field work by Packard and others in the Mitchell, Suplee, and Beavercreek areas of Oregon. Research notations can also be found on hand-drawn and mass-produced maps, some of which document work at summer field camps in Dayville and Beavercreek, Oregon; the maps date from 1915 through the late 1940s. Primarily consisting of studies on the fossil remains of ammonites, mollusca, and pelecypods, the reference materials also include articles on ancient Mesoamerican culture and Alaskan geology; primarily, these materials date from the 1930s, 1960s, and 1970s. The student paper, Fossiliferous Cretaceous Areas on the Northern Flank of the Ochoco Range, Oregon State, was written by Jules DuBar in 1950; it documents research from one of the college summer field camps coordinated by Packard.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Earl L. Packard Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the History Department in 2007.

Related Materials

Materials pertaining to Packard's professional activities are available in the College of Science Records (RG 24). The F.A. Gilfillan Papers include correspondence with Packard from 1938; Gilfillan was the Dean of the College of Science immediately following Packard.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Geology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Paleontology--Oregon.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State College. Dept. of Geology.
  • Oregon State College. School of Science.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Maps.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • DuBar, Jules R. (creator)