Guide to the Lilla Irvin Leach Papers
1892-1971 1930-1963

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Creator: Leach, Lilla Irvin, 1886-1980
Title: Lilla Irvin Leach papers
Dates: 1930-1963 ( bulk )
1892-1971 1930-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 756
Summary: Lilla Irvin Leach (1886-1980) was a field botanist who specialized in Oregon flora from 1915-1945. She discovered more than a dozen species and two new genera, Kalmiopsis leachiana and Bensoniella oregana. Lilla and her husband John Leach purchased a tract of land in southeast Portland where they developed a botanical garden named Sleepy Hollow. The collection includes correspondence, notes, notebooks, articles, and a few photographs.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

Lilla Irvin Leach was a field botanist who specialized in Oregon flora from 1915 to 1945. During those years she discovered more than a dozen species and two new genera, Kalmiopsis leachiana, which dates back to the tertiary period, and Bensoniella oregana. In 1931, she and her husband, John Leach, purchased a tract of land in southeast Portland, which they developed over the years into a botanical garden, Sleepy Hollow.

Lilla Irvin Leach was born in Barlow, Oregon, on March 13, 1886. Her mother was a member of Dr. Keil's Aurora Colony, and the University of Oregon Libraries has two manuscript songbooks written by her. After attending Tualatin Academy and the University of Oregon, from which she received her bachelor of arts degree in 1908, Lilla Leach taught in the botany department at Eugene High School, which she established. Following her marriage to John Leach in 1913, she concentrated on field trips and the expansion of their botanical garden. The Garden Club of America honored her as the first recipient of the Eloise Payne Luquer Medal in 1950 for distinguished achievement in botany, and she was voted Portland Citizen of the Week in September 1945 for her war work and conservation work. From 1945 until 1948, she was director of Save the Myrtle Wood, Inc. Lilla Leach died in 1980.

John R. Leach was born in Weston, Oregon, on March 26, 1882. He received a degree in pharmacy from Oregon Agricultural College (Oregon State University) in 1906, and from 1920 until his retirement in 1946, he owned the Phoenix Pharmacy in Portland. He was founder and first president of Southeast Portland Chamber of Commerce and active in the Y.M.C.A., Boy Scouts, and many other community projects. He died in 1972.

Content Description

The collection includes outgoing and incoming correspondence, letters to editors, literary manuscripts and writing by Lilla and John Leach as well as some by others, tearsheets and clippings regarding botany, notebooks, notes by John and Lilla, travel diaries from several trips, and some photographs. Most of the content reflects her career as a botanist.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Lilla Irvin Leach Papers, Ax 756, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is arranged into the following series:

  • Series I: Outgoing Correspondence
  • Series II: Incoming Correspondence
  • Series III: Letters to Editors
  • Series IV: Literary Manuscripts
  • Series V: Literary Manuscripts and Writing by Others
  • Series VI: Tearsheets and Clippings
  • Series VII: Notebooks
  • Series VIII: Notes
  • Series IX: Travel Diaries
  • Series X: Miscellaneous
  • Series XI: Photographs

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Lilla Irvin Leach in 1962.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Jennifer Maciejeski.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Outgoing correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Outgoing correspondence February 20, 1925 - February 26, 1932
1 2 Outgoing correspondence March 19, 1932-October 30, 1933
1 3 Outgoing correspondence November 17, 1933 - October 26, 1947
1 4 Outgoing correspondence January 29, 1948 - November 4, 1963
1 5 Outgoing correspondence December 1963 - December 1971
1 6 Outgoing correspondence Undated

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Series II:  Incoming correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 7 Abbot - Burpee
Abbott, Charles W.
1 letter
Undated
Abrams, L.R.
3 letters
1929
Adams, John F.
1 letter
1928
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (F.W. Pennell)
10 letters
1931-1937
American Nature Association
1 letter
1930
American Pharmaceutical Association
1 letter
1935
American Rhododenron Society
1 letter
1952
Anderson, Stanley L.
1 letter
1936
Anley
3 letters
Applegate, Elmer I.
5 letters
1931
Arnold Arboretum (Dr. L. Croizat)
1 letter
1944
Averill, Ed F.
7 letters
1928
Averill, W.S.
1 letter
1948
Baerg, W.J.
1 letter
1932
Bates, H.L.
1 letter
1945
Biological Society of Washington
1 letter
1941
Botanischer Garten
4 letters
1932
Botsford-Constantine Company (M.W. Manly)
2 letters
1928
Brainard, M.S.
2 letters
1957
Burpee Company (W.Atlee)
1 letter
1933
1 8 Canada - Haskin
Canada Department of Agriculture (R.L. Taylor)
3 letters
1962
Carl [no last name given]
1 letter
Carnegie Institution of Washington (H.M. Hall)
1 letter
1931
Constance, Lincoln
1 letter
1936
Corbett, Alice (Oregon State Senate)
1 letter
1961
Cox, Nelle D.
1 letter
1941
Crown Cork and Seal Company (G.B. Cooke)
2 letters
1947
Dalrymple, G.H.
1 letter
1935
Eliot, Willard Ayres
1 letter
1960
English, Carl S., Jr.
3 letters
1932
Gale, Nettie
1 letter
1950
Gardens of the Blue Ridge
1 letter
1935
Gardner, E.G.
1 letter
1932
Gerlinger, Irene H.
3 letters
1939
Gilkey, Helen M.
3 letters
1935
Haskins, Leslie
2 letters
1931-1932
1 9 Henderson - Horticulture
Henderson, Louis F.
26 letters
1929-1931
Herb Society of America
1 letter
1940
Hiarth, gunnar
1 letter
1938
Horticulture (D.J. Foley)
2 letters
1954-1957
1 10 Irving - Northwest
Irving, Lewis H.
1 letter
1932
Jepson, W.L.
2 letters
1937
Jones, G.N.
2 letters
1954-1957
Kelsey, F.W.
1 letter
1938
Lilly [Eli] and Company (J.S. Wright, F.A. Miller, W.C. Bartholomew)
5 letters
1931-1933
Lindsley, Louis D.
1 letter
1932
Madsen, Barney
1 letter
1932
Matthews, Oliver V.
2 letters
1942-1945
Milne, Francis
1 letter
1963
Moll's Ornamental Shrub Gardens
1 letter
1937
Morton, Winifred
1 letter
Undated
Murray and Nickell Spice Importers and Millers
1 letter
1933
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture (F.W. Baker)
2 letters
1936
New York Botanical Garden (Merrill, E.D.)
8 letters
1932-1939
North Pacific College of Oregon (A.O. Mickelsen
1 letter
1933
Northwest Institute of International Relations
1 letter
1944
1 11 Oregon - Pennington
Oregon State College School of Agriculture (R.E. Stephenson, V.H. Freed, J.A. Milbrath, F.P. McWhorter, C.E. Owens, A. Ziefle)
8 letters
1933-1948
Oregon State Board of Higher Education (E.M. Pallett, R.L. Collins)
3 letters
1963
Oregon State Game Commission
1 letter
1928
Osborn Botanical Laboratory
2 letters
1937
Pam, Major Albert
1 letter
1935
Pennington, Levi T.
1 letter
1939
1 12 Phillips - Spokane
Phillips, Kenneth N.
1 letter
1946
Relea, G.W.
1 letter
1931
Rieves, Stacy H.
2 letters
1946
Royal Botanic Garden
10 letters
1932-1936
Salzer, [John A.] Seed Company
1 letter
1933
Sauers, Lucy
3 letters
1932
Savage, Lincoln
1 letter
1932
Scott, M.
2 letters
1949
Seattle First National Bank
1 letter
1947
Sherrard, Drew
2 letters
1949
Smith, Edith
1 letter
1931
Smith, Charles Piper
3 letters
1931
Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Company
1 letter
1932
St. John, Harold
7 letters
1928-1943
1 13 Stephenson - YWCA
Stephenson, Vella
1 letter
1932
Sweetkind, Monroe
1 letter
1961
Sweetser, Albert R.
1 letter
1930
Sweetser, Carrie K.
1 letter
1940
Thompson, J. William
10 letters
1930-1934
United States Department of Agriculture (A.F. Sievers, P.N. Stephenson, A.B. Clawson, J.H. Billingslea)
5 letters
1930-1933
United States Department of the Interior (C.A. Harwell, G.C. Crowe, T.E. Whitcraft)
6 letters
1930-1937
University of California, Berkeley (L. Constance)
3 letters
1930-1941
University of Florida (B.V. Christensen)
1 letter
1933
University of Minnesota (F.J. Wulling)
2 letters
1933
University of Nebraska (R.A. Lyman)
1 letter
1933
University of Oregon (A.S. Flemming, W.S. Baldinger)
7 letters
1962-1963
University of Washington Arboretum (B.O. Mulligan)
1 letter
1958
University of Wisconsin (E. Kremers)
1 letter
1933
van Wyck, Xavier J.
1 letter
Undated
Wallowa County Pioneers Association (J.H. Horner)
1 letter
1932
Wayside Garden Club
1 letter
1956
White [Joseph J.], Inc.
1 letter
1943
Woodriff, Leslie
2 letters
1932
Y.W.C.A. Portland
1 letter
1951
Wyunhellimp [?] or Hellings, Wynn [?]
1 letter
1932

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Series III:  Letters to the Editor, et al.
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 14 Letters to the editor, et al.
Topics include living fossils, Oregon Grape protection, and Oregon myrtle trees.

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Series IV:  Literary Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 1 Literary Manuscripts written by Lilla Leach and/or John Leach
Botanizing in Oregon's Hinterland by Lilla and John Leach. Typed draft. Holograph revision. 10pp.
Kalmiopsis leachiana. Typed draft. 22pp.
Two botanists in the Olympics with Pansy. Two holograph versions. 16 and 18pp.; botany notes. Holograph. 14pp.
Plants collected in the Mazama Expedition into the Olympic Mountains in 1928.
Pansy and Violet: Two Botanizing Burros, by John Leach.
Untitled. ["He who hath never followed a mountain trail...] by Lilla Leach. Holograph.
2 2 Literary Manuscripts written by Lilla Leach and/or John Leach
List of Wallowa Mountain Plants
Wildflowering in the Wallowas. Holograph draft. 22pp.; Botany notes. Typed. 11pp.
Untitled. Re: Rogue River trip. 1928. Holograph draft. 9pp. Notes., 18pp. Map. Hand-drawn.

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Series V:  Literary Manuscripts and Writings by Others
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 3 Literary manuscripts and writings by Sherrard, Abrams, Bacigalupi, Foley, and others
2 4 Writing by Kiener
2 5 “College Girls” Record by Virginia Frame
2 6 “My Garden Magazine” 1937
2 7 Writings by Alfred Rehder, John Leach, and the New England Botanical Club Undated
2 8 Writing “The New Flora and Silva” 1937
2 9 Writing, “National Horticulture Magazine” 1932
2 10 Writing, “National Horticulture Magazine” 1933

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Series VI:  Tearsheets and Clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 11 Tearsheet, “Mazama” December 1931
2 11 Tearsheet, “The Garden Club” March 1938
3 1 Tearsheets, “The Key of Kappa Gamma” and “Horticulture” February 1951 October 1956
3 2 Tearsheets, “Oregon Pharmacist” and “Pacific Drug Review” August 1954 October 1940
3 3 Newspaper Clippings 1914-1968
3 4 Newspaper Clippings and Tearsheets: “Sleepy Hollow” 1936-1971
3 5 Newspaper Clippings and Tearsheets including “The Oregon Motorist” August 1928 1913-1969
3 6 Newspaper Clippings and Tearsheets: “Lilla Leach Discoveries” 1932-1965
3 7 Various Tearsheets: “Lilla Leach Discoveries” 1928-1936
3 8 text 1939-1962
3 9 Various Tearsheets: “Lilla Leach Discoveries” 1925-1964
3 10 Various Tearsheets: “Lilla Leach Discoveries” 1937 1946

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Series VII:  Notebooks
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 11 Notebook, “Apgar’s New Plant Analysis” 1892
3 12 Notebook, “Lilla Leach May 1929” May 1929

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Series VIII:  Notes
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 1 Notes: Typed & hand-written

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Series IX:  Travel Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 2 Notebook with travel information: “Seattle and Park Trip" 1946
4 3 Bound Travel Diary with multiple destinations 1948-1954
4 4 Bound Travel Diary: “Africa” 1953-1954
4 5 Loose sheets regarding various travel information
4 6 Loose sheets (several bound with string) regarding various travel information

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Series X:  Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
4 7 Miscellaneous (includes color sketches of hearth)

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Series XI:  Photographs
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 8 Snapshot of Lilla Leach Undated
4 9 Snapshot of Lilla and John Leach on sidewalk by house Undated
4 10 Snapshot of Lilla and John Leach with Kalmiopsis Undated
4 11 Snapshot of Lilla Leach (center) with two other women in front of a cave (2 copies) Undated
4 12 Snapshot of John Leach in forest (2 copies) Undated
4 13 Photograph of John Leach and Lilla Leach at a formal dinner honoring John Leach December 17, 1957
4 14 Photograph of Lilla Leach at a formal dinner honoring John Leach December 17, 1957
4 15 John Leach in the herbarium Undated
4 16 Snapshots of plants Undated
4 17 Snapshots of plants Undated
4 18 Snapshots of plants and trees Undated
4 19 Snapshots of rustic structures (cabin, A-frame) Undated
4 20 Snapshots of rustic structures (picnic tables, swings, benches) Undated

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Leach, John Roy, 1882-1972
  • Leach, Lilla Irvin, 1886-1980--Correspondence
  • Leach, Lilla Irvin, 1886-1980--Diaries
  • Subject Terms :
  • Botany--Oregon
  • Horticulture--Oregon
  • Women botanists--Oregon
  • Women botanists--Oregon--Correspondence
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs

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