Emile F. Pernot was born in New York in 1859. He accompanied his brother, Henry, to Oregon in 1889, and together they opened a photography business. In 1890 Pernot was hired by Oregon Agricultural College to teach photography and to take photographs for the Experiment Station. Through his pioneering work in microphotography, he developed an interest in bacteriology, and was named the first chair of the Bacteriology Department in 1900. In 1910 Pernot was named bacteriologist for the city of Portland. He married Edith Coote, daughter of OAC horticulturalist George Coote. Pernot died in 1927.
The Emile Pernot Photographs consist of mounted albumen prints of Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, faculty, students, and cadets, made by Pernot. Many of the photographs were published in the 1893-1894 Annual Catalog and the 1894 Hayseed . Of special note are portrait photographs of the Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) faculty that were published in the Hayseed. John M. Bloss, OAC President; John D. Letcher, Professor of Mathematics; and George Coote, Professor of Horticulture, are also depicted in several of the images of classes. Examples of photomicrographs made by Pernot are included in the album.
The collection includes images of most of the buildings on the campus in 1893-1894 -- the Horticulture Building and Greenhouse, Mechanical Hall (which burned in 1898), Benton Hall, Cauthorn (Fairbanks) Hall, Alpha Hall, and the Station Building (now the Women's Center) -- as well as laboratories and classrooms. Classes in surveying, tile drainage, grafting, and cooking are depicted in the collection.
The majority of the photographs are bound in an album; the collection also includes prints mounted on both sides of individual mounting boards.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Emile Pernot Photographs (P 230), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
The Emile Pernot Photographs are arranged in two series: I. Album, 1893-1895 and II. Albumen Prints, 1893-1895.
Acquisition Information :
These materials were transferred from the Horner Museum collections to the University Archives in 1996.Related Materials :
The Pernot Family Photographic Collection (P 220) includes images of the Pernot and Coote families as well as the Oregon Agricultural College campus and faculty. Several other photographic collections include photographs taken by Emile Pernot, including the OSU Historical Photographic Collection (P 025), the College of Agricultural Sciences Photographs (P 036), the Alice Kidder Evans Photographs (P 144), and Harriet's Photographic Collection.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I consists of an album of 48 mounted albumen prints depicting Oregon Agricultural College buildings, laboratories, students, and faculty. The series includes portrait photographs of all the Oregon Agricultural College faculty in 1894; the images were published in the 1894 Hayseed. Also of note are photomicrographs of plant materials.
Series II consists of 14 mounted albumen prints that were probably originally part of an album. The images depict Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, laboratories, and students.