Guide to the Emile Pernot Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Pernot, E. F. (Emile Francis), 1859-
Title: Emile Pernot Photographs
Dates: 1893-1895 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic foot, including 62 photographs (1 oversize box)
Collection Number: P 230
Summary: The Emile Pernot Photographs consist of photographs of Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, faculty, students, and cadets made by Pernot in the mid-1890s. Emile Pernot was hired by Oregon Agricultural College in 1890 to teach photography and take photographs for the Experiment Station.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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:  Album, 1893-1895

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.

1 Class in tile drainage
President John M. Bloss and faculty member John D. Letcher are shown with the students on agricultural land west of Cauthorn (Fairbanks) Hall.
1 New Horticultural Buildings and Photography Department
George Coote standing in front of the greenhouse and Horticulture Building.
1 Old Horticultural Buildings
1 Botanical Laboratory
1 Machine shop
1 Old Mechanical Hall, circa 1894
Brick structure; image includes water tower.
1 New Mechanical Hall
Wooden frame addition to brick building; water tower also visible in the image.
1 Dynamo built by students fourth year
1 Wood work; first year
1 Iron work; second year
1 Plant specimen of Canada thistle
1 Plant specimen of sow thistle
1 Short horn cattle
1 Polled Angus
1 Photomicrographs
11 photographs
Photographs made with microscope showing a healthy and diseased onion top; adulterated and pure mustard; adulterated and pure lard crystals; oat ??; spiral tissue; stony tissue; sap cell of diseased peach limb; and cross section of peach limb.
1 Beets
5 photographs
A healthy beet leaf; a beet leaf eaten by a beetle; the beet leaf beetle; and a cross section of the beet root showing sugar cells.
1 John M. Bloss, President, 1894
1 G.A. Covell, Professor of Mechanics, 1894
1 J.D. Letcher, Professor of Mathematics, 1894
1 J.B. Horner, Professor of English, 1894
1 F. Berchtold, Professor of Language, History and Drawing, 1894
1 George Coote, Professor of Horticulture, 1894
1 F. L. Washburne, Professor of Geology and Entomology, 1894
1 H. T. French, Professor of Agriculture, 1894
1 G.W. Shaw, Professor of Chemistry and Physics and Station Chemist, 1894
1 John F. Fulton, Assistant to Professor of Chemistry, 1894
1 Moses Craig, Professor of Botany, 1894
1 Margaret Snell, Professor of Household Economy and Hygiene
1 W.W. Bristow, Professor of Preparatory Department, 1894
1 Ida B. Callahan, Assistant Preparatory Department, 1894
1 Emile F. Pernot, Professor of Photography and Engraving, 1894
1 Harley R. Clark, Professor of Printing, 1894
1 Lieut. C.E. Dentler, Commandant, 1894
1 E.M. Belknap, Instructor in Wood and Iron Work, 1894

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Series II:  Albumen Prints, 1893-1895

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.

1 Main college building, circa 1895
Benton Hall.
1 College museum
1 Ladies Hall
Alpha Hall.
1 Cooking class
1 Cauthorn Hall, circa 1893
Fairbanks Hall.
1 Class in surveying, circa 1893
John D. Letcher with students.
1 English Department classroom, circa 1893
1 College barn
Octagonal barn.
1 College cadets, circa 1894
In formation in front of Benton Hall.
1 College cadets
College orchard and Horticulture Building in background.
1 Greenhouse interior
1 Class in grafting
George Coote with students.
1 Chemical laboratory
Perhaps in the basement of the Station Building (now known as Benton Annex or the Women's Center building).
1 Station building
Now known as Benton Annex or the Women's Center building.

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  • Personal Names :
  • Bloss, John McKnight, 1839-
  • Coote, George, 1842-1908.
  • Letcher, John D.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Greenhouses--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Albumen prints.
  • Photograph albums.
  • Photomicrographs.

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