2.2 cubic feet, including 100
photographs (8 boxes)
These papers were generated by Louis G.
Gentner, entomologist, alumnus and faculty member at Oregon State College.
They document his coursework at Oregon Agricultural College, species
identification and his field research regarding insect damage to
Funding for encoding this finding
aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the
Alumnus and entomologist, Louis G. Gentner, was born in Portland,
Oregon, in February 1892. Gentner received his B. S. from Oregon
Agricultural College in 1915, his M. S. from the University of Wisconsin
in 1918, and completed his doctorate at Oregon State College in 1953. He
did his post-graduate work at Oregon State College in 1945 and 1946. After
working as an entomologist in Wisconsin and Michigan, he became associate
entomologist and assistant superintendent of the Southern Oregon Branch
Experiment Station in Medford in 1930. Gentner's studies with alfalfa
varieties led to the selection and naming of "Talent" alfalfa, now grown
extensively for seed production exports. His work with beetles led to the
elimination of the Klamath goat weed infestation on southern Oregon
infested rangeland and enabling thousands of acres to be become viable
again. Gentner retired from the station in 1962 and died July 16, 1980.
Additional biographical information is included in the collection.
The Gentner Papers document the entomological research conducted by
Gentner, primarily on flea beetles, as well as his professional activities
and undergraduate and graduate education. The collection includes
correspondence, class notebooks, publications, extensive field and
research notes, and photographs.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
Louis G. Gentner Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
This collection is organized into six series: I. Biographical
Information; II. Correspondence; III. School Records and Materials; IV.
Entomology Field Work and Research Notes; V. Organizations; and VI.
Custodial History :
A portion of these papers were donated directly to the University
Archives by Louis Gentner's daughter, Laura Gentner Dunwald, in December
1985. Other materials were donated to the Horner Museum by the OSU
Archives in 1985 and were subsequently returned to the Archives in August
1996. It is likely that they were also donated by Laura Gentner Dunwald. A
subsequent addition to the collection was transferred from the Entomology
Department in 2001.
Series II contains both professional correspondence relating to
Gentner's Ph.D. thesis, coursework for students and entomological
correspondence pertaining to specimen identification and supplies. Much of
the correspondence relates to Gentner's work on his Ph.D. at Oregon State
Letters from Mont. A. Casier and Paul O.
Ritcher, 1955 and undated
III: School Records and
Series III contains various materials ranging from receipts for
graduate school classes to references to textbooks. The classroom
materials include laboratory notebooks dating from 1911 to 1917 for
undergraduate and graduate classes in English, zoology and economic
entomology. An interesting item in this series is Gentner's high school
laboratory book dated 1908. Other classroom-related materials include
student seminar papers, a thesis written by Gentner for a Civil Service
Examination, study outlines, and teaching notes.
Grades, tuition receipts and OSC Ph.D.
program notes, 1945-1953
English 32 and English 42, undated
Animal Parasitology, 1914
Zoology 302, 1914
Zoology notebook with insect pencil
Zoology 315, 1913
Entomology of Field Crops
Zoology 301, 1913
Zoology 107, 1913
With bird pencil drawings
Zoology I, 1911
With mollusks pencil drawings
Zoology II, 1912
With chordata pencil drawings
Economic Entomology 105, 1916-1917
Student Lab Book, 1908
Student Seminar Papers, 1917
Thesis in Connection With United States
Civil Service Examination for Scientific Assistant in
Entomology, circa 1917
Class Study Outline for Economic
Entomology , circa 1917
Teaching notes and outlines, 1946
Insects Injurious to Grapes
talk delivered at Michigan State College, 1927
IV: Entomology Field Work and
Research Notes, 1829-1975
Series IV includes tables, field notes, handwritten manuscripts,
outlines, and articles written by Gentner. It also contains four card file
boxes of detailed entomology research field notes and bibliographies.
Research tables, field notes, portion of
handwritten manuscript, undated
Miscellaneous entomology outlines and
notes, circa 1916
Typescripts of published articles by
Articles published in Wisconsin
Horticulture by Gentner, 1919-1920
List of Species Collected by
Gentner, circa 1924-1975