Guide to the Herbarium Records
1915-1991

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Herbarium.
Title: Herbarium Records
Dates: 1915-1991 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.35 cubic ft.
8 microfilm reels
Collection Number: RG 117
Summary: The Herbarium Records document the collecting of plant specimens by Oregon State University and include correspondence regarding specimens, exchange lists, gift records. The records also include correspondence of Helen Gilkey, Herbarium curator from 1918 to 1951.
Repository: Oregon State University
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The collecting of plant specimens by the university dates back to at least 1882, when professor B. J. Hawthorne reported that the USDA had donated a number of plant specimens to the college, and that he had collected around 500 specimens from around the region. The Herbarium grew from 2601 specimens in 1891 to 153,000 in 1967. In 1993, the herbarium of the University of Oregon was added to the OSU Herbarium, bringing the total number of specimens to more than 336,000. In the 1910s, the first special quarters for the herbarium were developed in Agriculture (now Strand) Hall. Since 1957 the Herbarium has been located in Cordley Hall. Herbarium curators have included E. R. Lake, 1886-1891 & 1899-1910; Helen M. Gilkey, 1918-1951; and Kenton L. Chambers, 1960-1990.

Content Description

Series 1 primarily consists of inquiries received from other institutions. Series 2 contains personal correspondence of Helen Gilkey. Series 3 consists of lists of exchange specimens sent to and received from other institutions and individuals. Series 7 & 8 consist of correspondence regarding plant specimens sent or received by the Herbarium.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Herbarium Records (RG 117), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into 8 series: 1. General Correspondence; 2. Personal Correspondence, Helen Gilkey; 3. Exchange Lists; 4. Misc. Correspondence; 5. Misc. Information Files; 6. Drawings; 7. Gifts Received; and 8. Gifts Sent. Most series arranged chronologically.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to the Herbarium are in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 54), the Helen M. Gilkey Papers, and the Herbarium Photographs (P 93).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  General Correspondence, 1915-1959
Container(s)

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Series II:  Personal Correspondence, Dr. Helen M. Gilkey, 1918-1948
Container(s)

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Series III:  Exchange Lists, 1916-1953
Container(s)

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Series IV:  Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1916-1959
Container(s)
Description
Reel
Folder
4 1 Bellinger Memorial, 1957-1959
4 2 Dr. Carlson, 1946-1948
4 3 Dahle, 1937-1939
4 4 Elder, 1916, undated
4 5 Sister Gemma, 1939-1940
4 6 Herbs, (Gunderson, etc.), 1939-1940
4 7 Meola, 1939
4 8 Parsell, 1936-1941
4 9 Powell, G.M. - Letters, 1940
4 10 USDA, 1918-1919, 1936-1939
4 11 Zivney, 1937-1940

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Series V:  Miscellaneous, 1915-1959
Container(s)
Description
Reel
Folder
4 1 Old files, 1916-1939
4 2 Pollens and hay fever, 1920-1925
4 3 Herbarium reports, 1915-1946
4 4 Special papers by former students, 1940, undated
4 5 Correspondence course, 1944
4 6 Identification lists, 1928, 1935-1940
5 7 Herbarium type lists, 1915-1941
5 8 Applications - instructorship, 1947-1952
5 9 Applications - research, 1953-1959
5 10 Herbarium information, 1957-1958
5 11 Herbarium budgets, 1939-1959
5 12 Botany (general and miscellaneous), 1918-1922
5 13 Herbarium miscellaneous, 1917-1957

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Series I:  General Correspondence, 1915-1991
Container(s)
Description
Herbarium Information, 1953-1973
Reel
Folder
6 1 October - December 1973
6 2 July - September 1973
6 3 April - June 1973
6 4 January - March 1973
6 5 October - December 1972
6 6 July - September 1972
6 7 April - June 1972
6 8 January - March 1972
6 9 October - December 1971
6 10 July - September 1971
6 11 April - June 1971
6 12 January - March 1971
6 13 October - December 1970
6 14 July - September 1970
6 15 April - June 1970
6 16 January - March 1970
6 17 October - December 1969
6 18 July - September 1969
6 19 April - June 1969
6 20 January - March 1969
6 21 October - December 1968
6 22 July - September 1968
6 23 April - June 1968
6 24 January - March 1968
6 25 September - December 1967
6 26 May - August 1967
6 27 January - April 1967
6 28 September - November 1966
6 29 May - August 1966
6 30 January - April 1966
6 31 November - December 1965
6 32 August - October 1965
6 33 May - July 1965
6 34 January - April 1965
6 35 July - December 1964
6 36 January - June 1964
6 37 July - December 1963
6 38 April - June 1963
6 39 January - March 1963
6 40 January - June 1962
6 41 January - December 1962
6 42 July - December 1962
6 43 January - December 1961
6 44 January - December 1961
6 45 July - December 1960
6 46 January - June 1960
6 47 January - December 1957
6 48 July - December 1956
6 49 January - June 1956
6 50 July - December 1955
6 51 January - June 1955
6 52 August - December 1954
6 53 January - July 1954
6 54 June - Decmeber 1953
Herbarium Information, 1974-1984
Reel
Folder
7 1 November - December 1984
7 2 September - October 1984
7 3 July - August 1984
7 4 May - June 1984
7 5 March - April 1984
7 6 January - February 1984
7 7 November - December 1983
7 8 September - October 1983
7 9 July - August 1983
7 10 May - June 1983
7 11 March - April 1983
7 12 January - February 1983
7 13 November - December 1982
7 14 September - October 1982
7 15 July - August 1982
7 16 May - June 1982
7 17 March - April 1982
7 18 January - February 1981
7 19 October - December 1981
7 20 August - September 1981
7 21 June - July 1981
7 22 May 1981
7 23 March - April 1981
7 24 January - February 1981
7 25 December 1980
7 26 November 1980
7 27 September - October 1980
7 28 July - August 1980
7 29 January - June 1980
7 30 July - December 1979
7 31 January - June 1979
8 32 July - December 1978
8 33 July 1977 - June 1978
8 34 July 1976 - March 1977
8 35 April - June 1977
8 36 July 1975 - June 1976
8 37 April - June 1975
8 38 January - March 1975
8 39 October - December 1974
8 40 July - September 1974
8 41 April - June 1974
8 42 January - March 1974
Box
1 Herbarium Information, 1985-1991
14 folders

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Series VII:  Gifts Received, 1940-1990
6 folders
Container(s)

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Series VIII:  Gifts Sent, 1940-1990
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 1940-1968 (Jun)
2 1968 (Jul) - 1991
5 folders

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Gilkey, Helen Margaret, 1886-
  • Subject Terms :
  • Botany--Research--Oregon.
  • Herbaria--Oregon.
    • Other Creators :
    • Chambers, Kenton Lee, 1929-

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