Guide to the Helen M. Gilkey Papers
1907-1974

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Gilkey, Helen Margaret, 1886-
Title: Helen M. Gilkey Papers
Dates: 1907-1974 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: These papers were generated and collected by Helen Gilkey, professor of botany and curator of the Herbarium at Oregon Agricultural College until her retirement in 1951. Gilkey's botanical drawings and plant identifications made her a well-known expert in the field.
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.

Biographical Note

Helen Margaret Gilkey was born on March 6, 1886, in Montesano, Washington. She moved with her family to Corvallis in 1903. She received her MA at Oregon Agricultural College in 1911 and her PhD at University of California at Berkeley in 1915. From 1915 until 1918, she worked as a scientific illustrator at Berkeley. Curator of the herbarium at OAC from 1918 until 1951, Gilkey was also a Professor of Botany. She had 44 publications to her credit, 10 on vascular plant taxonomy and 10 on Tuberales. Gilkey died in 1972.

Content Description

The papers consist of letters from various colleagues around the U.S. and other persons, usually wishing to have a plant identified or a copy of one of her books; scientific illustrations, many drawn by Gilkey; Greenhouse, Herbarium, and Botany Department histories; notes and notebooks giving detailed descriptions of botanicals, especially fungi; newspaper columns on weeds; 3 radio scripts; and copies of publications about botanicals, notably Northwest weeds and subterranean fungi (truffles), including her 1911 master's thesis, "Oregon Mushrooms."

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Helen M. Gilkey Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into 20 subject-oriented groupings containing departmental histories; correspondence; ephemera; research notes and notebooks; papers and publications; and funding records. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to Gilkey's work are in the Herbarium (RG 117) and Botany and Plant Pathology Department (RG 54) Records as well as the Memorabilia Collection. The papers of her sister, Beulah Gilkey, are also held by the Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

History of Botany and Plant Pathology, 1965
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Appreciation letters
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1

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Correspondence, A-R, 1910-1974
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1

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Correspondence, S-Z, 1910-1974

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Grants, 1951-1964
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Box
2 Correspondence
2 Reports

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Greenhouse History & Records, 1919-1960
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Box
2 Correspondence
2 Greenhouse Committee
2 Pamphlet describing greenhouse

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Handbook of Northwest Flora correspondence, 1950-1951
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2

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Manuscripts, Notes, etc.
5 folders
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2 Scientific descriptions of tuberales (handwritten)
2 Papers (typed)
"Taxonomic Notes on Tuberales", "Truffles in America", "New or Otherwise Noteworthy Species of Tuberales".

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Memorials and poetry, 1959-1973
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2

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Newspaper clippings, 1919-1972
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2

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Old Notebooks, undated
2 folders
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Box
2 "Tuberales"
2 Bacteriology class notebook
2 Miscellaneous notes
2 Poetry about tuberales

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"Oregon Mushrooms" thesis, 1911
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2

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Oregon State College funding, 1957-1962
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2

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Organizations, 1924-1964
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2

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Radio Talks
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2 Truffles in America, 1932
2 Poisonous Plants: How to Recognize Them, 1956
2 Untitled, undated

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Rhododendron Society, 1954-1960
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2 Correspondence
2 Illustrations

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"Tuberales of North America" manuscript, 1920
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2

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Weeds & Poisonous Plants, correspondence, 1952-1964
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2

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Handbook of Northwest Flowering Plants, 1936
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2

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Weeds of the Pacific Northwest, 1957
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2

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Winter Twigs, 1962
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2

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Drawings
apx 16x20 in.
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3

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Pictures, slides, & negatives of plants
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4

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Subjects

Subjects

  • Botanical artists--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Botanical illustrations.
  • Botany--Research--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Fungi--North America.
  • Gilkey, Helen Margaret, 1886-
  • Greenhouses--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Handbook of northwest flowering plants.
  • Herbaria--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Mushrooms--Oregon.
  • Mycology--North America.
  • Oregon mushrooms.
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology.
  • Oregon State University. Herbarium.
  • Truffles--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Weeds of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Weeds--Research--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Winter twigs.
  • Other Creators :
  • Gilkey, Helen Margaret, 1886-

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