Guide to the Malheur Field Station Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jordan, William T.
Title: Malheur Field Station Records
Dates: 1971-1994 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 cubic feet (2 record boxes)
Collection Number: MS.2
Summary: The Malheur Field Station records focuses on Malheur Field Station facility, during the time that Dr. William T. Jordan, a chemistry professor at Pacific University, was the university representative to the Malheur Field Station, 1971-1994. The Malheur Field Station was started in 1971 to be a place for naturalist education and research near Burns, Oregon. The field station is operated by a consortium of universities from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Pacific University administered the station from 1971-1989. This collection contains records of correspondences between consortium members and Dr. William T. Jordan; budget records; photographs; plans for the station and promotional material, such as booklets and pamphlets.
Repository: Pacific University, Archives
Contact Information: Pacific University Archives
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR
Telephone: 503-352-1400
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Sponsored by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Historical Note

Malheur Field Station was created in 1971 when a group of field biologists led by David Malcolm of Pacific University to create a facility for naturalist education and research. Malheur Field Station is located in the high desert country, 32 miles south of Burns, Oregon, on the western edge of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the northern Great Basin region. The consortium of universities, made up of 26 universities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, was formed to help guide the field station’s program and provide for its maintenance. From 1971-1989, Pacific University was the leading university in this consortium. The collection was compiled by Dr. William T. Jordan, a chemistry professor at Pacific University and the representative of the university to the field station.

Content Description

The Malheur Field Station records contain the correspondences and events in relation to the Malheur Field Station during 1971-1994. The collection has been kept in the original order when transferred and is arranged in chronological order. The records contain attendance sheets, financial reports, budget listings, course catalogs, registration forms, proposed ideas for the year, meeting minutes, administrative material and plans for the future. In addition, there are correspondence, income statements, and photographic prints with negatives of the station. There are also promotional material such as booklets, pamphlets, and listings of previous events.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use :  

Pacific University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of Pacific University is retained by Pacific University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation :  

[item identification], Malheur Field Station Records, Pacific University Archives, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Future Additions :  

Additional accruals are expected.

Custodial History :  

Material was transferred from Diane M. Simpson, Chemistry Resources and University Hazardous Waste Manager in the Chemistry Department at Pacific University, to the Archives in July 01, 2009.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by William T. Jordan, 2009.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Malheur Field Station (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Biology--Research--Oregon
  • Ecology--Research--Oregon
  • Geology--Research--Oregon
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Financial records
    • Negatives (photographic)

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