Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Paul Lawrence Farber Papers, 1910-2011

Content Description

The Paul Lawrence Farber Papers include 29 linear feet of correspondence, institutional records, typescripts, research notes, and reprints.

The collection documents Farber's life as a student, scholar and administrator and contains a large volume of institutional correspondence as well as a wide variety of materials related to the eight books that Farber either wrote or edited. Farber's professional travel is also documented within the collection.

The Farber Papers likewise include extensive collections of note cards and research notes as well as class materials, lecture manuscripts and visual aides, including nine CDs of images used for presentations. Also included are a number of pocket diaries and daily planners kept by Farber as well as administrative documents and reports, a film strip, newspaper clippings and reprints of Farber publications.

A large born digital component consisting of 1.11 GB of electronic correspondence, photographs, lecture slides and word processing documents, mostly in Microsoft Word format, are likewise part of this collection.

Highlights of the collection include a copy of Farber's doctoral dissertation "Buffon's Concept of Species," a History of Science department self-study, materials detailing the establishment of the Horning Endowment and a 16 mm film in which Farber demonstrates the method that Galen of Pergamon would have used to dissect a pig.

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