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Marian Field Collection, 1936-1982

Scope and Content Note

The Marian Field Collection consists of four series. The first series, which constitutes most of the collection, consists of 193 pen and ink drawings of twigs of Oregon woody plants in the spring and summer. They were drawn as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project between 1936 and 1941 for Frank Sipe, a botanist at the University of Oregon who had hoped to publish a book using the drawings. Series two consists of other artworks made by Field, and includes a painting of the mushroom, Lactarius rufus; a composite of 15 hand-colored photographs of the twig drawings, ca. 1941; and pen and ink drawings of Arctostaphylos genus twigs. Series three contains correspondence pertaining to Sipe's book project, 1936-1938, and a biographical sketch of Field done by her daughter in 1982. Series four consists of text panels from a University of Oregon exhibit of Field's drawings from about 1982.


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