Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Edwin Russell Jackman Papers, 1917-1970

Scope and Content Note

The manuscript series includes copies of E.R. Jackman's four books are included in the collection: Gold and Cattle Country (with Herman Oliver), The Oregon Desert (with Reuben A. Long), Blazing Forest Trails (with Charles Simpson), and Steens Mountain (with Charles Conkling and John Scharff). This series also contains research materials compiled by Jackman on a variety of subjects for use in his writing.

Correspondence includes letters written in conjunction with his work at Oregon State University, personal correspondence, and letters to and from publishers concerning the various articles and books. Meetings records include programs, papers, proceedings and other items from meetings of a few of the organizations that Jackman was associated with. Personal records include a diary from his tenure in the military, military commissions, his diploma from Oregon State, awards, a retirement scrapbook, autographed books from other authors, and income/expense ledgers. Photographs that were originally part of this collection were transferred to P 89, the photographic component of Jackman's personal papers.

An addition to the Jackman Papers (Accession 99:041) consists of awards and plaques honoring E.R. Jackman and a sound recording. The awards and plaques include a leather plaque from the Oregon Seed Growers League (1956); the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation award for distinguished service to Oregon agriculture (1957); an award from the Southern Umatilla Soil Conservation District (1961); and a brass plaque "In Memory of Russell Jackman by E.R. Jackman Institute, June 1970." The sound recording is a reel-to-reel audiotape labeled "Archives 251 and 252" from the Archives Division of the Washington State University Library.

A second addition to the Jackman Papers (Accession 2006:043) consists of article reprints, correspondence, drawings, field reports, newspaper clippings, photographs, poems, project reports, publications, reports, and speeches. Documenting Jackman's work with the OSC Extension Service, these materials reflect his work with county agents on various projects, broadcast "talks" on radio and TV, the publication of his books on Eastern/Central Oregon, and colorful use of poetry in workplace memoranda and reports. The photographs (numbering 5 prints in all) depict Jackman in a field of wheat with other agricultural researchers and in a radio broadcasting studio for air of the "The National Farm and Home Hour." Annual reports of the Silvies Club were also found in this transfer.

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