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Oral Histories of the Oregon State University Microbiology Department, 1964-1989

Pernot family photograph, September 1881. Pictured from left are Eugene, Emile, Lucie, Henry and Charles Pernot.

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OH 24

The Oral Histories of the Oregon State University Microbiology Department recount the department's history through the perspective of Walter Bollen and Mabel Pernot. Bollen earned two degrees from Oregon Agricultural College prior to his beginning a career on the OSU microbiology faculty that spanned nearly sixty years. Pernot was the daughter of Emile F. Pernot - the father of the university's microbiology program - and the granddaughter of George Coote, an early campus horticulturist. The Pernot interviews discuss, at length, both the history of the department as well as the story of the Pernot and Coote families.

Historical Note 

Content Description


0.8 cubic feet, including 27 audiocassettes and 45 photographs; 3 boxes


The collection is arranged into two series: I. Audiocassettes; II. Transcripts and Project Files. Each series is arranged chronologically or by material type, as appropriate. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings and transcripts are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Bollen, Walter
    • Three interviews: August 8, 1986; August 25, 1986; October 16, 1987
  • Moore, Harriet (June 26, 1986)
  • Pernot, Mabel
    • Eight interviews: July 28, 1986; August 4, 1986; August 6, 1986; March 25, 1987; March 26, 1987; October 26, 1987; October 30, 1987; November 13, 1987

Related Papers

An additional oral history interview with Mabel Pernot is held in the College of Home Economics Oral Histories (OH 11) and photographs of the Pernot and Coote families, many taken by Emile Pernot, are available in the Emile Pernot Photographs (P 230) and Pernot Family Photograph Collection (P 220). Additional photographs taken by Emile Pernot are held in the College of Agricultural Sciences Photographs (P 036). Specific files devoted to Emile Pernot, George Coote and the OSU Microbiology Department are held in the Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection. A publication titled Under the Microscope: One Hundred Years of Microbiology at Oregon State University, authored by Jim Fisher, is available in the OSU Libraries general collection as well as SCARC's History of Science book collection.

The Microbiology Department Motion Picture Films (FV P 117), Photographs (P 117) and Records (RG 191) further document the activities of the department. Likewise, SCARC holds the personal papers of a number of OSU Microbiology faculty including Arthur W. Anderson, Paul R. Elliker, John L. Fryer, Richard Y. Morita and William E. Sandine.

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