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Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records, 1900-2005

Dr. Helen Gilkey with students in the Botany Laboratory, 1910s.  Helen Margaret Gilkey received her Master's degree in Botany from Oregon Agricultural College in 1911. She served as the Curator of the Herbarium for 33 years, introducing about 50,000 new plant specimens.

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RG 054

The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records document research, teaching, and outreach activities in botany and plant diseases at Oregon State University. The records include general and research correspondence, reports, teaching materials, research records, and publications. The records address the diseases of economically important crops and plants grown in Oregon. Botany courses have been taught at Oregon State since the 1870s and the first plant pathology course was taught in 1895; the department was formally established in 1888 as the Department of Botany and Horticulture.

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0.8 cubic feet; 1 box; 14 microfilm reels


The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records are arranged in 6 series: I. General Correspondence, 1900-1962; II. Research Correspondence, 1900-1962; III. Reports, 1908-2005; IV. Teaching Materials, 1923-1924; V. Research Project Records, 1958-1966; and VI. Publications, circa 1990.

Related Papers

Additional information about botany and plant pathology academic, research, and extension programs is available in the College of Science (RG 024), Agricultural Experiment Station (RG 025), and Extension Service (RG 111) Records. The OSU Archives holdings also include the Botany and Plant Pathology Department Photographs (P 075) and Herbarium Records (RG 117) and Photographs (P 093). The Memorabilia Collection (MC-Botany and Plant Pathology Department) includes several histories of the department and information about faculty and academic and research programs. The Kareen Peiffer Laboratory Notes and the papers of several botany and plant pathology faculty are part of the Archives' holdings: Winfred M. Atwood (Scrapbook), Harold J. Evans, Helen M. Gilkey, Henry P. Hansen, William Evans Lawrence (Text), Harry K. Phinney, Albert N. Steward, Roy A. Young, and Donald B. Zobel ( Papers and Collection of Historic Forestry and Vegetation Maps).

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