Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records, 1900-2005

Scope and Content Note

The Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records document research, teaching, and extension programs in botany and plant diseases at Oregon State. The bulk of the records were microfilmed in the 1960s and consist of general and research correspondence pertaining to department administration and various research projects. Much of the collection pertains to research and extension activities on the diseases of tree fruits, ornamentals and nursery crops, small fruits and berries, vegetable crops and potatoes, hops, mint, and cereals; use of fungicides; and nematodes.

Reports include fungicide test results, reports of the Fruit and Ornamental Disease Management Program, and a comprehensive report and self-study prepared in 1975.

The records include correspondence with and reports to the Agricultural Experiment Station, which funded much of the research. Correspondence and reports by Howard P. Barss are part of the records; reports on the Herbarium by Helen Gilkey are also included. The teaching materials include laboratory manuals and course outlines for botany courses taught in the 1920s. Authors include W.M. Atwood and Charles E. Owens. A booklet about the department prepared in about 1990 includes profiles of all department faculty that describe their research areas and list several recent publications.

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