The Albert N. Steward Papers consist of correspondence, course materials, and related documents created and assembled by Steward. The bulk of the materials reflect his work at Oregon State College in the 1950s. The correspondence documents his role as Herbarium Curator; plant identification, especially of pine tree varieties; his participation in professional associations; and advising of graduate students from China.
The course materials include examinations, quizzes, and class handouts for courses taught (and perhaps taken) by Steward. Lecture notes, student papers, and literature reviews written by students are also part of the collection, as well as records of the botany seminar series in 1956-1957. A text, Principles of Plant Classification, written by Helen M. Gilkey and Frank H. Smith for the Field Botany course (Botany 203) is included.
The Papers also include meeting notices for the Oregon State chapter of Sigma Xi; newspaper clippings, including a 1991 obituary for Steward's widow, Celia Belle Steward; and an obituary for Steward written by Helen M. Gilkey and published in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club.