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Donald B. Zobel Papers, 1935-2008

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Donald B. Zobel Papers, 1935-2008

ID: MSS Zobel

Primary Creator: Zobel, Donald B.

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Donald B. Zobel Papers consist of materials reflecting Zobel's involvement with the Oregon Flora Project, specifically the Oregon Plant Atlas. Zobel was a faculty member in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department from 1968 until his retirement in 2003.

Scope and Content Notes

The Donald B. Zobel Papers reflect Zobel's involvement with the Oregon Flora Project. The Papers includes correspondence, grant proposals, meeting minutes and agendas, publications and research notes documenting Zobel's work on the Oregon Plant Atlas component of the Flora Project. The collection also includes issues of the Oregon Flora Newsletter.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2014:043) is made up of materials collected by Botany and Plant Pathology professor Zobel which include reports and an undergraduate thesis. Some of the reports relate to research on Port Orford cedars by the U.S. Forest Service from 1935 to 1952. These reports include correspondence referencing the Port Orford studies. In a note attached to these documents, Zobel cites his own studies on Port Orford cedar. Other reports in this transfer pertain to remnant natural areas in Benton County and the Regional Forest Nutrition Research Project. None of these reports were authored by Zobel. The thesis was written by Amanda Parry at the University of Lancaster (UK) and is entitled: "A Study of Forest Regeneration in McDonald Forest."

Biographical / Historical Notes

Donald B. Zobel was a faculty member in the Oregon State University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1968 until his retirement in 2003. Zobel's research area was forest ecology; he worked on projects concerning the water relations of trees in the Himalayas and in North America and the recovery of plants buried by volcanic debris at Mount St. Helens.

The Oregon Flora Project began in 1994 as a project to compile and provide information about Oregon's vascular plans to a general audience and botanical specialists. The Oregon Plant Atlas is an interactive mapping project that displays plant distributions.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Other materials pertaining to Oregon botanical studies are available in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 054), Herbarium Records (RG 117),  and the papers of botany faculty including the Harold J. Evans Papers (MSS EvansHJ), Helen M. Gilkey Papers (MSS GilkeyH), Henry Paul Hansen Papers (MSS HansenHP), William Evans Lawrence Papers (MSS Lawrence), Harry K. Phinney Papers (MSS Phinney), Albert N. Steward Papers (MSS Steward), and Roy A. Young Papers (MSS YoungRA).

Preferred Citation: Donald B. Zobel Papers (MSS Zobel), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Zobel, Donald B.

People, Places, and Topics

Natural Resources
Oregon Flora Project.
University History
Zobel, Donald B.

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