The R. H. Robinson Papers consist of materials generated and assembled by Robinson in his work as a chemist with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. The papers reflect his research on insecticides, fungicides, and spray residues and include correspondence, article reprints and publications, research data, reference materials, and publications. The correspondence primarily pertains to Robinson's research and documents the interaction between Robinson and other scientists as well as vendors on topics such as removal of DDT residues, determination of arsenic residue on fruit, pesticide formulation, and patent conflicts. The correspondence also includes Robinson's congressional testimony in 1948-1951. The research data includes notes, residue study data, publications, correspondence, and report drafts.
The reference materials and publications comprise the bulk of the collection and include article reprints, literature reviews and bibliographies, reports, product brochures, Extension publications, and conference proceedings. The reference materials include compilations and reviews of U.S. patents pertaining to insecticides and pest control. Publications and reports by the USDA Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, the Division of Insecticide Investigations, and the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils are part of the reference materials. Most of the reference materials are arranged by topic.
The correspondence also includes materials created and assembled by Leon C. Terriere on feeding studies with insectides on forage crops that were conducted after Robinson's retirement.