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Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers, 1895-1959

By Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Collection Overview

Title: Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers, 1895-1959

Predominant Dates: 1912-1959

ID: MSS Hoerner

Primary Creator: Hoerner, G. R.

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers are arranged into three series: Series 1: Oregon Agricultural College, 1912-1940; Series 2: Hops & Brewing, 1895-1956; and Series 3: Kasetsart University, Thailand, 1904-1959.

Date Acquired: 00/00/0000

Languages of Materials: English [eng], Thai [tha]


Godfrey R. Hoerner earned his degree from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916 and was a faculty member at Oregon State College from 1931 to 1959. The Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers consists of photographs, news clippings, and publications from Hoerner's student years at Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Minnesota, as Oregon State College's Extension Specialist for Hop Production, and during his four-year tenure working at the Kasetsart University in Thailand.

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers includes materials from Hoerner's years as a student at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC), as a hops specialist with the OSC Extension Service, and as Chief of the Oregon State College Technical Assistance Team at Kasetsart University in Thailand. Included are photographs of OAC in the mid-teens; of USDA displays and brewers’ conventions in the 1930s through 1950s; and photographs, memorabilia, publications, and correspondence documenting the work of Godfrey and Ruby Hoerner in Thailand. Of special note are the scrapbooks from Hoerner’s time at OAC and his trip to Thailand; panoramic and group pictures from the American Brewers Association and Master Brewers Association of America; and publications such as the Brewers Digest: 20 Years of Brewing Progress issue commemorating the 20th anniversary of repeal, 1953, Siam Weekly Review, 1955-1959, and numerous tourism and travel books for Asian countries.

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Godfrey R. Hoerner earned his degree from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916 and was a faculty member at Oregon State College from 1931 to 1959.

Godfrey Richard Hoerner was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1893. He later lived in the Northeast and Seattle, moving to Corvallis to attend Oregon Agricultural College in 1912. While at OAC Hoerner was extraordinarily involved with the campus, during his senior year he served as President of the student body, a Chancellor of Gamma Sigma Delta, on the Student Body Budget Committee, and the Director in Cooperative Association. In other years he was on Student Council, in Intercollegiate Debate and the Osolito Club (all four years), on the Barometer staff, Editor in Chief of the 1916 Orange yearbook, in the Cosmopolitan Club, on the Junior Play Cast committee, in the Easterners Club and Agricultural Club, in the Honor Legion, and a Lieutenant Colonel. He graduated from OSC in 1916 with a degree in Plant Pathology.

Hoerner moved to Minnesota after graduation, completing an MS on crown rust in oats at University of Minnesota in 1918. By 1921 he had returned to OSC as a Botany instructor, but left soon after to work for company that manufactured spraying and dusting machinery and materials. In 1931 he returned to Corvallis to work as a plant pathologist for the USDA with an emphasis on controlling downy mildew in hops, but also returned to his engagement with the university community, serving as the Secretary of the Alumni Association, on the board of Intercollegiate Athletics, on the OSC Co-op Board, and as a faculty advisor for Phi Kappa Phi.

In January 1948, Hoerner was appointed the Extension Specialist for Hop Production in a half-time appointment with the Extension Service, continuing his work for the USDA in the remainder. His hops specialist position was established at the request of Oregon hop growers and was initially funded by the Agricultural Research Foundation. Hoerner left his positions at Oregon State and the USDA in April 1955 to become Chief of the Oregon State College Technical Assistance Team at Kasetsart University in Thailand. He completed two 2-year contracts at Kasetsart in 1955-1959 and died in October 1959.

Author: Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 500 photographs; 6 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes, and 1 map folder

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center by Joy Hoerner Rich, Hoerner's daughter, and Lisa Schessler, Hoerner's granddaughter, in several accessions from 1991 through 2015.

Related Materials: In addition to offering a view of student life at OAC in the teens, this collection supports research in the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives. Hops Research Reports prepared by Hoerner and other USDA and Oregon State researchers, Experiment Station publications by Hoerner on the control of downy mildew in hops, and The Hop Press are available in ScholarsArchive@OSU. Articles by Hoerner can also be found in the Oregon Hop Grower, Pacific Hop Grower, and The Hopper, which have all been digitized and are available on Oregon Digital. Additional materials on hops research and extension activities at Oregon State are available in the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 025), Extension Service Records (RG 111), and Botany and Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 054). Additional materials that document the cooperative program between Kasetsart University and Oregon State College in the 1950s and 1960s can be found in the President's Office Records (RG 013), College of Agricultural Sciences Photographs (P 036), Robert W. Henderson Papers (MSS Henderson), Zoology Department Records (RG 074), College of Engineering Records (RG 062), College of Forestry Records (RG 139), Chemistry Department Records (RG 098), and the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141).

Preferred Citation: Godfrey R. Hoerner Papers (MSS Hoerner), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Hoerner, G. R.

People, Places, and Topics

Agricultural extension work--Oregon.
Brewing industry--Oregon.
Hoerner, G. R.
Hops--Diseases and pests--Oregon.
Hops and Brewing
Hops industry--Oregon.
Mahāwitthayālai Kasētsāt
Natural Resources
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State Agricultural College. Agricultural Experiment Station
Oregon State College--Students.
University History

Forms of Material

Maps (documents)
Panoramic photographs.
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Oregon Agricultural College, 1912-1940
Series 1 contains loose photos and two photograph albums from Hoerner's time as a student at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC). Included in the first are student events and activities such as the May Pageant (with dances from different countries in costume); naval activities on the USS Cheyenne trip en route from Seattle to the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the USS Pennsylvania from Seattle to San Francisco, the USS Concord; from South of France in 1919; and in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. There are also pictures of Hoerner in the experimental greenhouses at the University of Minnesota; trips to Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania; and parties in Corvallis. Included in the second are student portraits; family photographs; group pictures from Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, and California; OAC baseball games; pictures from the Junior Hike, Junior Flunk Day, and the Cosmopolitan and Osolito clubs. Pictures. Series 1 also contains a 1912 OAC handbook, as well as manuals and a songbook from Delta Upsilon.
Box-Folder 1.1: Photographs, 1913
Box-Folder 1.2: Photograph album, 1912-1915
Box-Folder 1.3: Photograph album, 1912-1921
Box-Folder 1.4: OAC Handbook, Delta Upsilon certificate, 1912-1955
Box-Folder 1.5: Delta Upsilon songbook, 1937
Box-Folder 1.6: The Manual of Delta Upsilon, 1937-1940
Series 2: Hops and Brewing, 1895-1956
Photographs showing Hoerner as a speaker at brewing conventions and in hop fields; USDA displays in Oregon, New York, and Illinois; and group portraits from brewing conventions in Oregon. Also included are news clippings and other publications such as the 1952 Yakima Golding Hop Farms (illustrated presentation of hop farming) and 1955 Hop Reporter by John Haas, and the 1953 The Brewers Digest: 20 Years of Brewing Progress 1933-1953 (issue commemorating the 20th anniversary of repeal). Clippings include hop prices from 1920 and the 1956 Oregonian Blitz-Weinhard 100th Anniversary Edition: A Century of Brewing in Oregon.
Box-Folder 1.7: Photographs, 1937-1953
Pictures related to brewing, especially brewers dinners and events.
Box-Folder 1.8: Publications, 1952-1955
Box-Folder 1.9: Awards and news clippings, 1950-1955
Box-Folder 1.10: Clippings, 1895-1956
Box-Folder 3.1: Photographs, 1939-1952
Pictures related to brewing, espcially brewers dinners and events.
Box-Item 3.2: USDA Commemorative Plaque, 1938
Box-Item 6.1: Hat, undated
Hat given to Hoerner by OSU employees.
Map-Folder 7.1: Photographs, 1937-1940
3 photos from brewing dinners/conventions, 1937, 1940, undated. Photographs were framed and are now fused to the glass.
Series 3: Kasetsart University, Thailand, 1904-1959
Reflecting his time in Thailand at Kasetsart University as a technical assistant in plant pathology for the agriculture education program the materials in this series document his work and other related travel documents from Asian countries such as Japan and the Philippines. Hoerner's wife, Ruby, accompanied him on the trip, which was originally set for two years; it was extended to 4. Included are loose photographs, a photo album, and 4 scrapbooks with event invitations, news clippings, maps, watercolors, memorabilia, and souvenirs. There are many assorted publication in this series, likely collected by Hoerner before and during his travels. Included are two volumes of the Siam Society Commemorative Publication, Thai Digest, The American Publication of the American Women's Club of Thailand, and The Siam Weekly Review.
Box-Folder 1.11: Photographs, 1955-1959
Box-Folder 1.12: Photographs, 1955-1959
Box-Item 1.13: Scrapbook, 1955-1956
Box-Item 1.14: Photo album, 1958
Box-Folder 2.1: The Siam Society Commemorative Publication, volume 1, 1904-1929
Box-Folder 2.2: The Siam Society Commemorative Publication, volume 2, 1929-1953
Box-Folder 2.3: Thailand miscellaneous publications, circa 1955
Box-Folder 2.4: Publications, 1956
Titles include Orient Review, Thai-American Economic Cooperation 1951-1956, and an issue in Thai.
Box-Folder 2.5: Publications, 1957
Titles include Abstracts of Papers from Ninth Pacific Science Congress in Thailand 1957, Thailand Past and Present, and the Yahk.
Box-Folder 2.6: Publications, 1958
The Journal of the Siam Society.
Box-Folder 2.7: Thai Digest, 1956-1957
Box-Folder 2.8: Cantonese Dictionary, 1941
Box-Folder 2.9: Travel materials, circa 1955
Box-Folder 2.10: Philippines, circa 1955
Box-Folder 2.11: Clippings, circa 1955
Box-Folder 2.12: Japan, circa 1955
Box-Folder 2.13: Memorabilia, circa 1959
Box-Folder 2.14: The American: Publication of the Women's Club of Thailand, 1955-1959
Box-Folder 2.15: Maps, circa 1955
Box-Item 3.3: Siam Weekly Review, 1955-1959
Box-Item 4.1: Scrapbook, circa 1957
Features articles and pictures from Thailand.
Box-Item 4.2: Scrapbook, circa 1957
Features articles and pictures from Thailand.
Box-Folder 5.1: Watercolor reproductions of cities and country-sides in Thailand, circa 1957
Box-Item 5.2: Scrapbook, circa 1957
Features articles and pictures from Thailand.

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