[Back to Formatted Version]

Emile Pernot Photographs, 1893-1895

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Emile Pernot Photographs, 1893-1895

ID: P 230

Primary Creator: Pernot, E. F. (Emile Francis) (1859-)

Extent: 0.25 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Emile Pernot Photographs are arranged in two series: I. Album, 1893-1895 and II. Albumen Prints, 1893-1895.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Emile Pernot Photographs consist of photographs of Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, faculty, students, and cadets made by Pernot in the mid-1890s. Emile Pernot was hired by Oregon Agricultural College in 1890 to teach photography and take photographs for the Experiment Station.

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

Scope and Content Notes

The Emile Pernot Photographs consist of mounted albumen prints of Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, faculty, students, and cadets, made by Pernot. Many of the photographs were published in the 1893-1894 Hayseed. John M. Bloss, OAC President; John D. Letcher, Professor of Mathematics; and George Coote, Professor of Horticulture, are also depicted in several of the images of classes. Examples of photomicrographs made by Pernot are included in the album.

The collection includes images of most of the buildings on the campus in 1893-1894 -- the Horticulture Building and Greenhouse, Mechanical Hall (which burned in 1898), Benton Hall, Cauthorn (Fairbanks) Hall, Alpha Hall, and the Station Building (now the Women's Center) -- as well as laboratories and classrooms. Classes in surveying, tile drainage, grafting, and cooking are depicted in the collection.

The majority of the photographs are bound in an album; the collection also includes prints mounted on both sides of individual mounting boards.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

Emile F. Pernot was born in New York in 1859. He accompanied his brother, Henry, to Oregon in 1889, and together they opened a photography business. In 1890 Pernot was hired by Oregon Agricultural College to teach photography and to take photographs for the Experiment Station. Through his pioneering work in microphotography, he developed an interest in bacteriology, and was named the first chair of the Bacteriology Department in 1900. In 1910 Pernot was named bacteriologist for the city of Portland. He married Edith Coote, daughter of OAC horticulturalist George Coote. Pernot died in 1927.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 62 photographs; 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred from the Horner Museum collections to the University Archives in 1996.

Related Materials:

The Pernot Family Photographic Collection (P 220) includes images of the Pernot and Coote families as well as the Oregon Agricultural College campus and faculty. Several other photographic collections include photographs taken by Emile Pernot, including the Oregon State University Historical Photographs (P 025), the College of Agricultural Sciences Photographs (P 036), the Alice Kidder Evans Photograph Collection (P 144), and Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC).

Oral history interviews with Mabel Pernot, daughter of Emile Pernot, are held in the Oral Histories of the Oregon State University Microbiology Department (OH 024) and the College of Home Economics Oral Histories (OH 011).

Preferred Citation: Emile Pernot Photographs (P 230), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Pernot, E. F. (Emile Francis) (1859-)

People, Places, and Topics

Bloss, John M. (John McKnight), 1839-1905
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Coote, George, 1842-1908
Letcher, John D. (John Davidson), 1853-1938
Local History
Military education--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
Oregon Agricultural College--Faculty.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Pernot, E. F. (Emile Francis), 1859-
University History

Forms of Material

Albumen prints.
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Album, 1893-1895
Series I consists of an album of 48 mounted albumen prints depicting Oregon Agricultural College buildings, laboratories, students, and faculty. The series includes portrait photographs of all the Oregon Agricultural College faculty in 1894; the images were published in the 1894 Hayseed. Also of note are photomicrographs of plant materials.
Box-Folder 1.1
Item 1: Class in tile drainage
President John M. Bloss and faculty member John D. Letcher are shown with the students on agricultural land west of Cauthorn (Fairbanks) Hall.
Item 2: New Horticultural Buildings and Photography Department
George Coote standing in front of the greenhouse and Horticulture Building.
Item 3: Old Horticultural Buildings
Item 4: Botanical Laboratory
Item 5: Machine shop
Item 6: Old Mechanical Hall, circa 1894
Brick structure; image includes water tower.
Item 7: New Mechanical Hall
Wooden frame addition to brick building; water tower also visible in the image.
Item 8: Dynamo built by students fourth year
Item 9: Wood work; first year
Item 10: Iron work; second year
Item 11: Plant specimen of Canada thistle
Item 12: Plant specimen of sow thistle
Item 13: Short horn cattle
Item 14: Polled Angus
Folder 15: Photomicrographs
Photographs made with microscope showing a healthy and diseased onion top; adulterated and pure mustard; adulterated and pure lard crystals; oat ??; spiral tissue; stony tissue; sap cell of diseased peach limb; and cross section of peach limb.
Extent: 11 photographs

Folder 16: Beets
A healthy beet leaf; a beet leaf eaten by a beetle; the beet leaf beetle; and a cross section of the beet root showing sugar cells.
Extent: 5 photographs

Item 17: John M. Bloss, President, 1894
Item 18: G.A. Covell, Professor of Mechanics, 1894
Item 19: J.D. Letcher, Professor of Mathematics, 1894
Item 20: J.B. Horner, Professor of English, 1894
Item 21: F. Berchtold, Professor of Language, History and Drawing, 1894
Item 22: George Coote, Professor of Horticulture, 1894
Item 23: F. L. Washburne, Professor of Geology and Entomology, 1894
Item 24: H. T. French, Professor of Agriculture, 1894
Item 25: G.W. Shaw, Professor of Chemistry and Physics and Station Chemist, 1894
Item 26: John F. Fulton, Assistant to Professor of Chemistry, 1894
Item 27: Moses Craig, Professor of Botany, 1894
Item 28: Margaret Snell, Professor of Household Economy and Hygiene
Item 29: W.W. Bristow, Professor of Preparatory Department, 1894
Item 30: Ida B. Callahan, Assistant Preparatory Department, 1894
Item 31: Emile F. Pernot, Professor of Photography and Engraving, 1894
Item 32: Harley R. Clark, Professor of Printing, 1894
Item 33: Lieut. C.E. Dentler, Commandant, 1894
Item 34: E.M. Belknap, Instructor in Wood and Iron Work, 1894
Series 2: Albumen Prints, 1893-1895
Series II consists of 14 mounted albumen prints that were probably originally part of an album. The images depict Oregon Agricultural College buildings, classrooms, laboratories, and students.
Box-Folder 1.2
Item 1: Main college building, circa 1895
Benton Hall.
Item 2: College museum
Item 3: Ladies Hall
Alpha Hall.
Item 4: Cooking class
Item 5: Cauthorn Hall, circa 1893
Fairbanks Hall.
Item 6: Class in surveying, circa 1893
John D. Letcher with students.
Item 7: English Department classroom, circa 1893
Item 8: College barn
Octagonal barn.
Item 9: College cadets, circa 1894
In formation in front of Benton Hall.
Item 10: College cadets
College orchard and Horticulture Building in background.
Item 11: Greenhouse interior
Item 12: Class in grafting
George Coote with students.
Item 13: Chemical laboratory
Perhaps in the basement of the Station Building (now known as Benton Annex or the Women's Center building).
Item 14: Station building
Now known as Benton Annex or the Women's Center building.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.