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Arthur L. Peck Papers, 1904-1957

Collection Overview

Title: Arthur L. Peck Papers, 1904-1957


Primary Creator: Peck, Arthur L.

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2003

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Arthur L. Peck Papers consist of essays in the form of radio scripts and conference papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a photograph and a bulletin, written by Peck, about the landscape architecture program at OSC. Peck was a Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Scope and Content Notes

The material in this collection is comprised of correspondence from military personnel stationed overseas during World War II, and dating from between 1942 and 1945. Also included in the collection is general correspondence sent to Peck during Christmas (1943-1945), and letters from former students.

An addition to the collection, Accession 2003:038, consists of essays in the form of radio scripts, conference papers, newspaper clippings, a bulletin about the landscape architecture program at OSC written by Peck, and a photograph. The essays pertain to landscape gardening along Oregon highways, the role of trees in landscape design, and problems in rural and suburban landscaping. The image contained in the collection is an undated group shot of several unidentified men in front of Apperson Hall.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Arthur Lee Peck was born November 14, 1882 in Ansonia, Connecticut to Wilbur Norton Peck and Lois Lucinda Norton Peck. Peck graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 1904. On September 3, 1906, Peck married Sara Browning Root, a telephone operator from Montague, Massachusetts. The couple had three children: Norton Lee Peck (1908-2002), Nella Browning Peck (1910-1988), and Eliot Root Peck (1915-2007).

Between 1907 and 1908, Peck worked at the Kansas State Agricultural College, joining the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College’s as an Instructor in Floriculture and Landscape Gardening in 1908. He was later promoted to Professor, and made Superintendent of Campus and Greenhouses. Within the Department of Horticulture, Peck developed the curricula for Floriculture and Landscape Gardening, and was responsible for much of the site planning and plantings across campus.

Peck took a brief leave of absence from OSC from 1911 to 1913 to work on private projects; even after his return to OSC, Peck continued to take private commissions, including “designing the site plan for the Visitor’s Center at Oregon Caves National Park in 1923, and serving as landscape architect for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, completed in 1930.”

In 1928, the first professional landscape architecture program in the Pacific Northwest was established at the OAC, and Peck was placed in charge. The landscape architecture program was ultimately transferred to the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1932, where it was expanded to a full five-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA), degree program.

In addition to his contributions to the plantings and landscape design of campus, Peck also helped found the OSC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a multidisciplinary collegiate honor society. Peck also contributed to the creation of an Oregon state park system, the ­­­­­­landscape design of the Oregon State Highway system, and the city park layout of Corvallis, Oregon.

Arthur Peck died April 19, 1961, and is buried at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum in Salem, Oregon.

Author: Rachel Lilley

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 5 file folders

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The 2003 addition was transferred to the Library by the Oregon State University Foundation. The World War II letters were donated previously; the exact date and donor are unknown.

Related Materials: Additional collections documenting the teaching of Landscape Architecture at OSU include the Illustrated Booklets, 1911-1930, the Landscape Architecture Department Records, 1932-1982, the Albert D. Taylor Collection (MSS TaylorA), and the Horticulture Department Records, 1908-1994.

Preferred Citation: Arthur L. Peck Papers (MSS PeckA), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.


Peck, Arthur L.

People, Places, and Topics

Campus planning--Oregon--Corvallis.
Landscape architecture--Study and teaching--Oregon.
Oregon State University. Department of Landscape Architecture
Peck, Arthur L.
University History

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