The Leslie Carraway and B. J. Verts Papers consist of materials generated and collected by OSU Fisheries and Wildlife faculty Leslie Carraway and B. J. Verts that pertain to their research and publication activities. Made up of article reprints, books, correspondence, maps, notebooks, photographs, reports, research data, and theses, much of the documentation in this collection reflects the research and graphical work involved in publishing the book Land Mammals of Oregon. Records about specific research projects in these papers contain of a combination of data, article drafts, correspondence, maps, and notes.
Although the general focus of this research is oriented toward shrews, there are also studies of other mammals such as raccoons, bunnies, and deer. Depicting mammals in complete form and in smaller segments like skull studies, the illustrations and photographs were primarily created for use in the Mammals book. A number of the illustrations are original line drawings by Chris Wall and Verts. Numbering about 1,500 photographs in total (750 prints, 250 negatives, and 500 slides), the images predominantly depict mammals but also include shots of Oregon landscapes such as the Pueblo Mountains and slide presentations prepared by Carraway.