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Te May Ching Papers, 1947-1988

By Rachel Lilley and Trevor Sandgathe

Collection Overview

Title: Te May Ching Papers, 1947-1988

Predominant Dates: 1956-1980

ID: MSS Ching

Primary Creator: Ching, Te May

Extent: 14.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Te May Ching Papers are organized into seven series: 1. Correspondence, 1956-1981; 2. Institutional Records, 1948-1987; 3. Professional Associations and Activities, 1948-1987; 4. Teaching Files, 1950-1986; 5. Research Files, 1947-1982; 6. Publications, 1957-1988; 7. Photographs, 1954-1980. Series 4 and 5 are further divided into subseries.

Languages of Materials: English [eng], Chinese [chi]


The Te May Ching Papers consist of teaching and research records created and assembled by Te May Tsou Ching, professor of seed physiology at Oregon State University from 1956 to 1988. This collection documents Ching's career via correspondence; research materials including project files, laboratory notebooks, specimen photographs, and bibliographic records; teaching materials; administrative and programmatic records from the Crop Science Department; and records from her involvement in various professional activities and organizations.

Access to student advising files in Series 4 is restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to this material should be directed to the University Archivist.

Scope and Content Notes

The Te May Ching Papers are comprised of materials documenting Ching's teaching and research activities as a member of the Crop Science Department and Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University. Her records include personal and professional correspondence; institutional records documenting the activities of the Crop Science Department and other campus units; Ching's engagement with various professional events and organizations, including membership on the Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee; teaching records including course and advising materials; research files such as project records, laboratory notebooks, and assembled research materials; publications authored by Ching; and photographs, including images of specimen samples.

Ching's research efforts focused predominately on seed physiology with an emphasis on storage, dormancy, germination, and purity testing. Her research is documented in her research files, laboratory notebooks, publications, professional activities records, and correspondence. During her tenure at Oregon State Univeristy, she also taught a variety of courses in the Crop Science program and oversaw the research of numerous graduate students. Ching was was particularly active in OSU's international student community and participated in several related committees and programs, acted as advisor for a number of foreign graduate students, and participated in research and teaching opportunities abroad. Her records include teaching materials, student research, committee and materials. This collection also features significant documentation of OSU Crop Science Department during Ching's tenure and includes meeting minutes, memoranda, facilities and equipment records, and other item's related to the department's operation.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Te May Ching was born January 9, 1923 in China. She enrolled in Central University in Nanjing, China in 1940, where she earned a B.S. in Forest Products and Wood Chemistry in 1944. She later immigrated to the United States, where she earned her M.S. in Wood Technology (1950) and Ph.D. in Cytology and Genetics (1954) at Michigan State University. After earning her doctorate, Ching worked as a research instructor at Michigan State. In 1956, Ching's husband, Kim, was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Forestry; Ching subsequently left her position at Michigan State University and relocated to Portland, Oregon. Later that year, Ching accepted a position as Assistant Agronomist with the Oregon State College (OSC) Farm Crops Experiment Station.

At OSC, Ching taught courses in seed physiology and conducted a wide array of research projects. In 1962, she was promoted to Associate Professor and received the rank of Professor in 1971. Ching was recognized as a leading seed physiologist, was recognized by a variety of professional organizations including the American Society of Agronomy, and published dozens of papers relating to seed treatments, storage, and germination processes, among other topics. During her tenure, she took research and teaching sabbaticals at the Wenner-Gren Institute at the University of Stockholm, Sweden; the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia; and the Federal University of Pelotas in Pelotas, Brazil.

Ching was also deeply involved in issues of international education and international cooperation. She gave talks on the People's Republic of China to "promote mutual understanding and to improve international relationships," served as an advisor to the OSU Chinese Student Association, and was a member of the OSU International Education Committee. Ching also advised numerous graduate students, many of whom were international students.

Te May Ching was awarded Emeritus status upon her retirement from OSU in 1988.

Author: Trevor Sandgathe

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 44 boxes, including 4 oversize boxes and approximately 250 photographs

Statement on Access: Access to student advising files in Series 4 is restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to this material should be directed to the University Archivist. All other materials in this collection are open for research.

Acquisition Note: Materials in the Te May Ching Papers were transferred to the University Archives by the Oregon State University Department of Crop Science in 1999. The collection now resides in the Special Collections and Archive Research Center.

Related Materials:

Materials in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings pertaining to seed physiology and research include the Denis P. Lavender Papers (MSS Lavender), the Harry August Schoth Papers (MSS Schoth), the William A. Frazier Papers (MSS FrazierW) and the Oregon Tilth, Inc. Records (MSS Tilth). Collections relating to the crop science program at Oregon State include the Crop Science Club Records (MSS CropClub), the Crop Science Department Photographic Collection (P 134), the Crop Science Department Records (RG 095), and the Donald David Hill Papers (MSS HillD). Materials documenting the Agricultural Experiment Station can be found in the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 025).

Information about the OSU's international education program is available in the International Education Records (RG 164). Records documenting the experience of women on the OSU campus can be found in the President's Commission on the Status of Women Records (RG 159), the Women's Center Records (RG 243), and the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 026).

Preferred Citation: Te May Ching Papers (MSS Ching), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Ching, Te May

People, Places, and Topics

Ching, Te May
Crop science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Graduate students--Supervision of
History of Science
Natural Resources
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University. Department of Crop and Soil Science
Seed industry and trade--Oregon.
Seed technology.
University History
Women scientists.

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, 1956-1981
Series 1, Correspondence, is comprised of both in-coming and out-going personal and professional correspondence between Ching and her Oregon State University colleagues, prospective and current student advisees, and domestic and international scholars in similar fields. Also included in this series are separate correspondence folders for Charles E. Allen, Walter B McHenry, and M. C. Parker, and travel reports from Donald David Hill.
Box-Folder 1.1: Personal, 1956-1958
Box-Folder 1.2: Personal, 1959-1960
Box-Folder 1.3: Personal, 1960-1962
Box-Folder 1.4: Professional, 1958-1971
Box-Folder 1.5: Professional, 1961-1963
Box-Folder 2.1: Professional, 1962-1981
Box-Folder 2.2: Professional, 1963-1967
Box-Folder 2.3: Professional, 1968-1974
Box-Folder 3.1: Professional, 1972-1976
Box-Folder 3.2: Professional, 1978-1980
Box-Folder 3.3: Charles E. Allen, 1950-1953
Box-Folder 3.4: Donald David Hill - Travel reports, 1959-1960
Box-Folder 3.5: Donald David Hill - Travel reports, 1961-1970
Box-Folder 4.1: Walter B. McHenry, 1951-1953
Box-Folder 4.2: M.C. Parker, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 4.3: Distribution lists, 1962-1979
Series 2: Institutional Records, 1948-1987
Series 2 is comprised of records collected during Ching's tenure as a member of the Oregon State University faculty. The series includes materials related to the operating policies and procedures of the university; Crop Science Department records such as memoranda and inter-office correspondence, meeting minutes, and facilities and equipment records; materials documenting department and university programs and activities; and institutional publications.
Box-Folder 4.4: Academic advising - Policies and procedures, 1978-1981
Box-Folder 4.5: Agricultural Experiment Station - Staff directories, 1961-1983
Box-Folder 4.6: Calendar of events, 1978
Box-Folder 4.7: Crop Science Department - "Agronomic Crop Science Symposium on Cereal Production Under Dryland Conditions", 1973
Box-Folder 4.8: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1951-1956
Box-Folder 4.9: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1956-1960
Box-Folder 5.1: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1960-1962
Box-Folder 5.2: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1962-1967
Box-Folder 5.3: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1968-1971
Box-Folder 5.4: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1971-1976
Box-Folder 5.5: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1972-1974
Box-Folder 5.6: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1976-1977
Box-Folder 5.7: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1978-1979
Box-Folder 6.1: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1980-1982
Box-Folder 6.2: Crop Science Department - Correspondence and internal documents, 1982-1984
Box-Folder 6.3: Crop Science Department - Department head search, 1976
Box-Folder 6.4: Crop Science Department - Department Research Conference planning, 1970-1971
Box-Folder 6.5: Crop Science Department - Facilities planning, 1977-1981
Box-Folder 6.6: Crop Science Department - "History of the Farm Crops Department," R.E. Fore and D.W. Headrick, 1967
Box-Folder 6.7: Crop Science Department - Library, 1960-1962
Box-Folder 6.8: Crop Science Department - Seed Pathology, 1955-1957
Box-Folder 6.9: Crop Science Department - Staff meeting minutes, 1956-1961
Box-Folder 7.1: Crop Science Department - Staff meeting minutes, 1962-1982
Box-Folder 7.2: Crop Science Department - Supplies and equipment, circa 1951-1956
Box-Folder 7.3: Crop Science Department - Supplies and equipment, circa 1954-1970
Box-Folder 7.4: Crop Science Department - Supplies and equipment, circa 1972-1983
Box-Folder 7.5: Crop Science Department - Zhi-liang Zhang (visiting scholar), 1985
Box-Folder 7.6: Developmental Biology, 1971-1978
Box-Folder 7.7: Extension Service - Staff directories, 1968-1969
Box-Folder 8.1: Faculty policies and procedures, 1960-1978
Box-Folder 8.2: Faculty Bulletin / Staff Newsletter, 1957-1969
Box-Folder 8.3: Faculty Senate - Meeting minutes, 1956-1965
Box-Folder 8.4: Forest Science Seminar, 1964-1965
Box-Folder 8.5: Genetics Institute, 1957-1975
Box-Folder 8.6: Graduate School - Policies and procedures, 1962-1979
Box-Folder 8.7: Graduate School - Policies and procedures, 1976-1985
Box-Folder 8.8: Greenhouse facilities, 1955-1977
Box-Folder 8.9: High school education programs, 1958-1968
Box-Folder 8.10: James A Hensel v. Wenatchee Air Service, Inc. testimony, 1955
Box-Folder 9.1: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Advisory Committee, 1964
Box-Folder 9.2: Promotion and tenure, circa 1978-1979
Box-Folder 9.3: Radiation Center, 1961-1970
Box-Folder 9.4: Research projects - Policies and procedures, 1955-1984
Box-Folder 9.5: School of Agriculture - Committee assignments, 1961-1981
Box-Folder 9.6: School of Agriculture - Conference on Effective Teaching, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 9.7: Seed Laboratory, circa 1955-1970
Box-Folder 9.8: Seed Laboratory - Conferences and "Seed School", 1958-1963
Box-Folder 9.9: Seed Laboratory - Seed Services Program, circa 1980-1982
Box-Folder 9.10: Soviet Exchange Team on Cereal, Forage, and Grass Seed Production, 1961
Box-Folder 9.11: Travel requests and reports, 1954-1977
Series 3: Professional Associations and Activities, 1948-1987
Series 3, Professional Associations and Activities, is comprised of files documenting Ching’s affiliation with professional associations such as the American Society of Plant Pathologists, the Genetics Society of America, and the Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee. Materials in this series also represent Ching’s on-campus professional activities, including her work with the Faculty Committee on Curricula in Agriculture, the Committee on Education for Women, and the College of Agriculture Long-range Planning group. Of particular note is folder relating to OSU’s Women in Development (WID) group, of which Ching was presumably a member. This file contains information on women working in the sciences, women in higher education, and discrimination against women in academia.
Box-Folder 9.12: Agriculture and Home Economics Conference, 1957-1960
Box-Folder 9.13: Agricultural Adjustment Discussion Group, 1958-1961
Box-Folder 10.1: American Institute of Biological Sciences, 1962
Box-Folder 10.2: American Society of Plant Pathologists, 1957-1967
Box-Folder 10.3: Branch Station Planning Conference, 1956-1960
Box-Folder 10.4: College of Agricultural Sciences - Long-Range planning, 1983-1984
Box-Folder 10.5: Committee on Education for Women, 1966-1967
Box-Folder 10.6: Conference on Electronics for Scientists, 1965-1966
Box-Folder 10.7: Faculty Committee on Curricula in Agriculture, 1958
Box-Folder 10.8: Forage trip lecture notes, 1964
Box-Folder 10.9: Forest Management Research Advisory Committee, 1966
Box-Folder 10.10: Fulbright Commission, 1971-1972
Box-Folder 10.11: Genetics Society of America, 1962-1963
Box-Folder 10.12: Institute of International Development and Education in Agriculture and Life Science, 1984-1985
Box-Folder 10.13: Interregional Coordinating Committee for the Regional Seed Marketing Projects, 1958-1962
Box-Folder 11.1: National Association of Biology Teachers, 1962
Box-Folder 11.2: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, 1953-1954
Box-Folder 11.3: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 11.4: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 11.5: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, 1959-1962
Box-Folder 11.6: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, 1948-1963
Box-Folder 11.7: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee [correspondence], 1953-1960
Box-Folder 11.8: Northwest Forest Tree Seed Committee, See Standards Sub-committee, 1953-1958
Box-Folder 12.1: Oregon Electron Microscopists Association, 1965
Box-Folder 12.2: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Agriculture Hall Expansion, 1965
Box-Folder 12.3: Oregon Seed Growers' League, 1955-1961
Box-Folder 12.4: President's Commission on Human Rights and Responsibilities; Association of Women in Science (AWIS), 1974-1976
Box-Folder 12.5: Seed Processors' Conference, 1957-1975
Box-Folder 12.6: Services [university service], 1966-1978
Box-Folder 12.7: Symposium on Modern Technology of Agriculture, Taiwan, 1979
Box-Folder 12.8: United States Department of Agriculture, See Symposium, 1970-1973
Box-Folder 12.9: Western Forest Genetics Association, Tree Seed Council, 1965-1977
Box-Folder 12.10: Western Forest Tree Seed Council, 1962
Box-Folder 12.11: Western Regional Seed Research Project Technical Committee, 1984
Box-Folder 12.12: Western Society of Crop Science, 1978
Box-Folder 12.13: Women In Development, 1978-1987
Box-Folder 12.14: Assorted conference information, 1957-1960
Box-Folder 13.1: Seminars and Speeches, 1973-1978
Series 4: Teaching Files, 1950-1986

The materials in Series 4 represent Ching’s teaching, both at OSU and abroad, student advising, and completed student work. Included are course materials for Farm Crops courses (what is now Crop Science in the Department of Crop and Soil Science); copies of Master’s thesis and doctoral dissertations on which she advised; and files pertaining to “short courses” and lecture series Ching taught in China and Mexico. Of special note are the masters and doctoral proposals, which provide evidence of the contemporary concerns of seed biologists.

The series includes four subseries: 1. Courses; 2. General; 3. Student Work; and 4. Student Advising.

Access to student advising files in Series 4 is restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to this material should be directed to the University Archivist.

Sub-Series 1: Courses, 1950-1978
Box-Folder 13.2: FC 111: Elements of Agronomy I, 1956
Box-Folder 13.3: FC 407: Farm Crops Seminar, 1960-1961
Box-Folder 13.4: FC 414: Seed Production, 1950
Box-Folder 13.5: FC 440: Electron Microscopy, 1964-1965
Box-Folder 13.6: FC 507: Farm Crops Seminar, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 13.7: FC 507: Farm Crops Seminar, 1956-1973
Box-Folder 13.8: FC 516: Field Plot Technique, undated
Box-Folder 13.9: FC 521: Crop Production, 1955-1957
Box-Folder 13.10: FC 521: Crop Production, 1957-1960
Box-Folder 13.11: General Crop Science course materials, 1976-1978
Sub-Series 2: General, 1970-1985
Box-Folder 13.12: Chinese Student Association, 1972-1973
Box-Folder 13.13: Genetics course offerings, 1970
Box-Folder 13.14: International Education, 1970-1973
Box-Folder 14.1: International Education Committee Meeting Minutes, 1970-1973
Box-Folder 14.2: International Education, Japan Study Center, 1972-1974
Box-Folder 14.3: Lecture series, China, 1979-1981
Box-Folder 14.4: Seed Biology Seminar/Short Course, 1979-1983
Box-Folder 14.5: Seed Physiology Short Course; South China Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, 1981-1984
Box-Folder 14.6: Visitors and students from China, 1984-1985
Sub-Series 3: Student Work, 1964-1972
Box-Folder 15.1: Warren M. Blacklow, "The Physiology of Seasonal Growth in Tall Fescue Varieties (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.)" [PhD dissertation], 1969
Box-Folder 15.2: James Henry Helm, "Chemical and Genetic Evaluation of High Lysine and Protein in Selected Barley Crosses", 1972
Box-Folder 15.3: Allan Herbert Legge, "The Gene-Ecology of Crepis nana Richardson and Crepis elegans Hooker in Artic and Alpine North America", 1971
Box-Folder 15.4: Jyotendra Narain Singh, "Effects of Modifying the Environment of Flowering, Fruiting, and Biochemical Composition of the Snap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)", 1964
Box-Folder 15.5: Ronald E. Stewart, "The Effect of Osmotic Moisture Strees During Germination on Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), circa 1970
Box-Folder 16.1: William Perry Wheeler, "Patterns of Mitotic Activity During Late Embryogeny, Germination and Early Seedling Ontogeny of Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) France", 1967
Box-Folder 16.2: Master's and Dissertation proposals
Sub-Series 4: Student Advising, 1957-1986
Access to materials in this subseries is restricted due to the presence of confidential information. All requests for access to these materials should be directed to the University Archivist.
Box-Folder 43.1: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.2: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.3: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.4: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.5: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.6: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.7: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.8: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.9: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.10: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.11: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.12: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 43.13: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.1: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.2: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.3: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.4: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.5: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.6: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.7: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.8: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Box-Folder 44.9: RESTRICTED: Student Advising
Series 5: Research Files, 1947-1982

Series 5 is comprised of materials documenting Te May Ching's research efforts. The series is comprised of five subseries: 1. Project Files; 2. Budget Records; 3. Grant and Project Proposals; 4. Laboratory Notebooks; and 5. Collected Publications and Bibliographic Records.

Subseries 1 includes materials both for specific projects and for more broad areas of inquiry, as indicated by Ching's own labeling and filing. The project files predominately reflect Ching's interest in seed treatments, storage, and germination. Subseries 2 is comprised of budget records documenting income from grant agencies and other sources and expenditures on equipment, samples, and personnel. Subseries 3 contains proposals submitted to grant agencies and internally to OSU administrators and outline funding, personnel, equipment, and facilities needs. The laboratory notebooks represent a large portion of Ching's research and are comprised predominately of experiment datasets, though some also include materials related to experiments conducted as part of course instruction. All laboratory notebook titles were assigned by Ching. Subseries 5 is comprised of resources, including conference proceedings, scientific papers, and reports relating to her research. Of particular note are three boxes of index cards containing bibliographic records created and assmbled by Ching.

Sub-Series 1: Project Files, 1947-1981
Box-Folder 16.3: Project 39: "Quality, Germination, & Purity Studies with Oregon Crop Seed", 1948-1957
Box-Folder 16.4: Project 256: "Seed Quality", 1969-1976
Box-Folder 17.1: Project 256: "Seed Quality" - Financial statements, 1978-1979
Box-Folder 17.2: Project 308: "Preserving seed quality through improved handling and packaging", 1957-1963
Box-Folder 17.3: Project 319: "Testing and Handling of Forest Tree Seeds", 1957-1979
Box-Folder 17.4: Project 319: "Testing and Handling of Forest Tree Seeds" - Financial statements, 1969-1981
Box-Folder 17.5: Cooperative projects - Legumes, wheat, heterosis in domestic animals, effects of airborne pollutants from coal-fired power plants on plant growth, 1960-1975
Box-Folder 18.1: Cooperative projects - Germination of irradiated wheat, 1957-1961
Box-Folder 18.2: Cooperative projects - Wheat irradiation - Progress reports, 1957-1961
Box-Folder 18.3: Cooperative projects - Wheat irradiation - Correspondence, 1957-1961
Box-Folder 18.4: Cooperative projects - Wheat irradiation - Manuscript, 1961
Box-Folder 18.5: R. Howard Berg - Project data, 1979-1980
Box-Folder 18.6: David Cheung - "Nitrogen Determination on Ponderosa Pine Seeds", 1961-1962
Box-Folder 18.7: Louis W. & Maud Hill Family Foundation - Projects, 1960-1965
Box-Folder 18.8: Denis P. Lavender - Tree Seed Project, 1953-1956
Box-Folder 18.9: Peter M. Leahy - "Statistical Analysis of Results of Soaking Treatments of Douglas Fir Seeds", 1953-1955
Box-Folder 18.10: H.A. Scullen - Pollination, 1949-1952
Box-Folder 18.11: L.W. Woodstock - High and low protein wheat seedling data, 1974
Box-Folder 18.12: Alium vineale germination study, 1952-1956
Box-Folder 19.1: Bacteroides, 1970-1976
Box-Folder 19.2: Bag storage studies - Alta fescue and crimson clover, 1955-1957
Box-Folder 19.3: Barley - Hydrogen peroxide testing, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 19.4: Bentgrass - seed types, 1957
Box-Folder 19.5: Bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) germination study, 1952
Box-Folder 19.6: Bluegrass, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 19.7: Bluegrass - Histological study, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 19.8: Bluegrass - Seed types, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 19.9: Broad beans and hard-seeded legumes, 1951
Box-Folder 19.10: Buried seed study, 1962-1970
Box-Folder 19.11: Bush bean nodules - Chemical analysis, 1963-1965
Box-Folder 19.12: Canned seeds study, 1961-1967
Box-Folder 19.13: Ceanothus prostratus- Germination, 1961
Box-Folder 19.14: Cold testing - Oregon soil, 1953
Box-Folder 19.15: Cotton seed - Infrared drying, 1960-1961
Box-Folder 19.16: Crimson clover - Seed germination, 1971-1975
Box-Folder 19.17: Crimson clover - Maturity study, 1959
Box-Folder 20.1: Crimson clover - Sealed container storage, 1955-1957
Box-Folder 20.2: Crimson clover - Trace element study, 1954
Box-Folder 20.3: Dichondra - Infrared treatment, 1962
Box-Folder 20.4: Douglas fir - Dewing damage study, 1953-1954
Box-Folder 20.5: Douglas fir - "GA" treatment, circa 1959-1960
Box-Folder 20.6: Douglas fir - pH study, 1955
Box-Folder 20.7: Douglas fir - Seed mycorrhuza, 1961
Box-Folder 20.8: Douglas fir - Storage trials, 1952
Box-Folder 20.9: Electrostatic seed separation, 1955
Box-Folder 20.10: Excised embryos, 1951
Box-Folder 20.11: Festuca rubra - Identification, 1951
Box-Folder 20.12: Fine fescue - Inert matter, 1956-1958
Box-Folder 20.13: Fluorescent compounds, 1959-1962
Box-Folder 20.14: Germinator - Uniformity trial, 1953
Box-Folder 20.15: Grand fir - Germination, hydrogen peroxide, and tetrazolium tests, 1959
Box-Folder 20.16: Gromweel weed (Lithospermum arvensis) - Germination, 1955
Box-Folder 20.17: Hydroscopic equilibrium, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 20.18: Infrared drying, 1948-1962
Box-Folder 21.1: Infrared drying, 1958-1962
Box-Folder 21.2: King green beans - Seedling evaluations, 1957
Box-Folder 21.3: Lettuce - Germination, 1949-1951
Box-Folder 21.4: Lindane - Effect on corn seed in storage, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 21.5: Lipid emulsion study, 1963-1964
Box-Folder 21.6: Lotus uliginosusgermination - bound roots, 1949
Box-Folder 21.7: Lyosome enzymes, 1962-1975
Box-Folder 21.8: Mahleb cherry seed - Germination, 1957
Box-Folder 21.9: Merion bluegrass (Poa pratensis) - Thiourea experiments, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 21.10: Moisture content - Correlatin of oven-drying and cencometer, 1954-1955
Box-Folder 21.11: Moisture equilibrium - Forest tree seeds, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 21.12: Moisture percent / RH information, 1947-1956
Box-Folder 21.13: Moisture retention - Perennial ryegrass and crimson clover, undated
Box-Folder 21.14: Moisture survey data - Chewings fescue, ryegrass, highland bent, Sudan grass, alta fescue, crimson clover, 1956-1961
Box-Folder 21.15: Oatgrass - Threshing, 1951-1953
Box-Folder 21.16: Oil treatment - State Highway Commission, 1955
Box-Folder 21.17: Orchard grass - Germination, 1957
Box-Folder 22.1: Pansy seed storage study 1, 1952-1955
Box-Folder 22.2: Pansy seed storage study 2, 1954-1955
Box-Folder 22.3: Peas - Chemical injury, 1949
Box-Folder 22.4: Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) - Sealed container storage studies, 1947-1968
Box-Folder 22.5: Phormium germination, 1955-1957
Box-Folder 22.6: Pollen germination on different media, 1964
Box-Folder 22.7: Resazurin test, 1956
Box-Folder 22.8: Ryegrass - Dormancy, circa 1960
Box-Folder 22.9: Ryegrass - Hydration studies, 1953
Box-Folder 22.10: Seed cleaning, 1952-1956
Box-Folder 22.11: Seed moisture experiments, 1951-1952
Box-Folder 22.12: Seed purity, 1948-1951
Box-Folder 22.13: Seed purity, 1949
Box-Folder 23.1: Seed purity, 1949
Box-Folder 23.2: Seed purity, 1949-1956
Box-Folder 23.3: Seed research - General information, 1957-1979
Box-Folder 23.4: Seed treatments - Toxicity, circa 1960
Box-Folder 23.5: Shipping condition study, 1958-1959
Box-Folder 23.6: Small-seeded legumes - Germination of hard seeds, 1957
Box-Folder 23.7: Soybean nodules, 1974
Box-Folder 23.8: Storage bag experiment, 1953-1955
Box-Folder 23.9: Storage bag experiment, 1959-1972
Box-Folder 24.1: Storage - Grain sorghum, 1957-1961
Box-Folder 24.2: Tetrazolim staining, 1950-1956
Box-Folder 24.3: Threshing studies, 1954-1955
Box-Folder 24.4: Tree seeds - Sampling study, 1958-1959
Box-Folder 24.5: Vicia villosa - Germination, 1949
Box-Folder 24.6: Vicia villosa - Hairy weevils in live vetch, 1958-1959
Box-Folder 24.7: Warehouse conditions - Lilly's and Vollstedt's, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 24.8: Wheat - Postharvest dormancy, 1948-1972
Box-Folder 24.9: Wheat - Postharvest dormancy, 1959-1961
Box-Folder 24.10: Wheat - Septoria nodorum damage, 1981
Box-Folder 42.1: X-ray photographs and datasheets, undated
Sub-Series 2: Budget Records, 1951-1981
Box-Folder 24.11: Budgets, 1957
Box-Folder 24.12: Budgets, 1958
Box-Folder 24.13: Budgets, 1959
Box-Folder 24.14: Budgets, 1960
Box-Folder 25.1: Budgets, 1961
Box-Folder 25.2: Budgets, 1962
Box-Folder 25.3: Budgets, 1963
Box-Folder 25.4: Budgets, 1964-1966
Box-Folder 25.5: Budgets, 1966-1967
Box-Folder 25.6: Budgets - Balances, 1951-1956
Box-Folder 25.7: Budget - National Science Foundation, 1961-1973
Box-Folder 25.8: Budget - Projects, 1976-1978
Box-Folder 25.9: Budget - "Enhancing Nitrogen Fixation in Red Alder", 1979-1981
Sub-Series 3: Grant and Project Proposals, 1949-1982
Box-Folder 26.1: Grant proposal - National Institute of Health Department of Health, Education, and Welfare - "Effect of H2O2 on seed germination and fat metabolism", 1959-1963
Box-Folder 26.2: Grant proposal - National Institute of Health Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969-1970
Box-Folder 26.3: Grant proposal - U.S. Department of Agriculture - "Enhancing Nitrogen Fixation in Red Alder", 1977-1982
Box-Folder 26.4: Grant proposal - U.S. Department of Agriculture - "Enhancing Nitrogen Fixation in Red Alder", 1978
Box-Folder 26.5: Grant proposal - United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, "Biochemical activities in seed and their relation to seed vigor", 1977-1978
Box-Folder 26.6: Grant proposal - Various, 1978-1980
Box-Folder 26.7: Project proposal - Charles E. Allen, 1949-1950
Box-Folder 26.8: Project proposal - Inter-regional seed research, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 26.9: Project proposal - "Maximizing N2 Fixation and Yield of Phaseolus vulgaris by Optimal Soil Nutrients", 1965-1982
Sub-Series 4: Laboratory Notebooks, 1955-1971
Box-Folder 27.1: "1966A", 1965-1966
Box-Folder 27.2: "Ag Seeds", 1958-1964
Box-Folder 27.3: "Chemical Analysis", 1959-1962
Box-Folder 27.4: "Geotropism and Radiochemical Work", 1956-1967
Box-Folder 27.5: "H2O2 Test & Ag Seed", 1956-1958
Box-Folder 27.6: "Histological Study", 1962
Box-Folder 27.7: "M/C % I", 1958-1962
Box-Folder 28.1: "M/C % II", 1962-1971
Box-Folder 28.2: "Moisture", 1956-1958
Box-Folder 28.3: "Notes", 1957-1963
Box-Folder 28.4: "Physiology of Tree Seeds", 1958-1962
Box-Folder 28.5: "Plant Biochemistry (471)", circa 1955
Box-Folder 28.6: "Plant Biochemistry (474)", circa 1955
Box-Folder 29.1: "Research Records", 1962-1963
Box-Folder 29.2: "Research Records", 1964-1965
Box-Folder 29.3: "Seed Physiology", 1959-1961
Box-Folder 29.4: "Seed respiration", 1957-1959
Box-Folder 29.5: "T2 Research", 1958-1959
Box-Folder 29.6: "Tree Seed", 1956-1959
Box-Folder 29.7: [Untitled], 1955-1957
Box-Folder 29.8: [Untitled], 1956-1958
Box-Folder 30.1: [Untitled], 1962-1966
Box-Folder 30.2: [Untitled], 1965
Box-Folder 30.3: [Untitled], 1966-1967
Box-Folder 30.4: [Untitled], 1966-1967
Sub-Series 5: Collected Publications and Bibliographic Records, 1949-1975
Box-Folder 30.5: The American Institute of Biological Sciences, "A Translation of Plant Physiology", 1957
Box-Folder 30.6: Association of Official Seed Analysts, "Proceedings, of the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting", 1954
Box-Folder 30.7: Association of Official Seed Analysts, "Proceedings, of the Forty-seventh Annual Meeting", 1957
Box-Folder 30.8: Association of Official Seed Analysts, "Proceedings, of the Forty-eight Annual Meeting", 1958
Box-Folder 31.1: Association of Official Seed Analysts, "Proceedings, of the Forty-ninth Annual Meeting", 1959
Box-Folder 31.2: Association of Official Seed Analysts, "Fifty Years of Seed Testing", circa 1958
Box-Folder 31.3: Tudor Barnard, [Articles relating to brown adipose tissue], undated
Box-Folder 31.4: International Botanical Congress, "Abstracts, Volume I", 1975
Box-Folder 31.5: International Botanical Congress, "Abstracts, Volume II", 1975
Box-Folder 31.6: Pacific Northwest Grain Standards and Quality Committee, "Pacific Northwest Wheat Quality Survey", 1969
Box-Folder 31.7: Pacific Northwest Grain Standards and Quality Committee, "Quality Wheat", 1971-1972
Box-Folder 31.8: M. C. Parker, "Monogerm Hybrid Sugar Beet Seed", 1955-1956
Box-Folder 31.9: Proceedings of the International Seed Testing Association, Volume 26, No. 4, 1961
Box-Folder 32.1: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service, "Purity and Identification of Seeds", circa 1956
Box-Folder 32.2: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Administration, "Distinguishing the Seeds of Cultivated Fine-leaved Fescues and Certain Weedy Species Occurring with Crop Seeds", 1949
Box-Folder 32.3: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, "Proceedings: Seed Protein Conference", 1963
Box-Folder 32.4: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1964
Box-Folder 32.5: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1965
Box-Folder 32.6: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1966
Box-Folder 32.7: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1967
Box-Folder 32.8: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1968
Box-Folder 32.9: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1969
Box-Folder 33.1: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1970
Box-Folder 33.2: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest and Range Research Branch, and Department of Farm Crops, Oregon Agricultural College, "Annual Report: Seed Production Investigations", 1971
Box-Folder 33.3: U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Progress Report on Research and Related Service Applicable to Seed", 1959
Box-Folder 33.4: U.S. Forest Service, "Sowing Rate Computer" (with Vovelle wheel), 1958
Box-Folder 33.5: Bibliographic records, undated
Box-Folder 39.1: Bibliographic records, undated
Box-Folder 40.1: Bibliographic records, undated
Box-Folder 41.1: Bibliographic records, undated
Series 6: Publications, 1957-1988
Series 6, Publications, documents the published outcome of Ching’s professional research. The majority of the publications authored by Ching relate to seed germination (e.g. changes occurring during germination, effects of specific processes like irradiation on germination). The Publications series also includes reprints of Ching’s articles, reviews published by Ching, and files of tables, figures, and permissions for her published articles.
Box-Folder 33.6: T. M. Ching, "Adenosine Triphosphate Content and Seed Vigor", 1972
Box-Folder 33.7: T. M. Ching, "Aging Stresses on Physiological and Biochemical Activities of Crimson Clover Seeds", 1971-1972
Box-Folder 33.8: Te May Ching, "Change of Chemical Reserves in Germinating Douglas Fir Seed", 1962
Box-Folder 33.9: T. M. Ching, I. Schoolcraft, P. Rowell, H. Taylor, B. Davidson, "Change of Forage Seed Quality in Commercial Warehouses in Western Oregon", 1962-1963
Box-Folder 33.10: Te May Ching, "Compartmental Utilization of Carboxyl-14C C-Tripalmitin by Tissue Homogenate of Pine Seeds", 1972
Box-Folder 33.11: Te May Ching, "Content of Adenosine Phosphates and Adenylate Energy Charge in Germinating Ponderosa Pine Seeds", 1972
Box-Folder 33.12: T. M. Ching, Saundra Hedtke, Mary C. Boulger, and Warren Kronstad, "Correlation of Field Emergence Rate and Seed Vigor Criteria in Barley Cultivars", 1976
Box-Folder 34.1: Sevim Cinki and T. M. Ching, "Correlation of Tetrazolium and Germination in Wheat Seed with Different Treatments", 1964-1965
Box-Folder 34.2: Te May Ching and Lori Rynd, "Developmental Differences in Embryos of High- and Low-Protein Wheat Seeds During Germination", 1974-1978
Box-Folder 34.3: Te May Ching and S. C. Fang, "Differential Incorporation of Acetate and Glucose in Maturing Douglas Fir Seeds", 1968
Box-Folder 34.4: Roger C. Murin, T. M. Ching, Kim K. Ching, "Douglas Fir Pollen: Germination in Vitro", 1978
Box-Folder 34.5: T. M. Ching and S. Abu-Shakra, "Effect of Water Vapor Transmission Rates of Package Material and Storage Conditions on Seed Quality", 1964
Box-Folder 34.6: Te May Ching and John R. Prince, "Effects of X-Ray Radiation on Seed Germination, Seedling Growth and Survival of Douglas Fir", 1961-1965
Box-Folder 34.7: Te May Ching, Saudra Hedtke, Sterling Russell, Harold J. Evans, "Energy State and Dinitrogen Fixation in Soybean Nodules of Dark Growth Plants", 1975
Box-Folder 34.8: Te May Ching, David Stamp, Jim Crane, "Energy State in Mature Seeds", 1974
Box-Folder 34.9: Te May Ching, et. al. "Energy State of Wheat Leaves in Ammonium Nitrate-treated Plants", 1974-1975
Box-Folder 34.10: T. M. Ching and N. J. Chatterton, "Fluctuation of Metabolites in Alfalfa Leaves Under Light, Dark, and Extended Dark Conditions", 1974-1976
Box-Folder 35.1: Te May Ching and M. C. Parker, "Hydrogen Peroxide for Rapid Viability Tests of Some Coniferous Tree Seeds", 1957-1958
Box-Folder 35.2: Te May Ching, "Intracellular Distribution of Lipolytic Activity in Female Gametophyte of Germinating Douglas Fir Seeds", 1967-1968
Box-Folder 35.3: E. W. R. Barlow, T. M. Ching, L. Boersma, "Leaf Growth in Relation to ATP Levels in Water-stressed Corn Plants", 1974-1975
Box-Folder 35.4: Te May Ching, "Liposomes in Douglas Fir Seeds", 1965-1967
Box-Folder 35.5: Te May Ching, "Metabolic Changes of Douglas Fir Seeds During Germination", 1966
Box-Folder 35.6: Te May Ching, "Metabolism of Germinating Seeds" [from Seed Biology, Vol. II], 1972
Box-Folder 35.7: Salah S. Abu-Shakra and Te May Ching, "Mitochondrial Activity in Germinating New and Old Soybean Seeds", 1961-1966
Box-Folder 35.8: T. M. Ching, H. Taylor, and L. A. Jensen, "Quality Change of Forage Seeds in Commercial Storage in Western Oregon", undated
Box-Folder 35.9: T. M. Ching, "Regulation of Nitrogenase Activity in Soybean Nodules by ATP and Energy Charge", 1975-1976
Box-Folder 35.10: T. M. Ching, "Respiration of Forage Seed in Hermetically Sealed Cans", 1960
Box-Folder 36.1: T. M. Ching and L. A. Jensen, "Sampling Experiments of Coniferous Tree Seeds for Testing", 1959
Box-Folder 36.2: Te May Ching, "Seed Production from Individual Cones of Grand Fir", 1959-1960
Box-Folder 36.3: Te May Ching, "Some Experiments on the Optimum Germination Conditions for Western Hemlock", 1957
Box-Folder 36.4: Te May Ching, "Temperature Regulation of Germination in Crimson Clover Seeds", 1975
Box-Folder 36.5: T. M., Ching, "Varietal Differences in Growth Potential, Adenylate Energy Level, and Energy Change of Wheat", 1972
Box-Folder 36.6: T. M. Ching, et. al., Yearbook of Agriculture, 1959-1961
Box-Folder 36.7: Reprints and Offprints, 1959-1988
Box-Folder 37.1: Tables and Figures, circa 1968
Box-Folder 37.2: Tables and Figures, undated
Box-Folder 37.3: Publication permissions, 1970
Box-Folder 37.4: Papers reviewed by Te May Ching, 1957-1975
Box-Folder 37.5: Papers reviewed by Te May Ching, 1975-1980
Box-Folder 37.6: Papers reviewed by Te May Ching, 1982-1983
Series 7: Photographs, 1954-1980
Series 7 is comprised largely of photographs of seed and plant samples assembled for research, presentation, and publication purposes and includes prints, negatives, and slides. Many of the photographs appear to have been selected for use at conferences or in research publications, while others seem to have been retained for their research value. Many of the photographs contain little or no identifying information.
Box-Folder 37.7: Annual report, 1957
Box-Folder 37.8: Barley, 1954-1962
Box-Folder 37.9: Crimson clover, 1958-1961
Box-Folder 37.10: Douglas fir - Peroxide test, undated
Box-Folder 37.11: Feathery pumule, 1956
Box-Folder 37.12: Federal Seed Conference, 1955
Box-Folder 37.13: Fine fescue - Inert matter, 1957
Box-Folder 37.14: King green beans, 1957
Box-Folder 38.1: Merion bluegrass - Aberrant forms, 1955
Box-Folder 38.2: Pin oak - Peroxide test, 1958
Box-Folder 38.3: Resazurin test, 1958
Box-Folder 38.4: Ryegrass, 1957-1960
Box-Folder 38.5: Seed dryer, undated
Box-Folder 38.6: Seed Growers Conference, 1958
Box-Folder 38.7: Seed Processor's Conference, 1959-1963
Box-Folder 38.8: Seed storage, 1956-1960
Box-Folder 38.9: Stanford talk, 1957
Box-Folder 38.10: Sugar beets - Monogerm/multigerm, undated
Box-Folder 38.11: Sugar pine - Germination inhibitor, circa 1960
Box-Folder 38.12: Tree seeds - Tetrazolium chloride testing, undated
Box-Folder 38.13: Unidentified specimens, undated
Box-Folder 38.14: Warehouse survey, 1962
Box-Folder 38.15: Western Crop Science Meeting, 1964
Box-Folder 38.16: Wheat, 1955
Box-Folder 38.17: Film negatives, circa 1978-1980
Box-Folder 38.18: Slides, circa 1957-1960

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