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Ken Gray Photograph Collection, 1964-1979

Collection Overview

Title: Ken Gray Photograph Collection, 1964-1979

ID: P 256

Primary Creator: Gray, Ken

Extent: 19.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ken Gray Photograph Collection consists of prints and negatives depicting various types of insects at their larval and adult stages.

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

Scope and Content Notes

Accession 2005:043 includes about 35,000 images in total (14,000 35mm negatives and 21,000 prints), about half of the prints are in notebook pages in which insects are categorized by the types of vegetation and man-made products they impact. The notebook images are also classified by roles the insects assume in the wild, such as predators, pollinators and scavengers. The negatives and other prints are in envelopes arranged in numerical order. Also included with the photographs is an index to the film negatives, an alphabetically arranged list of the insects featured in the images, a catalog of images made into slides, and correspondence between Gray and OSU entomologists and others regarding identification of the specimens he captured on film.

Accession 2011:080 includes images grouped together by their order classification (formicidae, noctuidae) which are also identified by their common names as well (moths, butterflies, yellowjackets, boxelder beetles, flies, earwigs, ants). Numbering roughly 250 prints in the 3 notebooks, these images also include information on the photographer, date taken, and where the insect originated.

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

Biographical / Historical Notes

In his capacity as a pest specialist with the Pacific Supply Cooperative of Portland, Ken Gray photographed insects as part of a project to create a library of images. Assisted by OSU entomologists in the identification of insects, Gray donated these images to the OSU Extension Service in the mid-1970s. In a project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the OSU Extension Service generated slides from 4300 of the Gray insect images and marketed them as aids in the certification of pesticide applicators to university entomology departments. In the 1990s, 5000 of the Ken Gray images were scanned as jpgs and posted to a website where they were made available to the public for download.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 35,250 photographs; 19 cubic foot boxes and 1 document box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Ken Gray Photograph Collection (P 256), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

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

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Gray, Ken
Fisher, Glenn
Oregon State University. Crop and Soil Science Extension
Oregon State University. Integrated Plant Protection Center

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Gray, Ken
History of Science
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Natural Resources
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