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Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department Photographs, 1910-1987

Collection Overview

Title: Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department Photographs, 1910-1987

ID: P 099

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Department of Landscape Architecture

Extent: 25.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1983

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department Photographs contain landscaping scenes, maps of landscaping, group and individual portraits, and maps of tree districts in Corvallis. Also housed in the collection are images of trees around campus, the Agricultural Hall, the thirtieth anniversary of Architecture and Landscaping, and the dedication of the campus gates. Likewise included are images of Charles Eliot, Arthur Lee Peck and "The Dancer," a painting by L. Goetz.

Scope and Content Notes

The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department Photographs consist primarily of glass slides created or collected by Arthur L. Peck. The majority of these glass slides document landscaping scenes and architecture from states and countries outside Oregon, including: Italy, France, Germany, England, California, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

A smaller portion of images in the collection document landscaping on campus and other subjects, including: Agriculture Hall, landscaping maps, Corvallis tree districts, Bell Field, the campus Fire Station, the OAC Cadet Band, and the dedication of the Gates in 1938. Also included are images of the trees along Campus Way, and in front of campus buildings such as the Women's Building, the Home Economic building (Milam Hall), Social Science Hall (Gilkey Hall), and Extension Hall. Several aerials documenting campus trees are also included.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Landscape Architecture Department began with a four-year professional degree program in 1911, the first offered west of the Mississippi River. This initial degree program, Landscape Gardening, was a part of the Horticulture Department. From 1932 until 1947, the department was jointly administered by Oregon State College and the University of Oregon and provided instruction in landscape architecture for the Landscape Construction and Maintenance program in the Horticulture Department. The Department became part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences after it was established in 1961, and beginning in the 1960s, students could complete an undergraduate humanities degree with a concentration in landscape architecture. During the early 1970s, the department name was changed to Architecture and Landscape Architecture. After 1982, Oregon State University no longer offered pre-professional programs in architecture or landscape architecture; some courses were transferred to the Horticulture Department.

Arthur L. Peck joined the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College in 1908 as Floriculturist and Landscape Gardener. He served as Professor of Landscape Architecture and Department Head until his retirement in 1949.

Donald Martel was professor of landscape architecture at Oregon State from 1947 until 1974 and was involved in planning of campus landscaping. Martel earned a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe during World War II. He died in Corvallis in 2004.

Author: Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2022 lantern slides; 34 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials:

Additional materials pertaining to the Landscape Architecture Department are in the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143). The Horticulture Department Records (RG 187) and Horticulture Department Photographs (P 090) document gardening and landscape planning. The Facilities Services Records (RG 193) include extensive campus planning materials for the Oregon State campus.

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings also include the Arthur L. Peck Papers (MSS PeckA) and the Landscape Architecture Department Records (RG 089), the Albert D. Taylor Collection (MSS TaylorA), and the Village Improvement Society Minutes (MSS Village).

Preferred Citation: Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department Photographs (P 099), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: A minimal finding aid was created for this collection in 2013.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid has been updated to reflect current arrangement and description best practices, and include more contextual information for the collection.

Other URL: A preliminary container list for this collection is available online.


Oregon State University. Department of Landscape Architecture

People, Places, and Topics

Natural Resources
Oregon State University. Department of Landscape Architecture
University History

Forms of Material

Lantern slides.

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