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Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection, circa 1880-1993

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection, circa 1880-1993

ID: MSS Bouquet

Primary Creator: Bouquet, A. G. B. (Arthur George Bristow) (1885-)

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Arthur G. Bouquet Collection consists of materials documenting the life of Bouquet and the family of his wife, Mary Grace Wilson Bouquet. Bouquet graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1906 and was a faculty member in the Oregon State College Horticulture Department from 1909 until his retirement in 1950.

Scope and Content Notes

The Bouquet Collection pertains to Horticulture Professor Arthur G. B. Bouquet and the family of his wife Mary Grace Wilson; it consists of biographical and genealogical materials and photographs. The collection appears to have been assembled by Bouquet's niece, Joanne Ganong Norton.

The biographical and genealogical materials include Bouquet's birth and U.S. naturalization certificates, correspondence, genealogical research materials, newspaper clippings, and related documents. The bulk of the genealogical materials document the Wilson and Ganong families.

The photographs consists of 18 photographic prints and 107 color slides. The prints (circa 1880 to 1940s) include images of Bouquet, Mary Grace Wilson and her family, unidentified family groups and children, Bouquet's home at 35th and Polk streets in Corvallis, and images of Bouquet with Oregon State College faculty groups. Of especial note are an 1890s photograph of the Wilson family at their home in Corvallis and an 1890 panoramic print of Corvallis taken from the water tower. The color slides were made in the early 1960s by Bouquet to document urban gardens and flora in Europe (Salzburg, Geneva, Denmark) and during trips to the Snake River and Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon.

An addition to the Bouquet Collection (Accession 2010:035) consists of a scrapbook assembled by Horticulture Professor Bouquet that reflects his travels in England in 1951. Made up of postcards, newspaper clippings, and photographs, the scrapbook also contains notations by Bouquet describing the significance of some of the locales he visited to his childhood growing up in Britain, places where he stayed/drank tea on his trip, and the impact of bombing during World War II upon the landscape. Among the places documented in the images include: Kew Gardens, inner city London, Windsor Castle, the coastal town of Broadstairs, and the Wye Valley.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Alumnus and Oregon State College faculty member, Arthur G.B. Bouquet was born in England in 1885. He came to Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1902 to study horticulture and completed a BS degree in 1906. After graduation, he was appointed the Assistant in Floriculture. In 1908, he attended the Massachusetts Agricultural College (in Amherst) and returned to OAC in 1909 to become an instructor in the Horticulture Department. Bouquet specialized in the study and instruction of vegetable gardening. In 1929-30, Bouquet attended Cornell University and earned a master's degree. He was a founding member of the Triad Club and was active in the Oregon State Horticultural Society. Bouquet retired in 1950 and died in 1971.

In 1912, Bouquet married Mary Grace Wilson, the daughter of Lafayette Yantis Wilson and Inez Irene St. Clair and member of a pioneer Benton County family. Mary Grace Wilson Bouquet died in 1941. They had no children.

Bouquet's sister-in law, Bertha St. Clair Wilson married Joseph Ganong; she died in 1960. Her daughter, Bouquet's niece, Joanne St. Clair Ganong, married Charles E. Norton. Joanne Norton died in 1996.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 125 photographs; 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials:

An oral history interview with Bouqet is held in the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings (OH 003).

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's holdings also include the records of the Oregon State Horticultural Society Records (RG 151) and the Triad Club Records (MSS TraidClub) in addition to the Horticulture Department Records (RG 187) and the Horticulture Department Photographs (P 090).

Preferred Citation: Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection (MSS Bouquet), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Bouquet, A. G. B. (Arthur George Bristow) (1885-)

People, Places, and Topics

Benton County (Or.)--History.
Bouquet, A. G. B. (Arthur George Bristow), 1885-
Corvallis (Or.)
Local History
Natural Resources
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Pioneers--Oregon--Benton County.
University History

Forms of Material

Albumen prints.
Photographic prints.
Slides (photographs).

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