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Horticulture Department Photographs, 1900-1980

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Horticulture Department Photographs, 1900-1980

Predominant Dates: 1900-1930

ID: P 090

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Department of Horticulture

Extent: 4.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Horticulture Department Photographs consist of images taken and assembled by horticulture faculty for teaching and research and depict a variety of horticultural topics as well as the Oregon Agricultural College campus. The Department of Horticulture and Botany was established in 1888; a separate Horticulture Department formed in 1909.

Scope and Content Notes

The Horticulture Department Photographs document the teaching and research activities in horticulture from the early 1900s. The collection includes images of orchards, fields, vineyards, greenhouses, irrigation and spraying equipment and procedures; canneries and packing houses; fruit, vegetable, and nut varieties; plant diseases and the effects of pests; and grafting techniques. While some of the images are of Washington and Idaho, the bulk of the photographs were taken in Oregon, many on the Oregon Agricultural College campus. The campus photographs depict campus buildings and the College farm and orchard as well as views of Corvallis, Oregon. The collection includes images taken in Medford, Jacksonville, Central Point, and several other locations in Jackson County.

About 120 lantern slides depict various types of camouflage, especially in Portland, and may have been taken or assembled by horticulture faculty doing camouflage research during World War II. A group of about 150 glass negatives document research on tree fruits, primarily apples and pears, by Edward Maris Harvey from 1918 to 1926 and have detailed descriptions. The collection includes photographs of Horticulture Department faculty, staff, and students as well as other prominent horiculturists.

Four photograph albums include cyanotype and silver gelatin prints made in about 1905 through 1915 and include Oregon Agricultural College campus views and buildings; Corvallis, Oregon, street scenes; farm scenes and orchards; greenhouses and agricultural equipment; packing houses and canneries; and many varieties of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Some of the images in the albums are also found in the numbered images component of the collection.

Many formats are represented in the collection including cyanotype and silver gelatin prints, lantern slides, glass negatives, film negatives, and nitrate negatives. Many of the numbered images are available only as negatives with no accompanying prints.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Classes in horticulture were taught at Oregon State University as early as 1874 by B.J. Hawthorne. The Department of Horticulture and Botany was established in 1888. By 1909, the Horticulture Department had been formalized as part of the School of Agriculture.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 3900 photographs; 34 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Acquired in several accessions and transfers through 1993.

Related Materials: Additional materials pertaining to horticulture teaching and research are available in the Horticulture Department Records (RG 187) and the Oregon State Horticultural Society Records (RG 151) and the Oregon State Horticultural Society Photographs (P 054). The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include the papers of several horticulture faculty: the James R. Baggett Papers (MSS Baggett), Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection (MSS Bouquet), William A. Frazier Papers (MSS FrazierW), and the Melvin N. Westwood Papers (MSS Westwood).

Preferred Citation: Horticulture Department Photographs (P 090), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

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


Oregon State University. Department of Horticulture
Harvey, Edward Maris (1888-)
Oregon Agricultural College. Department of Horticulture
Oregon State College. Department of Horticulture

People, Places, and Topics

Agricultural machinery--Oregon.
Camouflage (Military science)
College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
Local History
Natural Resources
Oregon Agricultural College--Buildings.
Oregon Agricultural College. Department of Horticulture
Oregon State University. Department of Horticulture
University History
World War, 1939-1945--War work--Oregon--Schools.

Forms of Material

Cyanotypes (photographic prints).
Film negatives.
Glass plate negatives.
Lantern slides.
Nitrate negatives.
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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