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Ralph Berry Papers, 1952-2001

Collection Overview

Title: Ralph Berry Papers, 1952-2001

Predominant Dates: 1970-1995

ID: MSS Berry

Primary Creator: Berry, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene) (1940-)

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ralph Berry Papers document Berry's thirty-three year career as an entomologist at Oregon State University. The collection includes a large number photographic slides depicting insects in various stages of development, as well as an assortment of manuscript and classroom materials developed by Berry for use in research and teaching.

Scope and Content Notes

Accession 2001:070 consists of materials generated by Berry and contains articles, audiotapes, conference proceedings, correspondence, films and videotapes, grant proposals, manuscript drafts, meeting minutes, photographs, publications, research reports, and computer software. Primarily relating to Berry's research regarding insect pest management, these records also document Berry's committee work, involvement in conferences and workshops, and publication of the guide "Insects and Mites of Economic Importance to the Northwest."

Accession 2006:085 consists of photographic slides (totaling about 3,100 in all) generated and collected by Ralph Berry depicting insects in various stages of development, pesticide application to crops, insect damage to plants, and morphology diagrams of insect body structures. Used by Berry in slide presentations for Entomology 311, "Introduction to Insect Pest Management," these images are primarily organized by lecture topics explored in the class such as insect structure and function, insects affecting small fruits, family identification, and insects of man and animals. Also included in this transfer are lecture handouts and exam blanks for Berry's Entomology 311 course as well as five VHS videotapes with programs on pest management, heliothis resistence research, and the creation of wetlands for wildlife by farmers

In accession 2006:085 slides housed in carousel trays and racks have been removed and placed into mylar slide pages. Other slides in this transfer found stored in metal boxes have been retained in their original containers.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Gering, Nebraska in 1940, Ralph Berry came to OSU in 1968 to assume the post of Assistant Professor of Entomology. Specializing in the study of the biology and management of soil arthropods and other insects on mint plants, Berry became one of the nation's foremost researchers in pest management and developed a computer software program for Integrated Pest Management for Peppermint. Berry also published a guide to "Insects and Mites of Economic Importance in the Northwest." Upon his retirement in 2001, Berry established a scholarship for OSU students interested in pursuing work in intergrated pest management.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3100 photographic slides; 5 archives boxes, 1 16x20 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Ralph Berry Papers (MSS Berry), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

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


Berry, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene) (1940-)

People, Places, and Topics

Berry, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene), 1940-
History of Science
University History

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