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Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection, circa 1890-1945

By Finding aid prepared by Megan Guerre and Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection, circa 1890-1945

Predominant Dates: circa 1910s-1920s

ID: P 076

Primary Creator: Ziefle, Adolph (1882-)

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection consists of one series: I. Photographs, circa 1890 - circa 1945.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection consists of images documenting the life of Ziefle as well as images pertaining specifically to the School of Pharmacy at Oregon Agricultural College. Adolph Ziefle was the Dean of the School of Pharmacy from 1914 until his retirement in 1945.

Scope and Content Notes

The Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection consists of images assembled and made by Ziefle, primarily during his early years as the Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC). Other images depict the North Dakota State College campus in the early 1910s, where Ziefle was head of the School of Pharmacy until his move to OAC.

Included in the collection are a number of photographs depicting various streams, bridges, and natural scenes as well as images pertaining to the School of Pharmacy, particularly of the 1919 and 1920 graduating class. Other images related to the School of Pharmacy depict the pharmacy building and Ziefle himself working in the laboratory. The collection also includes portraits of Ziefle and family photographs.

The collection includes professional photographs as well as snapshots. One of the portrait photographs was made by Ball Studio in Corvallis. Formats include 58 photographic prints, 12 nitrate negatives, and 2 glass negatives.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Adolph Ziefle, was born August 19, 1882 at Fosters Station near Ann Arbor Michigan. From the University of Michigan he received the degree of Pharmaceutical Chemist in 1904 and an M.S. degree in 1909. In 1907, Ziefle was appointed to the position of drug chemist for the Kansas State Board of Health as well as professor of pharmacy at the University of Kansas. He remained in that position until 1909 when he was appointed the head of the School of Pharmacy at North Dakota State College.

In 1914, Adolph Ziefle came to Oregon Agricultural College as head of the pharmacy department which under his guidance became the School of Pharmacy in 1917, receiving a Class A rating from the American Conference of Pharmaceutical Faculties. In addition to writing a book titled History of Pharmacy in Oregon, Ziefle is responsible for drawing the plans for the pharmacy building on campus which was known for being very well planned and equipped. After receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1929, Ziefle continued to develop and advance pharmacy education and remained the Dean of the School of Pharmacy until his retirement in 1945.

Ziefle was married to Crescence Fehr in 1911 and had no children. He died on October 12, 1963.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 72 photographs; 3 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photographs were received by the University Archives in the 1960s.

Related Materials: Materials pertaining to Dean Adolph Ziefle and the College of Pharmacy are part of the College of Pharmacy Records (RG 105). Other photographs of pharmacy students, faculty, and facilities are available in the School of Pharmacy Photograph Collection (P 166), Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC), Irwin Betzel Papers (MSS Betzel), and the Leo Sciuchetti Collection (MSS Sciuchetti). Additional materials pertaining to Dean Adolph Ziefle, pharmacy alumni, and programs are part of the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: Adolph Ziefle Photograph Collection (P 076), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Ziefle, Adolph (1882-)

People, Places, and Topics

Oregon Agricultural College. Department of Pharmacy
Oregon Agricultural College. School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Ziefle, Adolph, 1882-

Forms of Material

Glass plate negatives.
Nitrate negatives.
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Photographs, circa 1890 - circa 1945
Box-Folder 1.1: Prints
Item P076:02-P076:12: North Dakota State College, circa 1910
Includes images of campus buildings and grounds and one image of a track event.
Item P076:13: Woman riding bicycle on Oak Creek Bridge
Item P076:14: House on Jackson street with woman standing on porch
Item P076:15: Woman sitting on porch "reading Dolph's letter"
Item P076:16: Pharmacy building, circa 1930
Item P076:17-P076:19: Snow scenes on Oregon Agricultural College campus, circa 1920
Includes Benton Hall.
Item P076:20: Willie Fehr, 1896
Studio portrait photograph of Fehr holding a football. Photograph taken by a photographer in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and labeled "St. Cloud Normal, '96". Willie Fehr may have been Adolph Ziefle's wife's brother.
Item P076:21-P076:32: Scenes of rivers, streams, and bridges
Prints and nitrate negatives are available for some images and only nitrate negatives for others. Several of the images include people (perhaps children?).
Item P076:33: Ziefle in laboratory with test tube
Item P076:34: Ziefle with microscope
Extent: 4 postcard prints

Item P076:35: Composite of pharmacy graduates, 1919
Individuals in this composite photo include Laura Zeigler, Dr. J.W. Barcroft, James O. Foley, Katherine Waite, L.E. Scott, H.B. McWilliams, President W.J. Kerr, Dean Adolph Ziefle, Harold Stevenson, Guy A. Staiger, Paul Robinson, John Gillmore, Erwin P. Stone, Paul W. Jewell, and Clyde D. Horner.
Item P076:36: Composite of pharmacy graduates with faculty, circa 1920
Individuals pictured: F.A. Gilfillan, H.B. McWilliams, A.E. Douglas, M.O. Rawson, President W.J. Kerr, Dean Ziefle, M.C. Kaegl, W.W Gordon, P.W. Jewell, W.K. Belt, L. Resing, M.J. Root, B.A. Straw, D.E. Rackleff, E.E. Grubbe, O.L. Ireland, L.C. Kramien, M.A. Thomas, F. Fish, C.F. Cathey, M.V. Holmes, V.H. Haller, W.W. Parsons, V.L. Staats, O.M. Lemmon, E.T. Moon, L.C. Wright, J.A. Pargell, C.O. Hatfield, S.A. Thompson, E.A. Graham, and G. Staiger.
Item P076:37: Ziefle standing between two women
Item P076:38: Ziefle in laboratory
Item P076:39: Ziefle outdoors in winter
Probably not at Oregon Agricultural College.
Item P076:40-P076:42: Ziefle posing in his laboratory, circa 1910
Self portraits made by Ziefle that he sent to his wife, Crescence Fehr, with notes to her on the back.
Item P076:43-P076:54: Portrait photographs of Ziefle, circa 1900 - circa 1945
Several of the portraits were made by a photographer in Ann Arbor, Michigan; one of thie images was made by Ball Studio in Corvallis. There is no image numbered P076:47.
Item P076:55: Ziefle in laboratory with two unidentified men, circa 1910
Item P076:56-P076:57: Group posing on the steps of a building, circa 1940
Ziefle pictured front row right.
Box-Folder 2.1: Glass copy negatives
Item P076:01: Ziefle family, circa 1890
This family portrait includes mother and father, one girl and 3 boys. It is probably Ziefle's family. These images are copy negatives of a family portrait print.
Extent: 2 5x7 glass copy negatives

Box-Folder 3.1: Nitrate negatives
P076:21 nitrate negative; P076:22-P076:26 nitrate negatives; P076:27-P076:32 nitrate negatives.

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