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Helen M. Gilkey Papers, 1910-1974View associated digital content.

The Helen M. Gilkey Papers are comprised of materials generated and assembled by Helen Gilkey, an American mycologist, alumnus and professor of the Oregon State College Botany Department, and curator of the OSC Herbarium (1918-1951). The materials include personal and professional correspondence; notes, research materials, and drafts of publications authored by Gilkey; specimen photographs; and scientific illustrations created by Gilkey.
ID: MSS GilkeyH
Extent: 2.1 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.
Statement on Description: The Helen M. Gilkey Papers were processed in 1995. Additional modifications were made circa 2000. The collection was reprocessed in 2018 to bring it into compliance with current processing standards and include recent accessions.
Preferred Citation: Helen M. Gilkey Papers (MSS GilkeyH), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: Portions of the Helen M. Gilkey Papers were transferred to the University Archives from various sources beginning in 1975. The latest accession was received in 2015. The collection now resides in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
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Series 1: Correspondence, 1910-1971 Add to Shelf

Series 1 is comprised of correspondence between Gilkey and professional associates, publishers, Oregon State College (OSC) administrators, and representatives of various educational and research organizations. The majority of this correspondence relates to plant species identification, specimen exchanges, and sharing of professional literature and includes correspondence from both professional botanists and members of the general public, both within the United States and abroad.

While most of the correspondence is organized into general files by correspondent's name and date, several files document prolonged exchanges with friends and professional associates including Binford & Mort Publishing, Inc., Patricia Peck (Gilkey's friend and coauthor), and Morton Peck (founder of the Peck Herbarium at Willamette University).

Box-Folder 1.1: Correspondence: A, 1924-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.2: Correspondence: B, 1923-1951 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.3: Correspondence: B, 1958-1974 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.4: Correspondence: C, 1922-1952 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.5: Correspondence: C, 1953-1957 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.6: Correspondence: D, 1926-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: Correspondence: E, 1925-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.8: Correspondence: F, 1925-1966 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.1: Correspondence: G, 1924-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.2: Correspondence: H, 1926-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.3: Correspondence: I, 1935-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.4: Correspondence: J, 1911-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.5: Correspondence: K, 1927-1970 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.6: Correspondence: L, 1910-1970 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.7: Correspondence: M, 1920-1966 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.1: Correspondence: Mc, 1925-1963 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.2: Correspondence: N, 1926-1963 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.3: Correspondence: O, 1935-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.4: Correspondence: P, 1924-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.5: Correspondence: Q, 1957-1958 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.6: Correspondence: R, 1925-1954 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.7: Correspondence: R, 1955-1968 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.8: Correspondence: S, 1911-1951 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.9: Correspondence: S, 1952-1966 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.1: Correspondence: T, 1924-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.2: Correspondence: U, 1949-1966 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.3: Correspondence: V, 1949-1968 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.4: Correspondence: W, 1917-1967 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.5: Correspondence: X-Z, 1948-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.6: Correspondence: Binford & Mort, Publishers, 1950-1951 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.7: Correspondence: Oregon State College Friends of the Library, 1960-1962 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.8: Correspondence: Packard, Patricia, circa 1952-1971 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.9: Correspondence: Peck, Morton and Jess, 1925-1961 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.10: Correspondence: Washington Rhododendron Society, Inc., 1954-1960 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.11: Correspondence: Professional Organizations, 1924-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.12: Correspondence: "Appreciations", 1952-1962 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Research Materials, 1919-1964 Add to Shelf

Series 2 includes materials collected and generated by Helen Gilkey for research purposes. The series consists of several notebooks and a collection of research notes comprised of species descriptions, partial draft manuscripts and typescripts of numerous publications, bibliographic notes, and sketches. Of particular note is a field notebook documenting Gilkey's travels through central and northern Oregon during the summer of 1924. The notebook details Gilkey's travel, social and professional interactions, presence of various weeds and other vegetation, agricultural activities in the area, character of the landscape, and observations of Native Americans from the Wapinitia area near The Dalles, Oregon,

The series also includes specimen photographs, many of which may have been taken by Gilkey and other collected materials used as reference sources, including photocopies, two photographs of Oregon dendrologist Oliver Matthews, and a hand-tinted illustration of Lilium Washingtonianum. Also present is a relatively large quantity of scientific illustrations created by Gilkey or traced from Edward's Botanical Register, including ink, pencil, and watercolor works. Some of the illustrations appear to have been prepared for publication, including two pages containing border illustrations for Willis Linn Jepson's Manual of Flowering Plants in California.

Also present is a small group of materials documenting research funding received by Gilkey from Oregon State College, the American Philosophical Society, the Mycological Society of America, and other organizations. Additionally, the series contains collected records of the OSC greenhouses, possibly as reference material for Gilkey's unpublished "History of Botany at Oregon State College."

Box-Folder 4.13: Notebook: [Central Oregon Research Trip], 1924 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.14: Notebook: "Miscellaneous Notes", circa 1940-1943 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.15: Notebook: "Bacteriology", undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.16: Notebook: "Tuberales", undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.1: Notebook: [Species descriptions], undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.2: Research notes, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.3: Research notes, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.4: Research notes, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.5: Research notes, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.6: Research notes, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.7: Specimen photographs, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 7.1: Scientific illustrations, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 7.2: Scientific illustration tracings from Edward's Botanical Register, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 7.3: Scientific illustration reference materials, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.1: Research funding, 1951-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.2: Oregon Agricultural College Greenhouse Facilities records, 1919-1960 Add to Shelf
Series 3: Speeches and Written Works, 1911-1973 Add to Shelf

Series 3 is comprised predominately of notes, correspondence, and drafts related to the production of numerous publications authored by Gilkey. Included are materials for two of Gilkey's books: Tuberales of North America and Weeds of the Pacific Northwest; a copy of Gilkey's master's thesis, "Oregon Mushrooms"; and several other publications mostly relating to Tuberales. The series also includes copies of a number of articles by Gilkey published in The Oregonian (many of which appeared as part of the "Outlawed Weeds" column) and transcripts of three radio talks given by Gilkey on truffles and plant identification.

Of particular note is a small notebook featuring more than a dozen one-stanza poems composed and hand-lettered by Gilkey. The poems are related to plant identification and appear to have been created as educational tools or mnemonic devices. The series also includes newsclippings about Gilkey's professional efforts and Dr. Helen Margaret Gilkey: Her Life, Her Family and Her Poems, a memoire edited and published by her sister, Beulah, which features other poetry by Gilkey.

Box-Folder 6.3: Tuberales of North America, circa 1939 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.4: Weeds of the Pacific Northwest, 1952-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.5: "Thesis on Oregon Mushrooms," Oregon Agricultural College, 1911 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.6: "New or Otherwise Noteworthy Species of Tuberales", 1947 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.7: "Taxonomic Notes on Tuberales", 1954 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.8: "Order Tuberales", circa 1960 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.9: "General Notes on the Tuberales, with a New Species of Tuber from Australia", 1962 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.10: "History of Botany at Oregon State College", circa 1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.11: "Truffles in America", undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.12: Poetry, undated Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.13: Articles published in The Oregonian, 1919-1920 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.14: Articles and publications re: Helen Gilkey, 1942-1973 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.15: Radio Talk: "Truffles in America," Phi Kappa Phi, April 5, 1932 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.16: Radio Talk: "Poisonous Plants, How to Recognize Them," KOAC, May 24, 1956 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 6.17: Radio Talk: [Species Identification], undated Add to Shelf
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