George W. Peavy Papers, 1904-1955
Peavy, George Wilcox, 1869-1951
.77 cubic feet
The collection is organized into 5 series: I. Correspondence; II. Ephemera; III. Notebooks; IV. Speeches and Articles; and V. Photographs. Folders are arranged chronologically within the series. Series I includes personal and official correspondence spanning the years 1934-1951 relating to Peavy's service as dean of the School of Forestry and president of Oregon State College. Correspondence relating to the Oregon State Board of Forestry, forestry-related topics, and civic affairs comprise a large portion of this series. Series II contains assorted ephemera including Peavy's 1905 University of Michigan diploma, news clippings, honorary degrees and awards. Series III contains nine notebooks of research field notes and forest surveys. Eight of these date from 1904-1914 (primarily from Peavy's work with the U.S. Forest Service) and one is from 1947-1950 that consists of speech notes, forestry students, and other lists. The two diaries in the collection contain annotated appointment schedules spanning the years 1908-1909. Articles written by George Peavy and presentations given, including KOAC radio programs, are contained in Series IV. These cover a wide-range of topics relating to the nation's forests, forest conservation, forest policies, the political situation during the 1930s and 1940s, and Oregon State College. Series V contains photographs, including one of Peavy, circa 1940, and a reproduction of an early image of Benton Hall.Biographical Note
In 1910 Peavy was selected to become the head of the newly created Department
of Forestry at Oregon Agricultural College . In 1911, he became a member of
the Oregon State Board of Forestry and served as director from 1932-1941. In
1913, the OAC Forestry Department was designated as the School of Forestry and
George W. Peavy was appointed the first Dean. In 1932 he was appointed acting
President of Oregon State College and in 1934 became President. In 1936, he
was awarded honorary Doctoral degrees by both the University of Michigan and
Willamette University . In 1940, Peavy was appointed Dean Emeritus and President
Emeritus of Oregon State College. In 1947, Peavy was elected mayor of Corvallis
, Oregon and served in that capacity until his death on 24 June 1951 .
Materials relating to George W. Peavy and the School of Forestry can be found in the President's Office (RG 13); Forestry Club (RG 39); College of Forestry (RG 139) Records; and various College of Forestry publications. Photographs can be found in the Presidents of Oregon State University Photograph Collection (P 1) and Harriet's Photograph Collection #384.
The materials are housed in three document boxes, one half-size document box and one oversize (20x24) box.
(box 1) I. Correspondence, 1934-1951: Personal, 1934-1949 (4 folders) State Board of Forestry, 1936-1940 (1 folder) II. Ephemera, 1904-1955 Certificates, Diplomas, and Citations, 1904-1951 News clippings, programs, and pamphlets, 1914-1951 (box 4) Diplomas, Awards, and Weyerhaeuser Advertisements, 1905-1955 (box 1) III. Notebooks, 1904-1950 U.S. Department of Agriculture Field Notebooks, 1904-1914 Diaries (Annotated appointment schedules), 1908-1909
Notes, 1947-1950 (box 2) IV. Speeches and Articles, 1912-1949 and undated 1912-1917 1925-1929 1931-1935 1936-1939 1940-1944 1945-1949 (box 3) Undated (box 5) V. Photographs, ca. 1905-1946 Benton Hall, ca. 1905
James Burrill Angell, photogravure (?) June 9, 1909 Calendar featuring “ The Lady of the Fountain , Class of 1927”, 1927 “Before” Eroded hills, Seoul , Korea , Bureau of Forestry, 1945 “After” Flood control work, Seoul , Korea . Bureau of Forestry, June, 1946 George W. Peavy, standing on porch, ca. 1940s
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