What’s new on the Pauling Blog? Deer Flat Ranch, A Kind of Paradise

Linus Pauling harvesting abalone, 1963.

Linus Pauling harvesting abalone, 1963.

In the years immediately following Linus and Ava Helen Pauling’s purchase of Deer Flat Ranch, the space quickly fulfilled its potential as a refuge from an extremely busy existence. A few years after buying the property, Ava Helen told her husband

Do you know, we have been here for one week, you and I, without seeing a single other person? This is the first time in our 40-odd years of marriage that this has happened.

More than a refuge even, the ranch gradually emerged as a kind of paradise for the Paulings. One could reliably harvest ten abalone off the adjacent rocks at low tide, and Linus found that he greatly enjoyed harvesting these sea snails with his wife, pounding them shoreside to tenderize them for dinner.

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This is part 2 of 3 in “The story of Deer Flat Ranch.”

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What’s new on the OMA blog? Sabor Latino ~ a Yamhill County Celebration!

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On September 24th, in celebration of Latino/a Heritage Month 2016, Yamhill County hosted “Sabor Latino” at the Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Valley Campus – and the OMA project Nuestras Voces y Herencia was there to share the stories gathered so far!

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What’s new on the OMA blog? OSQA at the 2016 Pride Center Connect Event

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It’s the beginning of a new academic year and the beginning of OSQA’s 3rd year! We were thrilled to be invited by the OSU Pride Center to participate as part of its PC Connect event. OSQA shared a table with the Queer Studies Program and spoke with over 50 attendees! Our table included OSQA flyers, printed blog posts of our many events and collections, and i-Pads featuring the collections’ digital content.

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What’s new on the Pauling Blog? The Story of Deer Flat Ranch, part 1.

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The kitchen at the Paulings’ original Deer Flat Ranch cabin, 1958.

In 1955, Linus Pauling and his wife Ava Helen headed to Berkeley, California from their home in Pasadena to attend a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation. On the drive back from this event, the couple decided to take the scenic route along Highway 1 down the California coast. Passing through the Big Sur area, Pauling noted a point of land projecting into the ocean with a cabin and barn and a herd of grazing cattle. He suggested to his wife that such a location would be ideal as a country home for rest and relaxation. Ava Helen smiled and directed his attention to a For Sale sign on the side of the road.

Want to know more, read part 1 of 3 on the Pauling Blog!

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Herman Bohlman, the Man Behind the Lens

Bohlman in a Field of Gulls

Herman T. Bohlman standing in a field with a the sky full of gulls. Klamath Marsh, 1905.
OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1713.

Herman T. Bohlman sitting with young burrowing owls. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1751.

Herman T. Bohlman sitting with young burrowing owls. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1751.

In this month’s installment of our ongoing series, Reuniting Finley and Bohlman, about our efforts to digitize the collections of nature photographer William Finley, we shift our focus to explore the life of Herman Bohlman, Finley’s childhood friend and partner in crime on his earliest photography endeavors.

Herman Theodore Bohlman was born in Portland, Oregon on April 15, 1872. Friendship kindled between Finley and Bohlman shortly after the Finley family’s move to Portland in 1887. In high school, Bohlman and Finley’s interest in ornithology and collecting inspired them to start a side business selling biological specimens, including bird skins and eggs, to scientists and private collectors. By the late 1890s, however, the impact of over-collecting on bird populations led to a shift in public sentiment on the practice. The pair traded their collecting kit for a camera and embarked on a decade long partnership of artistic and scientific works. Between 1899 and 1908 Bohlman and Finley photographed and wrote about thousands of birds on expeditions throughout Oregon and California.

Bohlman passes Finley a glass plate as they are perched on a branch high in a tree photographing an eagle nest near Mission Peak, California, 1904. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A441.

Bohlman passes Finley a glass plate as they are perched on a branch high in a tree photographing an eagle nest near Mission Peak, California, 1904. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A441.

Of the two, Bohlman is often credited with having the more artistic eye behind the lens and some of the most iconic images to come from their collaboration bear only Bohlman’s name on the copyright. However, both men had cameras in the field and often worked in tandem to capture photographs from some truly precarious of vantage points. Bohlman’s photographs appeared in several U.S. and international publications, including Finley’s 1907 book, American Birds.

Herman Bohlman and Maud Bittleston on their wedding day in 1908. OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Herman T. Bohlman Photograph Collection, ca. 1898-1925 (P 202)

Herman Bohlman and Maud Bittleston on their wedding day in 1908.
OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Herman T. Bohlman Photograph Collection, ca. 1898-1925 (P 202)

Bohlman’s partnership with Finley largely came to an end in 1908 with Bohlman’s marriage to Maud Bittleston and the birth of their son, H. Theodore Bohlman. After that point, while their friendship endured, Bohlman shifted his focus to domestic responsibilities and his work within the family plumbing business. While he continued to be an active member of what would become the Oregon Audubon Society and to maintain his interest in birds, Bohlman rarely accompanied Finley into the field after marriage. He did, however, continue artistic pursuits through his love of oil painting later in life.

To see more examples of Bohlman’s photography, be sure to visit the Reuniting Finley and Bohlman Collection on Oregon Digital throughout the year as additional materials are uploaded.

This blog series is part of a yearlong partnership between the Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives to digitize the Finley and Bohlman photograph and manuscript collections held by our libraries and to unite them online through Oregon Digital and the OHS Digital Collections website (currently under development). Stay tuned in coming months for future installments about Finley, Bohlman, and their birding adventures around the state.

Bohlman Walking with a Pelican

Herman T. Bohlman and a pelican walking side by side near Klamath Marsh, 1905. OHS Research Library, Org. Lot 369, Finley A1796.

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Having fun at University Day!

The OSU Library had a table at University Day this year ~ and look who showed up!

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Ida Kidder, first university librarian

There was also a nice array of goodies.

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And of course Benny was there.

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And so were we…

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What’s new on The Pauling Blog? Ahmed Zewail, 1946-2016

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Earlier this month, on Tuesday, August 2, Ahmed H. Zewail, a world renowned Nobel laureate chemist and Caltech’s Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics, died at 70 years of age. As a major figure in the field of chemistry and a personal friend to Linus Pauling, Zewail’s passing is honored and mourned here at Oregon State University.

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What’s new on The Pauling Blog?

There’s a lovely four part “Pauling in Memorium” that concluded last week. It’s quite lovely, so I recommend setting aside some time!

Linus Pauling giving an interview at Deer Flat Ranch, September 1993.

Linus Pauling giving an interview at Deer Flat Ranch, September 1993.

 

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Curious about our latest collection guides?

Look no further — here’s what happened in July!

J.C. Clark Papers, 1893-1967 (MSS ClarkJC)

 J. C. Clark with colleagues at Shanghai YMCA

J. C. Clark with colleagues at Shanghai YMCA

This collection documents Clark’s 40-year career with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in the United States and in China as Boy’s Division Secretary and World Brotherhood Secretary.  The papers also document elements of his personal life, including his marriage to Oregon State Dean of Home Economics Ava Milam.  These materials were previously described as part of the Ava Milam Clark Papers and were separated to form this collection in 2016.

Fred Eckhardt Papers, 1879-2013 (MSS Eckhardt)

Fred Eckhardt with the beers he loved, 1992

Fred Eckhardt with the beers he loved, 1992

This extensive collection covers a broad range of topics related to craft beer brewing as well as sake and wine making.  Otto Fredrick (Fred) Eckhardt was a well-known advocate, critic, educator, mentor, and historian and a beloved member of the brewing community.

 

 

William H. Galvani Rare Maps Collection, circa 1570-1909 (MAPS Galvani)

Adirondack Survey 1873 - Specimen of Preliminary Reconnaissance Sketch Showing the Approximate Positions and Names of Thirty Nine Ponds or Lakes Important and New to the Maps (Pl. 11), circa 1870

Adirondack Survey 1873 – Specimen of Preliminary Reconnaissance Sketch Showing the Approximate Positions and Names of Thirty Nine Ponds or Lakes Important and New to the Maps (Pl. 11), circa 1870

The Galvani Maps include maps and atlas pages depicting various regions of the globe during the 16th to 20thcenturies.  Many of the items in the collection document military history in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially during the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the United States Civil War, the Crimean War, and the Russo-Japanese War.  Galvani bequeathed his private library, including his map collection to the Oregon State College Library in 1947.  These items were recently transferred from the Library’s historical maps collection to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center. 

Helen E. Plinkiewisch Papers, 1888-1995 (MSS Plinkiewisch)

Helen Plinkiewisch, 1920s.

Helen Plinkiewisch, 1920s.

The Plinkiewisch Papers document the education, music teaching career, and related activities of this music educator.  The collection includes diaries and journals, teaching records, musical compositions, a sound recording, and photographs.  Plinkiewisch graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in 1929 and had a long and successful career as music educator in the public schools of Garden City (Long Island), New York.

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Newly digitized films!

More films for you to enjoy — online and from the comfort of wherever you are!

"Discover Universatility," OSU student recruitment video, ca. early 1980s.

“Discover Universatility,” OSU student recruitment video, ca. early 1980s.

Athletics

  • OSU vs. Utah Gymnastics Meet. Footage of Oregon State’s home gymnastics meet versus the University of Utah, February 18, 1984. Among those competing for OSU were national champions Heidi Anderson and Laurie Carter. Utah was led by the defending national champion in the All-Around competition, Megan Marsden. Utah won the meet by a score of 184.95 to 178.90. The footage is presented in two parts: Part 1 (0:38:46); Part 2 (0:57:51).
  • Dee Andros Testimonial Dinner, February 21, 1987. (2:46:44) Dee Andros served as head football coach at Oregon State University from 1965-1975, and as athletic director from 1975 to his retirement in 1985. Dais speakers at this 1987 testimonial dinner included Darrell Aune (master of ceremonies), John Byrne, Plato Andros, Pete Elliot, Pete Pifer, Harry Missildine, Sam Boghosian, Jim Rudd, Rick Bay, Jim Sweeney, Lynn Snyder, and Dee Andros himself. Testimonials were also delivered by several of Andros’ former players who were seated in the crowd.

Presidents of OSU

Promotional Films

Research

 

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