Guide to the Fermen Layton Pickett Papers circa 1912-1938
Cage 87

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Pickett, F. L. (Fermen Layton), 1881-1940.
Title
Fermen Layton Pickett Papers
ID
Cage 87
Date [inclusive]
circa 1912-1938
Extent
6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
3 Linear Feet of Shelf Space Approximately 3500 items
Language
English
Abstract
Fermen Layton Pickett (1881-1940) was a professor of botany at Washington State University from 1914 until his death. He was also a skilled photographer and one of the few in the 1920s who photographed a large number of natural features. The papers consists of Pickett's photographs and his botanical notes. Many of the photographs are of vegetation, both individual specimens and habitats. Others stress the natural features of Washington and Oregon, especially Eastern Washington. Pickett's botanical notes, consist of field and accession notebooks for his personal herbarium.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Fermen Layton Pickett papers, circa 1912-1938

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Fermen Layton Pickett (1881-1940) was a professor of botany at Washington State University from 1914 until his death. He came from Indiana, his native state, shortly after receiving his Ph.D. at Indiana University. His major botanical interests were mosses and in plant physiology. He served as Chairman of the Botany Department and as Dean of the Graduate School for many years. Although his colleagues criticized him for his shortcomings as a botanist, his department educated several significant botanical scientists and sponsored many important research projects. His most important achievement may have been securing the herbarium of Wilhelm N. Suksdorf for the University (see Northwest Botanical Manuscripts: An Indexed Register, Pullman, 1976). He was also a skilled photographer and one of the few in the 1920s who photographed a large number of natural features (geological formations, vegetations, rivers, lakes, and mountains).

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Scope and Contents note

The papers consists of Pickett's photographs and his botanical notes. Many of the photographs are of vegetation, both individual specimens and habitats. Others stress the natural features of Washington and Oregon, especially Eastern Washington. Sequences trace several rivers over hundreds of miles. Others record a number of lakes, coulees and mountains. Pickett's botanical notes, consist of field and accession notebooks for his personal herbarium, now among the collections of the Ownbey Herbarium at Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

The papers consists of two series: Pickett's photographs and his botanical notes. The photographs are arranged into two sub-series. The first consists of Pickett's prints, arranged in an alphabetical subject system he devised. The second consists of the copies made from the nitrate negatives, and contains some prints of photographs not included in the first sub-series; these represent materials apparently lost prior to transfer of the photographs to the Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Fermen L. Pickett (1881-1940), consisting of photographs and botanical notebooks, were acquired by the Washington State University Library in two installments. The first, the negatives of Pickett's photographs, came to the Library in 1960. As the negatives were of nitrate film base, a selection was made and copies of about 200 of the approximately 1200 photographs were printed prior to destruction of negatives. In 1975 the WSU Ownbey Herbarium transferred Pickett's print file, along with certain of his botanical notes. As these prints contained most of the photographs lost in the destruction of the nitrate negatives, the photograph collection was largely restored to completeness.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in July 1976 by Lawrence Stark.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Buildings -- Photographs.
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Family Name(s)

  • Pickett, F. L. (Fermen Layton), 1881-1940 -- Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.) -- Photographs.
  • Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- Photographs.
  • Washington (State), Eastern -- Photographs.

Subject(s)

  • Angiosperms -- Photographs.
  • Botanists ǂz Washington (State) -- Archives.
  • Botany -- Research -- Archives.
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Gymnosperms -- Photographs.
  • Photographs
  • Science
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs 

Subseries 1.1: Print File 

Box Folder

Almota Canyon   2.0 items

1 1

Animals 

Box Folder

Domestic (s.a. [see also] Lakes, misc.)   10.0 items

1 2

Wild   39.0 items

1 3

Wild   55.0 items

1 4

Angiosperms 

Box Folder

Amaryllidacae   3.0 items

1 5

Araceae   9.0 items

1 6

Araliaceae   2.0 items

1 7

Ascelepiadaceae   11.0 items

1 8

Begoniaceae   2.0 items

1 9

Betulaceae   3.0 items

1 10

Cactaceae   15.0 items

1 11

Campanulaceae   4.0 items

1 12

Capparidaceae   4.0 items

1 13

Caprifoliaceae   2.0 items

1 14

Caryophyllaceae   5.0 items

1 15

Chenopodiaceae   3.0 items

1 16

Commulinaceae   2.0 items

1 17

Compositeae   28.0 items

1 18

Compositeae   30.0 items

1 19

Convolvulaceae   4.0 items

1 20

Cornaceae   5.0 items

1 21

Crassulaceae   1.0 items

1 22

Cruciferae   12.0 items

1 23

Dicotyledones, misc.   12.0 items

1 24

Dipsaceae   5.0 items

1 25

Ericaceae   18.0 items

1 26

Euphoribiaceae   3.0 items

1 27

Gentainaceae   12.0 items

1 28

Gramineae   22.0 items

1 29

Hydrophyllaceae   1.0 items

1 30

Iridaceae   18.0 items

1 31

Leguminosae   41.0 items

1 32

Liliaceae   36.0 items

1 33

Liliaceae   9.0 items

1 34

Malvaceae   25.0 items

1 35

Menthaceae   25.0 items

1 36

Monocots, misc.   2.0 items

1 37

Nyctaginaceae   4.0 items

1 38

Nymphaceae   26.0 items

1 39

Oleaceae   3.0 items

1 40

Onagraceae   3.0 items

1 41

Orchidaceae   29.0 items

1 42

Orobanchaceae   2.0 items

1 43

Polemoniaceae   4.0 items

1 44

Polygonaceae   16.0 items

1 45

Portulacaceae   2.0 items

1 46

Primulaceae   2.0 items

1 47

Ranunculaceae   32.0 items

1 48

Rosaceae   22.0 items

1 49

Rosaceae   37.0 items

1 50

Rutaceae   3.0 items

1 51

Salicaceae   21.0 items

1 52

Sapindaceae   5.0 items

1 53

Sarraceniaceae   1.0 items

1 54

Saxifragaceae   15.0 items

1 55

Scrophulariaceae   38.0 items

1 56

Scrophulariaceae   28.0 items

1 57

Solonaceae   1.0 items

1 58

Umbellifererae   3.0 items

1 59

Ulmaceae   6.0 items

1 60

Violaceae   2.0 items

1 61
Box Folder

Bellingham, Washington   3.0 items

2 62

Birds   49.0 items

2 63

Blewett Pass   19.0 items

2 64

California 

Box Folder

Pacific Ocean   2.0 items

2 65

Timber   14.0 items

2 66
Box Folder

Charts   2.0 items

2 67

Chinook Pass (s.a. Mt. Rainer)   36.0 items

2 68

Churches   2.0 items

2 69

Cities   12.0 items

2 70

Clouds (s.a. Chinook Pass, Sunrise/Sunset)   39.0 items

2 71

Clouds   34.0 items

2 72

U.S.S. Constitution   5.0 items

2 73

Copies of Old Drawings and Prints   40.0 items

2 74

Coulees and Coulee Country-Eastern Washington, near Palouse Falls   18.0 items

2 75

Coulees and Scab-lands, Eastern Washington   14.0 items

2 76

Creeks-Pataha   3.0 items

2 77

Crystals, Para-dischloro-benzene   50.0 items

2 78

DeSmet Mission, North Idaho   5.0 items

2 79

Dune Vegetation   21.0 items

2 80

Ecology (s.a. Dune Vegetation, Prairie, Erosion)   2.0 items

2 81

Epworth League   6.0 items

2 82

Epworth Institute (Twanoh Park?)   42.0 items

2 83

Equisetum   2.0 items

2 84

Erosion   4.0 items

2 85

Experiments   3.0 items

2 86

Ferns   35.0 items

2 87

Fish   6.0 items

2 88

Forest 

Box Folder

Angiosperm Type   19.0 items

2 89

Angiosperm Type   51.0 items

2 90

Gymnosperm, Alpine   4.0 items

2 91

Gymnosperm, East of the Cascades (s.a. Gymnosperms, Grand Ronde)   14.0 items

2 92

Gymnosperm, Oregon (s.a. Gymnosperms, Grand Ronde)   14.0 items

2 93

Gymnosperms, Western Washington   28.0 items

2 94
Box Folder

Fort Simcoe   1.0 items

2 95

Frost   2.0 items

2 96

Fungi   23.0 items

2 97

Gardens, Ornamental   9.0 items

2 98

Geological Formations (s.a. Grand Coulee, Coulees, Snake River)   2.0 items

2 99

Glaciers (s.a. Mountains, Mt. Rainer, Glacier Peak)   1.0 items

2 100

Grand Coulee 

Box Folder

General (s.a. Rivers-Columbia-Grand Coulee, Coulees)   26.0 items

2 101

Dry Falls   13.0 items

2 102

Steamboat Rock   8.0 items

2 103

Grand Coulee Dam   39.0 items

2 104
Box Folder

Grand Ronde and Neighboring Country   37.0 items

2 105

Grand Ronde and Neighboring Country (forests)   5.0 items

2 106

Gymnosperms 

Box Folder

Pinaceae (s.a. Forests-Gymnosperms, Mt. Rainer, Washington-Yakima Co., Clallam Co., Jefferrson Co., Yakima River)   33.0 items

2 107

Pinacea (s.a. Forests)   37.0 items

2 108

Taxaceae   1.0 items

2 109
Box Folder

Historical Places (s.a. DeSmet Mission, Oregon)   31.0 items

3 110

Idaho, Northern (s.a. Lakes, Lewiston, Mountains-Thatuna Hills, Rivers-Clearwater)   47.0 items

3 111

Idaho (s.a. Forests, Ferns)   16.0 items

3 112

Indiana (s.a. Erosion, Ferns, Forests)   11.0 items

3 113

Indians   12.0 items

3 114

Irritability   2.0 items

3 115

Kansas City   7.0 items

3 116

Lakes 

Box Folder

Alta Lake   10.0 items

3 117

Bonnie Lake   7.0 items

3 118

Crater Lake   1.0 items

3 119

Chelan Lake   31.0 items

3 120

Kahlotus Lake   16.0 items

3 121

Miscellaneous   48.0 items

3 122

Moses Lake (both modern and geologic; s.a. Douglas Co., Franklin Co.)   35.0 items

3 123

Rock Lake   23.0 items

3 124
Box Folder

Leaves   3.0 items

3 125

Lewiston and Highway Grade   6.0 items

3 126

Lumbering, destructive   1.0 items

3 127

Microscopes   12.0 items

3 128

Mississippi (s.a. Animals)   1.0 items

3 129

Monuments   10.0 items

3 130

Mosses   69.0 items

3 131

Mountains 

Box Folder

Adams (s.a. Washington-Yakima Co.)   9.0 items

3 132

Baker   3.0 items

3 133

Glacier Peak (s.a. Washington-Snohomish Co.)   53.0 items

3 134

Kamiak Butte   31.0 items

3 135

Rainier, Misc.   10.0 items

3 136

Rainier, from Chinook Pass-the Peak   14.0 items

3 137

Rainier, from Chinook Pass-Winter   1.0 items

3 138

Rainier, from Chinook Pass-General   22.0 items

3 139

Rainier, from Yakima Park and Sunrise Lodge   12.0 items

3 140

Steptoe Butte   10.0 items

3 141

Thatuna Hills   5.0 items

3 142
Box Folder

Naches Valley   1.0 items

3 143

North Dakota   1.0 items

3 144

Oregon (s.a. Lakes-Crater, Forests-gymnosperm, Ferns, Forest-Angiosperm, Grand Ronde)   39.0 items

3 145

Palebotany   3.0 items

3 146

Palouse Country-Hills (s.a. Washington-Whitman County)   1.0 items

3 147

People-Miscellaneous   7.0 items

3 148

Photomicrographs 

Box Folder

General   3.0 items

3 149

Algae   25.0 items

3 150

Ferns   18.0 items

3 151

Fungi   6.0 items

3 152

Leaves   42.0 items

3 153

Misc.   5.0 items

3 154

Mitosis   1.0 items

3 155

Mosses   1.0 items

3 156

Parasites   2.0 items

3 157

Roots   16.0 items

3 158

Stems-dicots   32.0 items

3 159

Stems-gymnosperms   11.0 items

3 160

Stems-monocots   8.0 items

3 161

Stems-pteridophytes   16.0 items

3 162
Box Folder

Portraits   1.0 items

3 163

Prairies   5.0 items

4 164

Pullman, Washington   1.0 items

4 165

Reforestation   2.0 items

4 166

Rivers 

Box Folder

General   1.0 items

4 167

Clearwater   26.0 items

4 168

Columbia, General   34.0 items

4 169

Columbia, Kettle Falls   4.0 items

4 170

Columbia, Grand Coulee   2.0 items

4 171

Columbia, Yakima   3.0 items

4 172

Columbia, Wallula   16.0 items

4 173

Columbia, Bingen   30.0 items

4 174

Columbia, Columbia River Highway   4.0 items

4 175

Palouse, Above Colfax   1.0 items

4 176

Palouse, Below Colfax   9.0 items

4 177

Palouse, Middle and Upper Falls   9.0 items

4 178

Palouse, Big Falls   18.0 items

4 179

Palouse, Below Big Falls   5.0 items

4 180

Snake, Above Lewiston   66.0 items

4 181

Snake, Below Lewiston   14.0 items

4 182

Snake, Granite Point Area   27.0 items

4 183

Snake, Geological Formations   12.0 items

4 184

Snake, Near Highway with Bridge   6.0 items

4 185

Snake, Near Mouth   15.0 items

4 186

Yakima    items

4 187
Box Folder

Seedlings   22.0 items

4 188

Seeds   3.0 items

4 189

Snow   66.0 items

4 190

State College of Washington 

Box Folder

Botanical Staff   8.0 items

4 191

Buildings   19.0 items

4 192

Campus Views   14.0 items

4 193

Class Activities   15.0 items

4 194

Silver Lake   3.0 items

4 195
Box Folder

Stems, Modified   23.0 items

4 196

South Dakota   16.0 items

4 197

Sunrise/Sunset (s.a. Clouds)   3.0 items

4 198

Teratology, angiosperms   53.0 items

4 199

Trees   20.0 items

4 200

Vegetative Propagation   2.0 items

4 201

Washington 

Box Folder

Eastern-Misc.   8.0 items

4 202

Asotin County   1.0 items

4 203

Clallam County (s.a. Monuments)   16.0 items

4 204

Columbia County (s.a. Creeks, Forests-gymnosperm)   6.0 items

4 205

Douglas County (s.a. Moses Lake, Grand Coulee, Coulees)   7.0 items

4 206

Ferry County (s.a. Forest-angiosperm, Lakes)   14.0 items

4 207

Franklin County (s.a. Dune vegetation)   1.0 items

4 208

Garfield County   1.0 items

4 209

Grant County   1.0 items

4 210

King County (s.a. Erosion)   1.0 items

4 211

Kitsap County (s.a. Ferns, Forest-angiosperm)   4.0 items

4 212

Kittitas County   1.0 items

4 213

Klickitat County (s.a. Dune vegetation, Ferns, Gardens)   2.0 items

4 214

Pend Oreille County (s.a. Forest-angiosperm, Forest-gymnosperm)   1.0 items

4 215

Skagit County   2.0 items

4 216

Snohomish County (s.a. Forest-alpine, Forest-gymnosperm, Mountains-Glacier Peak)   16.0 items

4 217

Spokane County   3.0 items

4 218

Stevens County   9.0 items

4 219

Walla Walla County (s.a. Dune vegetation, Forest-angiosperm, Monuments)   10.0 items

4 220

Whitman County, Water ways   13.0 items

4 221

Whitman County, Palouse Hills   20.0 items

4 222

Whitman County, Breaks of the Snake   4.0 items

4 223

Yakima County (s.a. Forest-angiosperm, Fort Simcoe, Gardens, Mountains-Adams, Naches Valley)   5.0 items

4 224
Box Folder

Waves   8.0 items

4 225

Weeds   8.0 items

4 226

Winter   4.0 items

4 227

Yakima Park   2.0 items

4 228

Young Men's Christian Association   2.0 items

4 229

Zea   1.0 items

4 230

Strays and Unidentified   8.0 items

4 231

Subseries 1.2: Selections from the negatives, stressing photographs of the campus of Washington State University   approx. 200 items

Box Folder

WSU: new women's dormitory, 1937 May 

5 232

Pullman: elevator fire, 1921 

5 233

WSU: President's mansion, 1921 

5 234

WSU: campus through Maiden Lane arch, 1921 April 

5 235

WSU: YMCA, 1921 

5 236

Pullman: concrete bridge, 1921 

5 237

WSU: women's gymnasium under construction, 1937 May 

5 238

WSU: Silver Lake, 1915-1916 

5 239

WSU: Stimson Hall, 1935 May 

5 240

Barker family, 1915 

5 241

WSU: new science building, 1935 May 

5 242

WSU: icicles on old gymnasium, 1929 January 

5 243

WSU-Oregon football game, 1921 

5 244

WSU: "West along the walk from Wilson Hall," 1927 December 

5 245

WSU: McCroskey Hall, Music Hall, Morrill Hall; 1923 

5 246

WSU: Science Hall from Ferry Hall, 1927 

5 247

Harvesting, 1921 August 

5 248

WSU: "Looking across the Lake," 1923 December 

5 249

WSU: The Path and "The Rustic Bridge," 1923 

5 250

WSU: "The Pond," 1923 June 

5 251

WSU: gymnasium, 1921 

5 252

WSU: "Athletics" (high school track and field), 1915 

5 253

WSU: Community Hall, 1922 January 

5 254

WSU: new science building, 1936 

5 255

Pullman: "Birches," 1923 December 

5 256

Pasco-Kennewick bridge, 1922 August 

5 257

WSU: McCroskey Hall, 1922 January 

5 258

WSU from the southwest, 1923 

5 259

WSU: "The Bell," 1917 

5 260

WSU: Plant History laboratory scene, 1921 

5 261

WSU: new men's dormitory, 1923 June 

5 262

View of Pullman from WSU, 1923 

5 263

WSU: Mechanical Arts building, 1924 

5 264

Unidentified Washington landscapes, undated 

5 265

Miscellaneous unidentified WSU photographs: laboratory, athletics, WSU buildings and surroundings, male student in military uniform; undated 

5 266

WSU delegation to Seabeck, 1918 

5 267

WSU: Maiden Lane arch, undated 

5 268

Pullman views, 1933 January 

5 269

Views of WSU, undated 

5 270

WSU: Campus Day, 1917 May 10 

5 271

WSU: cyclone damage, 1925 

5 272

WSU: E.O. Holland's Armistice Day speech, 1920 November 11 

5 273

WSU: "Trees," undated 

WSU: Bryan Hall, 1921 and 1923 

5 274

WSU: "Live Question Class," 1917 and 1921 

5 275

WSU: buildings, 1939. Includes women's gymnasium, Van Doren Hall, men's gymnasium, Ferry Hall, Administration Building, new dormitory, Old Science 

5 276

WSU-Idaho football game, 1921 October 22 

5 277

Pullman: M. E. (Methodist) Church, 1924 January 

5 278

WSU: "Open House Demonstration: 'Flesh-Eating Horse,'" 1930 

5 279

Juliaetta Grade: view of Potlatch Creek Valley, 1933 

5 280

Rosalia: harvesting, 1921 

5 281

WSU: ROTC inspection, 1918 

5 282

WSU: Taxonomy class (students doing fieldwork near campus), undated 

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Series 2: Botanical Notes 

Box Folder

Moss descriptions   approx. 50 items

6 283

Moss accessions, specimen numbers 1-855, notebook   1.0 items

6 284

Moss accessions, specimen numbers 1-164, notebook   1.0 items

6 285

Moss accessions, specimen numbers 165-405, notebook   approx. 140 items

6 286

Lichen accessions, specimen numbers 1-114, notebook   1.0 items

6 287

Vascular Plants, specimen numbers 1-1100, notebook   1.0 items

6 288

Vascular Plants, specimen numbers 1100-1699, notebook   1.0 items

6 289

Moss and Lichen Lists, notecards and loose papers, Includes some correspondence which includes lists   approx. 65 items

6 290

Moss notecards   approx. 500+ items

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