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Barbara Fealy landscape architectural records

Identifier: Coll 262

Scope and Contents

The client files series contains correspondence, notes, estimates, and billings related to Fealy's landscape architectural jobs and projects. The original files included photographs, which were separated during initial processing and transferred to the photographs series. Likewise, oversize plans and drawings, once folded and included in the original files, were flattened and incorporated into the architectural drawings series.

The photographs series contains 35mm color snapshots, black and white prints, slides, and negatives. The majority of photographs depict Fealy’s work sites prior to and after landscaping however, some family photos are also present.

The architectural drawings series contains landscape architectural designs that were originally folded within client files. Drawings include general landscaping plans and designs, sections, perspectives, detailed construction drawings, irrigation plans, and planting plans for public areas, businesses, and private residences. Designs co-created by Fealy's mentor Marlene Salon, as well as some that were outsourced to other designers, are also included. A variety of locations are present among the drawings including 65 unique areas in Oregon, 15 areas in Washington, two areas in California, and one area each in North Carolina, British Columbia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.


  • circa 1950-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Bertha Vorse Fealy (1903-2000) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Albert Justin and Bettie Vorse. Albert Vorse owned one of Utah's largest wholesale nurseries, and Barbara grew up assisting with his operation. In 1921, Fealy attended the University of Illinois to study landscape architecture. Surveying and drawing were two essential components of the curriculum, and classical elements of drawing were emphasized. Fealy's artistic style became influenced by John Constable, Gertrude Jekyll, and Thomas Church.

From 1926-1929, Fealy worked for McCrary, Culley and Carhart in Denver, Colorado. Fealy ultimately started her own firm in 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved her firm to Beaverton, Oregon in 1947 and spent the remainder of her life in the Pacific Northwest. Fealy received several honors and awards during the late 1980s and early 1990s including an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award for her work on the Salishan Lodge in 1988 and an ASLA Merit Award for her work on the Lewis Residence in 1989. Fealy was also the first woman to be elected as fellow to the ASLA in 1985.

Most of Fealy's work was for private residences in the Pacific Northwest, however, she completed several commercial projects. Commercial projects in Portland, Oregon included landscape designs for the Catlin-Gabel School, First Unitarian Church, Graphic Arts Center, Leach Botanical Garden, Marquam Plaza Office Building, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Saint Pius X Parish, and Western Forestry Center. Other projects of note included Eagle Crest (Redmond, Oregon), Evergreen Aviation (Hillsboro, Oregon), Longview Medical Center (Longview, Washington), Salishan Lodge (Gleneden Beach, Oregon), Skamania County Courthouse (Skamania, Washington), Sokol Blosser Winery (Newberg, Oregon), Timberline Lodge (Government Camp, Oregon), Waverly Country Club (Lake Oswego, Oregon), Willamette View Manor (Milwaukie, Oregon), and Yurigawa Park (Sapporo, Japan).

Fealy continued to practice landscape architecture through 1995, at the age of 92. She then lived with her daughter, Susan "Valencia" Fealy in Seattle, Washington, and then in an apartment in Beaverton, Oregon, where she lived until her death in December 2000. She loved landscape architecture and said she could not think of another career that would have given her greater satisfaction.

For further information, see Katherine Ann Supplee's master's thesis for the University of Washington entitled Barbara Fealy (1993).


574.5 linear feet (158 containers) : 3 record storage boxes; 1 manuscript box; 1 oversize flat box (31.5 x 23.5 x 3.25); 1 flat box (24.75 x 20.75 x 3.25); 3 small photo boxes (8.25 x 6 x 3.25); 2 variable length, single roll storage boxes (49.75 x 5.5 x 5.5); 2 variable length, single roll storage boxes (44.5 x 5.5 x 5.5); 1 variable length, single roll storage box (32.5 x 5.5 x 5.5); 103 oversize folders (36 x 48); 28 oversize folders (30 x 40); 13 oversize folders (24 x 36)

Language of Materials



Barbara Fealy (1903-2000) was a landscape architect who primarily practiced in the Pacific Northwest. The Barbara Fealy landscape architectural records include her firm’s architectural drawings, client files, and photographs.


The Barbara Fealy landscape architectural records collection is arranged in three series: 1. Client files, 2. Photographs, and 3. Architectural drawings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Barbara Fealy, 1994.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items are available online in the Barbara Fealy Landscape Architectural Records, 1966-1993 in Oregon Digital.


Supplee, Katherine Anne. Barbara Fealy. M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, 1993.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Mark Conley, Elizabeth Duell, John Roesch, and Lisa Chinn, 2009. Revisions completed by Liliya Benz, 2021.

Upon initial processing (2009), photographs were separated from original client files and transferred to PH350. They have since been reunited with the original collection and can be found within Series 2. Photographs.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Barbara Fealy landscape architectural records
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Finding aid prepared by Mark Conley, Elizabeth Duell, John Roesch, and Lisa Chinn. Revisions by Liliya Benz.
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Finding aid written in English.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA