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Harry B. Yocom faculty papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 225

Scope and Contents

The collection of Harry B. Yocom’s faculty papers includes his work from his graduate studies as University of California and his work at University on Oregon from 1920 to 1958. The majority of the collection is comprised of lecture notes and research notes, focusing on his courses in zoology and his research on the biological makeup of the Coos Bay region of Oregon.

Additionally included is his dissertation for the University of California, titled “The Neuromo for Apparatus of Euplotes Patella” as well as published and Unpublished papers on a range of topics such as Telosynapis in the male germ cell of an hemipteran, the suprarenal cortex of peromyscus maniculatus, a study on the cells of the ovary, the reaction of protozoa in sea water, the study of species in the Coos Bay region and the study of wild birds.

Personal information on the life of Yocom is also included in way of documentation of his time serving in the US military and through his personal correspondence from 1935- 1956. These letters address issues such as Yokum’s heart condition, his role as department head, his resignation from department head, the role of the biology department in concern with World War II as well as personal correspondence with colleagues.

Also included are four folders that contain the college notes and research of Catharine W. Beckley, Yocom’s second wife. Beckley studied at the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining her bachelors of science in biology in 1910. Later Beckley went on to conduct research as a field worker at the Norton State Hospital.


  • circa 1906-1956


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Biographical / Historical

Harry Barclay Yocom (1888-1958) was on July 12, 1888 to Franklin Rogers Yocom and Elizabeth Penrose in Pennsville, Ohio. Obtaining his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in 1912, he then moved on to study at University of California where he worked as a Graduate assistant, obtaining his master's and then PHD in the study of biology in 1918. At this point, Yocom spent a year serving the US military as a lieutenant in the Sanitary Corps. During his time in the service Yocom’s first wife, Florence Torrey Yocom, gave birth to their first child, allowing Yocom to be released from service and return home to Berkeley, California. He would later go on to marry Catharine W. Beckley, his second wife. In 1919 Yocom began his career in education, teaching first at the College of the City of New York. He then moved to University of Oregon in 1920 and continued teaching there until his death on December 14, 1958. At the University of Oregon, Yocom taught in the department of Biology, teaching courses in general zoology, vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, and parasitology. He served as the head of the department until 1945 when he was forced to take a year-long sabbatical due to a heart disorder called angina pectoris. Additionally, Yocom served as the Associate Director of the Institute of Marine Biology and on the Committee of Sigma Xi, a society honoring scientific investigation. Yocom’s major works included but were not limited to the study of the biological make-up of the Coos Bay region of Oregon, marine biological work in Oregon, and the study of luteal cells in wild birds.


1.5 linear feet (1 record storage box)

Language of Materials



Harry B. Yocom was a University of Oregon Professor who served in the department of biology from 1920 until his death in 1958. He taught classes in zoology and served as the head of the biology department until 1945. The collection consists of course and lecture notes from his time at the University of Oregon as well as research notes that center around the biological make-up of the Coos Bay Region of Oregon. The material also includes Yocom’s personal correspondence as well as four folders of his wife, Catharine W. Beckley’s class and research notes.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Irene Blair

Physical Description

1 container

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marcella Hardin

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 Harry B. Yocom Faculty Papers
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Finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA