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Chester E. Corry papers

Identifier: Coll 522

Scope and Contents

The plans series contains primarily hand-drawn plans, as well as office copies, for Corry's residential and public landscape architecture projects. Supplemental project materials including building and irrigation plans from other architects, cost estimates, and notes can also be found with some landscape design projects. Most projects were conducted in Ashland and Medford, Oregon, however several other areas, including 17 cities and counties in Oregon, five cities in California, and one city in Massachusetts, can be found among the plans. Public projects of note include Corry's designs for Lithia Park (Ashland, Oregon); several banks and schools in Ashland and Medford, Oregon; Yreka City Park (Yreka, California); and work commissioned by the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association.

The personal papers series contains a photocopy of a Certificate of Appreciation presented to Chester Corry by the city council of Ashland, Oregon, correspondence, clippings related to Corry's work, and an autobiography entitled "Some Interesting Facts of the Chet Corry Story."


  • 1947-1989


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Biographical / Historical

Chester E. Corry (1906-1989) was an Oregon landscape architect who worked predominantly in southern Oregon. Corry is best known for his work at Ashland's Lithia Park. Born in Columbia, North Dakota, in 1906, Corry spent most of his childhood in Glendora, California. Corry received a professional degree in landscape architecture from Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) in 1930. During the early 1930s, Corry worked for Portland's Lambert Gardens and the National Park Service at Mt. Lassen. This experience enabled Corry to become Ashland's assistant park superintendent in 1936 and then park superintendent in 1937, a position he held until his retirement in 1969.

Lithia Park, originally designed by John McLaren, officially open in 1916. Guided by McLaren's plans and by implementing his own designs, Chester Corry worked to expand areas of the park and enhance its natural beauty. Following his retirement, Corry remained a consultant to the park until his death in 1989. Corry's legacy continues to have an impact on the park and in 2019, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission dubbed 1929-1969 the "Chet Corry Era" on their Cultural Legacy Timeline for Lithia Park.


Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission. Lithia Park: The Next 100 Years. November 2019.

"Some Interesting Facts of the Chet Corry Story" autobiography, circa 1986-1986, Chester E. Corry papers, Coll 522, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Kerr, Molly Walker. "Chester Corry: 'Mr. Lithia Park.'" Southern Oregon Heritage Today. August 2001.

Powers, Dennis. "The Jewel of Lithia Park." In Past & Present: What You Might Not Know (But Want To) About Southern Oregon History. 2013.


50 linear feet (172 containers) : 51 (36" x 48") oversize folders, 67 (30" x 40") oversize folders, 35 (24" x 36") oversize folders, 12 variable length single roll storage boxes, 2 (31.5" x 23.5" x 3.25") oversize flat boxes, 1 (24.75" x 20.75" x 3.25") flat box, 1 (21.75" x 17.75" x 2.75") flat box, 1 half-manuscript box

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Chester E. Corry (1906-1989) was an Oregon landscape architect who worked predominantly in southern Oregon and is best known for his work at Ashland's Lithia Park. The Chester E. Corry papers contain landscape architecture plans for public areas and residential clients, some accompanying documentation for landscape projects, clippings, correspondence, and an autobiography.


The Chester E. Corry papers are arranged in two series: 1. Plans, circa 1947-1989 and 2. Personal papers, circa 1960s-1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Christy Van Heukelem, 1989-1990.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items are available online in the Chester E. Corry papers, 1947-1989 in Oregon Digital.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Liliya Benz, 2021.

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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