Name and location of repository
Level of description
Adalbert G. Bettman photographs
- 1880-1920 (Creation)
0.46 cubic feet; 1 document case; 1 folder in shared box
Name of creator
Dr. Adalbert Goodman Bettman was born to Bertha and Goodman Bettman in 1883. He was licensed as a pharmacist in 1902 and worked at his father's drugstore in Eugene, Oregon, to finance his education at the University of Oregon Medical School. He obtained his medical degree in 1907 and entered private practice in Portland in 1908. He specialized in reconstructive plastic surgery, becoming one of the first plastic surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. He pioneered innovative methods for the treatment and healing of burns, including the use of tannic acid-silver nitrate as a treatment. He invented and patented a sanitary (spoonless) measuring sugar bowl in 1914. He was involved in the formation of the University of Oregon Medical School Alumni Association and was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of B'nai B'rith and the Royal Rosarians. Bettman retired in 1963 and died in 1964.
Source: "Adalbert G. Bettman (1883 - 1964)," by Sara Piasecki, Oregon Encyclopedia, https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/bettman_adalbert_g_1883_1964_/
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Scope and content
The collection contains 64 glass negatives, 44 sheet film negatives, and 39 photographic prints taken by or attributed to the Bettman family between approximately 1880 and 1920. Thirty-five of the prints have corresponding negatives in the collection. Negative numbers are noted on the back of prints when known. The collection includes individual and family portraits, views of the interior and displays of the Bettman drugstore, photographs depicting medical equipment and practice, including a neck brace and Adalbert G. Bettman’s sanitary measuring sugar bowl, and scenes throughout Oregon, including Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis. This collection may be of interest to individuals researching the history of medicine, pharmacy, and plastic surgery in Oregon.
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Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Acquired November 1976 (Photo Acc. 000D010).
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Preferred citation: Adalbert G. Bettman photographs, Org. Lot 4, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
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Rules or conventions
Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.