Adalbert G. Bettman photographs

Goodman Bettman Bertha and Goodman Bettman Hires Root Beer display window at Bettman's Drugstore Paine's Celery Compound display window at Bettman's Drugstore Spiro Deodorant display window at Bettman's Drugstore Interior view of Goodman Bettman's Drugstore Ice storm damage on Northwest Lovejoy Funeral procession for World War I soldiers Adalbert G. Bettman and medical skeleton Agricultural Building, Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905 Downtown Portland looking towards Mt. Tabor Sternwheeler on the Willamette River near the Morrison Bridge Lownsdale Fountain and Elk Statue Group on Woodland Trail at the Peavy Arboretum Forestry Building, Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905 Bertha and Goodman Bettman inside Bettman's Drugstore Bettman's Drugstore Interior Train Engine 84 Parade float Chime Fountain, Washington Park Willamette Falls Willamette Falls Unidentified waterfall Unidentified waterfall Unidentified river Unidentified body of water Unidentified residence Adalbert G. Bettman residence
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Org. Lot 4

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Adalbert G. Bettman photographs


  • 1880-1920 (Creation)


0.46 cubic feet; 1 document case; 1 folder in shared box

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Biographical history

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,

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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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Collection is open for research.

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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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  • English

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Acquired November 1976 (Photo Acc. 000D010).

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Preferred citation: Adalbert G. Bettman photographs, Org. Lot 4, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Zoe Maughan

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