Campus Landscape


  • 1904. University Day. Conceived by UO President Prince Lucien Campbell as a constructive way to channel student energies as opposed to playing 'king of the mountain' on top of Villard Hall. Building sidewalks (replacing wooden planks) was an early University Day activity, and portions of sidewalks with 'University Day' and dates can be seen on the sidewalks leading to Deady Hall's west facade.
  • 1939.Eight Pyramidal English oaks were planted nearby the Library and Art Museum in memory of Robert Chase Bailey, 1929 Senior Class president who drowned in the Millrace.
  • 1962. The Columbus Day storm (Typhoon Frieda) struck on Oct. 12 and downed 66 trees on campus; more were later removed. Wallace Ruff developed plans for new trees.
  • 1970. 13th Avenue through UO is closed to regular traffic.
  • 1970. Access to the 1967 Autzen Stadium from the UO campus was greatly enhanced when the Autzen Footbridge spanned the Willamette and the railroad underpass was created to facilitate access to it.
  • 1990. University Day (May 17) is revived by students Brian Sandy and Doug Untalan
  • 1999. UO Entrances. Landscape Architect: Cameron McCarthy Gilbert & Scheibe (Eugene).
    Construction ended in 1999 on entrance signage, landscape, and gate improvements (Southgate, Westgate, and the corner of Franklin and University).
  • 2008.  Campus Heritage Landscape Plan completed.



Jette, George S. 100 years, 100 trees : record of trees planted, University of Oregon, Eugene, University of Oregon Foundation, 1976-1983. Eugene, Or. : The Foundation, 1983 Knapp, Kenneth W

Jette, George. Trees of the Oregon campus, University of Oregon at Eugene . Corvallis, Or. : O.S.U. Book Stores, 1980

May, Mande. University of Oregon atlas of trees : inventory to date, March 1996 / Mande May
Publisher Eugene, Or. : Office of University Planning, University of Oregon, 1996

Newspaper Articles


  • "Acorns from hollow oak that saved King to grow on campus. Colonel Leader brings last crop from historic tree of England," Daily Emerald, 01/19/1918, 2


  • "Trees left by classes to be marked soon," Daily Emerald, 03/02/1922, 4
  • "Trees about campus are growing rapidly," Daily Emerald, 03/01/1924, 3
  • "Cut-leaf birch trees to beautify campus," Daily Emerald, 03/29/1924, 1
  • "Stately campus trees stand as memory of former days," Daily Emerald, 05/06/1925, 1
  • ""Save our cedar" is death cry for fir.," Daily Emerald, 11/02/1926, 1
  • "Valuable spruce tree received for campus," Daily Emerald, 11/04/1926, 3
  • "F. S. Dunn advocates labelling of trees," Daily Emerald, 11/30/1926, 1
  • "Campus tree and flowers have interesting history," Daily Emerald, 10/06/1927, 4
  • "Holly trees donated to Univerisity," Daily Emerald, 10/19/1927, 1


  • "Old Grad's gift tree stand as silent campus sentinals," Daily Emerald, 11/08/1930, 3
  • "University of Oregon alums instrumental in placing trees on campus," Daily Emerald, 10/26/1933, 1
  • "Tree left by old graduates beautify University campus," Daily Emerald, 10/19/1934, 1
  • "The University's own arbor day. By Frederic S. Dunn," Daily Emerald, 10/27/1934, 2
  • "Ancient campus poplars replaced," Daily Emerald, 10/03/1935, 1
  • ""Billie" Rivers no longer tends to tall poplars.," Daily Emerald, 10/08/1935, 1
  • "Two Condon cedars moved near shack," Daily Emerald, 10/09/1935, 4


  • "University of Oregon trees take beating during 'Silver Thaw' blitz," Daily Emerald, 01/10/1942, 8
  • "Gran-donated trees shade University of Oregon. By Freda Weber," Daily Emerald, 04/01/1943, 8
  • "Trees laud past classes," Daily Emerald, 12/06/1947, 2
  • "University accepts memorial tree gift, Mrs. CA Strong gave memorial to father L. F. Henderson.", Daily Emerald, 02/19/1949, 3


  • "Traditions suffer as University grows; several class trees bow to expansion," Daily Emerald, 02/02/1950, 7
  • "Shaky firs, locusts, to get ax soon," Daily Emerald, 02/09/1951, 6
  • "'Buckeye' tree gift of Ohio governor, Rose Bowl Game Bet", Daily Emerald, 04/14/1958, 1
  • "...the Buckeye tree..," Daily Emerald, 04/15/1958, 1, il.


  • "Rosebowl offering one of many University of Oregon trees, Ohio Buckeye sent by Ohion State University after 1958 Rosebowl game.", Daily Emerald, 01/14/1960, 8


  • "Instructor publishes catelog of campus trees, Kenneth Knapp", Daily Emerald, 05/01/1975, 2
  • "Univeristy tree book completed, by Kenneth Knapp", Daily Emerald, 06/23/1975, 4
  • "Threes headed for campus,"Univeristy Wome's Club's "100 Years"-100 trees celebrates centennial", Daily Emerald, 03/11/1976, 8
  • "Physical plant to topple tree, University of Oregon's Knobcone Pine", Daily Emerald, 11/08/1976, 1
  • "Ice storm causes tree to topple," Daily Emerald, 11/23/1977, 1