Guide to the Catherine Perry Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Perry, Catherine Eleanor, 1916-1992.
Title: Catherine Perry Collection
Dates: 1924-1965 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 cubic ft.
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Catherine Perry Collection consists of music-related materials assembled by Perry as a music student and teacher.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Catherine Perry was an OSU alumna and Corvallis music teacher. She was born in Corvallis and graduated from Corvallis High School. Perry enrolled (as Catherine Eleanor Jordan Sherwood) at Oregon State College in 1934 and attended OSC from 1934 to 1939 and again from 1944 to 1947 as a home economics student. She took numerous music courses during this time including piano courses, likely taught by Lillian Petri. She enrolled again at OSU for music courses in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was a close friend of Paul and Lillian Petri. Paul Petri was head of the Music Department at Oregon State from 1924- 1947. Perry died in Corvallis in October 1992.

Content Description

The Petri publications include Mind Over Muscle (1924) and Music Fundamentals Correlated, volumes I-III (1927). Both pertain to piano technique. The programs include musical events sponsored by the Oregon State College Liberal Arts Programs Committee, the Corvallis OSU Music Association, the OSU Music Department, and other organizations. The notebooks include notes, directions, and instructions received by Perry in piano lessons, probably given by Lillian Petri.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Catherine Perry Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into three series: I. Lillian Jeffreys Petri Publications; II. Music Concert Programs; III. Notebooks.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to music instruction at OSU are in the Department of Music Records (RG 148), the Helen Plinkiewisch Papers, and the Lillian Jeffreys Petri Collection.


    • Subject Terms :
    • Concert programs--Oregon.
    • Music--Instruction and study--Oregon.
    • Titles within the Collection :
    • Mind over muscle.
    • Music fundamentals correlated.
      • Other Creators :
      • Petri, Lillian Jeffreys.

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