Guide to the Thayer Raymond Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Raymond, Thayer
Title: Thayer Raymond Collection
Dates: 1912-circa 1990 ( inclusive )
1915-1922 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MSS Raymond
Summary: The Thayer Raymond Collection documents Raymond's activities as a high school and college student as well as her first years as a high school teacher. Raymond, a native of Raymond, Washington, graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1919.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Ruth Thayer Raymond ("Teddy") graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1919 with a BS degreee in home economics. She graduated from Raymond (Washington) High School in 1915. She was a member of Delta Psi sorority at OAC.

Raymond taught domestic science and arts at the South Bend High School (Washington) from 1919 until the early 1930s and then taught home economics in Tacoma, Washington, through the early 1950s. In 1921/22, she taught home economics in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Raymond returned to OAC for graduate study in 1925/26 and also attended the 1938 summer session.

Content Description

The Thayer Raymond Collection consists of a photograph album compiled by Raymond; several loose photographs; and a sound recording. The photograph album includes photographs and memorabilia of Raymond's student years in high school and college; automobile camping trips; and the beginning of her teaching career at South Bend High School in Washington. Of particular note are photographs of a high school drama production; students and student activities; the Raymond family; outings, picnics, camping, and automobile trips; the Oregon Agricultural College campus; a view of 4th Street in Corvallis, Oregon; and the town of and region around Raymond, Washington. Memorabila includes dance cards, clippings, and a 1919 commencement program and invitation.

The loose photographs include a color photographic print of Thayer Raymond made in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The sound recording is a 12-inch 33 1/3 rpm disk of Thayer Raymond speaking in an Oregon State College Speech Department voice and diction class recorded in the summer of 1938.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Thayer Raymond Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

These materials were donated to the College of Home Economics and Education by Raymond's estate and transferred to the OSU Archives in 1997.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students
  • Geographical Names :
  • Raymond (Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums

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