Oregon State University. Apparel, Interiors, Housing, and Merchandising
Housing, and Merchandising Department Records
1918-1967 ( inclusive )
0.35 cubic foot (1 box) 1 microfilm reel
The Apparel, Interiors, Housing and Merchandising Department Records document the administration of the department, student enrollment,
and curriculum, as well as the research of Joan Patterson into the use of
Oregon flax in commercial textiles and fabrics during the late 1940s and early
Oregon State University
Funding for encoding this
finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for
Courses associated with the domestic arts - sewing, dressmaking, house
furnishing, and kitchen gardening - were first taught at Oregon Agricultural
College in the early 1890s. In 1908 the Domestic Art Department was created,
and became the Household Art Dept. in 1918. The name was changed to the Dept.
of Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts in 1926, and retained that name for
around 60 years. About 1986 the department was changed to Apparel, Interiors,
& Merchandising, and by 1990 it was known as Apparel, Interiors, Housing
Department heads have included Helen Brooks (1911-1917), Helen Lee Davis
(1917-1930), Alma C. Fritchoff (1930-1948), Gertrude Strickland (1949-1953),
Lucy Lane (1953-1954), Florence Petzel (1954-1961 & 1968-1976), Holly
Schrank (1976-1980), and Sally Francis (1983-2000).
Subgroup 1 records document the administration of the department,
student enrollment, and curriculum. Subgroup 2 documents the research of Joan
Patterson into the use of Oregon flax in commercial textiles and fabrics during
the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her research was funded by grants from the
Purnell Fund and the Oregon State Flax Board.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
The collection is divided into two subgroups: I. Department
Administration and II. Flax Research. Subgroup one is divided into eight
series: I. Enrollment; II. Biennial Reports; III. Curriculum; IV. Committees -
School of Home Economics; V. Gifts; VI. Correspondence; VII. Curriculum-Course
Outlines; and VIII. Scholarships; Awards and Fellowships. Subgroup two is divided
into two series: I. Correspondence and II. Reports.
Future Additions :
Additions to the collection are expected.
Related Materials :
Other materials pertaining to this collection are in the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141) and Photographs (P 44) and the Memorabilia Collection.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Subgroup 1: Department
Series I: Enrollment, 1928-1963
Series II: Biennial Reports, 1918-1960
Series III: Curriculum, 1956-1961
Series IV: Committees - School of Home