Guide to the Apparel, Interiors, Housing, and Merchandising Department Records
1918-1967

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Apparel, Interiors, Housing, and Merchandising Dept.
Title: Apparel, Interiors, Housing, and Merchandising Department Records
Dates: 1918-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.35 cubic foot (1 box)
1 microfilm reel
Collection Number: RG 028
Summary: 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 1950s.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

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

Historical Note

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 & Merchandising.

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).

Content Description

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 :  

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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 Administration, 1918-1967
Container(s)
Description
Series I: Enrollment, 1928-1963
Reel
Folder
1 1 1928-1947
1 2 1948-1949
1 3 1949-1950
1 4 1950-1951
1 5 1951-1952
1 6 1952-1953
1 7 1953-1954
1 8 1958-1959
1 9 1959-1960
1 10 1960-1961
Box
1 1958-1963
Series II: Biennial Reports, 1918-1960
Reel
Folder
1 1 1918-1944
1 2 1956-1958
1 3 1958-1960
Series III: Curriculum, 1956-1961
Reel
Folder
1 1 1956-1957
1 2 1957-1958
1 3 1958-1959
1 4 1960-1961
Series IV: Committees - School of Home Economics, 1956-1960
Reel
Folder
1 1 1956-1957
1 2 1959-1960
Series V: Gifts, 1957-1960
Reel
Folder
1 1 1957-1958
1 2 1959-1960
Series VI: Correspondence, 1944-1967
School of Home Economics, 1944-1960
Reel
Folder
1 1 1944-1945
1 2 1945-1946
1 3 Letters, 1946-1947
1 4 Miscellaneous, 1956-1957
1 5 1960-1961
Box
1 Florence Petzel (dept. chair) and Martha Gene Sheldon (Texas Tech), 1958-1959
1 Teaching positions at other universities, 1965-1967
Series VII: Curriculum-Course Outlines, 1950-1967
Reel
Folder
1 1 General
1 2 MCTRA
1 3 Communications, 1958-1959
1 4 Basic Workshop, Summer 1957
1 5 Deans and Department Heads Meet, 1956-1957
1 6 Dad's Weekend, 1956-1957
1 7 Philosophy of Education Committee, 1956-1957
1 8 Kasetsart
1 9 Future Needs of Oregon State College
1 10 Salaries, 1958-1959
1 11 Radio, 1958-1959
1 12 Newsletters, 1958-1959
1 13 Mother's Weekend, 1958-1959
1 14 Visitors to Department, 1958-1959
1 15 Student Honesty, 1958-1959
1 16 Agriculture School Meetings, 1959-1960
1 17 Television, 1959-1960
1 18 Open House - School of Home Economics, 1961-1962
1 19 KOAC
1 20 Field Trip, 1960
1 21 Publicity, 1960-1961
Box
1 Summer Session, 1956-1967
Box
1 Thesis abstract, 1950
Box
1 Beaver Open House, 1966
Box
1 Series VIII: Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships, 1962

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Subgroup 2:  Flax Research (Joan Patterson)
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Series I: Correspondence, 1947-1954
Box
1 1947-June 1950
1 July 1950-1951
1 1952-1954

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Series II:  Reports, 1950-1954

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State College. School of Home Economics
    • Subject Terms :
    • Flax--Oregon
    • Home economics--Study and teaching--Oregon--Corvallis
    • Textile research--Oregon--Corvallis
      • Other Creators :
      • Patterson, Joan, 1907-
      • Petzel, Florence Eloise

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