Guide to the Dean of Women's Office Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Dean of Women.
Title: Dean of Women's Office Photographs
Dates: 1941-1961 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot, including 4 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 097
Summary: The Dean of Women's Office Photographs consist of group photographs of the participants at the housemothers conferences held at Oregon State University.
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. 

Historical Note

The Dean of Women's Office was established in 1911 with responsibility for the general welfare of the college's female students. Anna Zoe Crayne was the first Dean. Kate W. Jameson, Dean of Women from 1924-1941, added many programs to the purview of the office, including the Associated Women Students, Mortar Board, and other honorary societies. The office provided housing and employment services, helped to coordinate social and activity programs, and counseled students "on matters of general and personal welfare".

Conferences for housemothers, student counselors, and other advisors to student living groups were held at Oregon State for several weeks during the summer from 1940 until the early 1960s. The conference were attended by women from throughout United States. In the 1950s, the event became known as the Hostesses and Head Residents Conference.

Content Description

The Dean of Women's Office Photographs consists of group photographs of the participants in the conference for housemothers, hostesses, and head residents at Oregon State in the summers of 1941, 1951 (2 prints), and 1961. All of the images are b/w prints; the 1951 and 1961 images include the participants' names. The 1951 photographs were made by Hise Studio in Corvallis, Oregon.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Dean of Women's Office Photographs (P 097), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were acquired by the Archives in the 1960s.

Related Materials :  

Additional materials pertaining to housemothers at Oregon State are available in the Resident Hostess Club of Oregon State College Records (RG 133), the Memorabilia Collection (MC-Housemothers for Fraternities and MC-Housemothers Conferences), and Harriet's Collection (#2655). Materials pertaining to the administration and programs of the Dean of Women are available in the Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 057).


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Employees.
  • Oregon State University--Employees.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Congresses and conventions--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Housemothers--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
    • Other Creators :
    • Hise Studio.

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