Guide to the Ava Milam Clark Papers
1888-1972

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Clark, Ava Milam, 1884-1976
Title: Ava Milam Clark Papers
Dates: 1888-1972 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.6 cubic feet (1 microfilm reel)
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Ava Milam Clark Papers document Clark's role as Dean of Home Economics at Oregon State College from 1917 to 1950 and her international activities as a consultant to home economics programs in China, Japan, Korea, Iraq, and Syria.
Repository: Oregon State University
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 in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Ava Milam Clark was born on November 27, 1884 in Macon, Missouri. She was one of five daughters of Ancil and Louisa Milam. She attended the University of Chicago and obtained her Ph.B. in 1910 and her A.M. degree in 1911. Ava Milam Clark taught two years in public school, 1902-1904, and at Blees Military Academy (Macon, Mo.) from 1904-1907. She was an instructor of Foods and Nutrition at Iowa State College in the summer of 1911, after which she came to Oregon Agricultural College.

From 1911 until 1916 she was professor and head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition. She was made Dean of the School of Home Economics in 1917, serving in that capacity until 1950. In 1922 Clark went to China to help establish a home economics department at Yenching University in Peking. She left Oregon State College in 1931 for one year to work as a consultant in home economics at various universities in the Far East. In 1932 she was made Director of Home Economics for the Oregon State System of Higher Education.

In the summer of 1937 Clark and Alma Fritchoff conducted a home economics tour to China and Japan. For five and one-half months in 1948 she acted as a consultant in home economics colleges in Korea and China and made an educational survey in the Philippines for the Foreign Missions Conference of North America. From 1950 until 1952 Clark served as a home economics advisor to the governments of Syria and Iraq for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She retired from OSC in 1950 and was made Dean Emeritus.

Clark wrote many articles for various professional magazines and two books, A Study of Student Homes of China (1930), and her autobiography, Adventures of a Home Economist, with Kenneth Munford (OSU Press, 1969). Ava Milam married J.C. Clark on November 1, 1952. She received the Distinguished Service Award from OSU in 1966 and the same award from Yonsei University in 1968. Ava Milam Clark died on August 14, 1976.

Content Description

The papers of Ava Milam Clark consist of seven boxes containing correspondence from 1903 until 1971; speeches on the Orient; information on Chinese family customs; Food and Agriculture Organization monthly reports; information on education in Syria, Iraq, and the Philippines; travel itineraries; radio talks, 1933-1954; notes; quotations; photographs; awards; information on home economics at OSU; newspaper clippings; student reports and term papers; her two books; and various items belonging to J.C. Clark, her husband. The reel of microfilm consists of J. C. Clark's YMCA letters and reports from 1911-1918.

Boxes 1-4 were rearranged according to accepted rules for manuscript collections. Boxes 5 and 6 consist of information used in writing her autobiography and were transferred to the Archives by the OSU Office of Publications. The two boxes were left in the order received. Box 7 consists of photographs of Ava Milam and Jesse Clark, friends and family; Ava Milam Clark's travels abroad; and her homes in Corvallis and McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Ava Milam Clark Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into several groupings by type of material. Most groupings arranged chronologically.

Related Materials :  

Other materials pertaining to Clark and home economics are available in the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141) and Photographs (P 44) and the Ava Milam & Jesse C. Clark Photographic Collection (P 152).


Detailed Description of the Collection

Family Items
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Personal Data
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Teachers Certificate and Convocation Program - University of Chicago
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Thesis, "Factors Affecting the Economic and Dietetic Value of Foods", 1911
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Speeches on Home Economics
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Student Reports and Term Papers
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J.C. Clark
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1 Address Books
1 American Baptist Assembly Green Lake, Wisconsin
1 Articles Written by J.C. Clark
1 Correspondence, 1932-1956
1 Diary (1954) and Notebook
1 Obituaries
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1 YMCA Letters and Reports, 1911-1918
1 Certificate, newspaper clipping, poems, itinerary, RR pass, health report
1 YMCA Material

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Book of Letters from Former Students and Colleagues
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Guest Book, Green Lake
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YMCA Reports (J.C. Clark), 1911-1927
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Correspondence, 1903-1950
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Correspondence, 1951-1971
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Telegrams
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Correspondence to Margaret Snell (from OAC) (copies), 1888-1889
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Letters after J.C. Clark's passing
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Personal Miscellaneous
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Personal letters, 1930-1936; 1952-1971
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J.C. Clark's letters to children
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Personal letters to each other (Ava & J.C. Clark)
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Foreign Addresses
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Note cards - Chinese Family Customs
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FAO
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YMCA
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Orient
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3 Chinese Family and Homes
3 Chinese Marriage Customs
3 China-Miscellaneous
3 Chinese Survey
3 Education in China
3 Japan-Journal of Japan
3 Korean Diet
3 A Study of Student Homes of China
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3 Manuscript
3 Book
3 Reviews of book
3 Miscellaneous Papers on China
3 Speeches on the Orient
3 The Korean People (with photos)
3 Yenching University
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3 Board of Trustees Newsletters, 1930-1946
3 Yenching News and Miscellaneous information, 1924-1945
3 Alumni News, 1968-1969
3 Yonsei University Journal

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Home Economics Conference in the Caribbean
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Middle East
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3 Reports on the Arab World
3 Lebanon-Miscellaneous
3 Education in Syria
3 Syria-Miscellaneous
3 Iraq-Education and Home Economics
3 Iraq-FAO Monthly Reports
3 Iraq-Queen Aliya College
3 Iraq-Report of a Mission to Iraq
3 Iraq-Status of Women
3 Iraq-Travel Information

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Philippine Islands
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3 About the Country Educational Committee
3 Home Economics
3 Schools and Colleges

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Articles on Home Economics (by others)
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Awards
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Biennial Reports (Home Economics), 1914-1950
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Blueprint for Ava Milam's House
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Booklets - Camp Cookery and others
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Calendars, 1955, 1956
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Early Publications from England on Training for the Home
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Education for Women
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Faculty List (School of Home Economics), 1889-1970
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Family Living
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Guest Books (two folders)
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OSU Home Economics Alumni Conference, 1968
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Home Economics at OSU
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Home Economics Student Projects
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Home Economics at other U.S. Universities
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Identification card, short biography
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Interesting Personalities
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Itineraries
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Journal of Home Economics by Sarah Arnold
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Miscellaneous Speeches by Ava Milam Clark
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Newspaper Articles on Ava Milam Clark
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Newspaper clippings on OSU
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Newspaper clippings about Ava Milam Clark, J.C. Clark, OSU, and other topics
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Oregon Home Economics Association
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Oregon Staters (pertaining to Home Economics)
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Pamplets on 5Oth, 6Oth, and 75th Anniversary (OSU)
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Passport Information
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Personal Notes
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Poetry
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Quotations
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Radio Talks, l933-1954
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Radio Talks (by others)
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Radio Talks on Foreign Countries
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Random Notes
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Recipes, Menus
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Religious Materials
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Reviews of book, Adventures of a Home Economist
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Staff Newsletters
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Sunday Newspapers
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The First Day
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Early Life in Missouri
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University of Chicago
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Oregon Pioneers
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The First Year
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Home Economics Extension
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Two Deans
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Tearoom at the Fair
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New Horizons
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Expansion Histories of the Departments of the School of Home Economics
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AHEA in Corvallis
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First Trip to China (folders 1 and 2)
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Research in Home Economics at OSU
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Oriental, 1937
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Turbulent Decade
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Ambassador to China
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Typescripts to chapters 22, "Syria," and 23, "Iraq," from Adventures of a Home Economist
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Philippines (folders 1 and 2)
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Awards
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Biography (Ava Milam Clark)
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Foreign Countries
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J.C. Clark
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Mailing List (for manuscript)
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Manuscript Bibliography
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Memos
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Newpaper Clippings
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Notes
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Poems and Quotes
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Papers (written by others)
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Reader Comments (on autobiography), 1966-1972
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Religious Materials
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Reviews of Adventures of a Home Economist
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Travel Itineraries
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Adventures of a Home Economist miscellaneous
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Adventures of a Home Economist production
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Miscellaneous, 1910-1919
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Miscellaneous, 1920-1929
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Miscellaneous, 1930-1939
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The First Day
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Early Life in Missouri
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University of Chicago
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Development of Home Economics, to 1911
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Home Economics in Oregon to 1911-Margaret Snell
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A Busy First Year at OAC
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Home Economics Extension
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Early Years as Dean, 1917-1922
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Home Economics Research
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1922
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1925-1931
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1932-1940
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1937
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Home Economics in WWII
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1949-1950
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"J.C." the Man I Married
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My "Ready-Made" Family
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"My Girls"
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Home is the Heart of Society-My Philosophy
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No Place Like Home
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1960's
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First Trip to China (two folders)
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Important People I Met and Quotations
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President Kerr
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Early Pioneers
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Pioneers
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Memos
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J.C. Clark
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Clark, Ava Milam (biography)
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Manuscript (two folders)
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Replys from Former Students
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Comments Re: Mrs. Clark's Manuscript
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Reactions to Manuscript, 1966-1967
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Correspondence Regarding Manuscript, 1968
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World maps
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Blueprints for house
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University of Chicago diplomas, 1909, 1910 & 1911
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U.S. Food Administration Certificate of Appreciation, 1918
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Photographs
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7 Ava as a young woman
7 Blees Students, 1905-1907
7 Ava Milam Clark, 1922-1968
7 Homes
7 Friends
7 J.C. Clark
7 Ava and J.C. Clark
7 Grandchildren
7 China
7 Chinese Students
7 Chinese Architecture
7 Philippines
7 Syria, 1951
7 Baghdad, 1952
7 Adventures of a Home Economist (photos of book)
7 Negatives
7 Drawings of Buildings

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Clark, Ava Milam, 1884-1976.
  • Clark, J. C. (Jesse Claude), 1881-1956.
  • Snell, Margaret Comstock, 1843-1923.
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Baptist Assembly (Green Lake, Wis.)
  • Blees Military Academy.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • Oregon State College. School of Home Economics.
  • Yanjing da xue.
  • Young Men's Christian Associations of China.
  • Young Men's Christian Associations of the City of New York.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Damascus (Syria)
  • Jerusalem.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Architecture--China.
  • Home economics--China.
  • Home economics--International cooperation.
  • Home economics--Iraq.
  • Home economics--Japan.
  • Home economics--Korea.
  • Home economics--Study and teaching--China.
  • Home economics--Study and teaching--Oregon.
  • Home economics--Syria.
  • Home economists--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs.
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Adventures of a Home Economist.
    • Other Creators :
    • Munford, James Kenneth.

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