Guide to the Buena Maris Mockmore Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Steinmetz, Buena Margason Maris Mockmore, 1898-1967
Title: Buena Maris Mockmore Papers
Dates: 1916-1969 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.35 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Buena Maris Mockmore Papers include speeches, radio program materials, publications, and teaching materials prepared in her role as an extension specialist in child develoment and family life at Oregon State College and Iowa 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. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Buena Margason Maris Mockmore Steinmetz was born in Salem, Oregon on 2 August 1898. She attended the University of Oregon briefly before her marriage and George Washington University for a short time during her marriage to Homer Maris, a Tacoma educator and author of "Carry Me Back," the OSC alma mater. Homer was the brother of long time director of extension at OSU, Paul V. Maris. After her husband was killed in an auto/bicycle accident in 1933, Steinmetz attended the University of Puget Sound, receiving a BA degree in 1936. She taught school in Tacoma for a year before coming to Oregon State College, where she earned a MS degree in Home Economics in 1939. Steinmetz taught family relations and was an extension specialist in child development and child family life at OSU before becoming Dean of Women in 1941, serving in that capacity until 1948. In 1943 she took a leave of absence to work in the highest woman's job at the Hanford atomic project for the DuPont Co., returning to OSC in 1944. Steinmetz received a War Department citation for her work.

In 1946 she married Dr. Charles Mockmore, the head of civil engineering at OSC. When Dr. Mockmore died in 1953, she joined the staff at Iowa State University as extension specialist in child development and family life. While there Steinmetz developed a program of parent-teenager understanding by speaking to high school assemblies first, followed by parents' meetings. In 1960, she returned to Oregon after marrying Avery Steinmetz. She headed the Oregon Home Economics Association for two years and was active in the American Association of University Women. On 18 December 1967 she passed away in Portland. Steinmetz was survived by her husband, Avery; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Maris Peterson; four stepchildren: Mrs. Charlotte Mockmore Spring, Regina T. Mockmore, William E. Steinmetz and Mrs. Gretchen E. Bunnell.

Content Description

The Mockmore Papers consist of photographs, news clippings, correspondence, award certificates, publications, presentations and speeches documenting the life and work of Buena Margason Maris Mockmore Steinmetz, particularly her tenure at Oregon State University and later Iowa State University. The collection contains four series: Personal Information, including memorials, favorite poem, and certificates of award; Speeches and Presentations on family relationships, especially understanding teenagers; Radio and Television Programs on children and families; Publications and Teaching Aids including handouts on family relationships and values, plus a commemorative booklet on OSC's 75th Anniversary Charter Day. Of particular interest are the questions submitted by teenagers at Mockmore's Family Life meetings. Although the questions were written in the 1940s and 1950s, and the wording is sometimes dated, the problems discussed are still relevant.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Buena Maris Mockmore Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into four series: I. Personal Information; II. Speeches and Presentations; III. Radio and Television Programs; and IV. Publications and Teaching Aids.

Related Materials :  

The Dean of Women's Office Records (RG 57) contain related materials. Several photograph collections also contain related materials: Harriet's Collection #288; College of Home Economics (P 44); Dean of Women's Photograph Collection (P 97); Home Economics Extension (P 115); and Art Lowe Photograph Collection (P 213). The Memorabilia files of Buena Maris, American Association of University Women, and Home Economics Extension Council have references to Steinmetz. NOTE: Most references to records in the Archives are listed as Buena Maris or Buena Mockmore.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Personal Information, 1916-1969
1 Photographs, 1916-1967
17 portraits of Mockmore, including her high school graduation photograph; group of young women, marked "Montana" eleven group photographs that include Mockmore presenting demonstrations or meeting with people.
2 Memorials for Mockmore, 1967-1969
Clippings of obituaries from several newspapers; funeral cards; criteria for the Mockmore Memorial scholarship, and other related letters; biographical data.
2 Miscellaneous personal papers
Favorite poem; accounting records of scholarship loan funds; annotated bibliography of fiction dealing with family life compiled by Mockmore Certificates of award: Phi Kappa Phi, 1939; Alpha Mu Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, 1958; State of Iowa Executive Department, 1958.

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Series II:  Speeches and Presentations, 1952-1967
2 "Time For Spring Housecleaning," subject: personality cleaning, 1957
2 "Building Responsible Personalities," [note on copy says "Johnson Co."], undated
2 "Growing Healthy Personalities, The Young Sprouts (in late childhood);" "Growing Healthy Personalities, Not Bent Twigs - Those Deep-Rooted Teens;" "Putting Down New Roots, The School Child," [two copies], undated
2 "Our Families, Bane or Blessing," Walla Walla Conference, 1957
2 "Let's Work with the Grain," 1st Presbyterian Church, [Corvallis?], 1961
2 "Women from Around the World on Common Ground", ca. 1960
2 "Who's A Twig Bender?", ca. 1960
2 "What Do You Want?", undated
2 "Who Gets The Lead," [several versions, same speech], undated
2 "What Do These Teenagers Want?" WMT Series, undated
2 "Leadership Makes the Difference," Leaders Conference, Berkeley, California, 1952
2 "Understanding Teenagers", undated
2 "Launching Youth," notes, undated
2 List of speaking engagements, 1941-42 and 1946-47
2 Correspondence: thank you letters from various Home Economics organizations, high schools, and other places Mockmore spoke, 1942-1964
2 News clippings, Oregon and Iowa, showing presentations given by Mockmore, 1940-1964

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Series III:  Radio and Television Programs, 1939-1960
2 "When Your Children Leave Home," Radio Child Study Club, Family Series, #10, 1955
2 "The Family Plans," aired on KOAC Radio, 1939
2 "Choosing Family Goals", 1940
2 "Untying Apron Strings;" [note says "read by Zelda Rodenwald"], 1945
2 "Rural Homemaking and the Children," aired on Radio Station KKX program "National Farm and Home Hour", 1939
2 "Smoke Signals," speech given on "Your Home Hour" television show, 1954
2 White House Conference Report on the welfare of families, children and youths, presented on WOI TV, ca. 1960

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Series IV:  Publications and Teaching Aids, 1939-1958
2 "Lasting Values in a Changing World," draft of article written for and published copy of Journal of Home Economics, 1958
2 "Problems from Teenagers," questions submitted by teenagers, undated
2 "Maris' Mimeos," handouts about Family Relationships, Oregon State College, Home Economics Extension, 1938-1941
2 Plan of Work, University of Illinois, Extension Service, 1940
2 News Release, "Democracy Gets Start in Family, says Mrs. Maris", 1939
2 Questionnaires and handouts about relationships with families, teenagers, and children, 1936-1942
2 Oregon State College Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Charter Day Convocation, program booklet; [historic images of OSC campus], 1943

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  • Personal Names :
  • Steinmetz, Buena Margason Maris Mockmore, 1898-1967.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College. Dean of Women.
  • Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Child development.
  • Deans of women--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Home economics--Study and teaching--Oregon.
  • Teenagers.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs.

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