Buena Margason Maris Mockmore, 1898-1967
Buena Maris Mockmore Papers
1916-1969 ( inclusive )
0.35 cubic feet
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.
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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.
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,
Organized into four series: I. Personal Information; II. Speeches and
Presentations; III. Radio and Television Programs; and IV. Publications and
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
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
Clippings of obituaries from several newspapers; funeral
cards; criteria for the Mockmore Memorial scholarship, and other related
letters; biographical data.
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.
"Time For Spring
Housecleaning," subject: personality cleaning, 1957
Personalities," [note on copy says "Johnson Co."], undated
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
"Our Families, Bane or
Blessing," Walla Walla Conference, 1957
"Let's Work with the Grain,"
1st Presbyterian Church, [Corvallis?], 1961
"Women from Around the World
on Common Ground", ca. 1960
"Who's A Twig
Bender?", ca. 1960
"What Do You
"Who Gets The Lead," [several
versions, same speech], undated
"What Do These Teenagers
Want?" WMT Series, undated
"Leadership Makes the
Difference," Leaders Conference, Berkeley, California, 1952
List of speaking
engagements, 1941-42 and 1946-47
Correspondence: thank you
letters from various Home Economics organizations, high schools, and other
places Mockmore spoke, 1942-1964
News clippings, Oregon and
Iowa, showing presentations given by Mockmore, 1940-1964