Guide to the Vera Garrison Collection
1935-1939

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Creator: Garrison, Vera Evelyn, 1917-1971
Title: Vera Garrison Collection
Dates: 1935-1939 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.2 cubic foot (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS Garrison
Summary: The Vera Garrison Collection consists of student memorabilia assembled by Vera Garrison and John Olsen during their student years at Oregon State College in 1935-1939. The collection reflects their membership in the Delta Zeta sorority and Sigma Phi Sigma fraternity and attendance and participation in dances, concerts and performances, and athletic events.
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 in English. 

Biographical Note

Vera Evelyn Garrison attended Oregon State College from 1935 to 1939 and earned a BS in Secretarial Science in 1939. She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and served as chapter president. Garrison was born in Nyssa, Oregon, on November 29, 1917 and died in Boise, Idaho, on September 10, 1971. John William Olsen also attended Oregon State from 1935 to 1939 and completed a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1939. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Sigma fraternity and was a diving champion for the Oregon State College swim team. Olsen was born January 19, 1917, in Baker, Oregon, and died November 27, 2008, in Nyssa, Oregon. Garrison and Olsen were married soon after graduation from Oregon State and lived in Nyssa, Oregon.

Content Description

The Vera Garrison Collection consists of student memorabilia assembled by Garrison and John Olsen during their student years at Oregon State College in 1935-1939. The collection includes correspondence and greetings cards, concert and game programs, dance cards, student handbooks, newsletters, newspaper clippings, broadsides, ticket stubs and ephemera, commencement programs, and a map with the locations of sorority and fraternity houses. The items document their student experience at Oregon State, especially involvement in a sorority and fraternity and attendance and participation in dances, concerts and performances, and athletic events on campus.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Vera Garrison Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The materials were donated to the Archives in 2009 by Garrison and Olsen's children.

Related Materials :  

The Archives includes many collections of student memorabilia and ephemera. Several other collections that include materials from the late 1930s are the James A. Blodgett Photographs and Ephemera, Daniel P. and Doris Dow Murphy Papers, and the Jayne Walters Scrapbook.


Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon State College--Students.
    • Subject Terms :
    • College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Dance cards.
    • Ephemera.
      • Other Creators :
      • Olsen, John William, 1917-2008.

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