Guide to the Frances Alva Aitken Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Aitken, Frances Alva, 1889-1970.
Title: Frances Alva Aitken Collection
Dates: 1908-1970 ( inclusive )
1908-1935 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.15 cubic ft. (The Aitken Collection is housed in one document box.)
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Frances Alva Aitken Collection consists of memorabilia related to Oregon Agricultural College and various personal items of OAC alumna Frances Alva Aitken.
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

Frances Alva Aitken, granddaughter of early Oregon pioneers, was born in Portland, Oregon September 29, 1889. She enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College in 1908 and graduated with the class of 1910 with a B.S. in Domestic Science and Art. Aitken taught home economics in schools in Marion and Polk counties. She left teaching to work with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1961. Frances Alva Aitken died in 1970.

Content Description

The Frances Alva Aitken Collection consists of memorabilia from Oregon Agricultural College during the years 1908-1910; included are receipts, class grades, dance cards, alumni directories, commencement programs, and various items relating to the Silver Jubilee reunion in 1935. Also included in the collection are Aitken's teaching contract for the year 1912, newspaper clippings, and a typed copy of her memorial eulogy.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Frances Alva Aitken Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The papers consist of two series: I. OAC Materials; II. Personal.

Related Materials :  

Other materials relating to Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) during this time period can be found in the Memorabilia Collection and other alumni collections.


  • Personal Names :
  • Aitken, Frances Alva, 1889-1970.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1910.
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Dance cards.
  • Ephemera.

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