Alumnus Homer Maris earned an M.S. degree in Agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College in 1918. In 1914, Maris began composing the words to a song that he felt would gather the spirit of Oregon Agricultural College, which became Carry Me Back, the College's alma mater. In 1918, Maris dedicated the piece to "Mother Kidder", the much-loved College librarian. Maris died in 1933 in a bicycle accident.
The Homer Maris Collection consists of materials pertaining to Homer Maris and the Oregon State University alma mater, Carry Me Back, written and composed by Maris. Of especial note are letters from Ida A. ("Mother") Kidder to Maris, to whom the alma mater is dedicated. The collection also includes annotated manuscript copies of Carry Me Back, documents pertaining to its copyright, correspondence, an obituary for Maris written by E.T. Reed, a 1920-21 Oregon Agricultural College student handbook, and three photographs. The photographs are an image of the Trysting Tree (ca. 1918), a portrait photograph of Ida A. Kidder (ca. 1915), and a portrait photograph of Homer Maris (ca. 1925).
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Homer Maris Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Custodial History :
These materials were donated to the Library in 1982, by Maris' daughter, Marjorie Maris Peterson. While the intent at the time was that the materials would be transferred to the Archives, the transfer was not completed until 1997. Additional materials were transferred from the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections to the Archives in 2001.Related Materials :
Materials relating to Homer Maris and Oregon State University's alma mater can be found in the Memorabilia Collection. The Archives' holdings also include the papers of Maris' wife, Buena Maris Mockmore.