Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Alice L. Edwards papers, 1895-1962

Scope and Content Note

The first series is comprised of professional correspondence, including correspondence relating to her work with the American Home Economics Association, lists of land grant institutions that offered home economics for teacher training, and her work with the National Canners Association to standardize the size and labeling of consumer products. It contains correspondence concerning her work updating the book Scientific Consumer Purchasing: A Study Guide for Consumers and the publication of her work Product Standards and Labeling for Consumers. The second series contains ephemera, unrelated to her career, including pamphlets, poems and clippings from newspaper articles and pamphlets, including a 1925 League of Nations pamphlet.

The third series is comprised primarily of publications and clippings. Included in this series are book reviews, consumer education articles, papers submitted by Edwards to Columbia University for completion of her Ed.D. degree, and materials related to the Langworthy Dietary Survey. The fourth series contains materials related to Oregon Agricultural College, including the Golden Jubilee Reunion of the Class of 1906, and an article written by Edwards, Early Oregon State. Of particular note is a collection of some twenty-five responses to a survey questionnaire Edwards sent to classmates of the OAC 1905-06 Home Economics program regarding the effectiveness of the program and how it helped their lives. Two diaries comprise the fifth series. They were kept by Edwards during her trip to Europe in 1925 with the World Student Christian Federation.

The sixth series contains photographs and a photograph album. Included in this series is a group photograph of the opening of the Celilo Canal on the Columbia River in 1913, with Oregon Senator Nathan Whealdon and L.N. Edwards in attendance; the OAC senior class of 1906; various photographs taken during Edwards' trip to Europe in 1925; and family photographs. Also included are photographs of the Oregon Agricultural College campus as well as of the campus of Washington State College in Pullman, Washington. Series seven consists of certificates and awards, including Edwards' 1908 certificate to teach in the public schools of Oregon. Biographical materials comprise series eight and include Edwards college transcripts, letters of reference and newspaper clippings regarding her publications and career advancement.

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