Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Home Economics Oral Histories, 1968-1985

Scope and Content Note

The College of Home Economics Oral Histories consist of sound recordings, transcripts, signed releases, photographs, and related materials for interviews of home economics alumnae, faculty, and staff. The interviews were conducted by Oregon State University home economics students Yvonne Loso and Sheri Lowery in 1983-1984 and Juliana Kelsall in 1985 as Honors Program projects. Elaine Cull conducted the interview of Mabel Pernot. The interviews were conducted in preparation for the College's centennial celebration in 1989 and coincident with the 75th anniversary of the American Home Economics Association in 1984.

Loso and Lowery interviewed Margaret Fincke, Betty Hawthorne, Lester Kirkendall, Clara Storvick, Gertrude Tank, Esther Taskerud, and LeVelle Wood. Kelsall interviewed Laura Cleaveland and Virginia Harger. The interviews address a variety of topics including the interviewees' education and training; teaching, research, and administrative activities at Oregon State University; research, especially in foods and nutrition; experiences as women faculty and researchers; impressions and recollections of the changes and developments in home economics education generally and at Oregon State; and their international experiences in Israel, Japan, and Thailand.

The Pernot interview focuses primarily on her recollections of Margaret Snell.

The sound recordings are cassette tapes; the collection includes duplicate audiocassettes (two) of all the interviews except those of Laura Cleaveland and Esther Taskerud, for which there is only one audiocassette. Transcripts are included for all the interviews. Signed releases are included for the Cleaveland and Harger interviews. Photographs of several of the interviewees are included with the transcripts. The collection also includes some correspondence from interviewees and biographical information.

The oral histories include a transcript of a presentation by Ava Milam Clark to the HEc 101 Orientation Class in 1968 in which she described her early years in home economics at Oregon State. The sound recording of this presentation is part of the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141).


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