Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Home Economics Photograph Collection, 1920-1998

Historical Note

First established in 1889 as the Department of Household Economy and Hygiene, the College of Home Economics at OSU was the fifth such college program to be instituted in the U.S. and the first west of the Rocky Mountains. Margaret Comstock Snell served as the College's first Professor and Dean, a post she held until 1908. Having received a M.D., Snell's emphasis in her instruction and research was the importance of preventative health. Until 1895, when Mary Avery was hired as an assistant in sewing classes, Snell was the sole instructor and staff member of the department.

The College of Home Economics and the College of Health and Human Performance were merged in 2002 to form the College of Health and Human Sciences.

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