Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Human Development and Family Sciences Department Records, 1940-1996

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes records pertaining to programs such as Kent House, the Gerontology Program, and the Elderly Nutrition Program and includes correspondence, reports, slides, and related documentation. Also included are accreditation reports; biennial reports; committee records; faculty meeting minutes; program reviews; project reports; and survey reports. Significant materials in this collection include annual reports of supervised teaching for 1939-1940 through 1966-1967 and records of the Home Economics Education Advisory Committee for 1979-1992.

The collection also includes an undated curriculum proposal from the Human Development and Family Sciences Department. In addition to blank copies of questionnaire forms, the series contains correspondence, publications, and flyers. This survey project was headed by faculty member in Human Development and Family Sciences Anisa Zvonkovic. Specializing in the study of family development, divorce, and the impact of work upon families, Zvonkovic held a post in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department from 1985 until 2005.

An addition to the Human Development and Family Sciences Department Records (Accession 2012:087) consists of materials reflecting the Gerontology Program and is made up of two slide presentation programs, surveys of program graduates, and program proposals. Produced by the OSU Extension Service as a part of the "When Dependency Increases" workshop series, the slide presentation programs are part of a package that includes a notebook and a cassette sound recording for narration of the images. Titled "260 Primrose Lane" and "Best Wishes, Edith and Henry!," the presentations were developed as training tools for managing the needs of aging adults by family members or care providers. In addition to a copy of the original proposal that established the gerontological certificate program in 1980, this accession also contains the proposal for the Jo Anne L. Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies. This accession includes a packet prepared for an administrative team retreat for program leaders within the College of Health and Human Sciences (where the Human Development and Family Sciences Department resides).

A second addition to the Human Development and Family Sciences Department Records (Accession 2013:035) consists of materials generated by the Human Development and Family Sciences Department (HDFS) and is made up of correspondence, course materials, mission statements, a publication, and reports. In addition to HDFS long range plans, the reports document a Graduate Council program review of HDFS and a statistical glimpse of Oregon family life compiled by the Family Study and Research Center entitled "Oregon Family Profile." The correspondence pertains to asbestos abatement and recarpeting projects in Milam Hall where HDFS resided. The publication is "Creative Experiences for Children" by Emily Wadsworth and Alan Sugawara of the Family Life Department. The course materials are field study handbooks for HDFS 410 (Advanced Internship).

A third addition to this collection (Accession 2013:086) contains materials generated by the Human Development and Family Sciences Department (HDFS) and is made up of certificates, curriculum materials, handbooks, a historical timeline, a list of graduate degree recipients, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, and survey materials. In addition to department staff meetings and retreats, these records also document annual reporting by HDFS, proceedings of the HDFS Advisory Committee, program accreditation, and the results of surveys conducted by the department. Some of the files of meeting minutes also contain course outlines and syllabi.


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