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Maple Manor Cooperative House Records, 1940-1995

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Maple Manor Cooperative House Records, 1940-1995

Predominant Dates: 1940-1945

ID: MSS MapleManor

Primary Creator: Maple Manor Cooperative House (Oregon State College)

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Maple Manor Cooperative House Records document the establishment, members, and activities of this men's housing cooperative at Oregon State College and the activities of the members during and following World War II. Maple Manor was established in 1940 and operated until the spring of 1943.

Scope and Content Notes

The Maple Manor Cooperative House Records document the establishment, members, and activities of this men's cooperative at Oregon State College as well as the activities of the members during and following World War II. The materials were assembled by Jim Jackson. The collection consists of constitutions, correspondence, financial records, a guest book, meeting minutes, membership lists, newsletters, newspapers, photograph albums, photographs, printing blocks, a scrapbook, a flag, and a service banner. The records document the governance and management of Maple Manor and the daily lives of the residents from 1940 to 1943. A large component of the collection documents the war-time activities of the residents and their lives and families after the war through letters, cards, newsletters, and photographs. A newsletter published during the war years provides detailed information on the activities of former Maple Manor residents.

Correspondence regarding reunions of Maple Manor alumni in 1988 and 1994 as well as communications with cooperative associations at other universities are part of the collection. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, greeting cards, wedding announcements, letters, poems, event programs, and work schedules. An annotated copy of The Oozlefinch: Camp Callan's Pictorial Review, 3rd edition (1943) is part of the collection. Camp Callan, in La Jolla California, was a U.S. Army training base during World War II.

The collection includes loose photographs and two photograph albums in addition to a few photographs in the scrapbook. These images include formal portrait photographs and snapshots of residents during their student years; several images of the beloved housemother, "Cookie" Hyde; and war-time and post-war photographs of girlfriends, wives, children, and fellow servicemen.

The service banner includes 39 blue stars -- one for each member of Maple Manor who served in the military during World War II. The flag is a standard 48-star United States flag.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Maple Manor Cooperative House was established as a housing cooperative for Oregon State College men students in the fall of 1940 and operated for 3 academic years, until the spring of 1943. Jim Jackson served as corresponding secretary and president of Maple Manor and was a member of the Oregon State College Independent Student Council. Jackson served in Europe during World War II, returned to Oregon State after the war, and completed an undergraduate degree in education in 1947. Jackson was music director for KOAC radio for the next three years. A longtime resident of Corvallis, Jackson died in 2010.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 150 photographs; 4 boxes, including 3 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The materials were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2013 by Gladys (Pat) Jackson, the widow of Jim Jackson.

Related Materials:

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's holdings include many collections documenting the extensive role of Oregon State College alumni and alumnae in World War II. Of particular note are the Oregon State College History of World War II Project Records (MSS OSCWW2), Oregon State Yank Collection (MSS Yank), Alpha Lambda Delta Records (MSS AlphaLambdaDelta), Delta Zeta Sorority Chi Chapter Scrapbook (MSS DeltaZeta), and the Wesley Ross Memoir of World War II (MSS RossW). An oral history interview with Andy Landforce, a member and resident of Maple Manor, regarding wartime activities on campus is available in the Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 026).

The Center also holds materials documenting several OSU cooperative houses including the Avery Lodge Records (MSS Avery), the Azalea House Records (MSS Azalea), the Campus Club Alumni Collection (MSS CampusClub), the Dixon Lodge Records (MSS Dixon), the Kupono Cooperative House Scrapbook (MSS Kupono), the Oxford House Records (MSS Oxford), and the Maple Manor Cooperative House Records (MSS MapleManor).

The University Housing and Dining Services Records (RG 145) reflect the administration of cooperative housing at OSU and contain scrapbooks assembled by residents of Heckart Lodge and Reed Lodge cooperative residences.

Preferred Citation: Maple Manor Cooperative House Records (MSS MapleManor), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.


Maple Manor Cooperative House (Oregon State College)

People, Places, and Topics

Camp Callan (Calif.)
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Housing, Cooperative--Oregon--Corvallis.
Maple Manor Cooperative House (Oregon State College)
Oregon State College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon State College--Student housing.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.

Forms of Material

Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

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