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Ruby Stafrin Irwin Scrapbook, 1923-1927

By Finding aid by Anna Brecheisen and Anne Bahde.

Collection Overview

Title: Ruby Stafrin Irwin Scrapbook, 1923-1927

ID: MSS Irwin

Primary Creator: Irwin, Ruby Stafrin

Extent: 0.35 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ruby Stafrin Irwin Scrapbook was assembled by alumna Ruby Stafrin and contains materials related to her and her sister Mildred's experiences as students at Oregon Agricultural College. Ruby was a student in pharmacy from 1923 to 1926.

Scope and Content Notes

The scrapbook is comprised primarily of photographs, and also contains programs for various campus events relating to the pharmacy fraternity of Kappa Psi, as well as the Y.W.C.A and the Annual Junior Vaudeville Show.  The scrapbook also includes commencement programs from 1926, several dance cards, Homecoming game programs from 1923, tags and place cards, and a green freshman rook lid and ribbon. Also included are many newspaper clippings regarding Oregon State Pharmacy School, Rho Chi honor society, the pharmacy club, engagements of friends, events attended, and Dallas, Oregon.

In addition to documenting Ruby, Mildred, and fiance Andrew Irwin as students, the images also depict campus buildings and grounds, particularly Snell Hall and Our Lady of the Fountain.  Several hiking and driving excursions are depicted, notably to the Willamette and Marys Rivers and the Oregon Coast. Identified classmates photographed include Clarence Wood, Donna Stone, Zeta Rippy, Stella Fishburn, Mary Belt, Florence Wharton, Katherine Boswell, and Esther Cottle. Campus events shown in photographs include distribution of Beaver yearbooks, Convocation, the "Burning of the Green", Campus Weekend, the Military Tournament, and Graduation. A few images of Ruby's parents and of other members of the Stafrin or Irwin family are also present.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Ruby Stafrin Irwin, born Ruby Ruth Stafrin, was born in Dallas, Oregon on July, 24 1904. Her parents were Colonel Conrad and Millie (Elliot) Stafrin, prominent members of the Dallas community. In addition to running the Wilson Drug Company of Dallas (later Stafrin Drug Store), Colonel Stafrin served as mayor of Dallas from 1925-1928 and Millie was the president of the Dallas Women’s Club.

In 1923, Ruby and her sister, Mildred, enrolled in the three-year Pharmacy program at Oregon Agricultural College with the intention of working for their father’s drug store in Dallas. Ruby and Mildred lived  in Snell Hall and were involved with Phi Gamma sorority on campus. Ruby was engaged to fellow pharmacy student Andrew Irwin Jr. during their sophomore year, and married on February 14, 1926.

Andrew later ended up managing Stafrin Drug Store in which both Ruby and Mildred worked. The sisters remained active in the Dallas community for the rest of their lives.

Ruby passed away on October 30, 1989 in Dallas, Oregon.

Author: Anna Brecheisen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box, 146 photographs

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The material was transferred to the University Archives by the Polk County Historical Society in 2004.

Related Materials: A number of other student scrapbooks and personal documents from the early 20th century are included in the collections, including the Spike Sisters Scrapbooks (MSS Spike), the Bernice Forest Diary (MSS Forest), the Ivy G. Burton Collection (MSS Burton), and the Kate W. Belden Collection (MSS Belden). Collections related to students in the Pharmacy program during this era include the Irwin Betzel Papers (MSS Betzel), the A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook (MSS Downs), and the Brooks and Melba Labbe Caldwell Collection (MSS Caldwell).

Preferred Citation: Ruby Stafrin Irwin Scrapbook (MSS Irwin), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: For reasons of preservation and access, the scrapbook was disbound and its pages placed in file folders. A folder of loose items that have detached from the scrapbook is also included.


Irwin, Ruby Stafrin

People, Places, and Topics

College environment--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Irwin, Ruby Stafrin
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Ephemera (general object genre)
Photographic prints.

Creative Commons License
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