Subgroup 1 records document the administration of the department, student enrollment, and curriculum. Subgroup 2 documents the research of Joan Patterson into the use of Oregon flax in commercial textiles and fabrics during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her research was funded by grants from the Purnell Fund and the Oregon State Flax Board.
An addition to the Collection (Accession 2006:053) consists of materials generated by the Department of Design and Human Environment in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Primarily documenting the administration of the department, the items in this transfer include award records, biennial reports, correspondence, course materials, curricula vita, grant proposals, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and publications. Among the subjects addressed in these materials include: accreditation, conference/workshop coordination, curriculum development, awarding of fellowships/scholarships, instruction, long range planning, research, maintenance of a clothing/textile collection, surveys, and involvement with professional Home Economics organizations.
A second addition to the Collection (Accession 2009:023) includes materials generated by the Department of Design and Human Environment and is made up of correspondence, curriculum proposals, flyers, meeting minutes and agendas, mission statements, notes, and reference materials. In addition to faculty and department meetings, these records also document department long range planning.