The Mockmore Papers consist of materials created and assembled by Buena Margarson Maris Mockmore Steinmetz documenting her life and work, especially at Oregon State College and Iowa State University. The collection includes personal information; speeches and presentations; radio and television programs; and publications and teaching aids.
The personal information includes biographical information, obituaries, certificates, miscellaneous personal papers, and 29 photographs. The photographic prints span from 1916 to 1967. About half of the images are portrait photographs of Mockmore, including her 1916 high school graduation photograph. The remainder are of Mockmore with groups or making presentations. Photographers include Josie Wolfe (Salem, Oregon); Gladys Gilbert Studio (Portland, Oregon); Hill Studio (Ames, Iowa); and Hise Studio (Corvallis, Oregon).
The speeches and presentations are primarily from the 1950s-1960s and address family relationships, child development, and teenagers. The radio and television programs include scripts for radio programs that aired in 1939-1945 on family plans and goals, rural homemaking, and children. A television presentation about the White House Conference on the Welfare of Families, Children, and Youth is included. The publications and teaching aids include an article published in the Journal of Home Economics (1958) on "Lasting Values in a Changing World"; "Maris' Mimeos", handouts about family relationships issued by Oregon State College Home Economics Extension from 1938 to 1941; and questionnaires and handouts about family relationships, teenagers, and children. Of special note are questions submitted by teenagers in the 1940s and 1950s at Mockmore's family life meetings.