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Janet Taylor Papers, 1942-1954

By Elizabeth Nielsen and Clare Sobotka

Collection Overview

Title: Janet Taylor Papers, 1942-1954

ID: MSS TaylorJ

Primary Creator: Taylor, Janet C. (1917-)

Extent: 0.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Janet Taylor Papers document Taylor's role as a clothing specialist with Home Economics Extension in Clackamas County, Oregon.  Taylor worked with Home Economics Extension at Oregon State College from 1943 to 1954.

Scope and Content Notes

The Janet Taylor Papers document Taylor's role as a clothing specialist with Home Economics Extension in Clackamas County (Oregon) and include appointment calendars and schedules, brochures, correspondence, employment records, fabric samples, newspaper clippings, photographs, and an artifact.

The appointment calendars and schedules provide detailed information about Taylor's activities and include lists of home economics extension staff and publications.  The brochures include programs for the Clackamas County Homemakers' Festival presented by Oregon State College Home Economics Extension.  The correspondence includes letters of thanks and appreciation from individuals who participated in programs and trainings presented by Taylor as well as letters from Azalea Sager, the State Home Demonstration Leader, to Taylor about her new job at Oregon State College.  The collection includes a 1954 bulletin, Care of New Fabrics, written by Taylor.

The newspaper clippings include articles about Taylor's home demonstration programs and articles of personal interest.  The photographs consist of 8 photographic prints.  Most of the images are of home demonstration activities.  An image of a group of women and children identified as the Stafford Unit (1947) and a photograph of Taylor's friend, Betty Moomaw, wearing an American Red Cross uniform are also included.

Fabric swatches with examples of seams, facings, buttonholes, pockets, and plackets comprise about half of the collection.

The artifact is a webbing stretcher for upholstery work and is labeled "H.D.A. Oregon City", indicating that it belonged to the Home Demonstration Agent in Oregon City, Oregon.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Janet C. Taylor served as Home Economics County Extension Agent for Clackamas County from 1944 to 1954.  She joined the Oregon State College Extension Service in 1943 as an at-large home demonstration agent and transferred to Clackamas County the following year.  Taylor specialized in clothing and textiles but also gave workshops and demonstrations on home decor and furnishings.  She also presented several radio programs for Home Economics Extension on KOAC radio.

Janet Caroline Taylor earned a BS from Montana State College in 1939.

Author: Elizabeth Nielsen and Clare Sobotka

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 8 photographs; 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Extension Service in 2002.

Related Materials:

The Extension Service Records (RG 111) and the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141) provide extensive documentation of home economics extension programs in Oregon.  The Special Collections and Archives Research Center has many collections created and assembled by extension agents and specialists.  Of special note are the papers of Ardis W. Koester, who was also a specialist in clothing and textiles.

The Clackamas County Jersey Cattle Club Scrapbook (MSS ClackamasCattle) documents another aspect of extension work in Clackamas County during this time period.

Preferred Citation: Janet Taylor Papers (MSS TaylorJ), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Taylor, Janet C. (1917-)
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Sager, Azalea Linfield (1896-)

People, Places, and Topics

Clackamas County (Or.)
Clothing and dress--Care--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Home economics extension work--Oregon--Clackamas County.
Home economics extension workers--Oregon.
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Taylor, Janet C., 1917-
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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