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Frances Alva Aitken Collection, 1908-1970

By Finding aid prepared by Faye Harkins.

Collection Overview

Title: Frances Alva Aitken Collection, 1908-1970

Predominant Dates: 1908-1935

ID: MSS Aitken

Primary Creator: Aitken, Frances Alva (1889-1970)

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The papers consist of two series: I. OAC Materials; II. Personal.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Frances Alva Aitken Collection consists of memorabilia related to Oregon Agricultural College and various personal items of OAC alumna Frances Alva Aitken.

Scope and Content Notes

The Frances Alva Aitken Collection consists of memorabilia from Oregon Agricultural College during the years 1908-1910; included are receipts, class grades, dance cards, alumni directories, commencement programs, and various items relating to the Silver Jubilee reunion in 1935. Also included in the collection are Aitken's teaching contract for the year 1912, newspaper clippings, and a typed copy of her memorial eulogy.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Frances Alva Aitken, granddaughter of early Oregon pioneers, was born in Portland, Oregon September 29, 1889. She enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College in 1908 and graduated with the class of 1910 with a B.S. in Domestic Science and Art. Aitken taught home economics in schools in Marion and Polk counties. She left teaching to work with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1961. Frances Alva Aitken died in 1970.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 document box

Related Materials: Other materials relating to Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) during this time period can be found in the Memorabilia Collection and other alumni collections.

Preferred Citation: Frances Alva Aitken Collection (MSS Aitken), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Aitken, Frances Alva (1889-1970)

People, Places, and Topics

Aitken, Frances Alva, 1889-1970
Corvallis (Or.)
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1910
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Dance cards.
Ephemera (general object genre)

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