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Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook, 1931

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook, 1931

ID: MSS FisherA

Primary Creator: Fisher, Alice (1911-)

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook consists of materials created and assembled by Fisher for a community drama class she completed at Oregon State College in 1931. Fisher earned a BS in Vocational Education from Oregon State in 1932.

Scope and Content Notes

The Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook consists of materials assembled by Fisher for the Community Drama class (PSp 466) that she took at Oregon State College in the spring term of 1931. The bulk of the scrapbook consists of images clipped from magazines and newspapers illustrating clothing and furniture styles from various historical eras. The scrapbook also contains class notes, a copy of the final examination, and a program for the production of My Fair Lady performed in Portland. Several of the clippings depict stage sets for non-campus productions.

Courses in community drama were offered by the Public Speaking and Dramatics Department in order to provide community leaders with a background in the community drama concept, technical training in stage setting and costuming, and experience with directing and play production.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2015:005) is made up of class notes, course handouts, exams, and research papers. The subjects reflected in Fisher's collected coursework include household administration, journalism, education, French, geology, and theatre. Of particular interest among the research papers/assignments are observational studies of children at the campus nursery school and a prompt book for the play "The Twelve Pound Look." Other items found in this transfer consist of a small calendar booklet with handwritten notations and a constitution for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Alice Mary Fisher enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College for the spring term in 1928 and completed her BS in Vocational Education in June 1932. Fisher was active in campus theater productions, including The Three Musketeers and Lady Windermere's Fan and completed several theater courses during her student years at Oregon State. Fisher was involved in many other student activities -- the Memorial Union Board of Directors, Beaver yearbook, Barometer campus newspaper, and the Associated Students of OSC. Fisher was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Oregon State and established the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at Colorado College, where she pursued graduate studies in English. Alice returned to Albany, Oregon, with her husband John Summers, during World War II. She was an active community volunteer and was named the Linn County Woman of the Year.

Alice Mary Fisher was born on April 11, 1911 and graduated from high school in Albany, Oregon, in 1928. In 2010, Alice Fisher Summers Roberts was living in Albany, Oregon.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The scrapbook was donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center by Fisher's daughter, Margy Buchanan, in 2013

Related Materials: The University Theatre Records (RG 180) and University Theatre Photographs (P 112), C.B. Mitchell University Theater Scrapbooks (MSS Mitchell), and Drama, Debate, and Oration Clippings Scrapbooks (MSS Drama) provide extensive documentation of theater productions at Oregon State beginning in the 1920s. The Speech Communication Department Records (RG 181) include materials pertaining to drama and theater courses.

Preferred Citation: Alice Fisher Community Drama Class Scrapbook (MSS FisherA), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Fisher, Alice (1911-)
Oregon State Agricultural College. Department of Public Speaking and Dramatics

People, Places, and Topics

Community theater.
Drama--Study and teaching--Oregon--Corvallis.
Fisher, Alice, 1911-
University History

Forms of Material


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