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Ruth H. Kennedy Scrapbook, 1915-1965

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Ruth H. Kennedy Scrapbook, 1915-1965

Predominant Dates: 1915-1920

ID: MSS Kennedy

Primary Creator: Kennedy, Ruth H. (Ruth Henrietta) (1897-1967)

Extent: 0.25 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ruth H. Kennedy Scrapbook was assembled by Kennedy to document her student years at Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1915-1920. Kennedy graduated from OAC in 1920 with a BS in Home Economics.

Scope and Content Notes

The Ruth H. Kennedy Scrapbook was assembled by Ruth Kennedy to document her student years at Oregon Agricultural College. It has the following handwritten title on the first page: Personal remembrances of Ruth Henrietta Kennedy, Oregon State College, 1920. The scrapbook includes clippings, dance cards, tickets, programs, letters, notes, photographs, and other ephemeral items. The photographs depict Oregon Agricultural College students participating in student activities and outings. The photographs include snapshots, postcard prints, and a few portrait photographs.

Of special note is a newspaper clipping that reports Kennedy's election as Vice President of the Student Assembly as a sophomore and a game program for the 1919 football game between Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Oregon, which was played in Eugene.

The collection includes several loose items that post-date the scrapbook. These include a 1940 conference program for the School of Home Economics 50th anniversary as well as an invitation and program for the 50th anniversary of the Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega that was celebrated in 1965.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Ruth Henrietta Kennedy attended Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1915-1920. She enrolled in fall 1915 as a member of the Class of 1919. She was only enrolled for the fall term of the 1917/1918 academic year and therefore did not complete her degree until June 1920. Kennedy was elected Vice President of the Student Assembly in May 1917, the first woman to be elected to this position at OAC. She was a member of the Alphi Chi Omega sorority.

Kennedy was born in Brownell, California on May 9, 1897 and graduated from high school in Corvallis (Oregon) before enrolling at OAC. She was an instructor in home economics at OAC in the early 1920s. By 1925, she was married to a Corvallis physician, Nicholas Linn Tartar. Ruth Kennedy Tartar died in Corvallis on August 27, 1967.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 20 photographs; 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The scrapbook was donated to the Oregon State University Archives in 1975 by Mrs. John Reid of La Grande, Oregon.

Related Materials: The OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) includes a file for Ruth Henrietta Tartar and other members of the Tartar famliy. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's collections include many student scrapbooks and photograph albums documenting student life during the 1910s. Of particular note are the A. Isabella Downs Scrapbook (MSS Downs), A. Freeman Mason Scrapbook (MSS Mason), Leslie Miller Scrapbook (MSS Miller), Willetta Moore Photograph Album (P 269), John W. Trigg Photograph Album (P 227), and Marshall S. Wright Photograph Album (P 276). The Student Assembly Records (RG 043) provide information about student government during this period.

Preferred Citation: Ruth H. Kennedy Scrapbook (MSS Kennedy), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Kennedy, Ruth H. (Ruth Henrietta) (1897-1967)

People, Places, and Topics

College student government--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Kennedy, Ruth H. (Ruth Henrietta), 1897-1967
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College. Student Assembly
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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