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A. Grace Johnson Collection, 1918-1933

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: A. Grace Johnson Collection, 1918-1933

ID: MSS JohnsonA

Primary Creator: Johnson, A. Grace (Alma Grace) (1878-1933)

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The A. Grace Johnson Collection consists of bulletins, circulars, and manuals assembled by Johnson to support her teaching and study in household administration. Alma Grace Johnson was a faculty member in the Household Administration Department at Oregon Agricultural College from 1915 until her death in 1933.

Scope and Content Notes

The A. Grace Johnson Collection consists of bulletins, circulars, and manuals assembled by Johnson to support her teaching and study in household administration. The publications address family budgets, thrift education, and the tracking of household expenses; several of the publications include annotations by Johnson. The materials were published by Cornell University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the American Home Economics Association as well as banks and businesses.

The collection also includes Extension Bulletin 313, Kitchen Arrangement, written by Johnson in 1920, as well as drawings for a barrel system for hot and cold water in the kitchen published by the Oregon Agricultural College Extension Service in 1922.

An O.S.C. Student Account Book for documenting expenditures, published by the Co-op. Book Store, is part of the collection. It is partially completed, perhaps as a class assignment for the Household Management course (HAd 340) in spring 1933.

Biographical / Historical Notes

A. Grace Johnson joined the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College as an Instructor of Domestic Science in 1915. In 1918, she was promoted to Professor and Head of the Department of Household Administration, a position she held until 1931. During the 1931-1932 academic year, she served as Acting Dean of the School of Home Economics while Dean Ava Milam was on sabbatical leave. Johnson was a pioneer in home management house work and supervised the home economics students who lived in the College's home management houses. She was also an expert on individual and family budgeting and account keeping.

Alma Grace Johnson was born January 9, 1878 in Indiana. She attended Purdue University for one year and then completed her BS at Columbia University in 1915. She returned to Columbia to complete her MA in 1926. Johnson died suddenly on April 12, 1933 in Salt Lake City where she was visiting friends; she had been on sabbatical leave during the 1932-1933 academic year.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were transferred from the School of Design and Human Environment in 2013.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center's holdings include extensive materials documenting home economics instruction, research, and extension programs at Oregon State. Of special note are the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141), the College of Home Economics Photograph Collection (P 044), and the Home Management House Photograph Collection (P 266). The Maud Wilson Papers (MSS WilsonM) document Wilson's research and publishing in household management and housing design.

Preferred Citation: A. Grace Johnson Collection (MSS JohnsonA), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Johnson, A. Grace (Alma Grace) (1878-1933)

People, Places, and Topics

Finance, Personal.
Home economics--Accounting.
Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Johnson, A. Grace (Alma Grace), 1878-1933
Oregon Agricultural College. Extension Service
University History

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