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Thayer Raymond Collection, circa 1912-1990

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Thayer Raymond Collection, circa 1912-1990

Predominant Dates: 1915-1922

ID: MSS Raymond

Primary Creator: Raymond, Thayer

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Thayer Raymond Collection documents Raymond's activities as a high school and college student as well as her first years as a high school teacher. Raymond, a native of Raymond, Washington, graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1919.

Scope and Content Notes

The Thayer Raymond Collection consists of a photograph album compiled by Raymond; several loose photographs; and a sound recording. The photograph album includes photographs and memorabilia of Raymond's student years in high school and college; automobile camping trips; and the beginning of her teaching career at South Bend High School in Washington. Of particular note are photographs of a high school drama production; students and student activities; the Raymond family; outings, picnics, camping, and automobile trips; the Oregon Agricultural College campus; a view of 4th Street in Corvallis, Oregon; and the town of and region around Raymond, Washington. Memorabila includes dance cards, clippings, and a 1919 commencement program and invitation.

The loose photographs include a color photographic print of Thayer Raymond made in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The sound recording is a 12-inch 33 1/3 rpm disk of Thayer Raymond speaking in an Oregon State College Speech Department voice and diction class recorded in the summer of 1938.

An addition to the Thayer Raymond Collection (Accession 2013:020) consists of certificates, a diploma, a grade report, photographs, and publications. These materials document alumna Raymond's association with Oregon Agricultural College, teaching career, and graduation from high school. In addition to two portrait shots of Thayer, there is also a photographic print of L.V. Raymond riding a bike. The certificates pertain to Raymond's teaching credentials in Oregon and Washington as well as her membership in the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. The publications consist of a commencement program, Extension Service circulars used by Raymond in home economics instruction, and a copy of the "OAC Alumnus" featuring an update about Raymond.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Ruth Thayer Raymond ("Teddy") graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1919 with a BS degreee in home economics. She graduated from Raymond (Washington) High School in 1915. She was a member of Delta Psi sorority at OAC.

Raymond taught domestic science and arts at the South Bend High School (Washington) from 1919 until the early 1930s and then taught home economics in Tacoma, Washington, through the early 1950s. In 1921/22, she taught home economics in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Raymond returned to OAC for graduate study in 1925/26 and also attended the 1938 summer session.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Thayer Raymond Collection (MSS Raymond), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Raymond, Thayer

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Raymond (Wash.)
Raymond, Thayer
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Photograph albums.

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