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Grace Gramms Scrapbook, 1937-1941

By Maya Bergmann and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Grace Gramms Scrapbook, 1937-1941

ID: MSS Gramms

Primary Creator: Gramms, Grace

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 07/22/2005

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Grace Gramms Scrapbook consists of materials documenting her activities as a student at Oregon State College in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Grace Gramms graduated from Oregon State College in 1941 and was a drum majorette with the ROTC Cadet Band. This scrapbook has been scanned and is available upon request.

Scope and Content Notes

The Grace Gramms Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings detailing Gramms' involvement as a drum majorette and her editorial position at the Barometer campus newspaper. The scrapbook also contains dance cards, receipts, ticket stubs, publications, ribbons and correspondence. Included among the publications found with this scrapbook are Delta Delta Delta sorority newsletters, OSC student "Progressive Party" newspapers, and university guides such as the rush handbook and co-ed code. The correspondence primarily pertains to Gramms' scholastic achievements. This scrapbook has been scanned and is available upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Grace “Gay” Miriam Gramms was born on January 7th, 1920 in Astoria, Oregon to parents Otto Gramms and Bertha Morton. Grace grew up in Astoria, graduating from Astoria High School before moving to Corvallis to attend Oregon State College beginning in 1937. Grace was a highly involved member of the OSC community, having membership in both the Tri-Delta sorority, as well as the Phi Chi Theta honorary society. Along with this, she was also involved with the Barometer, first as a secretary during the 1937/1938 school year before becoming an editor for the college paper during the 1939/1940 school year. During the 1939/1940 school year, she was also a member of the Cooperative Association Board, a group that worked to distribute school supplies at the lowest possible price for students. Most notably, during her time at OSC she led the ROTC Cadet Band as a drum majorette.

In June of 1940, she married her high school sweetheart and fellow OSC student Don Goodall. She graduated from OSC in the spring of 1941 with a Secretarial Science degree. She continued to be involved in her community even after leaving OSC. While living in Maryland, she was a member of the Congressional Country Club, and in 1978 won the women’s club golf championship, as well as being a member of the pair that won the Maryland State 2-lady golf team title. Throughout the early 1980s she continued to be involved in the Oregon State University community by making donations to the University Foundation. In 1987 and 1999, she wrote family historical pieces for the Clatsop County Historical Society Quarterly publication. Even after passing in July of 2005, she continues to make an impact in her community through the Goodall Gramms Scholarship established by herself and her husband, Don Goodall.

Author: Maya Bergmann

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Transferred to the former University Archives in 2005 from the Benton County Historical Society and Museum.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center houses many student-assembled collections from their time at Oregon State. Some of these collections include the Spike Sisters Scrapbooks (MSS Spike), Jayne Walters Scrapbook (MSS Walters), and the Doris P. Adamson Scrapbook (MSS Adamson). Additionally, material pertaining to the ROTC Cadet Band can be found in OSU Band Photographs (P 104) and the Oregon State University Military Photographs Collection (P 002).

Preferred Citation: Grace Gramms Scrapbook (MSS Gramms), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: Loose items found with the scrapbook have been placed in a folder.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces information about the collection that was placed online in 2012.


Gramms, Grace

People, Places, and Topics

Gramms, Grace
Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon State College--Bands.
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material


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