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Beulah Gilkey Collection, 1905-1960

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Beulah Gilkey Collection, 1905-1960

Predominant Dates: 1905-1935

ID: MSS GilkeyB

Primary Creator: Gilkey, Beulah Gustavia

Extent: 0.35 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Beulah Gilkey Collection consists of materials assembled by Gilkey, primarily pertaining to the Oregon Agricultural College Class of 1910. Gilkey earned BS degrees from Oregon Agricultural College in 1910 and 1918 and an MS in 1941.

Scope and Content Notes

The Beulah Gilkey Collection consists of materials assembled by Gilkey primarily pertaining to the Oregon Agricultural College Class of 1910. The Collection includes correspondence of the class members pertaining to their activities after graduation and plans for reunions; memorabilia; publications and programs; and financial records.

The photographs consist predominantly of group portraits of the Class of 1910 at graduation and reunions and individual portrait images of class members made in 1905-1910. Most of the images are identified. The photographs also include several images of Helen Gilkey and other Botany Department faculty.

The collection also includes geometry exercises completed by Beulah's brother, Jesse, at Oregon Agricultural College in about 1907; Beulah's notebook from E.R. Lake's botany class in about 1907; and correspondence between S.H. Graf and others regarding opportunities for engineering faculty with universities in India.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Beulah Gilkey earned a BS degree from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1910. She worked as an assistant in the OAC Registrar's Office form 1910 until 1917, when she returned to school at OAC to prepare for teaching. She earned a second BS degree in 1918. She taught school in Corvallis and Portland and worked again at Oregon State College as a clerical assistant in the summers of 1943 and 1944. Beulah Gilkey was born in Washington in 1890 and her family moved to Corvallis in 1903. She died in 1977 in Corvallis. Her older sister was Helen Gilkey.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 44 photographs; 3 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The photographs were received by the Archives in the mid-1960s.

Related Materials: Other photographs and materials pertaining to the Class of 1910 are available in the Bertha Andresen Photographs (P 026), Alexander K. Chapman Photograph Collection (P 235), Frances Alva Aitken Collection (MSS Aitken), Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC), and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). The Samuel H. Graf Collection (MSS Graf) includes letters from Graf describing his student years at Oregon Agricultural College (1903-1909) and early years as a faculty member (1901-1918). The Helen M. Gilkey Papers (MSS GilkeyH) document the work of Beulah Gilkey's sister.

Preferred Citation: Beulah Gilkey Collection (MSS GilkeyB), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: The photographs in this collection were originally a separate OSU Archives collection (P 027) and have been combined with the paper records to form the Beulah Gilkey Collection. This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Gilkey, Beulah Gustavia
Graf, S. H. (Samuel Herman) (1887-1966)

People, Places, and Topics

Botany--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Geometry--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Gilkey, Beulah Gustavia
Gilkey, Helen M., 1886-1972
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College. Class of 1910
Oregon State College--Faculty.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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