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Amy Cyrus Sewing Book and Photographs, 1907-1926

By Finding aid prepared by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.

Collection Overview

Title: Amy Cyrus Sewing Book and Photographs, 1907-1926

ID: MSS Cyrus

Primary Creator: Cyrus, Amy (1883-1968)

Extent: 0.06 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into two series. Series I consists of the sewing sample book. Series II is comprised of photographs, which are described individually.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


Amy Cyrus was a household science student and nurse at Oregon Agricultural College. This collection consists of her sewing sample book and photographs.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of a sewing sample book and photographs.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Amy Cyrus, born January 6th, 1883 in Crabtree, Oregon, attended OAC as a household science student during the 1904-1905, 1906-1907, and 1907-1908 academic years. She graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Good Samaritan Training School for Nurses in 1914. From 1914 to 1917, she worked as a private nurse in Corvallis. In February 1917, she was hired as the first nurse in the OAC's health service. During her employment at OAC, she completed two courses in radiology; both courses were held at the School of Radiology in Portland. This allowed her to work as both a general nurse and x-ray technician; these were positions she held until she left in 1930. Cyrus died in Benton County (Oregon) in 1968.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 9 photographs; 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The sewing book was transferred to the University Archives from the former Horner Museum in July 1996. The source of the photographs is unknown.

Related Materials: Other sewing books include the Virginia Esther Simmons Sewing Books (MSS Simmons) and the Mary Jones Sewing Sample Book (MSS JonesM). A sewing book created by Mary Scoggin is available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) and the Ivy G. Burton Collection (MSS Burton) also includes a sample book. More information is also available in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141) and Student Health Services Records (RG 023).

Preferred Citation: Amy Cyrus Sewing Book and Photographs (MSS Cyrus), 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 105) and have been combined with the sewing book to form this collection, the Amy Cyrus Sewing Book and Photographs.


Cyrus, Amy (1883-1968)

People, Places, and Topics

College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
College students--Medical care--Oregon--Corvallis.
Cyrus, Amy, 1883-1968
Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Home economics students--Oregon.
Oregon Agricultural College. College Heath Service
Oregon Agricultural College. School of Home Economics
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.
Sewing (visual works).

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Sewing Sample Book, 1907
The sewing book, which contains hand-stitching examples of Cyrus' work, was created for a sewing class at Oregon Agricultural College.
Box-Item 1.1: Sewing Sample Book, 1907
Series 2: Photographs, 1914-1926
The photographs are primarily of Cyrus and include her graduation photo from nursing school, the 1921 Baptist parsonage and official staff, and images of the OAC Health Services Building (currently the Women's Center).
Box-Folder 1.2
Item P105:001: Nursing school graduation photograph, 1914
Item P105:002: Cyrus, Stewart, Matthis, and Irvine, circa 1920
Item P105:003: Dr. Irvine, Amy Cyrus, Minnie Sievers, Ruth Stewart, Mabel Darelius, and Dr. Matthis, circa 1920
Item P105:004: Baptist parsonage and official staff. Probable location was Tenth Street and Jackson Avenue, Corvallis, Oregon. Pictured: Ham, Harstock, Bell, Cyrus, Jones, Townsend, Locke, Waldo, Walter, Burt, Christenson, Scott, Williamson, Wood, Tucker, and Maynard, 1921
Item P105:005: Old OAC Health Service building, circa 1917-1926
Item P105:006: Examination room in the old Health Service building: Cyrus, Dr. Matthis, circa 1920
Item P105:007: Cyrus, Mabel Darelius, and unidentified Health Service secretary, circa 1920
Item P105:008: Dr. Matthis, Mabel Darelius, Cyrus, Dr. Irvine, circa 1920
Item P105:009: Benton Hall, circa 1920

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