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Jean Mater Papers, 1947-2007

Collection Overview

Title: Jean Mater Papers, 1947-2007

ID: MSS Mater

Primary Creator: Mater, Jean (1916-)

Extent: 25.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Jean Mater Papers consist of materials pertaining to councils served on by Mater as well as publications and reports collected by Mater, co-founder of Corvallis firms Mater Machine Works and Mater Engineering.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes materials related to councils served on by Mater including the Oregon Council on Economic Education, Multnomah-Washington Private Industry Council, the State Job Training Board, the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Oregon Consortium, the State Job Training Coordinating Council, the Governor's Employment and Training Council, the Balance of State Private Industry Council, the OSU College of Business Advisory Council, and the Community Services Consortium.

Records include meeting materials (agendas, minutes, reports, handouts), committee records, clippings, newsletters, correspondence, financial and annual reports, and presentations. Records also include environmental impact statements for Corvallis transportation projects, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco newsletters and annual reports, Federal Reserve Bank Board studies, corporate annual reports from wood product companies, and manuals for K-12 instructional projects from the OSU SMILE (Science and Math Investigate Learning Experiences) program.

Other materials in the collection reflect Mater's participation in statewide and local organizations such as the Region Four Quality Workforce Committee, the Oregon Private Industry Council and the Benton County Corrections Siting and Design Committee. Correspondence between the Mater Engineering Company and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other businesses regarding the securing of defense contracts are also included.

An addition to the Jean Mater Papers (Accession 2012:075) consists of materials documenting projects undertaken by the Mater Machine Works/Mater Engineering firm and Jean Mater's participation in various organizations. In addition to mechanical drawings that comprise the bulk of this addition, this accession also includes certificates, correspondence, a diploma, flyers, mechanical drawings, photographs, and plaques. The mechanical drawings depict machine parts, equipment, buildings, and mill site layouts developed for private timber company and Native American tribal sawmill operations. Examples of equipment featured in these drawings include: tong dogs, turners, edger feed rolls, stub shafts, offbear rolls, and carriages. Information about seed separation equipment developed by Mater Machine Works in conjunction with the USDA Small Seed Laboratory was also found in this transfer. The plaques and certificates reflect Mater's involvement in the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, the Altrusa Club, the OSU Austin Family Business Program, the Forestry Research Advisory Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Oregon Private Industry Council. Comprised of 3 prints, the photographs are all portrait shots of Jean Mater, one with her husband Milton. The diploma is Jean's doctorate from Oregon State College.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Jean Mater (1916-2008) received a Ph.D. in Forest Products Chemistry from Oregon State College in 1955. She and her husband founded Mater Machine Works and later Mater Engineering, Ltd., in Corvallis, providing engineering and consultation services to the forest products industry. In 1996 Dr. Mater was chosen as the L.W. "Bill" Lane, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer in Family Business by Oregon State University. She also served on the OSU College of Business Advisory Council.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 17 archives boxes, 2 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes and 5 oversize cabinet drawers

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation: Jean Mater Papers (MSS Mater), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.

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


Mater, Jean (1916-)

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