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Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection, 1930-1985

Collection Overview

Title: Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection, 1930-1985

ID: MSS MultnomahHomeEc

Primary Creator: Multnomah County. Extension Service Office

Extent: 1.35 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection includes eight scrapbooks assembled by members of four Home Economics Extension units in Multnomah County, as well as other photographs which document Home Economics unit activities in the area.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection's scrapbooks includes brochures, certificates, correspondence, fabric samples, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs and publications. In addition to documentation of unit membership, group activities, and various cooking, sewing, and craft projects administered by the units, the scrapbooks contain original artistic renderings as well as images of household life clipped from magazine ads and articles.

Also included in this collection are record books from the Powellhurst unit consisting of reports to the County Extension Agent on unit meetings and projects.

Depicted in certain of the images are Home Economic unit members (some of whom are identified) at various workshops, picnics and parties, officer installations, and project exhibits.

Among the subjects covered in the workshops are metric system conversion, food preservation, automotive maintenance, pants fitting and alteration, upholstery, and the at-home development of cleaning supplies. Also included is a historical essay on Extension Home Economics units in Multnomah County which traces the origins and activities of some of the 38 units that have been established since 1925.

Biographical / Historical Notes

These materials were collected by the OSU Multnomah County Extension Service office in Portland, which served as the administrative center for the four extension units.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 78 photographs; 2 document boxes and 3 oversize boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: See also: Digital Resources: A History of OSU Extension, a comprehensive collection of online resources documenting the 100+ year history of Extension at Oregon State University.

Preferred Citation: Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection (MSS MultnomahHomeEc), 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.


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