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Virginia Esther Simmons Sewing Book, 1896

By Karl McCreary

Collection Overview

Title: Virginia Esther Simmons Sewing Book, 1896

ID: MSS Simmons

Primary Creator: Simmons, Virginia Esther (1872-1973)

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Virgina Esther Simmons Sewing Book was assembled by alumna Virginia Esther Simmons as an assignment for a home economics class. Simmons graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1896.

Scope and Content Notes

The Virginia Esther Simmons Sewing Book was assembled by alumna Virginia Esther Simmons as an assignment for a home economics class. The sewing book was compiled in 1896 and is composed of samples of stitches and buttonholes.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Virginia Esther Simmons was born on March 17, 1872 in Douglas County, Oregon. After graduating from Oregon Agricultural College with a degree in home economics in 1896, Simmons pursued a longtime career in teaching for school districts in Corvallis, Roseburg, and Fresno, California. Retiring in 1939, Simmons returned to settle in Corvallis 5 years later where she became a fixture in a number of community organizations, such as the Corvallis Garden Club and the Corvallis League of Women Voters. Simmons was also active in OAC alumni gatherings and regularly attended golden jubilee celebrations up to age of 100. She died in 1973.

Author: Karl McCreary

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: This sewing book was received in the 1960s or early 1970s by the former OSU University Archives. The donor was not identified.

Related Materials: Other collections that contain examples of student sewing work for home economics classes include: the Mary Jones Sewing Sample Book (MSS JonesM); the Lulu Thornton Papers (MSS Thornton); the Ivy G. Burton Collection (MSS Burton); the Amy Cyrus Sewing Book and Photographs (MSS Cyrus); and the Mary Margaret Smith-Watson Sewing Books (MSS SmithWatson).

Preferred Citation: Virginia Esther Simmons Sewing Book (MSS Simmons), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces information placed online in 2012.


Simmons, Virginia Esther (1872-1973)

People, Places, and Topics

Home economics--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oregon Agricultural College. Department of Household Economy and Hygiene.
University History
Women--Education (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Sewing (visual works).

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