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Wanda F. Hardin Fruits Memoir, 2007

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Wanda F. Hardin Fruits Memoir, 2007

ID: MSS Fruits

Primary Creator: Fruits, Wanda F. Hardin

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Wanda F. Hardin Fruits Memoir, Living the Dream, describes Wanda Fae Hardin Fruits' years as a student at Corvallis High School and Oregon State College in the 1940s. Fruits also writes about her experiences as a fire lookout near Roseburg, Oregon.

Scope and Content Notes

The Wanda F. Hardin Fruits Memoir, Living the Dream, documents Fruits' experiences from 1946 through 1950 as a student at Corvallis High School and Oregon State College. In her memoir, Fruits describes her experiences living in Corvallis as a high school and college student; summer jobs picking fruit and working in agricultural fields; working as a fire lookout for the Douglas Forest Protective Association at Ward's Butte near Roseburg for several summers; living arrangements at the Heather Rae Cooperative House; and participation in activities at Westminster House. The memoir includes references to Fruits' coursework at Oregon State, her impressions of the Memorial Union, social activities, and her participation in a Vitamin C research study.

The memoir includes numerous reproductions of photographs depicting Fruits and her husband and family; fellow students and student activities; her work as a fire lookout; and Corvallis and campus scenes.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Wanda Fae Hardin moved from her native Texas to Corvallis in late 1945 to live with her brother and his wife, who were students at Oregon State. Hardin enrolled at Corvallis High School in January 1946 and graduated from Corvallis High in June 1946. She attended Oregon State College from the fall of 1946 through spring 1950, majoring in home economics (until March 1950) and then in education. Hardin married Gordon Warren Fruits in December 1950.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: This volume was donated to the Archives in 2008 by Fruits' daughter.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include many collections that document student life in the years immediately following World War II including the Jacquelin F. Holland Papers (MSS Holland), Wilson H. Foote Photographs (P 268), and the Richard W. Gilkey Photographs (P 252).

Preferred Citation: Wanda F. Hardin Fruits Memoir (MSS Fruits), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Fruits, Wanda F. Hardin

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis High School (Corvallis, Or.)
Douglas Forest Protective Association
Fire lookout stations--Oregon--Douglas County.
Fruits, Wanda F. Hardin
Housing, Cooperative--Oregon--Corvallis.
Local History
Natural Resources
Oregon State College--Students.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
Student housing--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History
Women fire lookouts--Oregon.

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