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May Oviatt Collection, 1903-1912

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: May Oviatt Collection, 1903-1912

Predominant Dates: 1908-1912

ID: MSS Oviatt

Primary Creator: Oviatt, May

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The May Oviatt Collection documents Oviatt's work as a public school teacher in Benton County and includes certificates and contracts. May Oviatt earned a BS in Household Science from Oregon Agricultural College in 1908.

Scope and Content Notes

The May Oviatt Collection consists of certificates and contracts documenting Oviatt's employment as a public school teacher after she graduated from Oregon Agricultural College. The collection includes contracts with the Benton County schools; teaching certificates for the State of Oregon; and the results of Department of Public Instruction examinations. The collection also includes Oviatt's high school diploma from the Polk County Public Schools received in 1903.

Biographical / Historical Notes

May Oviatt graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1908 with a BS degree in Household Science and taught public school in Benton County after her graduation. The 1917 and 1922 Oregon State alumni directories indicate that she was living in Los Angeles. According to the 1925 alumni directory, she was married to J. Cairns and living in Fulford Harbor, British Columbia.

Oviatt -- from Buell, Oregon (in Polk County) -- attended public schools in Polk County. She enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College in September 1904.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The materials were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012 by Oviatt's grandson, Lorne Duncan.

Related Materials: Oviatt's English thesis, Representative Writers of the Victorian Period, is also held by the Oregon State University Libraries. Additional information about Corvallis and Benton County public schools is available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: May Oviatt Collection (MSS Oviatt), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Oviatt, May
Oregon. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

People, Places, and Topics

Benton County (Or.)
Elementary school teaching--Oregon--Benton County.
Local History
Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.
Oviatt, May
Polk County (Or.)
University History

Forms of Material

Ephemera (general object genre)

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