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Organized into two subgroups, Department Administration and Flax Research. Subgroup 1 contains eight series; subgroup 2 contains two series. Most series are arranged chronologically.
Subgroup 1 records document the administration of the department, student enrollment, and curriculum. Subgroup 2 documents the research of Joan Patterson into the use of Oregon flax in commercial textiles and fabrics during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her research was funded by grants from the Purnell Fund and the Oregon State Flax Board.
Courses associated with the domestic arts - sewing, dressmaking, house furnishing, and kitchen gardening - were first taught at Oregon Agricultural College in the early 1890s. In 1908 the Domestic Art Department was created, and became the Household Art Dept. in 1918. The name was changed to the Dept. of Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts in 1926, and retained that name for around 60 years. About 1986 the department was changed to Apparel, Interiors, & Merchandising, and by 1990 it was known as Apparel, Interiors, Housing & Merchandising.
Department heads have included Helen Brooks (1911-1917), Helen Lee Davis (1917-1930), Alma C. Fritchoff (1930-1948), Gertrude Strickland (1949-1953), Lucy Lane (1953-1954), Florence Petzel (1954-1961 & 1968-1976), Holly Schrank (1976-1980), and Sally Francis (1983-present).
College of Home Economics Records (RG 141); College of Home Economics Photograph Collection (P 44); MC - College of Home Economics-History.