Catherine Perry was an OSU alumna and Corvallis music teacher. She was born in Corvallis and graduated from Corvallis High School. Perry enrolled (as Catherine Eleanor Jordan Sherwood) at Oregon State College in 1934 and attended OSC from 1934 to 1939 and again from 1944 to 1947 as a home economics student. She took numerous music courses during this time including piano courses, likely taught by Lillian Petri. She enrolled again at OSU for music courses in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She was a close friend of Paul and Lillian Petri. Paul Petri was head of the Music Department at Oregon State from 1924- 1947. Perry died in Corvallis in October 1992.
The Petri publications include Mind Over Muscle (1924) and Music Fundamentals Correlated, volumes I-III (1927). Both pertain to piano technique. The programs include musical events sponsored by the Oregon State College Liberal Arts Programs Committee, the Corvallis OSU Music Association, the OSU Music Department, and other organizations. The notebooks include notes, directions, and instructions received by Perry in piano lessons, probably given by Lillian Petri.