Home management houses (or practice houses) were established in the School of Home Economics in 1916 and a six-week residency in one of the houses was required of all home economics students. Beginning in 1926, infants and toddlers lived in the home management houses and were cared for by the students and resident advisor. More than 50 children lived in the home management houses for several weeks to a year from 1926 through the 1940s.
The Home Management House Photograph Collection consists of images assembled by a home economics student. The images consist primarily of portrait photographs, made by Hise Studio, of children who lived in the house during the mid-1940s -- Patsy, Susan, Jimmie, and Pamela. The collection also includes images of Oregon State College home economics students who were living in the home management houses and depict them with the baby, learning about a new washing machine, and greeting international students. A baptismal certificate for baby Susan is also included in the collection.
Home Management House Photograph Collection (P 266), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.