Beulah Gilkey earned a BS degree from Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) in 1910. She worked as an assistant in the OAC Registrar's Office form 1910 until 1917, when she returned to school at OAC to prepare for teaching. She earned a second BS degree in 1918. She taught school in Corvallis and Portland and worked again at Oregon State College as a clerical assistant in the summers of 1943 and 1944. Beulah Gilkey was born in Washington in 1890 and her family moved to Corvallis in 1903. She died in 1977 in Corvallis. Her older sister was Helen Gilkey.
The Beulah Gilkey Collection consists of materials assembled by Gilkey primarily pertaining to the Oregon Agricultural College Class of 1910. The Collection includes correspondence of the class members pertaining to their activities after graduation and plans for reunions; memorabilia; publications and programs; and financial records.
The photographs consist predominantly of group portraits of the Class of 1910 at graduation and reunions and individual portrait images of class members made in 1905-1910. Most of the images are identified. The photographs also include several images of Helen Gilkey and other Botany Department faculty.
The collection also includes geometry exercises completed by Beulah's brother, Jesse, at Oregon Agricultural College in about 1907; Beulah's notebook from E.R. Lake's botany class in about 1907; and correspondence between S.H. Graf and others regarding opportunities for engineering faculty with universities in India.