Ruth Nelson Gabriel collection, 1926-1927  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Gabriel, Ruth
Ruth Nelson Gabriel collection
1926-1927 (inclusive)
1 linear foot, including 1 scrapbook, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS 26
Yearbooks and scrapbook of student life at Oregon Normal School.
Western Oregon University Archives
Hamersly Library
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR
Telephone: 503-838-8419
Fax: 503-838-8399
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ruth Irene Nelson was born in Cascade Locks, Oregon, on November 10, 1908. Her family moved from Cascade Locks to Tillamook, Oregon in 1919. She graduated from Tillamook High School in the Class of 1925. She continued her education at Oregon Normal School (now Western Oregon College) in Monmouth where she earned her teaching credentials in 1927. She taught at Wilson School in Tillamook for 5 years. In 1931 she married Alfred E. "Pete" Gabriel. During the next 20 years, they moved around Oregon and Washington and owned a grocery store, motel, and hardware store. Ruth returned to teaching and received her BA from Oregon College of Education in 1959. In 1960, Pete and Ruth moved back to Washougal, WA where she taught third grade and became the first school librarian. She retired in 1973 and passed away March 19, 2006, at the age of 97.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains two yearbooks from Oregon Normal School and one personal scrapbook of student Ruth (Nelson) Gabriel. The bound scrapbook is 9 x 5.5 inches and contains mostly black and white photographs. Most photographs are of unidentified female students posing in various locations and summertime activities (swimming, fields, chopping wood, with automobiles, eating watermelon) or in front of local homes or on campus. Photographs of campus building exteriors are also abundant (Campbell Hall, Training School, Todd Hall (Oregon Normal Hall), the Cottage, Maple Hall (gymnasium), and the Christian Church that has since been moved off campus. A few newspaper clippings are taped inside about ONS faculty and students.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

For further information, see the Western Oregon University Archives Research Rules.

Copyright Information: Researchers are hereby cautioned that materials within archival and manuscript collections may be protected by copyright laws (Title 17, U.S. code). Researchers who plan to eventually publish their work are responsible to inquire about publication restrictions before beginning their research. Researchers wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation

Ruth Nelson Gabriel collection, MSS 26, Western Oregon University Archives

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Student scrapbook
9" × 5.5"
The scrapbook contains mostly photographs of unidentified female students posing in various locations and summertime activities and campus building exteriors.
circa 1920-1924
1 2 Oregon Normal School yearbooks (The Norm)
Two yearbooks from the Oregon Normal School, all inscribed with comments and signatures.
1926, 1927

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Students--Social life and customs
  • Women college students
  • Personal Names :
  • Nelson, Ruth (creator)
  • Oregon Normal School--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Normal School
  • Geographical Names :
  • Monmouth (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks