Elva Susan Baker collection, 1901-1952  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Baker, Elva Susan
Elva Susan Baker collection
1901-1952 (inclusive)
1901-1902 (bulk)
1.5 linear feet, (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
MSS 20
Herbarium, student photographs, and personal records from a student at Oregon State 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

Elva Susan Baker (Atkinson) was born in Forest Grove, Oregon in 1881. She attended Oregon State Normal school in Monmouth, Oregon and graduated with a teaching degree in 1902. Elva married Eugene Atkinson and raised five daughters in Sand Lake, Oregon. Elva passed away in April 1956 in California after a long career in teaching.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains materials related to students at Oregon State Normal School at the turn of the century. Included are photographs of Elva Susan Baker, portraits of her classmates, and class photographs; teaching certificates/licenses for the State of Oregon and a diploma; and a herbarium created by Elva Susan Baker.

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

Elva Susan Baker collection, MSS 20, Western Oregon University Archives

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Personal records, 1902-1957Return to Top

Valedictorian speech, teaching certificates, OCE alumni letter. An oversized vellum diploma from OSNS is located in oversize.

II:  Photographs, 1902Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Portrait photographs
Individual headshots of each student in the class of 1902, including Elva Susan Baker (17 photographs).
1 3
Class photographs
Three group photographs of students in the class of 1902.

III:  Herbarium, 1901Return to Top

1 book with broken binding, 11" × 9"

The herbarium was created by Elva Susan Baker. The cover reads "Oregon State Normal Herbarium" with an illustration of Campbell Hall. The dates recorded in the herbarium range from April-May of 1901. All of the plant locations are local to Monmouth, Oregon, and include areas such as fields, roadsides, swamps, forests, pastures, and meadows near the Normal School.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Botanical specimens--Collection and preservation
  • Botany--Research--Oregon
  • Herbarium specimens
  • Students--Social life and customs
  • Women college students
  • Personal Names :
  • Baker, Elva Susan (creator)
  • Oregon State Normal School--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State Normal School
  • Geographical Names :
  • Monmouth (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Herbaria
  • Photographs