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Homer Maris Collection, 1918-1968

Overview of the Collection

Maris, W. Homer.
Homer Maris Collection
1918-1968 (inclusive)
1918-1946 (bulk)
0.05 cubic foot, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MSS Maris
The Homer Maris Collection contains correspondence and manuscripts relating to the Oregon State University alma mater, Carry Me Back, which was written and composed by Maris. Also included in the collection are photographs and an Oregon Agricultural College student handbook.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Alumnus Homer Maris earned an M.S. degree in Agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College in 1918. In 1914, Maris began composing the words to a song that he felt would gather the spirit of Oregon Agricultural College, which became Carry Me Back, the College's alma mater. In 1918, Maris dedicated the piece to "Mother Kidder", the much-loved College librarian. Maris died in 1933 in a bicycle accident.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Homer Maris Collection consists of materials pertaining to Homer Maris and the Oregon State University alma mater, Carry Me Back, written and composed by Maris. Of especial note are letters from Ida A. ("Mother") Kidder to Maris, to whom the alma mater is dedicated. The collection also includes annotated manuscript copies of Carry Me Back, documents pertaining to its copyright, correspondence, an obituary for Maris written by E.T. Reed, a 1920-21 Oregon Agricultural College student handbook, and three photographs. The photographs are an image of the Trysting Tree (ca. 1918), a portrait photograph of Ida A. Kidder (ca. 1915), and a portrait photograph of Homer Maris (ca. 1925).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Homer Maris Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top