Homer Maris Collection, 1918-1946  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Maris, W. Homer.
Homer Maris Collection
1918-1946 (inclusive)
0.10 cubic feet, including 3 photographs, (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 and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and 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, the original drawing for the cover of the published sheet music, and a receipt for production of the printing plate by  Salter Brothers, an engraver in San Francisco.  A 1934 Barometer article about the origins of the alma mater, an obituary for Maris written by E.T. Reed, a 1920-21 Oregon Agricultural College student handbook, and three photographs are also part of the collection. The photographs are an image of the Trysting Tree (circa 1918), a portrait photograph of Ida A. Kidder (circa 1915), and a portrait photograph of Homer Maris (circa 1925).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Homer Maris Collection (MSS Maris), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Students' songs--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Personal Names :
  • Kidder, Ida A. (Ida Angeline), 1857-1920.
  • Maris, W. Homer.
  • Reed, Edwin Thomas, 1872-1948.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College--Songs and music.
  • Oregon State University--Songs and music.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Sheet music.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Kidder, Ida A. (Ida Angeline), 1857-1920. (creator)
    • Reed, Edwin Thomas, 1872-1948. (creator)