May Oviatt Collection, 1903-1912

Overview of the Collection

Oviatt, May.
May Oviatt Collection
1903-1912 (inclusive)
1908-1912 (bulk)
0.05 cubic foot, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MSS Oviatt
The May Oviatt Collection documents Oviatt's work as a public school teacher in Benton County and includes certificates and contracts. May Oviatt earned a BS in Household Science from Oregon Agricultural College in 1908.
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: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

May Oviatt graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1908 with a BS degree in Household Science and taught public school in Benton County after her graduation. The 1917 and 1922 Oregon State alumni directories indicate that she was living in Los Angeles. According to the 1925 alumni directory, she was married to J. Cairns and living in Fulford Harbor, British Columbia.

Oviatt -- from Buell, Oregon (in Polk County) -- attended public schools in Polk County. She enrolled at Oregon Agricultural College in September 1904.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The May Oviatt Collection consists of certificates and contracts documenting Oviatt's employment as a public school teacher after she graduated from Oregon Agricultural College. The collection includes contracts with the Benton County schools; teaching certificates for the State of Oregon; and the results of Department of Public Instruction examinations. The collection also includes Oviatt's high school diploma from the Polk County Public Schools received in 1903.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

May Oviatt Collection (MSS Oviatt), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012 by Oviatt's grandson, Lorne Duncan.

Related Materials

Oviatt's English thesis, Representative Writers of the Victorian Period, is also held by the Oregon State University Libraries. Additional information about Corvallis and Benton County public schools is available in the Memorabilia Collection.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Elementary school teaching--Oregon--Benton County.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon Agricultural College--Alumni and alumnae.

Geographical Names

  • Benton County (Or.)
  • Polk County (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Ephemera.

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Oregon. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. (creator)