Portland, Oregon: [ca. 1912]. With thirty-one mounted fabric sewing samples and a paper pattern. All text in manuscript (in black and blue ink). Each sample with a project title and explanatory text detailing the assignment and the student’s process. Some creasing and chipping to wrappers. Some toning and offsetting to leaves. A very good set of original albums of schoolwork. Stiff brown paper wrappers bound in brown cord. Paper label on one album reads, “Magdalena Nees, 100 E. 28th St N, Portland, Oregon, Kerns School.” Later pencil notation on label notes Nees’ dates as 1898 – 1968. Another pencil notation notes the date of these albums as "ca. 1912." Two albums (8 ” x 11”).  ff. each. Item #17157
Each grade is broken up into two units (e.g., 6A, 6B, 7A, and so on) and each unit comprises eight lessons of progressive difficulty. The first album, encompassing units 6A through 7B, begins with lessons in basic skills in stitching, basting, and seaming, and progresses to pattern-matching, darning stockings, and making simple articles of clothing (e.g., an apron, a doll skirt). The second album comprises lessons in darning damask, making buttonholes, weaving stockinet, pleating, and making paper patterns. The detailed manuscript instructions offer valuable insight into the lesson plans and the structure of the home economics curriculum at the Kerns School.
From grades six through nine, Magdalena Nees attended the Kerns School in East Portland. She had three home economics instructors, who are noted in these albums: Christina Bergsvik, Grace MacKenzie, and Pearl Ellis. Nees was the daughter of German immigrants Ludwig Wilhelm and Anna Nees. In 1918, Magdalena Nees married Hungarian immigrant Peter Sabo, who is listed as a theater equipment salesman in 1940 census records. Nees was a clerk in their business. Portland Public Schools Board of Directors. Annual Report of the Public Schools, issue 28 (1911), pp. 41, 53, 104.