Corvallis: Oregon State Agricultural College, . Issue 437 of the Oregon State Agricultural College Bulletin (December 1927). Illustrated on nearly every page with photo reproductions of young women in home economics classes, plus vignettes by Alma Schulmerich printed in black. Spine split about halfway up, causing some leaves to come loose (laid in at original positions). Contemporary pencil marginalia seemingly made by an editor (correcting word choice, layout, etc.). A good, clean, and fresh copy of a rare item. Publisher’s pictorial brown paper wrappers printed in blue, orange, and black. Quarto. 40 pp. Item #17323
The present item describes the home economics program at the Oregon State Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), which had opened its doors to women within the last decade. Women who entered the home economics program at the college studied “the principles of homemaking together with general scientific culture,” as well as general education courses in English, art, history, chemistry, zoology, and languages. Students could earn a Bachelor of Science degree through the program, which was meant to prepare women for careers as costume designers, restaurant managers, cooks, dieticians, journalists, teachers, and more.
Zelta Feike Rodenwold (1895 – 1987) is identified on the title-page as the Secretary of the School of Home Economics, 1919-21; Secretary of the Alumni Association, 1921-26; and Editor Alumnus 1921-27. She graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in the class of 1919. Illustrator Alma Schulmerich was part of the class of 1928.