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Arminda Bates papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG 2016-01-T58
This collection consists of scrapbooks from Arminda Bates' time as a student at the College of the Pines, notes from her education in New York, a diary she kept as a the first professional librarian at the College, and photographs of the early College campus and her her home. A small number of materials related to the Bandon, Oregon Public Library.


  • 1895-1950

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open to the public for research use.


2 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger Boxes)


This collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks , diaries and other materials collected by Arminda Bates during her time as a student at the College of the Pines as well as a student in New York. Additional material documents as her time as the first librarian of the College and work with public library in Bandon, Oregon.

Biographical / Historical

Arminda Bates was born in Florence, Oregon in 1878, the daughter of the lighthouse keepers Samuel and Perpetua Bates. The family relocated to Pinesdale, Oregon in 1888 to escape the perpetual dampness of Florence. Arminda attended the Academy of the Pines and the College of the Pines graduating in 1899. After additional educaion at Columbia University in New York, she became the College's first professional librarian in 1901 and held that position until 1916. She then married Arthur Fix, a lighthouse keeper, and served with him for the remainder of their careers at the Coquille River Lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon. They had no children. With the lighthouse's proximity to town, Arminda took an active role in developing the public library. She died in Bandon in 1963.
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Repository Details

Part of the College of the Pines Archives Repository