Arminda Bates Papers
First professional librarian of the College of the Pines. Scrapbooks from the College, notes from education in New York City, diary, photographs, and some materials related to the Bandon, OR, Public Library.
- Bates, Arminda, 1878-1963 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
2 Linear Feet
Biographical / Historical
Arminda Bates was born in Florence, OR, in 1878, the daughter of lighthouse keepers Samuel and Perpetua Bates. The family relocated to Pinesdale, OR, in 1888 to escape the perpetual dampness. Arminda attended the Academy of the Pines and the College of the Pines, graduating in 1899. After additional education at Columbia University in New York, she became the College’s first professional librarian in 1901, and held that post 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, OR. They had no children. With the lighthouse’s proximity to town, she took an active role in developing the public library. She died in Bandon in 1963.
- Guide to the Arminda Bates Papers
- Courtney Berge
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English
Part of the College of the Pines Archives Repository