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Arminda Bates Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss22-T46
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.

Dates

  • 1895-1950

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Extent

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.
Title
Guide to the Arminda Bates Papers
Author
Courtney Berge
Date
2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the College of the Pines Archives Repository

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