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Edmon Low Library

Jessie Thatcher Bost Collection

About the Collection

Jessie Thatcher was one of the students who enrolled at Oklahoma A&M College when it opened its doors in 1891. In 1897, as a member of OAMC’s second graduating class, she would become OAMC’s first female graduate. She would also serve as the Alumni Association’s first female president.

Jessie Thatcher worked as a public school teacher in Stillwater until she married OAMC classmate Henry Bost. She took time out of her career to raise her children, but would later return to teaching and spend nearly 20 years teaching in Cleveland schools. After her retirement in 1946, OAMC President Henry G. Bennet called Jessie Thatcher Bost “Oklahoma’s first woman of education.”

The Jessie Thatcher Bost Collection features Bost’s essays, photographs of Bost and her family, some of Bost’s class notebooks and other OAMC memorabilia. The essays and papers deal with a range of topics, from education to a woman’s place in the world. As some of the only remaining papers from early OAMC students, Bost’s collection provides valuable insight into the first days of the college.

Access the Physical Collection

The Jessie Thatcher Bost Collection is housed in the Archives. It can be consulted by appointment in the Archives office (2nd floor) of the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information please contact the Archives at 405-744-6311 or libscua@okstate.edu.