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Alba Bales House livingroom, North Dakota Agricultural College
Alba Bales House livingroom, North Dakota Agricultural College
TitleAlba Bales House livingroom, North Dakota Agricultural College
Date of Original1923-06-08
DescriptionView of the interior of the livingroom of the Alba Bales House. Within the livingroom are the fireplace, curtains, windows, bookcase, radiator, chairs, candlesticks, lamps, paintings, carpet and tables. The Sun Room is seen through an open door. House is located at 1262 N. University Drive.
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General SubjectColleges & Universities
Subject (LCTGM)Fireplaces
Floor coverings
Living rooms
Organization NameAlba Bales House (Fargo, N.D.)
North Dakota State University - Buildings
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
AddressFargo (N.D.) - University Drive North
Fargo (N.D.) - University Drive North - 1200 block
Negative NumberGPN4453
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original13 x 18 cm.
Publisher of OriginalNorth Dakota Agricultural College (Fargo, N.D.)
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Fireplace--Practice House"
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title supplied by staff.
Biography/HistoryThe Alba Bales House, was originally named the Practice House in 1923 and then the Home Management House in 1936, and finally renamed the Alba Bales House in 1954. Alba Bales was the first female academic Dean at North Dakota Agricultural College.
The establishment of the Practice House stems from the Vocational Education Act of 1917, popularly referred to as the Smith-Hughes Act, which made federal funds available for home economics education. "Teachers of home economics under the Smith-Hughes act must, be graduates of a four-year college course in home economics of standard grade and present satisfactory evidence of at least two years practical experience, including a considerable period of home management." To be able to provide the necessary experience, a facility dedicated specifically for practical work was needed. Various temporary practice houses were secured while funding was sought for a permanent practice house on campus. In the 16th Biennial Report (1922), Alba Bales noted that the new Home Economics practice house would be completed by January 1923.
The first residents entered the practice house in the fall term of 1923 and the facility continued to serve as a practical residential training laboratory until the fall semester of 1981.
External ResourceSee also NDSU Archives Building History web site:
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, University Archives
Repository CollectionNDSU University Archives Glass Negative Collection
Credit LineUniversity Archives, NDSU, Fargo (GPN 4453)
Rights ManagementCopyright held by the University Archives.
Digital IDua000263
Original Sourceglass negative
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