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Alba Bales House dedication ceremony, North Dakota Agricultural College
Alba Bales House dedication ceremony, North Dakota Agricultural College
TitleAlba Bales House dedication ceremony, North Dakota Agricultural College
Date of Original1922-10-21
DescriptionNorth Dakota Agricultural College President John Lee Coulter is speaking in front of the Practice House during the dedication ceremony. Spectators and the Cadet Band are listening while construction continues on the roof. House is located at 1262 N. University Drive.
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General SubjectColleges & Universities
Subject (LCTGM)Building construction
Building dedications
Construction workers
Construction equipment
Clothing & dress
Personal NameCoulter, John Lee, 1881-1959
Organization NameNorth Dakota State University - Buildings
Alba Bales House (Fargo, N.D.)
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
Item NumberBAl22-C66.17
Negative Number3844a
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"Dr. Coulter speaking - 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
Collection Finding Aid
Credit LineUniversity Archives, NDSU, Fargo (GPN 3844a)
Rights ManagementCopyright held by the University Archives.
Digital IDua000227
Original Sourceglass negative
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