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Ercel Sherman Eppright papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 12/6/14

Scope and Contents

The papers document the activities of Ercel Sherman Eppright as Head of the Department of Food and Nutrition, Assistant Dean of the College of Home Economics and Assistant Director of the Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station. The collection contains news clippings, articles, correspondence, and notes. It also includes the typed manuscript of "A Century of Home Economics at Iowa State University", and a bound copy of "Syllabus in Nutrition and Dietetics".


  • 1944-1971, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Consult Special Collections and University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Ercel Eppright was born May 4, 1901 in Isabel, Illinois. She received her B.S. (1923) from the University of Missouri, her M.S. (1930) from the University of Texas, and her Ph.D. (1936) in Physiological Chemistry from Yale University. Eppright was employed as an Instructor (1928-1931) of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Texas; as Professor and Department Head (1935-1945) of Home Economics at the Texas State College for Women; and at Iowa State University she served as Professor and Department Head (1945-1961) of Food and Nutrition; Assistant Dean, College of Home Economics; Assistant Director (1961-1966) of the Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station; Professor (1966-1971) of Nutrition; and Professor Emerita (1971-1992).

She held concurrent positions as Home Economist (1957-1958) with the Food and Agriculture Organization, Iraq; Instructor (1957-1958) at the Queen Aliya College for Women, Baghdad, Iraq; and as a Ford Foundation Consultant (1966-1967) at the University of Baroda, India. Her professional memberships included Pi Lambda Theta; Omicron Nu; Sigma Xi; Phi Upsilon Omicron; Phi Kappa Phi; Delta Kappa Gamma; the American Home Economics Association; the American Dietetic Association; the American Institute of Nutrition; and the American Public Health Association.

Eppright was the recipient of the Borden Award (1961) of the American Home Economics Association; a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State University Alumni Association; an Alumnae Citation from Central College (Fayette, MO); and a Citation of Merit (1965) from the School of Home Economics and University of Missouri Alumni Association. Her research involved dietary studies; food acceptance; the nutritional status of school children; and the significance of certain salts and groups of salts in the nutrition of the albino rat. She also published several books, including A Century of Home Economics at Iowa State University (1971), which she co-authored with Elizabeth Storm Ferguson.

Dr. Eppright died in 1992 in Texas.


2.1 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically, with the bound book, "Syllabus in Nutrition and Dietetics", in box 4.

RS 12/6/14 Ercel Sherman Eppright Papers, 1948-1971, undated
Leo Thompson, Student Assistant
May 24, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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