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Allen A. Kraft papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/13/51

Scope and Content

The collection (1958-2011) contains biographical information, course materials, correspondence, research proposal, and writings. The papers contain notes and outlines Kraft used in teaching a course on basic food industries and a syllabus for a course on food processing. There are letters and memorandum relating to the functions of the Department of Food Technology for 1980 through 1988. The papers also include a research proposal Kraft submitted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1977 entitled, "Space Preservation Applied to Meat (SPAM)", which suggested using space as refrigerator in order to preserve meat. The bulk of the collection consists of over 50 published articles written by Kraft from 1954 through 1988. Many of these articles focus on meat, poultry, and eggs in regards to Kraft's research on food borne pathogens, food spoilage organisms, freezing, packaging, and use of preservatives.


  • 1954-2011


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Allen A. Kraft was born April 11, 1923 in New York, New York to Samuel and Rose (Alter) Kraft. He received a B.S. (1947) in animal husbandry and an M.S. (1949) in food science from Cornell University. He earned a Ph.D. (1953) in food technology from Iowa State College (University).

Kraft began his career as a Food Technologist (1953-1959), Poultry Products, United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Maryland. He returned to Iowa State as an Assistant Professor (1959-1962) in Food Technology and was promoted to Associate Professor (1962-1972) and Professor (1972-1988). Upon his retirement in 1988, Kraft became Professor Emeritus.

His research focused upon the microbiology and technology of meats, poultry, and eggs. He studied food spoilage organisms, food borne pathogens, mycotoxins in food, cryogenic freezing of meats and poultry, and the effects packaging and use of preservatives on food quality. This research resulted in over 150 publications and countless papers presented. His book, Psychrotrophic Bacteria in Foods: Disease And Spoilage, was published in 1992.

Kraft received several awards and honors such as He was active in numerous honorary and professional organizations including the Institute of Food Technologists (Fellow), American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), American Meat Science Association, Poultry Science Association, Sigma Xi, Phi Tau Sigma, and Gamma Sigma Delta.

He married Lillian Elizabeth Shapiro in 1947; they had two children Amy and Robert. Allen Kraft passed away on February 5, 2011.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 half document box )

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The collection is organized Alphabetically with writings listed Chronologically.

Related collection materials

Related collections include:

•Earl Hammond Papers (RS 9/13/17)

•Psychrotrophic Bacteria in Foods: Disease And Spoilage (Parks Library General Collection: QR115 .K73 1992)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/13/51. Allen A. Kraft papers, 1954-2011
April 19, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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