Belle Lowe papers
Scope and Content
This collection (1920-1961, undated) contains biographical sketches and news clippings related to Lowe's professional career at Iowa State, as well as research materials from other institutions concerning meat, fruits, and food preservation. Also in the collection are several of Lowe's published articles regarding the preparation, quality, and preservation of poultry, meats, and fats.
- 1920-1961, undated
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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Belle Lowe was born near Utica, Missouri on February 7, 1886. She graduated from Chillicothe High School and then received a teaching certificate (1907) from the Kirksville State Normal School in Kirksville, Missouri. She also received a Ph.B. (1911) and an M.S. (1934) from the University of Chicago. In 1957, Lowe received an honorary Ph.D. from Iowa State College (University).
During World War I, she served as an emergency home demonstration agent in Story County, Iowa. In September 1918, she was appointed as Assistant Professor (1918-1931) of Home Economics at Iowa State College (University). She became Associate Professor (1931-1936) of Foods and Nutrition, and then she was promoted to Professor (1936-1956). With the exception of one year (1923-1924) spent at the Bureau of Home Economics in Washington, D.C., Lowe worked continuously at Iowa State until her retirement in 1956.
Lowe's research primarily focused on the preparation, quality, and preservation of poultry, meats, and fats. In 1938, she was the first recipient of the Christie Award, which granted $500 to individuals who made valuable contributions to the research of poultry and eggs. She published numerous articles, extension publications, and booklets, including, "Experimental Cookery," which was used as a textbook at many American universities. Lowe was also involved in several professional organizations, including Omicron Nu, Iota Sigma Pi, Mortar Board, the American Home Economics Association, the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Association of Cereal Chemists, and the American Oil Chemists Society.
Belle Lowe died in 1961.
0.63 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 half-document box)
This collection is organized Alphabetically, with biographical information at the beginning.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Food--Analysis Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Food--Quality Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State University. Department of Food and Nutrition
- Iowa State University. Department of Home Economics Education
- RS 12/6/55. Belle Lowe papers, 1920-1961, undated
- January 22, 2019
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