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Belle Lowe papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 12/6/55

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

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


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.

Items in related collections

RS 12/6. Iowa State University. Department of Food and Nutrition records, 1920-2008

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 12/6/55. Belle Lowe papers, 1920-1961, undated
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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