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Iowa State University. Department of Food and Nutrition records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 12/6

Scope and Content

This collection consists of material related to the Department of Food and Nutrition records. Records include news clippings, newsletters, descriptive brochures, publications, Beef Controversy news release transcriptions, biographical files, administrative records, and faculty papers.


  • 1920-2008


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Board of Trustees authorized the Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University) to establish course work in Domestic Economy in 1872. At which time, there was no one to teach it, nor any real precedent to follow elsewhere. Mary Beaumont Welch, wife of President Adonijah Welch, attended cookery schools in New York and London to prepare for the task. She developed and administered (1875-1884) the Department of Domestic Economy, which was among the first in the nation. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Home Economics in 1912 and received division status in 1913, becoming the Division of Home Economics. At that time, the curricula were domestic science and domestic art; physical culture was added in 1915. The Division was designated a College in 1959 when Iowa State College became Iowa State University. The name of the College changed in 1987 to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.


4.2 Linear Feet (4 half-document boxes, 8 document boxes)

Items in related collections

RS 11/6/52. James W. Nilsson papers, 1948-1986, undated RS 11/6/53. John D. Ryder papers, 1927-1993, undated RS 11/6/14. Warren B. Boast papers, 1919-2007, undated RS 11/6/13. Mervin S. Coover papers, 1924-2014, undated RS 11/6/51. Benjamin Sutton Willis papers, 1835-1970, undated RS 11/6/54. Charles T. Wright papers, 1982 - 2000 RS 11/6/55. Wallace C. Caldwell papers, 1983-2003 RS 12/6/17. Wilma DeNell Brewer papers, 1956-1985, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-08-28.

RS 12/6. Iowa State University. Department of Food and Nutrition records, 1920-2008
February 10, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672