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Ruth P. (Hughes) Moyer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 12/7/18

Scope and Content

This collection (1910-1978, undated) contains materials documenting the career of Ruth P. Hughes and includes biographical information, publications, research files, reports, committee work, conference materials, and correspondence. These files document Hughes’ work in evaluating vocational home economics programs at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country, her contributions to the American Home Economics Association, and her service at Iowa State University.

Dates

  • 1910-1987, undated, bulk 1971-1987

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Ruth Elizabeth (Pierce) Hughes was born to Gilbert D. and Elizabeth Bennett Pierce on September 2, 1919, in Bridgewater, New York. She attended Cornell University, where she graduated with a B.S. (1941) in Home Economics Education, an M.S. (1949) in Home Management and Family Economics, and her Ph.D. (1969) in Home Economics Education. During this period, she was also a High School Home Economics Teacher and Home Demonstration Agent (1941-1965) in upstate New York.

Hughes was hired by West Virginia University as Associate Professor (1968-1969) and Director of the Division of Family Resources (1969-1971). She joined the faculty at Iowa State University as Professor (1971-1980) and Head (1971-1986) of the Department of Home Economics Education. Hughes also served as Interim Associate Dean (1974-1975) of the Graduate College. She was named Distinguished Professor (1980-1986) and retired from ISU in 1986. Following her retirement, she was awarded Emeritus faculty status.

Hughes conducted research in the field of home economics education. She devoted significant attention to vocational home economics programs and provided analysis of vocational education programs in high schools and universities across the country.

In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities at Iowa State, Hughes served on numerous committees. She served on the Iowa State University Press Board of Governors and the Manuscript Committee and she was a member of the ISU Committee on Naming Buildings and Streets. In addition to being involved in matters at ISU, she was also active in professional organizations. She served on the editorial board of the American Vocational Education Research Association and American Vocational Association and served on a number of state and national committees. Hughes was also involved with the American Home Economics Association and consulted internationally on home economics curriculum development.

Ruth Pierce Hughes married Walter E. Hughes and together they had one daughter, Betty. Following his death, she married James W. Moyer. Ruth (Hughes) Moyer passed away on February 22, 2016.

Extent

3.36 Linear Feet (8 document boxes)

Abstract

Ruth P. Hughes was a professor in the Home Economics Department and Administrator for the Graduate College. She was best known for her work in Home Economics Education research. This collection contains materials including biographical information, publications, research files, reports, committee work, conferences materials, and correspondence. These files document Hughes’ work in evaluating vocational home economics programs at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country, her work with the American Home Economics Association, and her service at Iowa State University.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in the following manner: biographical information, published works, evaluations and reviews, committee work, professional associations, and correspondence.

Items in related collections

RS 12/7. Iowa State University. Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies records, 1919-2005

Title
RS 12/7/18. Ruth P. (Hughes) Moyer papers, 1910-1987, undated, bulk 1971-1987
Date
May 9, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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