Voices of American homemakers oral history project, 1981-1983  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
National Extension Homemakers Council
Title
Voices of American homemakers oral history project
Dates
1981-1983 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0472
Summary
The voices of American homemakers oral history project (1981-1983) consists of interviews with 196 women throughout the United States about homemaking in the first half of the twentieth century. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a major grant to the National Extension Homemakers Council for a three-year nationwide project to collect, process, and disseminate representative oral histories from rural homemakers throughout the country.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1983, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a major grant to the National Extension Homemakers Council (NEHC) for a three-year nationwide project to collect, process, and disseminate representative oral histories from rural homemakers throughout the country. The council is a national nonprofit educational organization made up of 30,000 organized groups (or clubs) in forty-four states and two territories, with a membership of approximately 500,000. It is one of the largest women's organizations in the country with a predominantly rural and small town membership. The clubs which comprise the NEHC are the audience groups of the Home Economics Division of the Cooperative Extension Service. Typically, these clubs meet monthly or semi-monthly for educational programming in the areas of home economics and community service. The project, called "Voices of American Homemakers," combined an extensive volunteer effort with careful attention directed to the professional canons of oral history practice. Professional historians guided the effort by offering substantive perspectives on women's history and technical counsel on oral history. Under the terms of the grant, one complete set of project tapes and associated materials were to be presented to one repository in each state at no cost to the institution. The primary product of the effort was a collection of 203 oral histories. In the final edited and transcribed version there are 196 interviews by women from thirty-six states. Typically they describe homemaking, child rearing, and family management in the small towns or rural areas where they live. A seminar was held during the National Conference of Extension Homemaker's Council in 1983. It featured authorities in the fields of oral history and women's studies who presented papers based on material extracted from the tapes. Following each of the presentations, an audience of over 200 homemakers participated in discussion of the points raised in each paper. A slide/sound program was produced in 1984, using photographs and excerpts from the taped interviews. Finally, in 1985 a book was written based on material gathered from the project. Titled Voices of American Homemakers, it proved to be well received and has been reprinted. A copy of the book has been placed in the Special Collections Western Americana Department. The final dissemination of materials was completed in 1986 when the previously selected repositories in each state received the interview transcriptions. These include a subject index, cassette tapes of the interviews, and a bound volume of the paper presented at the 1983 seminar.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Voices of American homemakers oral history project (1981-1983) consists of interviews with 196 women throughout the United States about homemaking in the first half of the twentieth century. The transcripts are housed in boxes one through five and have been arranged alphabetically by state. They were removed from the original three-ring binder format to the current box/folder arrangement, but were retained in original order. The first two folders in box one contain a master index to the collection and introductory materials which were completed and donated with the transcripts. The master index has been arranged by subject with reference to interviewee, state, and page number within each interview. In order to find a particular citation, one should locate the desired subject in the index, and note the interviewee name, state, and reference number. The name index begins on page twenty-seven, with box and folder references for interviewees. Folder thirteen in box five contains a collection of papers presented at the 1983 National Conference of Extension Homemaker's Council. The papers were compiled from extracts of the interviews.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Voices of American homemakers oral history project, MS 0472, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0472.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Interviews--Alaska-FloridaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Introductory Materials
1 2
Master Index
The index has been arranged by subject, with reference to interviewee, state, and page number within each interview.
1 3
Interviews--Alaska
  • Lillian Eckert, circa 1905: Mrs. Eckert came to Alaska with her family as part of the United States Department of Agriculture Matanuska Relocation Project in the mid-1930s. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Evie Foster, circa 1910: Mrs. Foster came to Alaska with her family in 1956 as a result of her husband's job change. (sixteen pages, 1982)
  • Gerda Augusta Kristofferson Mumey, 1914: Mrs. Mumey came to Alaska because of the timber industry in 1955. She and her husband owned a small sawmill business, but also came to homestead. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
1 4
Interviews--Alabama
  • Bertha Andrews, 1892: Born and raised in Alabama, a member of Extension Homemakers for sixty-one years. (twenty-two pages, 1982)
  • Sallie M. Bell, 1907: Born and raised in Alabama, Mrs. Bell was an active member of the 4-H Club, and a member of Extension Homemakers for seventeen years. (seven pages, 1982)
  • M. T. Harwell, 1914: Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-four years. Discusses life, changes, values. (twelve pages, 1982)
  • Elizabeth McAdams, 1911: Born and raised in Alabama. Discusses background, changes, club life. Member of Extension Homemakers for fourteen years. (fifteen pages, 1981)
  • Sue Moman, 1926: An active member of 4-H clubs, as well as a thirty-seven-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club offices held, club life. (seven pages, 1982)
  • Jean Ann Moon, 1947: Born in Alabama, six-year member of Extension Homemakers. (six pages, 1982)
  • Ivor (Opal) Price, 1911: Came to Alabama in 1968 from St. Louis, thirteen-year member of Extension Homemakers. (eleven pages, 1982)
1 5-7
Interviews--Arkansas
  • Opal Cypert, 1913: Born and raised in Arkansas, forty-five-year member of Extension Homemakers. (thirty pages, 1982)
  • Vivian Jefferson, 1887: Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-one years. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
  • Essie Hill Simmons, 1901: Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-five years. Discusses background, changes, club life. (twenty-seven pages, 1982)
  • Dorothy Brokaw Barnett Tolley, 1914: Born in Illinois, moved to Arkansas in 1977. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-eight years. (twenty-eight pages, 1981)
  • Ann Webb, 1933: Born and raised in Arkansas, twenty-one-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
1 8-9
Interviews--Colorado
  • Lois Kevan, 1921: Born in Texas, moved to Colorado in 1924. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-eight years. (nineteen pages, 1981)
  • Hazel Leininger, 1922: Born in Indiana, moved to Colorado in 1951. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-eight years. (thirteen pages, 1981)
  • Nadine Marchun, 1934: Born in Iowa, traveled quite extensively before settling down. Discusses background, America, club life. (eighteen pages, 1982)
  • Pearl Mehl, 1914: Born in Oklahoma, later moved to Colorado. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (twenty-one pages, 1981)
  • Jeannette Salberg, 1899: Born and raised in Colorado. Discusses background, club life. (nineteen pages, 1981)
  • Misaye Uno, 1916: Born in California, later moved to Colorado. Discusses club life, background. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-two years. (twelve pages, 1981)
1 10
Interviews--Delaware
  • Florence E. Reed, 1917: Born and raised in Delaware. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-seven years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (21 pages, 1982)
  • Dorothy Tyrawski, 1924: Born in Ohio, moved to Delaware in 1972. Discusses club life, background, Ukranian Easter Eggs, lifestyles, World War II. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-six years. (forty-five pages, 1982)
1 11-15
Interviews--Florida
  • Thelma M. Barnes, 1921: Born and raised in Florida. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-five years. Discusses club life, background. (twenty-nine pages, 1982)
  • Eunice L. Cameron, 1903: Born and raised in Florida, fifty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background. (forty-three pages, 1982)
  • Elsie Trevarthen Gould, 1899: Born in Connecticut, moved to Florida shortly after she was married in 1924. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-seven years. (thirty-eight pages, 1982)
  • Amy Mabel Hughes, 1899: Born in New Jersey, later moved to Florida. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. Member of Extension Homemakers for sixty-one years. (thirty-five pages, 1981)
  • Emily G. Harper, 1921: Moved to Georgia in 1966. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-five years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
  • Pearl Laffitte, 1897: Born and raised in Florida, twenty-five-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, lifestyles. (thirty-nine pages, 1982)
  • Katherine Taylor, 1897: Born in Kentucky, later moved to Florida. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-eight years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (thirty-nine pages, 1982)

Interviews--Georgia-MarylandReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Interviews--Georgia
  • Glenwood Homemakers Club: Elizabeth (no last name), Bill Gould, Marie Kay, Marcena Wilkinson, Estelle Wilkinson, Marie Hester and Evie Poole present. Discuss club life, background. (nineteen pages, 1982)
  • Georgia Homemakers Council Past Presidents: Amanda Love, Lou Ellen Peek, Aubrey Youngblood, Bess Green, Bess Jones, and Anne South present. Discuss club life. (seven pages, 1982)
2 2
Interviews--Hawaii
  • Mary Y. Soon, 1921: Born and raised in Hawaii, member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-five years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Kazuko Kurose, 1916: Born and raised in Hawaii, member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-eight years. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Julia C. Souza, 1919: Born and raised in Hawaii, member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-three years. Discusses background, lifestyles. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Betty Sakata: Born and raised in Hawaii, member of Extension Homemakers for forty-four years. Discusses club life, background. (five pages, 1981)
2 3
Interviews--Idaho
  • Edith Archibald: Archibald was involved with Extension Homemakers from a very early age. Discusses club life. (five pages, interview date unknown)
  • Ruth Bright, 1922: Born in Indiana, later moved to Idaho. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-two years. Discusses club history. (six pages, 1982)
  • Dorothy Carlson, 1904: Carlson was born in Idaho, raised in Illinois and Spokane, and later moved back to Idaho after getting married. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-seven years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (six pages, 1981)
2 4
Interviews--Illinois
  • Floy Chapman, circa 1901: Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twelve pages, 1982)
  • Charlene Diel: Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (ten pages, 1981)
  • Alma Thompson, 1895: Born and raised in Illinois, member of Extension Homemakers for sixty-six years. Discusses club life, background. (eight pages, 1981)
  • Marjorie Hyde Whitney, 1910: Whitney was raised in Arizona and was a member of Extension Homemakers for forty-four years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (eight pages, 1981)
  • Katherine Wycoff: Born and raised in Illinois, member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-nine years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (thirteen pages, 1981)
2 5-8
Interviews--Indiana
  • Ida Crouse, 1895: Born and raised in Indiana, member of Extension Homemakers for thirteen years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (fifty-six pages, 1980)
  • Beulah Grinstead, 1913: Born and raised in Indiana, member of Extension Homemakers for twelve years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (thirty-nine pages, 1981)
  • Tillie Pearl McCall, 1892: Born and raised in Indiana, thirty-one-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, clubs. (thirty-two pages, 1982)
  • Masa Scheerer, 1899: Indiana homemaker, eighteen-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, lifestyles, background. (forty-five pages, 1982)
  • Neva Johnson Schlatter, 1902: Born in Ohio, later moved to Indiana. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-three years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, travels. (forty pages, 1981)
2 9-10
Interviews--Kansas
  • Evelyn Alden, 1907: Born and raised in Kansas, fifty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
  • Sophia Biggs, 1900: Born and raised in Kansas, member of Extension Homemakers for forty-six years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (forty-eight pages, 1982)
  • Brenda Van Meter, 1946: Born and raised in Kansas, member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-three years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
2 11-12
Interviews--Kentucky
  • Margie Brookshire: Born and raised in Kentucky, member of Extension Homemakers for forty years. Discusses club life, 4-H clubs, background, lifestyles. (twenty pages, 1982)
  • Mary Jo Depew, 1940: Born and raised in Kentucky, twenty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background. (thirteen pages, 1981)
  • Anna Evans, 1900: Born and raised in Kentucky, forty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life. (fifteen pages, 1981)
  • Mary Fouts, 1909: Born and raised in Kentucky, twenty-nine-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (ten pages, 1981)
  • Ethel Jury, 1926: Born and raised in Pennsylvania, twenty-eight-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (nineteen pages, 1981)
2 13-14
Interviews--Louisiana
  • Irene Clause, 1915: Born and raised in Louisiana, thirty-eight-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background. (nine pages, 1982)
  • Zilphia Edwards, 1918: Born and raised in Louisiana, forty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (eighteen pages, 1982)
  • Billie Jones, 1910: Born in Texas; after she married, she moved to Louisiana. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (twenty-three pages, 1982)
  • Virginia McIntyre, 1919: Born and raised in Louisiana, forty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (thirty-three pages, 1982)
  • Mabel Thompson: Member of Extension Homemakers for over fifty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (ten pages, 1982)
2 15
Interviews--Maryland
  • Eileen Moon, 1919: Born in Tennessee, later moved to Maryland. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-six years. Discusses club life, background, United Nations relations, Kenya. (twenty-one pages, 1981)

Interviews--Michigan-New MexicoReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 1-2
Interviews--Michigan
  • Wilma Bre: Michigan homemaker discusses club life. (four pages, 1966)
  • Gladys A. Fox, 1902: Born and raised in Michigan, fifty-six-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (five pages, 1982)
  • Rubie M. Gillion, 1901: Born and raised in Michigan, sixty-one-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (thirty-four pages, interview date unknown)
  • Luella Hamilton, circa 1911: Born and raised in Michigan. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, travels. (thirty-two pages, 1982)
  • Edith Huffman: Michigan homemaker, fifty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life. (one page, interview date unknown)
  • Emma Jones, 1907: Born and raised in Michigan. Discusses club life. (four pages, interview date unknown)
  • Jo Kraii, 1901: Born in Holland, raised in Michigan. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-five years. (twelve pages, interview date unknown)
  • Cecilia S. Lamb, 1894: Born in Ohio, moved to Michigan after she married. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-five pages, 1982)
  • Estella Myers: Michigan homemaker discusses club life and her background. (forty pages, 1982)
  • Blanche Ockerman, 1888: Born and raised in Michigan. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (two pages, 1982)
  • Arvilla Parshall, 1898: Born and raised in Michigan, fifty-four-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background. (seven pages, 1982)
  • Myra Spike, 1913: Born and raised in Michigan, forty-eight-year member of Extension Homemakers. (four pages, interview date unknown)
3 3
Interviews--Minnesota
  • Persistent Pals: Minnesota homemakers Mary Meyer, Elizabeth Meyer, Loretta Nathe, Marcella Meyer, Amanda Nathe, and Pauline Meyer discuss club life, personal backgrounds, lifestyles. All have been members of Extension Homemakers for over forty years. (eleven pages, 1983)
3 4
Interviews--Mississippi
  • Ruth Irwin, 1899: Born and raised in Mississippi, fifty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-six pages, 1982)
  • Orie Little, 1903: Born and raised in Mississippi, sixty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Jane Morgan, 1919: Born and raised in Mississippi, forty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Betty Newman: Mississippi homemaker, thirty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (thirteen pages, 1981)
  • Mrs. B. N. Simrall, Sr., 1895: Simrall came to Mississippi in 1927. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-three years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (nine pages, 1982)
3 5
Interviews--Missouri
  • Edith Finnell, 1913: Born and raised in Missouri, thirty-four-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Nellie Frost, 1901: Born in Kansas, later moved to Missouri. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-four years. Discusses club life, lifestyles. (six pages, 1982)
  • Edith Gladden, 1918: Born and raised in Missouri. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (ten pages, 1982)
  • Verna Lefman, 1897: Born and raised in Missouri. Member of Extension Homemakers for over fifty-five years. Discusses Washington, D.C., ACWW Conference (Associated Country Women of the World). (sixteen pages, 1981)
  • Lillie Stuery, 1902: Born and raised in Missouri. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-seven years. Discusses club life, ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) in Switzerland. (four pages, 1982)
3 6-7
Interviews--Montana
  • Marie Carlile, 1915: Born and raised in Montana. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-three years. Discusses background, club life, Achievement Day. (thirteen pages, 1982)
  • Lillie Badgley, 1896: Moved to Montana in 1901, fifty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Myra Daniel, 1894: Born in Nebraska, came to Montana for her husband's health in 1918. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty years. Discusses background, club life. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Lora V. Foster, 1881: Born in Washington, moved to Montana to homestead after she married. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-two years. Discusses background, club life. (nine pages, 1982)
  • Luella Hardie, 1905: Born and raised in Montana. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-eight years. Discusses background, club life, Japanese sumi-e painting. (six pages, 1981)
  • Pearl L. Herndon, 1914: Born and raised in Montana. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-eight years. Discusses background, club life. (fifteen pages, 1982)
  • Elsie Riegar, 1922: Born in Washington, later moved to Montana. Discusses background, club life. (thirteen pages, 1981)
  • Daisy Taylor, 1917: Born and raised in Montana. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (eleven pages, 1982)
3 8
Interviews--Nebraska
  • Anna Coburn, 1906: Born and raised in Nebraska, member of Extension Homemakers for over forty-eight years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (fifteen pages, 1982)
  • Eva Gill, 1901: Born and raised in Nebraska, member of Extension Homemakers for over fifty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Edna B. Wood, 1905: Born and raised in Nebraska. Member of Extension Homemakers for over fifty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Nellie Snyder Yost, 1905: Yost moved to Nebraska shortly after she married. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-three years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, 4-H clubs, gardening, mother's and father's histories. (thirty-two pages, 1982)
3 9-10
Interviews--New Hampshire
  • Carolyn Ann Gustafson Dame, 1941: Born in Massachusetts, later moved to New Hampshire. Member of Extension Homemakers for nineteen years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-three pages, 1982)
  • Priscilla W. Lloyd, 1925: Born and raised in new Hampshire. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-three years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, International Farm Youth Exchange. (forty-one pages, 1981)
  • Helen H. Merrill, 1905: Born in Massachusetts, later moved to New Hampshire. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-one years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (forty-two pages, 1982)
  • Lora Torsey, 1896: Born and raised in New Hampshire, member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-four years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (twenty-two pages, 1981)
  • Eleanor Whittemore, 1926: Born and raised in New Hampshire. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-two years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (forty-two pages, 1982)
3 11-14
Interviews--New Mexico
  • Frankie Jane Carruthers, 1905: Born in Missouri, later moved to New Mexico. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (thirty-three pages, 1981)
  • Marie Rose Cauhape, 1897: Cauhape was born in France and came to the United States in 1924, to New York. She later moved to New Mexico. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (twenty-two pages, 1982)
  • Nona Berry, 1900: Born in Kansas, moved to New Mexico after she married. Member of Extension homemakers for forty-three years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, modernization. (twenty-four pages, 1981)
  • Ima Fairly, 1905: Born and raised in New Mexico, member of Extension Homemakers for over thirty years. Dicusses background, club life, lifestyles. (sixteen pages, 1981)
  • Jessie Halsell, 1913: Born in Oklahoma, moved to New Mexico after she married. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life, social changes, modernization. (fifty pages, 1981)
  • Ruth L. James, 1903: Born in Oklahoma, later moved to New Mexico. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Florence McDonald, 1903: Born and raised in New Mexico. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-two years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, social change. (twenty-six pages, 1981)
  • Jalie Martin: Born in Kansas, later moved to New Mexico. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-two years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (twenty-one pages, 1981)
  • Frances Matthews, 1908: Born in Colorado, moved to New Mexico in 1921. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-two years. Discusses background, lifestyles. (fifteen pages, 1981)
  • Mary Moore, 1908: Born in Colorado, later settled in New Mexico. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-nine years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles, ranching. (seventeen pages, 1981)

Interviews--North Carolina-OregonReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
4 1-2
Interviews--North Carolina
  • Theo Early Hammond, 1899: Born and raised in North Carolina. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-four years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, social changes. (thirty-two pages, 1981)
  • Nancy D. Madre, 1944: Born and raised in North Carolina. Member of Extension Homemakers for seventeen years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, chicken pot pie. (forty-three pages, 1982)
  • Letha A. McCall, 1890: Born and raised in North Carolina. Member of Extension Homemakers for sixty years. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life. (forty pages, 1982)
  • Henrietta T. Phillips, 1911: Born in Georgia, moved to North Carolina when she was nine years old. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty years. Dicusses background, lifestyles, club life, business. (thirty-nine pages, 1981)
  • Lucy Umstead Wilson, 1928: Born and raised in North Carolina. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-six years. Discusses club life, background, social changes, modernization. (thirty pages, 1982)
4 3-5
Interviews--North Dakota
  • Margaret Lien, 1912: Born and raised in North Dakota. Discusses background, lifestyles, social changes. (twenty-seven pages, 1981)
  • Cora Lykken, 1892: Born and raised in North Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-one years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, modernization. (thirty-two pages, 1981)
  • Mary Mootz, 1906: Born and raised in North Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-two years. Discusses food preservation, background, lifestyles, social changes. (twenty-seven pages, 1982)
  • Minnie Ness, 1900: Born in Minnesota, moved to North Dakota in 1902 following her father's death. Discusses background, lifestyles, gardening, modernization, club life. (thirty-five pages, 1982)
  • Karen Retzlaff, 1947: Born and raised in North Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for eight years. Discusses club life, background, Germany, Russia, settlements of North and South Dakota, lifestyles. (thirty-three pages, 1981)
  • Anna Sorensen: Born in Minnesota, grew up in North Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for over forty years. Discusses background, lifestyles, social changes, club life. (thirty-nine pages, 1982)
4 6-7
Interviews--Ohio
  • Nellie E. Stratton, 1903: Born and raised in Ohio. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (eighteen pages, 1982)
  • Jeanette Stratton, 1933: Born and raised in Ohio, eleven-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (eighteen pages, 1982)
  • Sarah Adkins, 1955: Born and raised in Ohio, five-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life. (eighteen pages, 1982)
  • Lura Hess, 1890: Born and raised in Ohio, fifteen-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, social changes, family tragedies. (twenty-six pages, 1981)
  • Mary Jonas, 1891: Born and raised in Ohio. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty years. Discusses club life, background, 4-H clubs, modernization. (sixteen pages, 1982)
  • Winifred C. Thrush, 1911: Born and raised in Ohio. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-one years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (seventeen pages, 1982)
  • Mary C. Shultz, 1909: Born and raised in Ohio, fifty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (seventeen pages, 1982)
  • Betty J. Wenig, 1930: Born and raised in Ohio. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-five years. Discusses background, club life, children's Future Farmers of America and 4-H awards. (thirteen pages, 1982)
4 8-9
Interviews--Oklahoma
  • Sarah Ball, 1906: Born and raised in Oklahoma, fifty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life, social changes. (thirty-six pages, 1981)
  • Elba (Coochie) Johnston, 1902: Born and raised in Oklahoma. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-five years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles. (eighteen pages, 1981)
  • Mary Skelley, 1905: Born and raised in Oklahoma, thirty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, storms, education, club life. (thirty pages, 1982)
  • Zelma Wood, 1904: Born in Texas, moved to Oklahoma when she was four years old. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-nine years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles, 4-H clubs. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
4 10-11
Interviews--Oregon
  • Marie Brown, 1918: Born and raised in Oregon, twenty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, volunteer work, community service. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Dorris L. Graves, 1911: Born and raised in Oregon, fifty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life, community programs, travels. (twenty-one pages, 1981)
  • Dorothy Personette, 1904: Born and raised in Oregon. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses background, lifestyles, social changes, club life. (twenty-five pages, 1982)
  • Alice Ward, 1915: Born and raised in Oregon. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-seven years. Discusses club life, background, social change, modernization. (fourteen pages, 1981)
  • Saundra Zook, 1942: Born in Indiana, moved to Oregon after her marriage. Member of Extension Homemakers for eighteen years. Discusses club life, background, social change, hobbies. (twenty-two pages, 1982)

Interviews--South Carolina-Wyoming and MiscellaneousReturn to Top

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Interviews--South Carolina
  • Bea Cochran, 1908: Born in Arizona, moved to Washington at age two. Several years after her marriage she moved to South Carolina. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life, Parent Teacher Association, 4-H clubs, Palmetto Council Integration. (eighteen pages, 1981)
  • Pat Gates, 1926: Born and raised in South Carolina, thirty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club activities, background. (nine pages, 1981)
  • Nona Lee Attaway Jennings, 1910: Born and raised in South Carolina. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-nine years. Discusses 4-H clubs, club life, background. (seventeen pages, 1982)
  • Hazel Johnson, 1925: Born and raised in South Carolina, twenty-eight-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, 4-H clubs, tours, community service. (seven pages, 1982)
  • Etta Sue Sellers, 1892: Born and raised in South Carolina. Discusses background, extension activities, war kitchens, lifestyles, the Depression. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
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Interviews--South Dakota
  • Marge Kleinjan, 1938: Born and raised in South Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-five years. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles, modernization, social change, Equal Rights Amendment. (seventeen pages, 1984)
  • Carla Kleinhan, 1961: Born and raised in South Dakota, one-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, modernization, social change, Equal Rights Amendment. (seventeen pages, 1984)
  • Christine Gaffin, 1893: Born in Iowa, later moved to South Dakota. Discusses club life, extension activities, lifestyles, background. (five pages, 1977)
  • Byrdie Johnson, 1896: Born and raised in South Dakota, sixty-three-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, poetry. (six pages, 1982)
  • Minnie Murphey, 1894: Born in Indiana, moved to South Dakota at age ten. Member of Extension Homemakers for sixty-four years. Discusses club work, club life, songs, poetry, background. (seven pages, 1983)
  • Florence Phillips, 1892: Born and raised in South Dakota, sixty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, club life. (five pages, 1980)
  • Marjorie Pontius: Born and raised in South Dakota. Member of Extension Homemakers for forty-five years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, modernization. (twelve pages, 1983)
  • Oriska Stroschein: Discusses club life, background, social changes. (twenty-eight pages, 1983)
  • Ina Tate, 1898: South Dakota homemaker, fifty-nine-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, lifestyles, club life, family. (twenty-eight pages, 1983)
  • Cleo Tyler: Born and raised in South Dakota, fifty-five-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, community service. (six pages, 1977)
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Interviews--Tennessee
  • Aileen Cole, 1903: Born and raised in Tennessee, fifty-four-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, community service, social changes. (thirteen pages, 1982)
  • Orna Lewis, 1911: Born and raised in Tennessee. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty years. Discusses club life, background, 4-H clubs. (thirteen pages, 1982)
  • Hautie Nelson, 1913: Born and raised in Tennessee, forty-eight-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (fourteen pages, 1982)
  • Tressa Waters, 1897: Born and raised in Tennessee. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-one years. Discusses club life, community service, background, modernization. (ten pages, 1982)
  • Julia C. White, 1922: Born and raised in Tennessee, forty-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses background, social change, modernization. (ten pages, 1982)
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Interviews--Virginia
  • Irby Arnett, 1916: Born and raised in Virginia., thirty-nine-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (four pages, 1981)
  • Janet W. Cassell, 1947: Born and raised in Virginia. Member of Extension Homemakers for fourteen years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, social change. (twenty pages, 1982)
  • Mrs. Ray Cassell, 1913: Born and raised in Virginia, forty-seven-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (sixteen pages, 1982)
  • Corrla Ratliff, 1899: Born and raised in Virginia. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty-six years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, social changes. (fifteen pages, 1981)
5 7
Interviews--Washington
  • Violet Cottrell, 1912: Born and raised in Washington. Member of Extension Homemakers for twenty-six years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, social changes. (twenty-three pages, 1982)
  • Esther Dagnen, 1914: Born and raised in Washington, forty-two-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, modernization, social change. (twenty-three pages, 1982)
  • Elsa Skiles, 1898: Born in Kausaslata, moved to Washington. Member of Extension Homemakers for fifty-two years. (nine pages, 1982)
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Interviews--West Virginia
  • Constance Lewis Anderson, 1954: West Virginia Homemaker, four-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, background, personal philosophies, lifestyles. (thirty-one pages, 1982)
  • Diana M. Barton, 1929: Born and raised in West Virginia. Member of Extension Homemakers for sixteen years. Discusses club life, background, Snowshoe Ski Resort, religious activities, car accident, disability. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Frances Caldwell, 1927: Born and raised in West Virginia. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles. (thirty-eight pages, 1981)
  • Deanna Cook: Born and raised in West Virginia, eleven-year-member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, early married life, lifestyles. (twenty-seven pages, 1982)
  • Pearl Faulkner: Born and raised in West Virginia. Member of Extension Homemakers for thirty years. Discusses club life, club-related activities. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Margaret Hill: West Virginia homemakers, thirty-six-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, club-related activities, Jackson's Mill. (thirteen pages, 1982)
  • Gertrude Humphreys, 1895: West Virginia homemaker, member of Extension Homemakers for over sixty years. Discusses club life, club-related activities, Country Life Conferences, jam making, program changes. (twenty-one pages, 1982)
  • Beatrice McCann: West Virginia homemaker, grew up in Ohio on a farm. Member of Extension Homemakers for over fifty years. Discusses club life, background, social changes, educational benefits of Extension Homemaking. (twenty pages, 1981)
  • Phyliss Sullivan: West Virginia homemaker, eighteen-year member of Extension Homemakers. Discusses club life, club-related activities, leadership. (twenty-eight pages, 1982)
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Interviews--Wisconsin
  • Lillian Blonien, 1913: Born and raised in Wisconsin. Member of Extension Homemakers for two years. Discusses club life, background, lifestyles, experience as postmistress, foster children. (twenty-four pages, 1982)
  • Celia Lausted, 1933: Born and raised in Wisconsin. Member of Extension Homemakers for two years. Discusses background, club life, social changes, inheritance tax issues, political involvement, Equal Rights Amendment. (thirty-six pages, 1981)
  • Josephine Nixon, 1892: Born and raised in Wisconsin. Member of Extension Homemakers for sixty-one years. Discusses background., lifestyles, education, club life. (thirty-one pages, 1981)
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Interviews--Wyoming
  • Mary Raymond: Moved to Wyoming from South Dakota with her family during the Depression. Discusses club life, background. (thirteen pages, 1982)
  • Jennie Williams, 1894: Born and raised in Wyoming. Williams was the first National President and has been a member since the organization of the club in Wyoming. Discusses background, club life, lifestyles, club activities. (seventeen pages, 1983) Note: The last few pages after the interview are part of a speech Williams gave, date unknown.
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Miscellaneous
Compilation of papers presented at the 1983 National Conference of Extension Homemaker's Council, entitled Seminar of Humanists and Homemakers.

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  • Home economics--United States
  • Housewives--United States--Interviews
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