Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.
The Department of Home Economics was started in 1913. The department’s objective was to give training in the economic and scientific administration of the household. The department was first located in the Natural Science Building with Mary Elizabeth Edwards as the chair and sole instructor. In 1938, the Home Living Center was established. This center made the department eligible for reimbursement under the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, which provided for secondary school vocational education in home economics and other fields. The center was opened on Daly Avenue, in Missoula, Montana, but relocated several times over the years.
There was a fiscal crisis in higher education in 1987, during which the Montana Board of Regents voted to eliminate the Department of Home Economics. The department ceased to exist by the summer of 1989. In the course of its activities, the Department awarded degrees to over one thousand students.
The collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, writings, and other materials from The University of Montana's Department of Home Economics. The papers include the Home Economic and Home Arts Club minutes and other writings and publications related to the department. The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, and memorabilia from the Home Living Center and department and university-related events. The photographs depict the variety of department activities, from cooking to fashion design. The collection also contains a short video about Ellen H. Richards and a Betty lamp dedicated in memory of Dorothy Van Blaricom, who died in 1963.
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright to some materials in the collection is held by The University of Montana.
[Name of document or photograph number], The University of Montana Department of Home Economics Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.
|1/1||Home Arts Club Minutes||1921-1950|
|1/2||Home Economics Club Minutes||1955-1967|
|1/3||"University of Montana Home Economics Graduates"||1957-1980 and undated|
|1/4||Department of Home Economics-University of Montana, publications and writings||1956-1980 and undated|
|1/5||75th Anniversary Reunion Record:1913-1988, publication, Home Economics, University of Montana||1988|
|1/6||Montana Home Economics Association||1920-1978 and undated|
|1/7||Dr. Gladys Branegan Chalkley, Montana Home Economics Association||1945-1981 and undated|
|1/9||Kappa Omicron Phi Charter, The University of Montana||1962|
|1/10||Photographs from book 75th Anniversary Reunion Record: 1913-1988, Home Economics, University of Montana||1988|
|1/12||Home Economics unidentified photographs||undated|
|1/13||Home Economics miscellaneous photographs||undated|
|2/1||Home Living Center photographs and of Day Care being built||undated|
|2/2||Home Living Center and other Home Economics photographs||1941-1944 and undated|
|2/3||Food Service photographs||1947-1956 and undated|
|2/4||Food Service photographs||1956-1958 and undated|
|2/5||Ann C. Platt-Professor Emeritus Home Economics, photograph portrait; Helen Gleason-Professor Emeritus Home Economics, photograph portrait||undated|
|2/6||Upholstery class, photographs||undated|
|2/7||Women’s groups-identified and unidentified||1935-1942 and undated|
|2/8||Home Economics Graduation and miscellaneous photographs||1968-1983 and undated|
|2/9||Photographs of sewing, fashion design||circa 1940s-1950s|
¾” Videocassette: “Ellen H. Richards: An Early Leader, by Emma Hawk Briscoe-Professor Emeritus, University of Montana,” 11 minutes, undated Home Economics door plateTwo metal name plates from picture frames
|4||Betty Lamp in memory of Dorothy Van Blaricom, died in auto accident on September 10, 1963, “given by the U of M student section of American Home Economics Association”||undated|
|OS 5||Home Living Center Scrapbook||1943-1950|
|OS 5||Home Living Center Scrapbook||1970|
|OS 6||Home Economics Scrapbook||1957-1964|
|OS 6||Photograph of Lanette Fowler||undated|
|OS 7||Home Economics Scrapbook||1927-1975|
|OS 8||Home Living Center Scrapbook||1938-1942|
|OS 8||“A Quick Glance at Montana State University” Scrapbook||undated|
|OS 8||Missoula Professional Home Economists||1979-1980|
|OS 9||Home Economics Scrapbook (4 pages)||1962-1963|
|OS 9||Home Living Center Scrapbook (3 pages)||1973|