The University of Montana. Department of Home Economics records, 1921-1988

Overview of the Collection

The University of Montana. Department of Home Economics
The University of Montana. Department of Home Economics records
1921-1988 (inclusive)
2.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Rg 029
The collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, writings, and other materials from The University of Montana's Department of Home Economics, 1921-1988.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Access Restrictions

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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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.

Preferred Citation

[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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

One portion of this collection was likely transferred to the Archives from the School of Education, 1997, and another from the Department of Drama/Dance, 1998.

Processing Note

Two accessions (one from School of Education and one from Drama/Dance) were combined to make this collection. Only minimal reorganization of materials was done during processing.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
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
1/8 Miscellaneous 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
1/11 "Cookbook" photographs undated
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
3 Miscellaneous
¾” Videocassette: “Ellen H. Richards: An Early Leader, by Emma Hawk Briscoe-Professor Emeritus, University of Montana,” 11 minutes, undated Home Economics door plate Two 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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Home economics students--Montana--Missoula--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence.
  • Home economics--Study and teaching--Montana--Missoula

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)--Students--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Scrapbooks

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Montana State University (Missoula). Dept. of Home Economics.
    • Montana State University (Missoula). Home Living Center
    • State University of Montana (Missoula). Dept. of Home Economics
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Home Economic and Home Arts Club
    • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Home Living Center