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Transcripts of interviews concerning education in home economics and related fields, 1920-1960. Included are interviews with Beulah Blakmore, a College teacher, concerning the development of curriculum in textiles and design at Cornell; with Sarah Gibson Blanding, dean of the College, relating to college administration; with Alice M. Burgoin, a professor of institutional management, concerning food service teaching and research at Cornell; with Orilla Butts, a College extension leader, pertaining to urban extension work in home economics; with Ruth N. Day, a volunteer extension leader, concerning Home Bureau work and the coordination of extension services at the county level in New York State; with Ellen Ann Dunham, a businesswoman, about her career at General Foods and opportunities for the home economist in business; with Jean Failing, a College administrator, concerning counseling students, coordinating instruction, and other aspaects of home economics education at Cornell; with Mary Ford, a psychologist, concerning the placement of a department of child development and family relationships in a college of home economics; with Clara Browning Goodman, a housewife, relating to her student and faculty experiences in home economics at Cornell; with Harry Griffin, a chauffeur, concerning travel by Cornell teachers and administrators; and with Mary Henry, a college administrator, about working with Deans Flora Rose and Sarah Blanding.

Also included are interviews with Helen P. Hoefer, a college administrator, concerning extension activities in home economics; with Anna E. Hunn, a cafeteria manager, concerning early classes in home economics at Cornell; with Frances C. Ladd, a volunteer extension leader, concerning the New York State Home Bureau Federation; with Anna E. Lane, a secretary, concerning administrators of the College of Home Economics; with Howard B. Meek, the first dean of the School of Hotel Administration, concerning the origins of that school; with Catherine J. Personius, a professor of nutrition and director of research in home economics, concerning the selection of faculty members and research in nutrition and food preparation; with Mabel Rollins, an economist, pertaining to the program in home management at Cornell; with Catherine Sharp, a housewife, about her experiences in the first class of home economics at Cornell; with Esther H. Stocks, a college administrator, concerning the content of education in home economics; with Flora M. Thurston, an extension agent and professor of education, concerning the content of education in family living and its place in a university setting; with Virginia True, an artist, concerning teaching and research in housing and home decoration at Cornell; and with Helen B. Vandervort, an alumnus and extension agent, concerning experiences as a student and alumni leader.

Also, interviews with Elizabeth Lee Vincent, a professor and dean, concerning research and child development at the Merrill Palmer School and at Cornell, and experiences as dean at Cornell; with Ethel B. Waring, a child psychologist, concerning research in child development at Cornell and elsewhere; and with Jean Warren, professor of consumer economics, concerning teaching and research in the economics of the household at Cornell.

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