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Transcript of an interview with Personius conducted by Dolores Greenberg, February 7, 1964. Subjects include her education at Elmira College; teaching at Elmira, and evaluation of the home economics program there; graduate study at Teachers College; teaching at Hampton Institute; prevailing attitudes toward home economics; comments on social mores in the 1920s; evaluation of the home management program at Cornell University; contributions of Marion Pfund and Flora Rose; discussion of graduate study at Cornell; relationship between the College of Agriculture and the College of Home Economics; comparison of the home economics program at Wisconsin with that at Cornell, ca. 1942; teaching at the University of Wisconsin; development of the Department of Food and Nutrition at Cornell; impressions of Martha Van Rensselaer and Sarah Blanding; effects of World War II on research and teaching at Cornell; impressions of Helen Monsch and the infant feeding program; job opportunities in administration; and changes in attitudes toward graduate degrees.

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