Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH); an Online Archive at Cornell Documents the History of Home Economics

By Lang, Susan S. | Human Ecology, December 2003 | Go to article overview

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH); an Online Archive at Cornell Documents the History of Home Economics


Lang, Susan S., Human Ecology


MORE THAN 1,500 volumes published between 1850 and 1950 are featured in an online archive provided through Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library to document the history of home economics. The titles in the Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH)--at http://hearth.library.cornell.edu/--were identified by more than 60 U.S. scholars. The materials focus on applied arts and designs; food and nutrition; home economics; housing, furnishings and equipment; hygiene; retail or consumer studies; clothing and textiles; home management; child care and human development; and institutional management.

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"Home economists in early twentieth-century America had a major role in the Progressive Era, the development of the welfare state, the triumph of modern hygiene and scientific medicine, the application of scientific research in a number of industries, and the popularization of important research on child development, family health, and family economics," says Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Cornell professor of human development and of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. "What other group of American women did so much and got so little credit? …

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