Academic journal article Human Ecology

Past Presents

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Past Presents

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In the underground depths of Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell history comes alive. The University Archives, in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, contain private papers of faculty, students, staff, and alumni; university and student publications; maps and architectural materials; audiovisual materials such as photographs, films, and oral histories; and other artifacts and ephemera.

Inside is a trove of objects from Human Ecology's past--as far back as Martha Van Rensselaer's arrival on campus in 1900 to run an extension program for rural women.

For more than 20 years, CHE archivist Eileen Keating has overseen these treasures, making them accessible to researchers across the globe. "Our collections document the history of our college, the change from home economics to human ecology, the development of our departments and programs, and the work of faculty, staff, alumni, and others," Keating says.

Keating says there's always a need for more Cornelliana to fill the University Archives. To donate scrapbooks, course materials, photographs, or other items, write to her at eek2@cornell.edu.

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Generations of children played with these balls and building blocks at the Cornell Early Childhood Center once located in MVR Hall. Founded in 1925 to study child behavior, the nursery school was part of the newly formed Department of Family Life, which sought to apply scientific principles to child rearing. …

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