Department of Home Economics records

Department of Home Economics records

Dates: 1954-1989

This collection contains faculty meeting minutes, department and program reviews, and department activities, correspondence, and reports documenting the activities of Brigham Young University's Department of Home Economics.

  • Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brigham Young University. Department of Home Economics
  • Call Number: UA 1115
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
This collection is organized into three series. The first of these series is the Department Records which contains the faculty meeting minutes, department and program reviews, and department activities. Series two is the Correspondence series which contains the correspondence of the faculty, department, university, and department chairs. The last series, Department Reports, has the annual reports, travel reports, and research reports documenting the activities of the department.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Department of Home Economics records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 1115; Department of Home Economics records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 1115, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the Dept. of Home Economics Education.
Acquisition Information
Transferred from University Records Management, June 2004.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Brigham Young University. Department of Home Economics; Colleges and Universities; Education
Genre / Form
Letters; Memorandums; Reports
Appraisal Information
Departmental records (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Department of Home Economics records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Kim
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-24T04:24-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

In 1951, after accepting the appointment as President of Brigham Young University, Ernest L. Wilkinson was given the charge to further the development of the home economics programs on campus. This charge led to the establishment of the College of Family Living in 1954. The college was then subdivided into five departments with Homemaking Education being one of them. The already-established program expanded and thrived in the new college.

In 1966, a name change was proposed and accepted and the department became known as the Department of Home Economics Education. In the mid-80's, the department changed its name again, shortening it to Home Economics. Around 1989, the department was merged with the Family Sciences department.

Now, home economics classes are offered under the Home and Family Living department. During the department's existence, the faculty was noted for their willingness to participate in local, state, and national activities. The Brigham Young University Home Economics Education teacher training program was the most respected program in the state of Utah and one of the top training centers in the United States. The graduates were highly recruited.

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