Archival Collections on Food History

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections contains significant archival collections on agriculture, food science, nutrition, and home economics. Examples include: the papers of food critic Duncan Hines [ca. 1939-1959]; the records of the Western New York Fruit Growers Cooperative Packing Association, 1920-1953; the Edgett-Burnham canning company records, 1854-1930; the records of Cornell's Department of Food and Nutrition, 1943-1968; hundreds of oral histories by regional agricultural growers; the records of Cornell's Cooperative Extension office; and the records of the New York State College of Home Economics.

Related Online Resources

  • Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library has extensive book collections on agriculture, food science, and nutrition.
  • Cornell's HEARTH collection: a full-text electronic collection of books and journals in Home Economics and related disciplines published between 1850 and 1950. Developed by Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library.
  • The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections' Award Winning Exhibition on the history of home economics is available online: "From Domesticity to Modernity: What Was Home Economics?"