Home Economics Collection
I. Collection Description
The Home Economics Library supports teaching and research in two major areas in the College of
Agriculture: Food Science and Home Economics. The Department of Food Science offers the B.S., M.S.,
and Ph.D. degrees. The term "Home Economics" refers to several programs within the School of Human
Resources and Family Studies (until 1974, known as the Department of Home Economics): teaching and
research through and beyond the doctoral level in Foods and Nutrition, Family and Consumer
Economics, and Human Development and Family Ecology; teaching programs through the masters' level
and advanced research in Home Economics, Home Economics Education, Textile, Apparel and Interior
Design; and outreach activities of those faculty in Cooperative Extension with subject interests
similar to those in the School of Human Resource and Family Studies.
History of Collection:
- Food Science: The bulk of the Food Science collection was located in the Agriculture Library
until 1974, when the Home Economics Library assumed total responsibility for collecting in the Food
- Home Economics: The Home Economics Library opened in 1955, although the collection did not come
together until 1957 when the new Bevier Hall was completed. Before that, and during the years when
the Department of Home Economics occupied the old Bevier Hall (now the English Building), the
divisions of the Department acquired small collections of books, pamphlets and bound journals.
Those separate collections, purchased through equipment funds, were housed in the 29 different
laboratories or offices of Home Economics faculty members. In addition, all Home Economics
materials in the Undergraduate Library were transferred to the Home Economics Library, as were
additional material from the Bookstacks.
Estimate of Holdings:
- Food Science: 7,200 (March, 1984)
- Home Economics: 34,500 (March, 1984)
State, Regional and National Importance:
- Food Science: The collection is highly regarded by researchers on the campus and in industry in
- Home Economics: The collection is significant since it is one of seven in the country which
have been brought together in one physical location. Special strengths of the collection are in the
areas of costume, diet manuals and cookbooks.
Unit Responsible for Collecting:
Home Economics Library. Relevant collecting activities also occur in the Agriculture, Art and
Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, and Education and Social Science Libraries.
Location of Materials:
- Food Science: The Home Economics Library maintains a collection of 1,500 volumes of current
interest; the Agriculture Library has 900 volumes, and the Bookstacks 4,800.
- Home Economics: The Home Economics Library maintains a collection of 15,600 volumes of current
interest; Agriculture has 1,300; and the Bookstacks 16,000.
Other libraries with relevant holdings are the Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, and the Education
and Social Science Libraries.
Citations of Works Describing the Collection:
- Food Science: None known.
- Home Economics:
- Downs, 91-92.
- Council for Professional Development, American Home Economics Association.
by the Task Force on Accreditation of the School of Human Resources and Family
II. General Collection Guidelines
Emphasis on current research and development in all areas. In addition, there is special
interest in historical works on textiles, apparel, interior design, and foods.
Treatment of Subject:
- Food Science: Standard statement. Food Science includes food technology; food chemistry;
sensory evaluation of foods; food analysis; raw materials for processing; principles of sanitation
in processing and handling of foods; engineering for food processing; physical, chemical and
colloidal phenomena of food products; state of metabolism of lipids food microbiology; and
chemistry of lipids in foods. Food Science has many interdisciplinary aspects in the basic
sciences, agriculture, and engineering, and relevant materials are selected by libraries serving
these disciplines. The Home Economics Library primarily acquires works which treat the applied
aspect of these fields in relationship to food.
- Home Economics: Scholarly and popular materials are acquired, including textbooks and
curricular materials. There are five areas of interest: 1) home economics, including home economics
education; 2) family and consumer economics, including family financial management, economics of
consumption, and home equipment; 3) foods and nutrition, including food selection and preparation,
experimental foods, quantity food production and service, pediatrics and nutrition, nutritional
aspects of disease, physical growth and nutrition, and institution and restaurant management; 4)
human development and family ecology, emphasizing infancy and pre-school ages and including child
development, early childhood education, day care centers, family relationships, comparative family
organization, the contemporary American family, family mediation, and child life in medical
settings; and 5) textiles, apparel, and interior design, including apparel design and selection,
consumer textiles, textiles for interiors, costume design and history, textile and apparel
marketing and retailing, textile science, and textile history. Home Economics is also an
interdisciplinary study, especially in the areas of the social sciences, biology, medicine, and
art, and relevant materials are acquired by the libraries serving these disciplines.
Types of Materials:
Standard statement. In the field of food science, government publications are of special
importance, and in home economics, diet manuals and cookbooks are collected heavily, as well as
books on the history of costume and textiles.
Date of Publication:
Place of Publication:
III. Collection Responsibility by Subject Subdivisions with Qualifications, Levels of
Collecting Intensity, and Assignments
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the
table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength,
Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how
well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The
Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity
of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection
intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where
additional materials may be found.
|Home Economics Collection
|Family and consumer economics
|Food and nutrition
|Human development and family ecology
||Education / Social Work/Sociology
|Textiles, apparel, and interior design
||Architecture & Art
Version Date: November 2005