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Home economics -- History

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View Resource From Domesticity to Modernity: What was Home Economics?

A joint effort of Cornell's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and students of a course in Cornell's Human Development department, this Website tells the history of home economics through a showcase of archival material. The exhibit makes the argument that Home Economics played a progressive role in the history of women's education, bringing "science to the farm home and women into higher...
View Resource Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History

The very phrase, home economics, often conjures up images of women learning how to prepare a household budget, or learning about various child-rearing techniques in a somewhat less than empowering setting. However, a reassessment of this rather multifaceted discipline has begun in recent years. Professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg at Cornell University notes that "what other group of American women did...
View Resource Playing House: Homemaking for Children

The world of American domesticity in the late 19th and early 20th century was one that placed a premium on oversight of many aspects of the home. While many instructional devices (such as books and manuals) were created to instruct women in the fine arts of cookery, laundry, and other areas, there were equivalent materials created for young girls. As part of their ongoing work, the University of...