Guide to the National Extension Homemakers Oral History Collection 1983-1986
Cage 825

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
National Extension Homemakers Oral History Collection
ID
Cage 825
Date [inclusive]
1983-1986
Extent
5.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains transcripts and audio recordings of oral history interviews conducted between 1983 and 1986 for the Voices of American Homemakers book project by the National Extension Homemakers Council.

Preferred Citation note

Cage 825 National Extension Homemakers Oral History Collection

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

"In 1982, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a major grant to the National Extension Homemakers Council (NEHC) for a three-year, nationwide effort to collect, process and disseminate representative oral histories. Entitled 'Voices of American Homemakers,' the project combined extensive volunteer effort with careful attention to the professional canons of oral history practice. Professional historians guided the effort throughout, offering substantive perspectives on women's history and technical counsel on oral history."

(Source: letter from Eleanor P. Arnold to John Guido, November 7, 1985, filed in Box 5, folder 23.)

The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 instituted cooperation between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land grant colleges across the United States to develop public demonstrations on home economics. Clubs emerged as a result of these demonstrations and community participation. The National Home Demonstration Council was formed in 1936, and changed their name to the National Extension Homemakers Council in 1963.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains copies of transcripts and audio cassette recordings of oral histories conducted by the National Extension Homemakers Council for the Voices of American Homemakers book project, between 1983 and 1986. "The primary product of this effort is a collection of [219] oral histories by women throughout the United States. Typically they describe homemaking, child rearing, and family management in the small towns or rural areas where they live. They also discuss the role of Extension Homemaker groups in their lives." Repositories selected by the NEHC were provided with "a complete set of the materials, including duplicates of the [171] cassette tapes and bound copies of the transcripts, which also contains indexes." The collection also includes secondary material related to the book project, including a copy of a book based on the project, Voices of American Homemakers, and a collection of papers presented at a symposium in 1983.

(Source: letter from Eleanor P. Arnold to John Guido, November 7, 1985, filed in Box 5, folder 23.)

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series: 1. Transcripts of oral interviews, 2. Audio recordings of oral interviews, and 3. Miscellaneous project documentation and related papers.

Series List

Series 1:

Transcripts of oral interviews, 1983-1986. This series contains transcripts of the oral interviews conducted by the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers. The transcripts are organized in alphabetical order according to state. Folder one contains a summary and index. The following folders contain the transcripts originally organized under Volume I to Volume V.

Series 2:

Audio recordings of oral interviews, 1983-1986. This series contains audio recordings (audiocassettes) of oral interviews conducted by the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers. The tapes are organized in alphabetical order according to state.

Series 3:

Miscellaneous project documentation and related papers, 1983-1986. This series contains papers pertaining to the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers, including advertisements, and a collection of papers from a "Seminar of Humanists and Homemakers."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

According to the project documentation filed in the collection, the NEHC grants users full photocopying privileges and "fair use" publication rights to maximum of 5,000 words from the entire collection. Publication in excess of 5,000 words requires written consent of the president of the National Extension Homemakers Council, Inc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The National Extension Homemakers Council, Inc., donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1985 (MS.1986.09)

Processing Information note

Jacki Hedlund Tyler processed this collection in 2015.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Bound volume transferred to the rare book collection for separate cataloging: Arnold, Eleanor, ed. Voices of American Homemakers. National Extension Homemakers Council, Inc., 1985.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Home economics extension work
  • Women
  • Women -- Societies and Clubs

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Transcripts of oral interviews 1983-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains transcripts of the oral interviews conducted by the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers. The transcripts are organized in alphabetical order according to state. Folder 1 contains a summary and index. The following folders contain the transcripts organized by volume number (I to V).

Box Folder

Volume I: Summary and Index 

1 1

Volume I: Alabama and Alaska 

1 2

Volume I: Arkansas 

1 3

Volume I: Colorado and Delaware 

1 4

Volume I: Florida 

1 5

Volume II: Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, and Illinois 

1 6

Volume II: Indiana 

1 7

Volume II: Kansas and Kentucky 

1 8

Volume II: Louisiana and Maryland 

2 9

Volume III: Michigan 

2 10

Volume III: Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri 

2 11

Volume III: Nebraska and Montana 

2 12

Volume III: New Hampshire 

2 13

Volume III: New Mexico 

2 14

Volume III: North Carolina 

2 15

Volume IV: North Dakota 

3 16

Volume IV: Ohio 

3 17

Volume IV: Oklahoma and Oregon 

3 18

Volume V: South Carolina and South Dakota 

3 19

Volume V: Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington 

3 20

Volume V: West Virginia 

3 21

Volume V: Wisconsin andWyoming 

3 22

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Series 2: Audio recordings of oral interviews 1983-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains audio recordings (audiocassettes) of oral interviews conducted by the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers. The tapes are organized in alphabetical order according to state.

Box Folder

Audiocassettes (171 items) 1983-1986 

4

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Series 3: Miscellaneous project documentation and related papers 1983-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains papers pertaining to the NEHC for the project Voices of American Homemakers, including advertisements, and a collection of papers from a "Seminar of Humanists and Homemakers."

Box Folder

Letter from Eleanor P. Arnold to John Guido 1985 

5 23

Voices of American Homemakers (book) 1985 

24

Brochure 1986 

25

Seminar of Humanists and Homemakers papers 1983 

26

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