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UNM Home Economics Department

Identifier: UNMA-092

Scope and Content

Home Economics departmental records document their activities between 1914 and 1983. The collection is divided into twelve series. These series are grouped around larger themes (i.e. memoranda, reports, correspondence, newsletters). The first series contains information about departmental history and activities. The series contains a detailed history of the department, clippings, brochures, proposals, guidelines and related material. The following series contain information on budget, student enrollment, faculty, curriculum, and publications. All the documents are arranged chronologically.


  • 1914-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1966-1983

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Institutional History

The Home Economics Department at the University of New Mexico began in the fall of 1914 with Miss Margaret Gleason as Department Head. In 1915, Miss Frances E. Lathrop became director of Home Economics and Dean of Women for three years until Elizabeth Simpson took over in 1918. The department of Home Economics was first in the basement of Hodgin Hall and moved to Sarah Raynolds Hall, which was built to house the department. In 1965, the department moved into new, modern facilities within the Education complex, located across from the student residence halls. The Home Economics building had modern laboratory facilities for foods science, clothing construction, housing, and teacher education courses.

Next to the Home Economics Building was Manzanita Center, where home economics majors observe and work with preschool children. The preschool Day Care Center was operated by the Home Economics Department so that students could become familiar with an ideal child care program based on current research in the field of Child Development.

The department curriculum provided a balanced program of humanities, natural science, behavioral science and art. Departmental course offerings included Child Development, Family Studies, Foods, Nutrition, Clothing, Textiles, Family Economics, Home Management, Housing, and Home Economics Education.


4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)


This collection contains records from Home Economics Department at the University of New Mexico. Home Economics department provided courses child development, family studies, home management, and on other related areas.
Finding Aid of the University of New Mexico Home Economics Department Records, 1914 - 1983
Valerio Di Fonzo
© 2020
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131