UA 023.009 Guide to the University Archives Photograph Collection, Home Demonstration Work Photographs, 1910-1976

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[Box 1]
Includes both negatives corresponding to various photographic prints in the collection and some negatives without corresponding prints.
[Album 1]
Includes photographs by Jay Seymour Studios (New York, N.Y.) of Jane S. McKimmon posing with her successor Ruth Current, Academy Award winning actress Jane Darwell, and others while in New York for the radio dramatization of her life story, "When We're Green We Grow," on NBC's "Cavalcade of America.
[Album 2]
Includes portrait of Dazelle Foster Lowe, the first African American Home Demonstration agent in North Carolina
[Album 3]
Includes photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt during her appearance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953 to speak at a conference.
[Album 3]
Three series of photographs produced by the United States Office of War Information probably used by Home Demonstration agents to illustrate how club members could contribute to the war effort by salvaging fats and collecting tin cans and discarded nylon stockings.
[Album 5]
Promotional photographs, most probably produced by the United States Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, promoting the regular consumption of milk and the use of milk as a food, especially for children. Includes a portrait of Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson drinking a bottle of milk.
[Album 6]
Subjects include home improvement, furnishings, gardens, and handicraft.
[Album 6]
Subjects include home management (economics), etiquette, housework, and domestic life.
[Album 7]
Slides related to activities of Home Demonstration clubs in several North Caroina counties.
[Album 7]
Slides showing events sponsored by Home Demonstration. The first set of slides are from a reception in honor of Governor William Kerr Scott, including several slides of Governor Scott and his wife (43 slides). The second set of slides depict a talent show, in which women display skills they have learned (99 slides).
[Album 8]
Includes 133 slides from a home and family slide show.
[Album 7]
Contains mostly slides of the Catawba Music Workshop and Music Training School in 1954.
[Album 9]
A collection of slides that may have been gathered for the Extension Homemakers 60th Anniversary and includes highlights of Dr. Eloise Cofer's term.
[Album 7]
Slides from the Associated Country Women of the World meeting in Toronto, Canada in 1953. At the beginning of the series are two typed sheets describing the slides.


North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service.


3.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

8 albums (549 photographic prints; 1009 slides); 34 x 31 cm. + 1 box (92 negatives)


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Acquisitions Information

Created by University Archives from various sources.


Processed by: Elizabeth Preston and Robert Burton; slides processed by: Mary von der Heide; machine-readable finding aid created by: Craig Breaden and Mary von der Heide

Scope and Content Note

Chiefly black-and-white photographic prints, 8 x 10 in. or smaller, documenting the people, activities, events, exhibitions, and programs related to home demonstration work in North Carolina from its beginnings to the mid-1970s. Some photographs were taken by home demonstration agents, professional photographers, and staff photographers from North Carolina State College's Department of Visual Aids, and some were produced by the United States Department of Agriculture's Extension Service and the Office of War Information. Many photographers are not identified.

The collection includes portraits and group portraits of county agents, specialists, and club members; State Home Demonstration Agents Jane S. McKimmon and Ruth Current; views of club meetings, facilities, tours, award presentations, demonstrations, and displays; African American participation in home demonstration work; national and state Home Economics Association meetings, Farm and Home Week, and the North Carolina State Fair; early curb markets, canning demonstrations, "Milk for Health" campaigns, and World War II scrap drives; slides from various activities.

Historical Note

Organized home demonstration work among rural women in North Carolina started when I. O. Schaub, director of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service, appointed Jane S. McKimmon State Home Demonstration Agent in 1911.

A pioneer in home demonstration work, McKimmon headed the program until 1937. Ruth Current succeeded her and directed the program for three decades afterward. In 1958, Current was named assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service in charge of home economics programs. Both women achieved national recognition for their work.

Home demonstration was part of the Agricultural Extension Service at North Carolina State College, which was conducted in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. It sought to provide better conditions in farm homes through adult education by demonstration, and North Carolina was one of five Southern states where it originated. It grew from 416 women in 14 counties when it started to over 65,000 women organized in 2,500 clubs throughout all of North Carolina's 100 counties by the mid-1960s. In 1995 it became the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives Photograph Collection, Home Demonstration Work Photographs, 1910-1976, UA 023.009, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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