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Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists

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Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists Records, 1930-1990.

5 boxes (2.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 346
Holiday Inn greets the MAEHE, 1967
Holiday Inn greets the MAEHE, 1967

An outgrowth of the extension movement in Massachusetts aimed at assisting rural women in domestic work, the Massachusetts Home Demonstration Agents’ Association (later the Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists) was formed in 1930. Offering an opportunity for the sharing of resources, approaches, and information, the organization provided encouragement for its members to improve their skills as home economists and adult educators.

The MAEHE collection includes award applications, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and membership files.

Background on Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Cooperative Extension Service in Massachusetts began as a means of spreading agricultural research and practice from the academy to the people of the Commonwealth, but early on, extension agents recognized the need for a comparable support for farm homes. By 1915, extension agents in Massachusetts began to offer County Home Demonstrations to provide up to date information on home management and nutrition, and by 1918, the Extension Service had appointed agents to every rural county in the state, a process propelled by the food emergency of World War I.

At the annual conference of Extension Service Workers in December 1929, a group of agents met to consider forming an organization to support these home demonstration workers, leading to formation of the Massachusetts Home Demonstration Agents Association (MHDAA) in June 1930. Offering agents an opportunity to exchange information, plan collaboratively, and eventually, to set standards for evaluating home extension work, the MHDAA adopted a mission of providing encouragement for members to improve their skills as home economists and adult educators.

Over the years, the MHDAA has continued to evolve as the need for broader and more effective communication became more acute and as the profession responded to social and cultural changes in the status of women and the home. The MHDAA joined the National Home Demonstration Agents’ Association (NHDAA), which had been formed in eight years earlier, and after the NHDAA changed name in 1965 to the National Association of Extension Home Economists (NAEHE), the Massachusetts group followed suit, becoming the Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists (MAEHE). Reflecting further evolution of the profession, the NAEHE changed its name in 1995 to the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science.

Contents of Collection

The MAEHE collection includes award applications, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and membership files.

Series descriptions

Materials relating to the NAEHE, including issuance of awards and fellowships.

Organizational and administrative documents pertaining the MAEHE, including annual reports and minutes of meetings (1962-1990), some correspondence, handbooks, and by-laws.

Records of membership in the MAEHE, including past members and honorary members.

Miscellaneous materials relating to

Collection inventory
Series 1. N.A.E.H.E. Affilation
1939-1990
1 box
Award applications
1980-1989
Box 1: 1
Award applications: Continued excellence
1987-1990
Box 1: 2
Award applications: Distinguished service
1950-1959
Box 1: 3
Award applications: Distinguished service
1960-1969
Box 1: 4
Award applications: Distinguished service
1970-1979
Box 1: 5
Award applications: Distinguished service
1980-1987
Box 1: 6
Award applications: Distinguished service
1988-1990
Box 1: 7
Award applications: Recipients, Distinguished service
ca.1950-1990
Box 1: 7A
Award applications: Florence Hall
0000
Box 1: 8
Award applications: Florence Hall: Applications
1968
Box 1: 9
Award applications: Florence Hall: Applications
1970-1979
Box 1: 10
Award applications: Florence Hall: Applications
1980-1984
Box 1: 11
Award applications: Florence Hall: Applications
1988-1990
Box 1: 12
Award applications: J.C. Penney Fellowship, applications
1985
Box 1: 13
Awards
1986-1990
Box 1: 14
Awards: Grace Frysinger Fellowship (report)
1965
Box 1: 15
Boston: Annual meeting
1977
Box 1: 16
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 17
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 18
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 19
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 20
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 21
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 22
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 23
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 24
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 25
Boston: Professional Tours
1977
Box 1: 26
Eastern region
1980-1989
Box 2: 27
En Route [newspaper]
1984
Box 2: 28
Honorary membership
1939-1982
Box 2: 29
Meetings
1979-1982
Box 2: 30
Meetings
1984-1989
Box 2: 31
Membership counts
1969-1978
Box 2: 32
Series 2. M.A.E.H.E. Administration
1962-1990
1 box
Annual reports
1971-1990
Box 2: 1
Committees and officers
1963-1990
Box 2: 2
Correspondence
1980-1990
Box 2: 3
Handbook and by-laws
1967-1987
Box 2: 4
Handbook and by-laws: M.A.E.H.E.
1966-1973
Box 2: 5
Handbook and by-laws: M.H.D.A.A.
1961
Box 2: 6
Meeting agendas
1976-1990
Box 2: 7
Meeting minutes: Annual
1962-1989
Box 2: 8
Meeting minutes: Executive Board
1962-1969
Box 2: 9
Meeting minutes: Executive Board
1970-1979
Box 2: 10
Meeting minutes: Executive Board
1980-1989
Box 2: 11
Meeting minutes: Executive Board
1990
Box 2: 12
Meeting minutes: M.A.E.H.E.
1962-1969
Box 2: 13
Meeting minutes: M.A.E.H.E.
1970-1979
Box 2: 14
Meeting minutes: M.A.E.H.E.
1980-1989
Box 2: 15
Meeting minutes: M.A.E.H.E.
1990
Box 2: 16
Newsletters
1977-1990
Box 2: 17
Professional improvement
1974-1990
Box 2: 18
Series 3. Membership Records
1950-1990
1 box
Directory of members
1962-1990
Box 3: 1
Honorary memberships: Deceased and retired
ca.1950-1969
Box 3: 2
Honorary memberships: Alden, Anna (Carey)
1950-1969
Box 3: 3
Honorary memberships: Gates, Florence I.
1950-1969
Box 3: 4
Honorary memberships: Bolas, Muriel
1950-1969
Box 3: 5
Honorary memberships: Brightman, Phyllis
1950-1969
Box 3: 6
Honorary memberships: Gloss, Marie L.
1950-1969
Box 3: 7
Honorary memberships: Higgins, Molly
1950-1969
Box 3: 8
Honorary memberships: Marshall, Katherine (Lawler)
1950-1969
Box 3: 9
Honorary memberships: Muller, Diana
1950-1969
Box 3: 10
Honorary memberships: O’Brian, Barbara
1950-1969
Box 3: 11
Honorary memberships: Thomas, Mary
1950-1969
Box 3: 12
Membership records: A-B
1950-1969
Box 3: 13
Membership records: D-F
1950-1969
Box 3: 14
Membership records: F-K
1950-1969
Box 3: 15
Membership records: L-M
1950-1969
Box 3: 16
Membership records: O-R
1950-1969
Box 3: 17
Membership records: S-T
1950-1969
Box 3: 18
Membership records: U-Z
1950-1969
Box 3: 19
Past members: Andrews, Peg
1950-1969
Box 3: 20
Past members: Backus, Donna
1950-1969
Box 3: 21
Past members: Banerjea, Teresa Maria
1950-1969
Box 3: 22
Past members: Bennett, Carol
1950-1969
Box 3: 23
Past members: Cappuccio, Jane
1950-1969
Box 3: 24
Past members: Corso, Carol
1950-1969
Box 3: 25
Past members: Desmarais, Jill
1950-1969
Box 3: 26
Past members: Doncor, Debra
1950-1969
Box 3: 27
Past members: Earley, Helen
1950-1969
Box 3: 28
Past members: Gulezian, Andrea
1950-1969
Box 3: 29
Past members: Hathaway, Bonita
1950-1969
Box 3: 30
Past members: Holsinger, Ann Marie
1950-1969
Box 3: 31
Past members: Houghteling, Fiora
1950-1969
Box 3: 32
Past members: Koehler, Christine
1950-1969
Box 3: 33
Past members: Lee-Tom, Marilyn
1950-1969
Box 3: 34
Past members: Malysz, Carol
1950-1969
Box 3: 35
Past members: O’Bremski, Nancy
1950-1969
Box 3: 36
Past members: Piccarelli, Maureen
1950-1969
Box 3: 37
Past members: Powell, Rosalie
1950-1969
Box 3: 38
Past members: Roth, Cathy
1950-1969
Box 3: 39
Past members: Toth, Mary
1950-1969
Box 3: 40
Past members: Well, Susan
1950-1969
Box 3: 41
Past members: Whepley, Colleen
1950-1969
Box 3: 42
Past members: Zarba, Dorothy
1950-1969
Box 3: 43
Series 4. Special Events and History
1929-1990
1 box
Anniversary celebration, 50th
1980
Box 4: 1
Anniversary celebration, 50th
1980
Box 4: 2
Anniversary celebration, 50th
1980
Box 4: 3
History of Home Demonstration work in Massachusetts
1929-1964
Box 4: 4
History: M.A.E.H.E.
1965-1980
Box 4: 5
History: M.A.E.H.E.
1980-1990
Box 4: 6
History: M.H.D.A.A.
1946-1965
Box 4: 7
History: M.A.E.H.E.
1930-1971
Box 4: 8
History: M.A.E.H.E.
1933-1975
Box 4: 9
Photographs, newsclippings, miscellaneous
1959-1969
Box 4: 10
Photographs, newsclippings, miscellaneous
1970-1979
Box 4: 11
Photographs, newsclippings, miscellaneous
1980-1990
Box 4: 12
Washington, D.C. tour
1978
Box 4: 13
Washington, D.C. trip (34 slides)
1973
Box 4: 14
Series 5. Treasurer’s Records
1938-1990
1 box
Annual reports: M.H.D.A.A.
1939-1964
Box 5: 1
Annual reports: M.A.E.H.E.
1966-1990
Box 5: 2
Correspondence
1984-1988
Box 5: 3
Interim reports: M.H.D.A.A.
1954-1965
Box 5: 4
Interim reports: M.A.E.H.E.
1972-1990
Box 5: 5
Membership records, dues paid: M.H.D.A.A.
1944-1965
Box 5: 6
Membership records, dues paid: M.A.E.H.E.
1966-1978
Box 5: 7
Membership records, dues paid: M.A.E.H.E.
1980-1988
Box 5: 8
Membership records, dues paid: M.A.E.H.E., summary
1952-1989
Box 5: 9
Proposed budgets: M.H.D.A.A.
1952-1965
Box 5: 10
Proposed budgets: M.A.E.H.E.
1966-1991
Box 5: 11
Record books: M.H.D.A.A. and M.A.E.H.E.
1951-1974
Box 5: 12
Record books: M.A.E.H.E.
1974-1980
Box 5: 13
Record books: M.A.E.H.E.
1979-1990
Box 5: 14
Administrative information
Provenance

Gift of Audrey Duckert, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2015.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Massachusetts Association of Extension Home Economists Records (MS 346). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Home economics extension work--Massachusetts
  • Home economics--Massachusetts

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  • Massachusetts Home Demonstration Agents Association
  • National Association of Extension Home Economists

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