Women's Studies Section
Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
|Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History (HEARTH)|
|Primary Source Types for Women's Studies||TEXT
|Periodicals - Journals|
|Subjects for Women's Studies||Economic Status|
|Labor / Employment|
|Law / Legal Status / Public Policy|
|Coverage Dates||1850-1925 (Phase 1) 1926-1950 (Future)|
|Archive is Ongoing / Completed||Ongoing|
|Publisher||Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.|
|Date Searched||January 2007|
HEARTH is a core collection of books and journals in home economics and related disciplines. Titles published between 1850 and 1950 were selected and ranked by teams of scholars for their great historical importance. The first phase of this project focused on books published between 1850 and 1925 and a small number of journals. Future phases of the project will include books published between 1926 and 1950, as well as additional journals. The full text of these materials, as well as bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to home economics, is freely accessible on this site.
Related disciplines include applied arts and design; child care, human development and family studies; clothing and textiles; food and nutrition; home management; housekeeping and etiquette; housing, furnishing and home equipment; hygiene; institutional management; retail and consumer studies; teaching and communication.
Women's Studies Content
Since both the home and home economics have historically been women’s sphere, one could argue that HEARTH is a women’s studies archive. This would place it outside the parameters of the Women’s Studies in Digital Archives project. On the other hand, after examining the collection, one can’t help conclude that, yes, women's experiences are the subject and the analytical perspective from which many of the texts are contructed, but the collection's scope is much more. Researchers outside women’s history working in the areas of history of education, design, family studies, American economics, public policy and social policy will find many valuable and inspiring sources. Women's studies researchers interested in historical source material on women and family, labor, economics, social conditions, gender roles, organizations and more will also discover many wonderful resources.
No subject searching is available. One can keyword search the author or
title fields or the full text. The results screen displays a brief bibliographic
record (author, title, publication date) and links to
where one’s keywords appear in the document (“results details”), the document's
table of contents and first page. One can mark/save documents for later view/display
by clicking on the “add to bookbag” link.
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