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Anna Tessie Agan (1897-1988)

Tessie Agan

Anna Tessie Agan was born in Silver City, IA, on October 19, 1897. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1927 and a Master of Science degree in Food Economics and Nutrition from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1930. Her thesis was entitled: "A Study of the Vitamin A and D Contents of Canned Cherry with Special Reference to Season and Variety." She joined the staff at KSAC in 1930 and taught Home Economics until 1968. She authored a textbook on housing design, The House, in 1939.

Agan was recognized as a Distinguished Older Citizen of Kansas in 1968, and received the State Achievement Award for significant service to Delta Kappa Gamma in 1969. She participated in the White House Conference on Aging in 1971, the same year she was recognized by Mu chapter of Theta Sigma Phi for Outstanding Contributions to Civic Welfare. She was State Director for the American Association of Retired Persons in 1973.

Kansas State University presented her with an honorary Ph.D. in 1986. Agan died on May 11, 1988 in Houston, TX.

Sources of information:

Vertical File. Agan, Tessie.
Commencement Program Collection.

The Tessie Agan Papers consists primarily of printed material arranged into broad subject categories. The majority of the collection is concerned with farm home design and space utilization. It contains pamphlets on the proper design of a farm home with other pamphlets devoted to kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, cupboards, storage walls, applying wallpaper and proper lighting. The collection also contains studies on the amount of time and labor spent on laundry and the benefits of "garbage grinders" in a kitchen. Other areas of the collection are devoted to public housing needs for the aged and minority populations, space requirements for pre-school children and research on children from a social services perspective.

6 Boxes. Acc. No. U 88.29

A small collection of Tessie Agan's Papers was received from the College of Human Ecology at a later date and divided into three series: 1. correspondence, 1965-1974; 2. printed material, 1957-1972; 3. photographs. The printed material in the collection contains invitations, certificates, magazine articles and newspaper clippings. One folder contains invitations to the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped at the White House. The photographs in the collection document several conferences on aging.

12 folders. Acc. No. U 89.02