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Kansas Extension Homemakers Council

The Kansas Extension Homemakers Council Collection (1914-1984) was created through a cooperative project between Extension Home Economics of KSU, Kansas Extension Homemakers Council (KEHC) and Extension Homemakers Units (EHU) to collect information for a history of the units in the state. When Good Homemakers-Good Neighbors: A History of Kansas Extension Homemakers Units, 1914-82 was completed, KEHC donated the historical material collected for the publication to the University Archives.

The collection is organized into four series: 1) EHU histories; 2) KEHC; 3) Financial records; 4) Printed material. The largest series is comprised of the unit histories written for the preparation of Good Homemakers-Good Neighbors. KEHC records include minutes and reports, Standard of Excellence awards information, files from KEHC areas, biographical information on officers, and information on Sears and Roebuck Dinner/ Home Economics Days. There is also a series of financial ledgers in the collection. The three boxes of printed material contain KEHC conference and workshop programs, handbooks, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, newsletters and periodicals. One box of slides (mostly 4-H activities) and 89 photographs of EHU were transferred to the photograph collection of the University Archives.

The KEHC Collection contains an important body of research material for the study of women's history in rural America. Within the EHU histories is information about the role of women in their communities from 1914 to the 1980's. Because these units influenced the social and cultural life of their neighborhoods, the collection is a source for the study of county and local history. The collection also documents the important role Cooperative Extension at KSU has played in working with the units in the state for over 70 years.

17 boxes (9.0 linear feet) Register. Acc. No. P 86.02