Edna P. Amidon was a leader in home economics education in the United States. She began her career with the federal government in 1929 with the Home Economics Education Service of the Federal Board for Vocational Education. In the 1960s, she was Director of the Home Economics Branch in the Office of Education of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In this role, she supervised reviews of home economics education leadership in several western states, in which OSU participated.
Amidon earned an MS in Home Economics at the University of Minnesota in 1927 and was awarded the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1953. She retired to Oregon in the 1960s and died in 1982.
The Edna P. Amidon Papers consist of materials generated and assembled by Amidon. The Papers include certificates, correspondence, maps, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, postcards, publications, reports, a scrapbook, speeches, her MS thesis, travel diaries, and a book manuscript. The Papers document Amidon's work as an administrator in home economics education with the Home Economics Education Service and the Home Economics Branch of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. They also reflect her participation in international conferences and an outreach mission to post-war Germany in 1947 to study the status of home economics education. The Papers include field reports on the status of home economics education leadership in Oregon and materials Amidon assembled pertaining to Adelaide Baylor, head of the Home Eonomics Division of the Federal Board for Vocational Education.
The scrapbook includes clippings about the programs of the Home Economics Education Service. The photographs include portrait images of Amidon as well as photographs of conference attendees, meetings with other home ecnonomists, and scenes from her work in Europe and India.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Edna P. Amidon Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Information :
The Amidon Papers were transferred by the Human Development and Family Sciences Department in 2007.Processing Note :
This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.Related Materials :
The OSU Archives includes a variety of collections pertaining to home economics education including the College of Home Economics and Education Records (RG 141), the Ava Milam Clark Papers, and numerous papers of home economics alumni, faculty, and administrators.