Cornell University’s libraries offer some pretty fascinating free digital collections. One I want in particular to note is the Home Economics Archive, a collection of books and e-journals published between 1850-1950.
Site visitors can browse for information by subjects such as food & nutrition, clothing & textiles, and home management. There is also the option to browse by publication date and author/title, or to perform database-style searches.
Explaining the Archive’s function, Professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg explains:
“Home Economists in early 20th century America had a major role in the Progressive Era, the development of the welfare state, the triumph of modern hygiene and scientific medicine, the application of scientific research in a number of industries, and the popularization of important research on child development, family health, and family economics. What other group of American women did so much, all over the country, and got so little credit? … We must do everything we can to preserve and organize records and materials from this important female ghetto.”