American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

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The records of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences are held by Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library. The records date from 1899 to the present and document the activities of the Association.

Located on the 2B level of the Carl A. Kroch Library on the central Cornell campus, the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is open to the public—to students, faculty, visiting researchers and members of the community. No appointments are required, but out-of-town researchers interested in using the collection will want to call in advance, as some portions of the collection are housed off-site and take one business day to arrive. Please note that you will need to present photo identification upon your first visit to the Division. Please see our Reference Services page ( for more information on conducting research at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections houses several other archival collections related to home economics and human ecology as detailed in this collections list available at Additional materials may also be located using the Cornell University Library online catalog at

Online Collections

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History
Hosted by Cornell University's Mann Library, this site is a core electronic collection of books and journals in home economics and related disciplines beginning in 1850. The titles and full text of these materials are available, as well as, bibliographies and essays on the wide array of subjects relating to home economics. This site offers the Journal of Home Economics / Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences from 1909-1980 online. This information is free and directly accessible from your home computer.

Human Ecology Historical Photographs
This website provides a database of selected images and information from the records of the New York State College of Home Economics at Cornell University. The photographs are organized by general subjects: Resident Teaching; International, National, State, and Local Public Relations; All-College Activities; Administration and Personnel; Departments and Divisions; Buildings and Equipment; History of the College; and Miscellaneous. Within any particular general subject category, there are more specific topics, e.g. “Resident Teaching” includes “Students and Student Life,” “Homemaking Apartments,” and "Apartment Babies.” Descriptive information is provided for each image. Additional photographs may be found in this collection and in other holdings of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
Hosted by Cornell University's Mann Library, the Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Their evaluations and 4,500 core titles are detailed in the seven volume series The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, Wallace C. Olsen, series editor.

Online Exhibitions

From Domesticity to Modernity: What Was Home Economics?

Not By Bread Alone: America’s Culinary Heritage

Meatless Mondays, Wheatless Wednesdays: Home Economists in World War I

Harvest of Freedom: The History of Kitchen Gardens in America

A Taste for Science: Home Economics Brings Modernity to the Kitchen

Also at Cornell University

The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection
The department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, (FSAD) maintains the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, which includes more than 9,000 items of apparel dating from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as a substantial collection of ethnographic textiles and costume. The collection is used for teaching and research. At this website, view highlights of the collection or search the online catalogue, which is gradually being expanded.

new Affiliate Archives

AAFCS would like to complete the list (linked below) of Affiliate Archive Collections, so this list can be shared on our website and permanently housed at the Cornell Archives. Additionally, if your affiliate has Centennial items (displays, presentations, etc.) that you have not previously sent to AAFCS, or to your affiliate archvies, please send these items to AAFCS so they can be permanently displayed in the Cornell Archives. Guidelines for archive submission are linked below.

Affiliate Archives Collections Listing - Is your affiliate informaton updated?

Guidelines for Archiving Affiliate and Centennial Records