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Level of description
Nellie Kedzie Jones series
- 1860–1955 (Creation)
3.00 Linear Feet
Name of creator
The College of Human Ecology can trace its roots to the early years of Kansas State University and the women’s course established in 1873 by President John Anderson. The program turned into the Household Economics Course in 1897 and then Domestic Science in 1898 when the program also occupied the newly built Kedzie Hall.
In 1908 the program moved to the newly built, and larger, Calvin Hall, and in 1909 the College was reorganized and the Division of Home Economics was created. Expansion in the programs offered through the division lead to the building of Thompson Hall in 1922 and then the Campus Creek Complex in the late 1940’s. In 1942 the division was renamed the School of Home Economics and at the 1963 reorganization was renamed the College of Home Economics. In 1960 the College occupied newly built Justin Hall.
The College of Home Economics became the College of Human Ecology in 1986.
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Scope and content
The Nellie Kedzie Jones series is part of the College of Human Ecology historical files at Kansas State University. Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones was an 1876 alumna who returned to lead domestic science instruction from 1882 until 1897. This series reflects papers related to her and her relatives and friends.
The first subseries pertains to Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones with dates between 1889 and 1955. Contents include developments in human ecology and are reflected in publications, printed materials, published works, manuscripts, typescripts, awards, and correspondence. Materials are organized chronologically within each group.
The second subseries is devoted to Howard Murray Jones, Nellie's husband from 1901 until his death in 1953. He was a minister, including time as a professor and administrator at Berea College. Contents include minimal correspondence along with writings, sermons, and printed materials. His sermons are arranged chronologically divided between typed and handwritten. Because he often used sermons twice, there are two dates on the manuscripts. The bulk of the materials pertains to religion and Christianity.
The third through ninth subseries contain information about friends and relatives of Howard and Nellie. Included are documents associated with the Fairchild family (Frank, David, and George Fairchild), Abby and Charles Marlatt, Gertrude and Theodore Jessup, Robert Clark Kedzie (Nellie's first husband who died in 1882), Addison Jones, his father, Ada Alice Tuttle, and Helen M. Jones. Types of material include news articles, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, scrapbooks, and biographical information.
The tenth subseries includes five items relevant to Nellie: an autograph book, a scrapbook, a personal Bible, an award ribbon, and a leather pouch or wallet (unknown origin or ownership).
The final subseries includes photographs of Nellie and those associated with her. They are divided by group photos, photos of her, and photos of others who include Robert Clark Kedzie, Howard Murray Jones, the Fairchilds, and others.
System of arrangement
The collection is arranged into 11 subseries: 1) Nellie Kedzie Jones; 2) Howard Murray Jones; 3) Fairchild family; 4) Abby and Charles Marlatt; 5) Gertrude and Theodore Jessup; 6) Robert Clark Kedzie; 7) Addison Jones; 8) Ada Alice Tuttle; 9) Helen M. Jones; 10) Miscellaneous; 11) Photographs.
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Conditions governing access
No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Previous accession schemes numbered this accession U 236 or UA 236, and presently it is U1989.16. Materials came to the university archives from the College, with undocumented provenance previously.
Immediate source of acquisition
Acqusition Source: College of Human Ecology
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 19890404
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
These records document portions of the life and career of Nellie Sawyer Kedzie Jones, a pioneer in home economics and an alumna and faculty member at Kansas State Agricultural College.
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Related archival materials
Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], College of Human Ecology historical records, Nellie Kedzie Jones series, Box [number], Folder [number], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Author: David Arends, Natalie Smith, and Cliff Hight
Processing Info: David Arends, Kansas State University Historical Society volunteer, originally processed the materials in the Fall 1990 semester.
Publication Date: 2017-08-29