6 folders (0.3 linear ft.) from the Kenyon L. Butterfield Papers, University
of Massachusetts Special Collections and Archives. The entire collection
comprises 12 linear ft. in 26 boxes.
Scope and Contents Note:
Correspondence, reports, questionnaires, newspaper clippings, legislative
documents and other printed materials that document Kenyon L. Butterfield's
role in establishing and developing an educational program for women at
Massachusetts Agricultural College during his tenure as President, 1906-1924.
The bulk of the material here relates to securing Massachusetts legislative
approval of a program of "women's work" at the College; preparing adequate
facilities for female students (including Abigail Adams House, the first
women's dormitory); appointing the first Dean of Women; and supporting
women's work through the Advisory Council of Women. Other folders
deal with the Women's Committee on Food Conservation, formed during World
War I for the purpose of working with women's organizations throughout
the state to promote the efficient choice, use and preservation of food.
Kenyon Leech Butterfield (1868-1935), agricultural economist, rural sociologist,
and college president, received the B.S. degree from Michigan Agricultural
College (now Michigan State University) and the A.M. degree from the University
of Michigan. From 1906 to 1924 he was president of Massachusetts
Agricultural College, where he effectively established the College's first
academic program for women, with an emphasis on rural home life.
This program in "Women's Work" eventually led to the development of the
School of Home Economics.
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||Abigail Adams House
||Committee on Food Production: Women's Committee on Food Conservation
||Faculty Committees: Student Life
||Women's Program: General
||Women's Program: Advisory Council of Women