President Kenyon L. Butterfield

    Selected Records Related to Women's Education at Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1906-1924

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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.

Biographical Note:

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.

Folders Available Online:

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Folder: Title: Dates:
view folder inventory 56 Abigail Adams House 1920
view folder inventory 75 Committee on Food Production: Women's Committee on Food Conservation 1917-1918
view folder inventory 119 Faculty Committees: Student Life 1922
view folder inventory 299-300 Women's Program: General 1910-1924
view folder inventory 301 Women's Program: Advisory Council of Women 1921-1923

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