A Guide to the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records, 1922-2002 Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records Ms2008-032

A Guide to the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records, 1922-2002

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-032


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Processed by: Bryan Moll, Special Collections Student Assistant

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records 1922-2002
Physical Characteristics
14 containers; 7.2 cu. ft.
Administrative records of the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and its predecessor, the Virginia Home Economics Association, including minutes, membership lists, reports to the state legislature, convention programs, constitutions and bylaws, newsletters, and materials related to the Student Member Section.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records, Ms2008-032 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records were donated to Special Collections in 2002. Additional materials were donated in 2003.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records commenced in June, 2008 and was completed in August, 2008.

Biographical Information

The discipline of home economics was first conceptualized in the 1890s by Ellen Swallow Richard, who subsequently founded the American Home Economics Association (AHEA) in January 1909. Mary Ledger Moffett, Mary E. Dillard and Frances Sale began organizing the Virginia Home Economics Association (VHEA) later that year, with Mary E. Dillard becoming the first president in 1910. The VHEA functioned as an affiliate of the national branch in its mission, promoting individual, family and community well-being in Virginia.

The AHEA changed its name to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in 1994 in order to more accurately define the scope of the profession in general. The VHEA followed suit, becoming the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (VAFCS).

With its predecessor, the VAFCS has served Virginia as a source of practical knowledge about human growth and development, personal behavior, housing and environment, food and nutrition, apparel and textiles, and resource management. It has also influenced Virginia legislation pertaining to the family unit by disseminating information and lobbying. The VAFCS is currently (2008) headquartered in Amelia, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Records consist primarily of permanent records produced by the VAFCS administrations. Most of the materials date from approximately 1940 to 1990; however, some of the membership lists, convention programs and newsletters date back to the 1920s. There are several published histories included in the collection that trace the VAFCS to its inception in 1909. Most of the permanent records were accumulated at the executive office that had been located in Lynchburg. The collection contains such records as meeting minutes, membership lists, officer lists, reports, correspondence, annual convention programs, revised handbooks, published histories, constitutions and bylaws, and newsletters. On a smaller scale, similar records were kept for the Student Member Section (SMS), a subsidiary of VHEA comprised of college clubs.


The collection largely follows the original order in which it was received. The original folders had been grouped under headings, delineated by tabbed markers. These groupings have been preserved as 15 series, arranged by subject matter and material type. A sixteenth series was added for general materials that did not fit into any of the original categorizations. A small set of oversized materials completes the collection.

SERIES I: MINUTES, 1957-2001. This series includes minutes for significant meetings, including executive board meetings, executive council meetings, board of directors meetings and general assemblies of members.

SERIES II: MEMBERSHIP LISTS, 1922-1997. This series is comprised of lists of active members. Early lists document full name and town or county of residence. Beginning with the 1940s, most names have a corresponding mailing address as well. By 1965, all members were required to provide a full mailing address.

SERIES III: PRESIDENTS AND OFFICERS, 1958-2002. Lists of officers, naming state officers, college club/chapter officers, chairmen of district associations, chairmen of professional sections, chairmen of committees, including the convention committee, and news editors. As the VHEA expanded in size and scope, new positions were created along with new districts, professional sections, subject matter sections, and committees. Series III also contains a complete list of VHEA Presidents from 1910 to 1976. The President's Folder has papers that passed through the president's office between 1961 and 1971.

SERIES IV: SPECIAL REPORTS AND PROJECTS, 1921-2000. This series contains reports on the objectives and concerns of the VHEA. The Program of Work (POW) outlines broad annual goals and general plans of action throughout the history of VAFCS. Most of the folders are devoted to specific projects or reports intended to influence Virginia legislation or promote social issues that are of concern.

SERIES V: CORRESPONDENCE AND COMMUNICATIONS, 1961-1979. Series V contains letters and memos that the VHEA sent or received. "Correspondence" and "VHEA Correspondence" include a variety of subjects between the years 1961 and 1971. "AHEA Correspondence" contains letters and memos between the VHEA and the AHEA regarding a variety of subjects between 1969 and 1979. "AHEA Communications" contains announcements addressed to state officers from 1967 to 1969.

SERIES VI: ANNUAL REPORTS, 1947-1973. Series VI consists of regular internal reports as well as reports addressed to the AHEA from approximately 1960 to 1973. The annual reports regard a variety of subjects including the status of the local college chapter. This series also contains many committee reports. The treasurer's reports contain suggested and accepted fiscal year budgets from 1958 to 1973. The president submitted statements about VHEA progress and accomplishments in the form of an annual "president's message."

SERIES VII: CONVENTION PROGRAMS, 1929-2002. This series contains a complete record of VHEA annual convention programs. Every year officers, committee members and regular members met to review the accomplishments of the previous year and to introduce future goals and plans of action. The programs also provide lists of the names and titles of speeches and presentations, as well as complete lists of the presiding officers, chairmen of committees, and chairmen of district committees.

SERIES VIII: HANDBOOKS, 1954-1995. Series VIII contains various editions of the VHEA Handbook, intended to serve as a guide for presiding officers and chairs of committees and units. It consists mostly of protocol and duty descriptions for VHEA leaders, and is therefore the most significant source for outlining the day-to-day functions of the organization. Revised every few years, it also portrays the development of the VHEA.

SERIES IX: VHEA HISTORY, 1956-1985. This series contains secondary sources pertaining to the history of the VAFCS. The most significant of these is a small book written in 1956 by VHEA founder and director of home economics at Radford College, M'Ledge Moffett, entitled The Virginia Home Economics Association: A Resume of Its Historical Developments. It describes the initial push to integrate the study of Home Economics into higher education programs across the state, as well as other important events in VAFCS history. The file on Old Dominion Home Economics Association (ODHEA) contains officer lists from 1942 to 1966 when it merged with the previously segregated VHEA.

SERIES X: CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS: This series contains various copies of the constitution and bylaws, showing their development to 1970. The earlier copies are undated. The constitution and bylaws of the VHEA Student Member Section from 1967 are also included.

SERIES XI: VHEA DISTRICTS AND REGIONS, 1924-1986. This series shows the development of the VHEA system of regions. There were four regions in 1977, with another three added by 1983. Regions served as the program arm of VHEA. Under a separate leadership, each region assisted the implementation of programs handed down from the state administration. The series is organized by region and the folders contain correspondence between the regional leadership and the state leadership.

SERIES XII: NEWSLETTERS, 1926-2002. The newsletter for members contains articles concerning the business of the organization as well as articles about the family. The newsletter also serves as a bulletin about the activities of other related organizations.

SERIES XIII: VHEA CONVENTION, 1960-1968. This series consists of correspondence pertaining to the annual convention.

SERIES XIV: STUDENT MEMBER SECTION, 1958-1989. This series contains material pertaining to the VHEA Student Member Section (SMS), including individual college club membership lists and membership reports, financial reports, and copies of The College Echo, the SMS newsletter. It also contains all material related to the annual workshops conducted by the college clubs, which was one of the main events related to the VHEA College Chapter.

SERIES XV: VHEA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, 1954-1965. The Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to outstanding females who planned to pursue a college degree, often related to the study of home economics. This series contains the papers from the committees, winning applications, and news from the winners during and after college.

SERIES XVI: GENERAL VHEA RECORDS, 1948-1984. This series documents the AHEA 75th anniversary that occurred in 1983, a VHEA boutique that was held in 1968, and executive council meeting from 1970 to 1971. There is also a folder for historic Virginia brochures, VHEA letterheads, and a collection of photographs and newspaper articles from 1948 to 1949.

Related Material

Virginia Home Economics Association. Committee for the Standardization of Consumer Goods. Records, 1930-1936. Ms63-001.

Separated Material

Contents List

  • Box-folder 1-1-7
  • Box-folder 2-1-2
  • Box-folder 2-3-8
  • Box-folder 3-1-9
  • Box-folder 4-1-4
  • Box-folder 4-5
    List of presidents (1910-1976) n.d.
  • Box-folder 4-6
    President's folder 1961-1971
  • Box-folder 4-7-11
    Lists of officers 1958-2002
  • Box-folder 4-12
    Nominations for officers 1969-1970
  • Box-folder 4-13
    AHEA officer candidates 1960-1969
  • Box-folder 5-1
    VHEA vitae 1980-1985
  • Box-folder 5-2
    Photographs of officers and official functions 1964-1972
  • Box-folder 5-3
    "Old photographs and reports" 1921-1948
  • Box-folder 5-4
    "Special projects - state level" - status of women 1960-1967
  • Box-folder 5-5
    "Special projects - state level" - aging 1961-1962
  • Box-folder 5-6
    State projects 1968-1969
  • Box-folder 5-7
    Home economics education - State Dept. of Education 1980
  • Box-folder 5-8
    News coverage - program changes 1982-1983
  • Box-folder 5-9
    Scarf Fund Grant 1974-1981
  • Box-folder 5-10
    Convention exhibits 1978-1981
  • Box-folder 5-11
    Committee report, correspondence 1962-1963
  • Box-folder 5-12
    Program of Work 1954-1956
  • Box-folder 5-13
    Program of Work, VHEA 1970-2000
  • Box-folder 5-14-20
    Correspondence 1961-1969
  • Box-folder 6-1-2
    VHEA correspondence 1969-1971
  • Box-folder 6-3-4
    AHEA communications 1967-1969
  • Box-folder 6-5-6
    AHEA correspondence 1969-1971
  • Box-folder 6-7-8
    Annual reports 1967-1971
  • Box-folder 6-9-12
    Reports: subject matter sections, districts, etc. 1960-1967
  • Box-folder 6-13
    District V, VHEA secretary-treasurer 1964-1966
  • Box-folder 6-14
    Treasurer's reports 1958-1973
  • Treasurer's account books
    • 1957-1967
      [see Oversize Materials]
    • 1967-1982
      [see Oversize Materials]
    • Box-folder 6-15
  • Box-folder 7-1
    President's reports and messages 1947-1967
  • Box-folder 7-2-8
  • Box-folder 8-1
  • Box-folder 8-2
    Trial form 1954
  • Box-folder 8-3
  • Box-folder 8-4
  • Box-folder 8-5
  • Box-folder 8-6
  • Box-folder 8-7
  • Box-folder 8-8
VHEA HISTORY 1956-1984
  • Box-folder 8-9
    Old Dominion Home Economics Association merger 1979
  • Box-folder 8-10
    Assorted pamphlets 1981-1984
  • Box-folder 8-11
    "Books: history VHEA" 1984, n.d.
  • Box-folder 8-12
    The Virginia Home Economics Association: a résumé of its historical development, 1909-1956 by M'Ledge Moffett 1956
  • Box-folder 8-13
    History of college clubs 1960-1965
  • Box-folder 8-14
    Virginia colleges teaching home economics 1977-1985
  • Box-folder 8-15
    Constitution - development 1926-1973
  • Box-folder 8-16
    Constitution and bylaws - Student Member Section 1967
  • Box-folder 8-17
    Installation - College Chapter Section officers 1958
  • Box-folder 8-18
    VHEA regions 1924-1986
  • Box-folder 8-19
    Central 1978-1984
  • Box-folder 8-20
    Charlottesville 1984-1986
  • Box-folder 9-1
    Lynchburg 1984-1993
  • Box-folder 9-2
    Northern 1977-2000
  • Box-folder 9-3
    Richmond 1981-1991
  • Box-folder 9-4
    Western 197-1990
  • Box-folder 9-5
    Valley 1984-1988
  • Box-folder 9-6
    Southeast 1977-1994
  • Box-folder 9-7-11
  • Box-folder 10-1-2
  • Box-folder 10-3-12
    VHEA 1960-1971
  • Box-folder 11-1-2
    AHEA 1967-1968
  • Box-folder 11-3-9
    Workshops 1958-1969
  • Box-folder 11-10-11
    Students 1970-1989
  • Box-folder 12-1
    Constitution 1969-1996
  • Box-folder 12-2-3
    Membership applications 1966-1967
  • Box-folder 12-4-5
    Membership reports 1969-1971
  • Box-folder 12-6
    Echos and VHEA Newsletters 1960-1969
  • Box-folder 12-7
    College Club reports 1960-1967
  • Box-folder 12-8
    General materials 1975-1976
  • Box-folder 12-9
    Winning applicants 1956-1964
  • Box-folder 12-10
    News from winners 1957-1965
  • Box-folder 12-11
    Records, letters and rules 1954-1962
  • Box-folder 12-12
    Reports and history, members of committees 1955-1962
  • Box-folder 12-13
    75th anniversary commemorative calendar 1983-1984
  • Box-folder 13-1
    Certificate of appreciation to 75th anniversary contributors 1984
  • Box-folder 13-2
    VHEA boutique 1968
  • Box-folder 13-3
    Letterhead, bag, pins n.d.
  • Box-folder 13-4
    Newspaper clippings and photographs 1948-1949
  • Box-folder 13-5
    Executive council meetings 1970-1971
  • Box-folder 13-6
    Historic Virginia advertisements 1969
  • Box-folder 13-7
    General materials 1944-1967, n.d.
    • "Initiation Service for Buffalo State Teachers College Graduating Seniors" 1944
    • Affiliation and membership applications 1961
    • Publication and merchandise price lists and order forms 1964, n.d.
    • "Women in the Labor Force, 1925-1970" - commentary of Joan Rucker 1965
    • VHEA budget worksheet 1965-1967
    • AHEA parenting education posters n.d.
      Physical Location: [see Oversize Materials]
      [3 items]
    • Biographical sketch of Dr. A. June Bricker n.d.
    • "Guides for State College Club Advisers" n.d.
    • Lists of VHEA districts and AHEA regions n.d.
Box: 14
  • Treasurer's record book 1973-1975

    [from Series VI]

  • Treasurer's record book 1982-1989

    [from Series VI]

  • AHEA parenting education posters n.d.
    [3 items]

    [from Series XVI]