Nesbitt College of Design Arts records, 1894-1993

Drexel University Nesbitt College of Design Arts


8.75 linear feet.
The collection consists of records of Nesbitt College of Design Arts and its predecessor departments from as early as 1894. It includes annual reports submitted by the dean of the school to Drexel's president from the 1920s to the 1970s, as well as other administrative reports pertaining to the college and Drexel as a whole. The collection also includes photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, speeches, and materials compiled about the history of the college. Particularly noteworthy items include instructors' notebooks and recipe cards dating as early as 1895; a complete list of graduates from 1928 to 1993; biographical information on deans Grace Godfrey, Ardenia Chapman, and J. Michael Adams; and chronologies of the school from the founding of the Department of Domestic Economy through the 1970s.
Nesbitt College of Design Arts (also known as the Department of Domestic Economy, 1891-1894; Departments of Domestic Science and Arts, 1895-1914; School of Domestic Science and Arts, 1914-1922; School/College of Home Economics, 1922-1974; Nesbitt College of Design, Nutrition, Human Behavior, and Home Economics, 1974-1985; Nesbitt College of Design Arts, 1985-1998) had its origins at Drexel in the courses of study specifically intended for the education of women, such as cookery, millinery, dressmaking, and normal (teacher training) courses in each of these subjects. The curriculum expanded over the years to include domestic science, home economics, dietetics, applied arts, textile merchandising, and hotel management.
Portions of the collection may be restricted pending review; consult University Archivist,
Nesbitt College of Design Arts Records, Drexel University Archives.
Consult University Archivist regarding copyright restrictions.
See also UR 6.4, Student record books, for information on students in the Department of Domestic Science and Arts, 1892-circa 1915.
Inventory and container list available: consult University Archivist.

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