RIT Domestic Science apron, cooking cap, and bag

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for RIT Department of Domestic Science
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials
Bibliography

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Title
RAMI Domestic Science Department apron, cooking cap, and bag
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1905-1920
Abstract
Three items from the Department of Domestic Science and Art at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute: 1 apron, 1 cooking hat, and 1 drawstring bag.
Extent
0.75 Linear feet (1 Clamshell box)
Location
C.S. South, East wall, Shelf E75
Repository
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557
raswml@rit.edu
Language
English

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Historical Information for RIT Department of Domestic Science (Collapse)

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can trace its origins to the founding of the Rochester Athenaeum in 1829. After joining with several different Rochester institutions during the 19th century, the Athenaeum finally merged with the Mechanics Institute (founded in 1885) in 1891 to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). The first domestic science class was held on March 2, 1893; within months, the Department of Domestic Science and Art formally opened with courses in cooking, sewing, emergencies, hygiene, and home nursing. By 1899, the department had grown from 367 to 1,310 students with additional courses in millinery, laundry work, elementary chemistry, physiology, teaching methods, dressmaking, and home furnishing.

The department has continued to evolve throughout the Institute's history. By 1960, it was renamed the School of Food Administration and was part of the College of Business. In 1974, it became the Department of Food Administration, Hotel, and Tourist Industries Management. Currently, the department is part of the College of Applied Science and Technology.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

RIT Domestic Science apron and related objects contains 3 items: a cooking cap, apron, and drawstring bag. It is likely that the drawstring bag was made by a student in the program. The apron was made by student Alice Woodard, class of 1914. Domestic science students wore cooking caps, dresses, and aprons during classes such as home cookery, invalid cookery, and preservation of food. This particular cap was worn by Clara Preston Cole in 1919-1920. Cole was a student in the Department of Domestic Science.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection consists of three items.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute -- Students.
  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Department of Domestic Science.
  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.

Subject(s)

  • Home economics -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Women college students -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Genre(s)

  • Aprons (protective wear)
  • Bags (generic containers)
  • Hats

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Preferred Citation

RAMI Domestic Science Department apron, cooking cap, and bag, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID

RITArc.0255

Source of Acquisition

The cooking cap was gifted to the RIT Archives in October 1972 by Clara Preston Cole, a 1922 graduate of the Domestic Science department at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

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Bibliography (Collapse)

Image of the cooking hat and additional historical material related to the Department of Domestic Science in Past Meets Present: Recovering the History of Women at Rochester Institute of Technology, 1885-1945. Edited by Tina Olsin Lent, Becky Simmons, and Donna Rubin. [Rochester, N.Y.] : The Pathways Collective, 2009.

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