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Accession 22

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

8,500 pieces, 4.25 linear feet



Historical Note

The South Carolina Home Economics Association (SCHEA) was organized in March 1914. The SCHEA was organized to help improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through fellowship, education, and service.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is a valuable source on home economics history in South Carolina during the twentieth century. While there is information on the SCHEA from its beginning in 1914 to 1980, the actual records do not start until 1920. An outline of what the South Carolina Home Economics Association was doing from 1914 to 1920, is provided in the “historical file” (see Box 1, folders 1 to 4). The inclusive dates for a particular series may vary and, for most series, the records are incomplete. The collection contains all the records normally created by an organization, including constitutions, correspondence, minutes, reports, handbooks, etc. A wide variety of research topics could be developed from the records, including the SCHEA’s impact on the legislative process in South Carolina (e.g. the passage of the bill for the enrichment of cornmeal and grits in 1943), its cooperation and relationship with relief agencies in the state and its role in improving child health during the 1930s.

Additional Notes

Transfer of items: The book Life of Ellen H. Richards by Carolina L. Hunt, SCHEA, 1958, has been transferred to Dacus Library (stacks), October 14, 1977.


The records of the South Carolina Home Economics Association were received by the Archives on May 20, 1975 from the SCHEA via Dr. Ruth Hovermale, representative of the SCHEA.


Home Economics, kindergarten, education, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), Women's History


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South Carolina Home Economics Association Records - Accession 22