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Helen Strow collection

Identifier: UA-17.443

Scope and Contents

The Helen Strow collection consists of records pertaining to educational and international developments in the home economics field. The bulk of the collection, dating from 1947 to 1989, includes field reports, pamphlets, unpublished papers, newsletters, photographs, and extensive correspondence relating to both international and regional home economics activities. The International and Historic Home Economics collection series contains reprints, newsletters, reports, and unpublished papers arranged by region and country of origin. The Instructional Materials series consists of pamphlets and reprints arranged by activities including food storage and sanitation. Correspondence is organized alphabetically by the correspondent's last name. Books and publications are arranged alphabetically by author and arranged as International References and Research Reports and Historic Record. A typical file in the collection may include a mimeograph of a document such as the final report of a seminar and its proceedings and may include a diagram of instructional materials.


  • Creation: 1947 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Helen Strow graduated with a B.S. degree in home economics in 1925 from Ohio State University and received a M.S. in textiles and clothing in 1931. Strow spent the years before World War II as a high school teacher and then as an extension specialist in Michigan.

With the outbreak of war, she focused her efforts on international home economics. During the war, Strow volunteered for the American Red Cross in England serving as a club director for the soldiers. When World War II ended, she acted as a home economics consultant in Germany and also helped with the Marshall Plan, the United States' first international development assistance program.

Helen Strow had the opportunity to observe and contribute to home economics educational programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. From 1956 to 1974, she served as an international extension specialist for the Federal Extension Service of the Department of Agriculture, completing special assignments in many developing countries. Strow continued her work from 1976 to 1989 when she served with the International Programs and the International Section of the American Home Economics Association.


11 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials




Spanish; Castilian


The collection is organized into five series: 1. International and Historic Home Economics Collection. 2. Instructional Materials. 3. Correspondence. 4. Books and Publications. 5. Photographs.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from 00171 to UA 17.443 to reflect Strow's connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley-Malone, January 2023



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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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