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Marie Dye papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.14

Scope and Contents

The papers document Dye's professional life and reflect her interest in Nutrition research, the teaching of Home Economics at the college level, and women's changing roles in contemporary American society. Included are speeches and manuscripts written by Dye, records relating to the College of Home Economics (later called Human Ecology), correspondence, notes, journal reprints, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. The records relating to the College of Home Economics consist primarily of fragments of her office files which remained with the official records of the college. Her correspondence discusses employment offers, awards, gifts to the university, and a manuscript entitled "History of Home Economics at the University of Chicago," which she wrote during her retirement. The journal reprints relate to research in Home Economics, particularly in Nutrition, while the newspaper clippings generally report on her colleagues at Michigan State University or Dye herself.


  • Creation: 1896 - 1973


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

Marie Dye (1891-1974) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from University High School there, and then attended the University of Chicago, completing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1914, 1917, and 1922, respectively. In 1923 she joined the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) faculty as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition. The following year she was promoted to Associate Professor, and in the 1930 became a full Professor and the Dean of the College of Home Economics. During her administration, research in Home Economics was initiated, the college was expanded and departmentalized, and is scope broadened. Upon her retirement in 1956, she moved to Winter Park, Florida.

A nationally known leader in Home Economics, she served as president of both the American and Michigan Home Economics Associations. She was also active in the American Dietetic Association, the Institute of Nutrition, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others, and received a number of honors including election to Phi Beta Kappa and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Michigan State University.

(Source: Press Release, April 20, 1972, Michigan State University Department of Information Services.)


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift from the estate of Marie Dye.

Related Materials

See also: College of Human Ecology records (UA 15.3)

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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