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RAMI Domestic Science Department recipes

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0376

Scope and Contents

Recipe cards belonging to Gertrude Sterling, a Home Economics student at the Rochester Athenaeum during the 1930's. There are approximately 21 categories of recipes ranging from cakes, pastries, puddings, to pickling, meats, sauces and more. Most recipes are prepared for servings of 50 or more which was part of their training. Recipes are typed on 6 inch by 4 inch cards.

Dates

  • circa mid-1930s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Gertrude Sterling was a Domestic Science student at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) in the 1930's. According to her son, she was born in 1915 but they have no exact dates as to when she attended RAMI.

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.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet (Recipe box)

Language

English

Overview

Collection is approximately 250-300 recipe cards belonging to Gertrude Sterling, a Home Economics student at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI) during the 1930's. Recipes include cakes, pastries, puddings, pickling, and much more. Most of the recipes are for servings of 50 or more.

Arrangement

This collection of recipes is arranged by categories.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 173

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Pete Sheridan in April 2012. Accession number(s): 2012:016

Physical Description

Index cards have oxidized with age.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in December 2012.
Title
RAMI Domestic Science Department recipes
Subtitle
RIT Archives
Status
Published
Author
Jody Sidlauskas
Date
13 December 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

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