Monthly Archives: March 2011

Domestic Science & Domestic Arts

Home Economics

Home Economics

The Department of Domestic Science & Domestic Arts is turning 100 this year! Never heard of it? That’s because the department has had several names and moved about on the organizational chart a few times:

Domestic Science & Domestic Arts 1911-1913
Domestic Economy 1914-1923
Home Economics 1924-1969
Home Economics & Family Living 1969-1995
Consumer & Family Sciences 1995-2010
Family & Consumer Sciences 2011-present


A contract signed January 3, 1911 between the Peabody Foundation and the WKU Board of Regents formalized a grant of $2000 to create the department by April 4 of the same year.  Since then the department has been housed in the College of Education (1911-1969; 1981-2000), the now defunct College of Applied Arts & Health (1969-1981) and the College of Health & Human Services (2001-present).  The departmental records have been processed and three finding aids created reflecting the administrative changes over the last 100 years.

Some of the treasures housed in University Archives created by the department include the Book of Instructions in Domestic Science in Warren County Schools, 1912; Linkages, newsletter and photographs such as the one shown here of Evadine Parker and an unidentified student.  Let us know if you can identify her.

These and additonal records are available for researchers through our online catalog, KenCat and in the Harrison-Baird Reading Room of the Kentucky Library & Museum Monday – Saturday, 9 – 4.

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Cravens Library to remain closed Friday

It appears the power may not be restored until later Friday afternoon, so Cravens Library will remain CLOSED tomorrow and will reopen on Saturday from 10am-2pm and resume regular hours on Sunday.

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Ovid Nursing Full Text Plus and Ovid Nursing Database

nursingNew at WKU Libraries! Online full text access to 42 premier Lippincott nursing journals, including AJN, ANS, CIN, JONA, MCN, and many more. Visit the WKU Libraries Database page or the Research Guide for Nursing at to access.

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Cravens closed March 7-10

Due to planned power upgrade, Cravens library will be closed next week.
Helm library will remain open and the following changes will apply:
• A circulation desk will be setup at the JAVA CITY entrance in HELM for book checkout and returns.
• The Interlibrary Loan office in Helm 107 will be used for library obligations (i.e. fines, etc.) or if a book needs to be retrieved from Cravens Library for patrons.
Work will be going on in Helm so please exercise caution. Cravens library is tentatively scheduled to re-open Friday at 8am. Please call the reference desk with questions 745-6125.

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New Book Uses Special Collections Resources

Cale Young Rice & Alice Hegan Rice dine in Japan, 1905 (Ky. Library & Museum photo)

Cale Young Rice & Alice Hegan Rice dine in Japan, 1905 (Kentucky Library & Museum)

The Rice Collection of letters, scrapbooks and photos at WKU’s Special Collections Library has been extensively used in the research and writing of a new book about Shelbyville native and author Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942).  In Beyond the Cabbage Patch: The Literary World of Alice Hegan Rice (Butler Books, 2010), Mary Boewe chronicles the life and times of Alice and her husband, poet and dramatist Cale Young Rice.  As Boewe shows, Alice Hegan Rice’s novel Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch–a 1901 bestseller that became an “industry” in the manner of Harry Potter–was only one achievement in a life that encompassed authorship of more than two dozen books, exotic travel, and acquaintance with a wide circle of public and literary figures such as Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Watson Gilder, Ida Tarbell, Edith Wharton and Henry Watterson.

After a trip to Japan in 1905, Cale Young Rice included his impressions of the country in a poetic collection he published as Plays and Lyrics.  In a letter that is part of the Rice Collection, Cale’s fellow poet Madison Cawein praised his Japanese poems as truly representative of “the mystic spirit of the East.”  Cale’s travels and partnership with Alice were essential to his work; not only did the couple collaborate professionally, but Alice was unwavering in her support of his solo literary efforts.  As Boewe notes, the creator of Mrs. Wiggs–one of the great literary phenomena of the early 20th century–loyally contrasted her “potboilers” with her husband’s “true” artistry.

A finding aid for the Rice Collection at the Special Collections Library can be downloaded here.

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