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Roxana Ruth Ford papers, 1939-1975

Summary Information
Title: Roxana Ruth Ford papers
Dates: 1939-1975
Creator: Ford, Roxana Ruth, 1910-1998
Extent: 4 boxes Extent: (2.0 linear feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: 720
Collection contains the papers of Roxana Ruth Ford, associate director of the School of Home Economics at the University of Minnesota.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Collection was deposited in University Archives in 1975.

Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Roxana Ruth Ford papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Preferred Citation:

Roxana Ruth Ford papers, University of Minnesota Archives.


The collection is arranged into nine series: Personal, Articles and publications, Speeches, Committees, Conferences, Organizations, School of Home Economics, Research, Studies.

Biographical Sketch of Roxana Ruth Ford (1910-1998)

Roxana Ruth Ford was born on July 14, 1910 in Flat Rock, Illinois. She earned her B.S. in 1930 and M.S. in 1940 from Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas. She received her Ph.D. in 1949 from Iowa State University. She joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as assistant professor of home economics education in 1947. She was appointed to assistant director of the School of Home Economics in 1959 and associate director in 1967. Dr. Ford retired from the University of Minnesota in 1975.

Dr. Ford's emphasis was on home economic education, specifically adult education for practicing and non-practicing home economists. She also assisted in developing the University's home economics curriculum. Dr. Ford was active in professional associations including serving as president of the Minnesota Home Economics Association and the Minnesota Vocational Association. She died November 13, 1998 at the age of 88.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, committee and organization files, data and working papers for research projects and clippings and printed matter relating to home economics education, Professor Ford's career and her professional activities. Papers relating to the American Home Economics Association, the American Vocational Association, Phi Upsilon Omicron and to curriculum of the University of Minnesota School of Home Economics are also included in the collection.

Related Material

Home Economics Education papers

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Ford, Roxana Ruth, 1910-1998 -- Archives
  • American Education Association of the U.S.A.
  • American Home Economics Association
  • American Vocational Association
  • Minnesota Vocational Association
  • University of Minnesota. College of Home Economics
  • University of Minnesota. Faculty Women's Dining Club
  • University of Minnesota. Office of International Programs
  • Adult education
  • Home economics -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Mexican Americans -- Minnesota
  • People with disabilities
Detailed Description of Collection
 Location  Title
Box 1
Personal Data, undated, 1951-1975 Box 1, Folder 1
Note Includes newspaper clippings; biographical information; letter of appointment to Graduate School faculty, 1956; reports on leaves of absence; job offers from other colleges and universities; Horace T. Morse - Standard Oil Award, 1968; appointment to Advisory Council for Vocational Education by Governor LeVander, 1968; correspondence.
Faculty Quarterly Reports, 1947-1971? Box 1, Folder 2
Note Reports of Dr. Ford's professional activities, biographical information.
Articles and Publications  
Box 1
Lists of publications, 1949-1965 Box 1, Folder 3
M.S. thesis, undated Box 1, Folder 4
Note Carbon copy; no title.
Published and unpublished articles (listed chronologically), undated, 1947-1962 Box 1, Folder 5
"The Organization and Administration of the Adult Homemaking Program," undated. 
"Teacher Educations; Report of a New Procedure in the Home Economics Education Section," undated 
"Evaluating Our Adult Programs," October 13, 1949 
Note Written for Iowa newsletter.
"The Development and Use of Evaluative Criteria for Adult Education in Homemaking in the Public Schools with Special Reference to Iowa," Journal of Home Economics, November 1950. 
Note Abstract of doctoral dissertation.
"Inservice Education," January 18, 1951. 
Article on dedication of Home Economics building written for The Candle , [1952] 
"Arranging Adult Homemaking Program," published in Journal of Home Economics, October 1953. 
"Home Economics Education for Out-of-School Youth and Adults," American Vocational Association, November 1954. 
"Home and Family Life Education," Agricultural Education, (Chapter III), October 1956. 
"Our Homemaking Teachers: What Are They Like?," written for Minnesota Farm and Home Science, 1962. 
Untitled articles, undated, 1947-1957. 
Box 1
Talks to Legislature, [1968?], 1971 Box 1, Folder 6
Miscellaneous speeches  Box 1, Folder 7
Speech on "Some Pertinent Findings Concerning Attitudes of Homemaking Teachers Toward Children," April 26, 1962. 
Speech on highlights of AHEA Convention, August 24, 1962. 
Speech to Extension Students on "New Directions in Home Ec.," undated. 
Box 1
AHEA (American Home Economics Association) Technical Consultant Committee for Journal of Home Economics, 1956, 1963-1966 Box 1, Folder 8
Note "A Guide for Editors, and Advisory Committee for Publications and Advertising," minutes of April 18-19, 1963 meeting, correspondence.
AVA (American Vocational Association), Home Economics Research Committee, 1952-1953 Box 1, Folder 9
Note Correspondence re developing bulletin on family centered teaching in secondary schools, 1952, committee report.
Committee on Research in Home Economics, Research Section, Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities, 1956 Box 1, Folder 10
Note Report submitted by Subcommittee on Home Economics Education.
NAPSAE (National Association of Public School Adult Educators), Research Committee, 1960 Box 1, Folder 11
Note Correspondence, report on "Practical Research Possibilities in Adult Education."
Box 1
AHEA (American Home Economics Association). Professional Improvement Record Committee, 1974-1975 Box 1, Folder 12
Note Guide for State Professional Improvement Record with correspondence and minutes.
AVA, State Conference on the Status of Women (Committee on), 1963 Box 1, Folder 13
Note Correspondence, announcement from Center for Continuation Study, brochures.
MEA (Minnesota Educational Association), Committee on Higher Education, 1963 Box 1, Folder 14
Note Correspondence, minutes, letter, Nov. 7, 1963 to MEA president from LaVern Freeh offering U of M as meeting site.
MVA (Minnesota Vocational Association), Historical Committee, 1971-1973 Box 1, Folder 15
Note List of past presidents, 1927-1957; correspondence; minutes.
MVA. Permanent Convention Committee, 1967 Box 1, Folder 16
Note Minutes, correspondence.
Box 1
Advisory Committee on Selection of a Successor to Dean Macy, 1963 Box 1, Folder 17
Note Correspondence, newspaper clipping.
Advisory Screening Committee: Selection of Director of Ag. Experiment Station, 1966 Box 1, Folder 18
Note Correspondence; minutes of July 8, 1966 meeting; list of qualifications for director; "Responsibilities and Opportunities of the Agricultural Experiment Station;" letter submitting name of William F. Hueg, Jr., for consideration.
Department of Agricultural Short Courses, Steering Coordinating Committee, 1962-1963 Box 1, Folder 19
Note Correspondence; minutes; proposal for a program to replace Farm and Home Week, 1963? (Material deals specifically with study to identify scope, role and nature of short courses in the Institute of Agriculture).
Faculty Summer Research Appointments, Committee on, 1959-1962 Box 1, Folder 20
Note Correspondence, minutes, 1959 Report on Summer Faculty Research Appointments with an alphabetical list of appointments from 1946 to 1959; policies governing faculty research appointment (1961).
Box 2
Screening Committee: Single Quarter Leaves, 1966-1969 Box 2, Folder 21
Note Correspondence, memorandum on procedures for the All-University Selection Committee on faculty single quarter leaves.
Senate Committee on Academic Standing and Relations, Subcommittee on Relationships with Other Institutions, 1971 Box 2, Folder 22
Note Announcements of meetings, agenda, minutes, correspondence.
Summer School Committee, 1970-1973 Box 2, Folder 23
Note Correspondence, minutes.
Conferences, National  
Box 2
AEA-US (Adult Education Association of the U.S.A.) - NAPCAE Conference on Adult Education in Home Economics, November 16-20, 1972 Box 2, Folder 24
Note Correspondence, program draft.
AHEA (American Home Economics Association) Nebraska Workshop, on Auxiliary Personnel in Home Economics, October 19-22, 1969 Box 2, Folder 25
Note Announcement, agenda, list of participants and speakers, material on Minnesota Home Economics Association Workshop on same topic.
Centennial Conference on College Teaching, April 17-19, 1958 Box 2, Folder 26
Note Program roster of conference participants, paper by Marjorie Carpenter, Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri.
Box 2
AVA, 1952-1968? Box 2, Folder 27
Note Material re Senate Bill S.3271 on the extension and improvement of vocational education, copy of bill.
Delta Kappa Gamma, 1939-1942 Box 2, Folder 28
Note Constitution and by-laws, information circular, membership certificate and card for Dr. Ford.
Gamma Sigma Delta, 1969-1973 Box 2, Folder 29
Note History, correspondence (including Dr. Ford's election to membership).
J.C. Penney Company - Consultant, 1972-1974 Box 2, Folder 30
Note Correspondence, general information.
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), 1967 Box 2, Folder 31
Note Correspondence.
Omicron Nu, undated, 1958-1973 Box 2, Folder 32
Note Constitution, by-laws, correspondence, programs, membership lists.
Phi Delta Kappa Reviews, 1961-1968 Box 2, Folder 33
Note Correspondence and material from School Research Information Service.
Phi Kappa Phi, 1950 Box 2, Folder 34
Note Correspondence re Dr. Ford's election to membership.
Phi Upsilon Omicron, undated, 1952-1975 Box 2, Folder 35
Note By-laws; history; correspondence; material on international study and travel scholarships including 1967 "Proposal for Home Economics Intercultural International Involvement" and articles by Gertrude Esteros, "Minnesota/Intercultural-International Focus on Home Economics," reprinted from J.H.E . Vol. 61, No. 4, April, 1969; report by O. Meredith Wilson at Nov. 11, 1964 Land Grant Annual Meeting, "British and American Education - Can We Have the Best of Both Worlds?"
Phi Lambda Theta, 1959-1973 Box 2, Folder 36
Note Constitution and by-laws, programs, information brochures, correspondence.
Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation Center Workshop, sponsored by the Regional Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, 1965 Box 2, Folder 37
Note Program, summary report.
Box 2
MHEA (Minnesota Home Economics Association), 1962-1975 Box 2, Folder 38
Note Handbook of MHEA, correspondence.
Minnesota Vocational Association (MVA), 1946-1974 Box 2, Folder 39
Note Constitutions, 1946 and 1952; material on vocational education in Minnesota, committees and MVA conventions.
Box 2
Faculty Women's Dining Club, St. Paul Campus, undated, 1966-1972 Box 2, Folder 40
Note Correspondence, memo on future of dining club (appendix C of 1966 memos).
Box 3
Office of International Programs, Faculty Seminar, 1966 Box 3, Folder 41
Note Seminars on Economic Development and Human Ecology, correspondence, programs for 3 sessions, paper by Richard Adams, "An Anthropologists Study of Development," other articles.
School of Home Economics  
Box 3
Audio Tutorial Facility for Textile Science, 1967-1968 Box 3, Folder 42
Note Proposals, estimates, blueprint.
Core Studies Program, undated, 1962-1971 Box 3, Folder 43
Note Background information; report entitled "Core Studies Program, 1966-1980," by L. Lund and N. Gallagher; Course and program outlines.
Cores Studies Program, alternate to, 1971 Box 3, Folder 44
Note Correspondence, proposals for alternate program.
General Home Economics Program, 1965-1975 Box 3, Folder 45
Note Curriculum proposals; number of Bachelor's degrees conferred by school, 1965-1971; program analysis, 1973, 1975.
Graduate Professional Improvement Program, Extension Courses, 1964-1969 Box 3, Folder 46
Note Correspondence especially requesting information about extension courses.
Planning Review Seminar (for students and staff in College of Home Economics), 1975 Box 3, Folder 47
Note Memos, program.
Teacher, Graduate Fellowships  Box 3, Folder 48
Note Letter explaining program, proposals for 1966-1968, and 1969-1971 which include biographical information on instructional staff in Home Economics and others involved in program and brief description of department.
Box 3
Proposed research, undated, 1958-1959 Box 3, Folder 49
Research needed, undated Box 3, Folder 50
Note Outlines for research esp. in field of adult education.
Note These are arranged alphabetically. Some studies have been published and are found in the Lists of Publications.
Box 3
Adult Education Program in Minnesota, Study, 1951 Box 3, Folder 51
Note Outline of study; article entitled, "Opinions Regarding the Program of Adult Education in Homemaking under the Direction of the Public School," Minnesota Journal of Education , May 1951; sample questionnaires.
Adult Education Study by Joan Nelson Olson (probably a student), 1957 Box 3, Folder 52
Note Data, charts, "A summary of a study of Minnesota student teachers' reactions toward teaching homemaking to adults," and "A Pilot Study of Some Illinois Student Teachers' Reactions Toward Teaching Homemaking to Adults."
Advisory groups in Adult Education, Study, 1949 Box 3, Folder 53
Note Outline of study, study results, sample questionnaires.
Analysis of Use Made of Materials Sent to Adult Education Teachers, 1947-1948 Box 3, Folder 54
Note Outline of study, summary of responses to card survey, suggestions made by teachers for conference topics.
Central Regional Study Group, 1961-1962 Box 3, Folder 55
Note Outline for study; data; Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory Study; "Cooperative Research in Home Economics Education," J.H.E . V.54, no.2, Feb. 1962; "Attitudes of Home Economics Teachers' Toward Children," J.H.E. V.54, no.6, June 1962.
College Home Experience Program Study, 1953 Box 3, Folder 56
Note Outline of study, report, outline of suggestions for making college home experience program more available to students.
Feasible procedures in identifying homemaking problems, 1952? Box 3, Folder 57
Note Typewritten manuscript (77 pages), sample questionnaire.
F.H.A. (Future Homemakers of America) Study, 1965 Box 3, Folder 58
Note Sample questionnaires, list of F.H.A. Chapters by districts, raw data, report. (Study was conducted by a senior home economics student under Dr. Ford's direction.)
Home Economics in Homemaking, Meetings on Current Developments in Home Economics, Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 6, 1962 Box 3, Folder 59
Note Completed questionnaires, letter to editor of J.H.E. re purpose of meetings.
Box 4
Home Experience, 1954 Box 4, Folder 60
Note Guidelines for teachers in helping students select home projects; report entitled "Suggestions for Home Experiences developed by Workshop Participants," under the direction of Roxana Ford, undated, questionnaire results.
Homemaking Problems of Blind Homemakers, 1959-1960, 1965 Box 4, Folder 61
Note Newspaper articles and news releases re study; article entitled "Homemaking Responsibilities of the Blind," MVA Viewpoints , March 1960; report, 1965
Homemaking Problems Recognized by Minnesota Homemakers, undated Box 4, Folder 62
Note Outline of study, report.
How Do You Feel About Teaching?, 1957 Box 4, Folder 63
Note Typewritten draft, published article, sample questionnaire and questionnaire results.
Mexican Area Study, St. Paul, 1949 Box 4, Folder 64
Note Reports of students' observations.
Northeast Neighborhood Area Home Study, 1947-1948 Box 4, Folder 65
Note Statement on project and its purpose, questionnaires, reports, brochure on adult activities at North East Neighborhood House.
North St. Paul Exploratory Study, 1959-1960 Box 4, Folder 66
Note Exploratory study of the effective use of a shortened period (47 minutes) in homemaking classes in North St. Paul, course procedure outlines, analysis of equipment arrangements in classrooms.
"Problems of Beginning Home Agents in Carrying on a Program of Adult Homemaking Education," 1951 Box 4, Folder 67
Note Articles, questionnaire.
Radio Consumer Series, Study, undated Box 4, Folder 68
Note Questionnaire results, comments on series.
Report of a Study in Progress in Adult Homemaking, [1949?] Box 4, Folder 69
Sears Study on "Employment Opportunities for Mature Home Economists," 1968-1969 Box 4, Folder 70
Note Report, brochures on seminar; letter to Drs. Stedman and Lund re proposals derived from refresher education survey, February 19, 1968.
Some Problems of Teachers in Directing Programs of Adult Homemaking Education, [1951]  Box 4, Folder 71
Note Report, (outline of study), draft of paper on problems of teaching adult homemaking (undated).
Task analysis study, 1974? Box 4, Folder 72
Note Letter discussing a handbook for vocational instructors proposed by the Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational Education, a table of contents and explanation of sections in handbook.
"Emphasis Needed in the Teaching of Household Equipment at the Secondary Level," 1962-1964 Box 4, Folder 73
Note Articles and drafts of articles, correspondence re publishing; (student conducted by Lydia Inman, Ph.D. candidate, under Dr. Ford's direction.)