Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dietetics donation, or, minding our peas and carrots!

Our holdings in the history of dietetics was considerably strengthened today when Dorothy Hagen, outgoing director of the Dietetic Internship Program here at OHSU, stopped by to drop off a huge box of photographs, ephemera, and books on diet and nutrition.

Along with many, many pictures of students, faculty, and staff from the program, there are class lists, promotional pamphlets, and news clippings. Of the eleven books donated, only two duplicate holdings in the OHSU Library. Thanks to this donation, we now have the two updates to the 1972 The profession of dietetics: the report of the Study Commission on Dietetics, which were published in 1985 and 1994. These three volumes together will give researchers a strong basic understanding of the development of dietetics in America. We also received the 1951 text on Tropical nutrition and dietetics by Lucius Nicholls, and Dietetics for nurses by Fairfax T. Proudfit (what a fantastic name!).

As we mentioned in an earlier post, when Dorothy Hagen and Carolyn Ostergren together donated some materials related to the program, the Dietetic Internship at OHSU is the oldest on the West Coast. We are honored and delighted to be able to provide an even more comprehensive picture of its growth.

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