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Edna P. Amidon Papers, 1924-1979

Biographical Note:

Edna Phyllis Amidon (born 1895) was a leader in 20th century home economics education. After earning her MS in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1927, Amidon joined the Home Economics Education Service of the Federal Board for Vocational Education. There, she worked as a regional agent in the North Atlantic until 1938 when she replaced Florence Fallgatter as chief of the Service. Her tenure spanned the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war era--periods of growth and reorientation for the field of home economics. During this time she spoke and published actively in support of home economics education and, in 1945, founded the Future Homemakers of America (FHA). Amidon's professional interests were global and, in 1947, she participated in a U.S. War Department mission to assess the state of home economics in U.S.-controlled Germany. She also attended the 8th International Management Conference in Sweden (1947) and the International Seminar on Education and the Problems of Daily Living in France (1954).

In addition to numerous papers and articles, Amidon coauthored Learning to Care for Children with Dorothy Bradbury (1943) and served on the Committee on Education convened to produce "American Women: Report of the President's Commission on the Status of Women" (1963). She was also an active member of numerous professional organizations including Phi Upsilon Omicron, the American Vocational Association, and the American Home Economics Association. She received awards for her service from the American Vocational Association, the American Home Economics Association, the Federal Security Agency, and the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Amidon retired from the Home Economics Education Service in 1964 and relocated to Eugene, Oregon. She died in 1982.

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