RAMI Domestic Science Department recipes
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.
- Creation: circa mid-1930s
- Sterling, Gertrude (Sheridan) (Person)
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.
1 Cubic Feet (Recipe box)
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.
This collection of recipes is arranged by categories.
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
Index cards have oxidized with age.
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in December 2012.
- Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (Organization)
- Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute -- Alumni and Alumnae (Organization)
- Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute -- Students (Organization)
- RAMI Domestic Science Department recipes
- RIT Archives
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 13 December 2012
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