UK Animal Nutrition Laboratory

photo from the 1940's UK Animal Nutrition Laboratory

A story as old as the University itself, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) has no shortage of interesting anecdotes. And there is, perhaps, no better way to appreciate the legacy, and progress, of the College than to read through snapshots in time.

With the opening of the Fall 2021 term, CAFE shares its 1949-1951 bulletin for readers to appreciate through their own eyes.

Seventy years ago, the College was known as the “College of Agriculture and Home Economics.” Aside from its name, of course, student life was much different. For one, readers will notice an obvious lack of diversity throughout the bulletin’s photos. After all, it wasn’t until March 1949 that a federal judge ruled in favor of Lyman T. Johnson’s suit for admission to the University, and undergraduate classes would not be desegregated until 1954.

Areas of study were also very segregated by gender during the mid-twentieth century, and societal chauvinism is all too apparent in the publication. For example, page 32 explains how “to most college women, marriage and the ability to help make a successful home rank first among the real desires.”

Thankfully, today, we know the value of home economics extends to all identities.

The bulletin below is shared with this historical context and an appreciation for progress made over the past 70 years.

Those familiar with the College may notice: