Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers

Dr. Hazel K. Stiebeling, circa 1930s.

Introduction

The Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers span the period from 1919 to 1990. The collection includes articles pertaining to nutrition research, Dr. Stiebeling’s work and career highlights, along with publications by some of her colleagues in the nutrition field. The collection also includes photographs of agricultural research staff, nutrition professionals, and Dr. Hazel Stiebeling throughout her life and career. The Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers span the period from 1919 to 1990. The collection includes articles pertaining to nutrition research, Dr. Stiebeling’s work and career highlights, along with publications by some of her colleagues in the nutrition field. The collection also includes photographs of agricultural research staff, nutrition professionals, and Dr. Hazel Stiebeling throughout her life and career.

The collection occupies 2.0 linear feet and is housed in two boxes. The materials are in fair to good condition. There are no restrictions on the use of these materials for research. However, some materials are fragile and may require staff assistance in order to view them.

Sara Lee, Special Collections archivist, partially described and arranged this collection in 2004. In 2018, Valerie Linsinbigler, Special Collections intern, completed inventorying, arranging, and describing the collection.

Historical Sketch

Hazel Katherine Stiebeling (1896-1989) became the head of USDA’s Section of Food Economics in 1930. During her career, she pioneered the application of sample survey methods to national nutrition problems in order to understand the food habits of population groups. In the 1930s, she helped devise an emergency plan for feeding the victims of severe droughts in the southern United States. Her research and interest in diet deficiencies in the United States led to the development of school lunch programs, as well as programs promoting the increased consumption of milk, fresh fruit, and green vegetables.

Dr. Stiebeling became Chief of USDA’s Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics in 1944. She served as Director of Home Economics Research from 1953 to 1957, then as Director of the Institute of Home Economics from 1957 to 1961. She was the Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service from 1961 until her retirement in 1963.

The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees throughout her career, Dr. Stiebeling earned bachelor’s (1919) and master’s degrees (1924) in nutrition from Columbia University Teachers’ College. She completed her Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia in 1928.

Scope and Content Note

The Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers consist of articles on nutrition, articles written by or about Dr. Hazel Stiebeling, biographies of other nutrition professionals, awards and honors received by Dr. Stiebeling, a family history, and a compilation of biographical and autobiographical materials about Dr. Stiebeling assembled by Deborah Parry Dale in 1989. The collection also includes photographs of Dr. Stiebeling, significant events during her career, and award ceremonies. There are also a few photographs and color slides of agricultural research staff and other nutrition professionals.

Container List

Box Title/Description Date(s)
1 Biographical sketch of Charles Ford Langworthy reprinted from The Journal of Nutrition, volume 86 1965
1 “Report by the Technical Commission on Nutrition on the Work of Its Third Session.” Bulletin of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations, volume VII, extract number 8. 1937
1 Report: League of Nations, Third Annual Meeting of National Nutrition Committees 1939
1

“Nutritional Engineering.” Reprints from The Journal of the Franklin Institute, volume 238.

I: Agriculture and Human Nutrition

II: The Nutritional Improvement of Life

III: Use of Food and Food-Production Resources

IV: From Wartime Situations to Peacetime Policy

1944
1 “Nutrition and Food Management: Report of the Technical Committee on Nutrition and Food Management, submitted to the United Nations Interim Commission on Food and Agriculture, April 9, 1945.” 1945
1 Publications on nutrition by Henry C. Sherman 1941, 1946, undated
1 “Women in Public Office.” Booklet of biographical sketches published by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs 1944-1947
1 “Nutritive Content of Homemakers’ Meals: Four Cities, Winter, 1948.” USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 112 1948
1 Biographical notes of Gove Hambidge 1956
1 Articles on nutrition by Hazel K. Stiebeling 1936-1958
1 USDA offer of employment letter to Hazel K. Stiebeling 1930
1 Letters of recognition to Hazel K. Stiebeling 1946, 1958
1 “Nutritional Status, U.S.A.” California Agricultural Experiment Station, Bulletin 769. 1959
1 Clippings and correspondence related to The President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service 1959-1973
1 Clippings of articles about Hazel K. Stiebeling 1937-1963
1 “A Compendium of Nutritional Status Studies and Dietary Evaluation Studies Conducted in the United States, 1957-1967.” Reprint from The Journal of Nutrition, supplement 1, part II, volume 99, number 1. 1969
1 “Food Guides – Their Development and Use.” Nutrition Program News (USDA newsletter) 1970
1 Presentations from the Columbia University Teachers’ College Conference on Education in Nutrition 1974
1 United States Objectives in FAO 1976
1 Awards and honors received by Hazel K. Stiebeling 1943-1982
1 “Women Scientists in USDA” by Vivian Wiser 1983
1 Hazel Katherine Stiebeling biographical information 1943-1989
1 Compilation of biographical and autobiographical material on Dr. Hazel Katherine Stiebeling, by Deborah Parry Dale 1989
1 Book on the Stiebeling family history 1980, 1990
1 History of USDA human nutrition research Undated
1 “Historical Outline of Food and Nutrition Research in the Department of Agriculture from W. O. Atwater to 1976” 1976
1 Byron T. Shaw biographical information Undated
2 Portraits of Hazel K. Stiebeling 1919-1977
2 Group photographs – Agricultural Research Service and Extension Service 1940s
2 Borden Award 1943
2 American Home Economics Association (AHEA) 40th birthday 1949
2 USDA Distinguished Service Award 1952
2 Agricultural Research Administration dinner (with President Dwight D. Eisenhower) 1953
2 Mary Marshall and Dr. Madelyn Womack (color slides) 1957
2 President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service 1959
2 Hazel Stiebeling at work 1959
2 Dr. Stiebeling’s retirement 1963
2 Chaplain’s Award 1975
2 Dr. Louisa Stanley Undated
2 Food and Nutrition Board, National Research Council/National Academy of Science Circa 1943-1944
2 Top administrators in USDA during World War II Circa 1940s