Gertrude Sunderlin papers, 1939-1954 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Extent: 6.0 Mss. Boxes
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Scope and Contents: The Gertrude Sunderlin papers (1939-1954; 2.2 cubic feet) document the life and career of Gertrude Sunderlin, an early foods and nutrition professor at Purdue University. Much of the collection is comprised of theses written by Sunderlin’s students over the years that were based on experimental foods work. Many of the recipes developed from these experiments were subsequently published in magazines or extension publications and reflect Sunderlin’s larger impact on the development of convenience foods in the twentieth century. This influence is evidenced by Sunderlin’s correspondence with the various publishers. Also included in the collection is a selection of Sunderlin’s publications, ranging from papers developed from her thesis to works written over the course of her career. This collection would be particularly useful for researchers interested in food culture of the mid twentieth century, the development of convenience foods, and the influence of both Sunderlin and the early foods and nutrition program at Purdue. Although the collection does include some of Sunderlin’s publications and correspondence, the bulk of the collection focuses on her role as a mentor and educator, rather than her personal life. Researchers interested in other aspects of her life will find limited information in the collection. Types of materials include: correspondence, recipes, clippings, theses, etc. The papers are organized into two series.