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Inez M. Hobart papers

Identifier: ua-00734

Scope and Content

The papers in this collection deal exclusively with Inez Hobart's work as extension nutritionist for SERA during the 1930s. Most of the papers are broad in nature and cover many of the nutrition programs sponsored by SERA from 1932 to1942. In addition, materials relating specifically to the hot school lunches SERA project are included with this collection. Old photographs showing the first hot school lunch served in Minnesota (1910) can also be found with the materials regarding the hot school lunch program.


  • Creation: 1910-1942
  • Creation: (bulk 1932-1936)


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Inez M. Hobart (b. 1885)

Inez Hobart, state nutrition specialist and associate professor in home economics, was associated with the University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service 1923/1924-1954. During the depression in the 1930s, the Minnesota State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA), in cooperation with the Agricultural Extension Division of the University, studied nutritional problems. The findings of these studies were used by SERA to distribute food to people on the relief rolls, in the initiation of such projects as the hot school lunches for children and in reorientation programs designed to change the inadequate food habits of people in general. Inez Hobart served as extension nutritionist for SERA and took an active interest in the nutrition research projects and assisted in organizing relief agencies all over the state of Minnesota.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger)


Collection consists of the papers, scrapbooks, photographs, reports and memos of Inez M. Hobart, associate professor of home economics at the University of Minnesota.


The materials are arranged in original order, except for the loose papers in folders 2 and 3. These are arranged in chronological order.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in December 1954.

Inez M. Hobart papers, 1910-1942
Archives Staff; revised by Karen Spilman
January 2005
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Language of description note
Finding aid written English

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