MS 502 - Grace Wagner Collection (Bowling Green, Ohio)
|Title||MS 502 - Grace Wagner Collection (Bowling Green, Ohio)|
The collection of material gathered by Grace S. Wagner was donated and transferred to the Center for Archival Collections after being acquired by John Sweeney at an estate sale in October 1987. The records, dating from 1925 to the 1940s consists primarily of printed items used during her tenure as the Home Demonstration Agent of the Agricultural Extension Service in Wood County, Ohio.
No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and described by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in June 2004.
Grace Swallow Wagner was born in Seattle, Washington around 1893. Educated at Colorado State College of Education and Columbia University, she served as the Home Demonstration Agent of the Wood County Agricultural Extension Service in Bowling Green, Ohio from September 1930 until she retired at the end of 1947. During this period she was recognized with a distinguished service award by the National Association of Extension Home Economists. Married to Ira G. Wagner, she lived in Phoenix, Arizona after her retirement and died on August 30, 1970.
|Scope and Content|
The Grace Wagner collection of materials does not include much of a personal nature, but through the printed material she gathered over the years it does reflect on the variety and depth of topical expertise expected in the work done by county Home Demonstration Agents working for the State Agricultural Extension Service. With her career spanning the years from 1930 through 1947 in Wood County, Ohio, Grace helped women adapt to the economic challenges of maintaining an efficient household through the depression and war years.
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