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Food Studies Online

Food Studies Online

Food Studies Online is a first-of-its-kind database, bringing together rare and hard-to-find archival content with visual ephemera, text, and video. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, and its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table.

Food, and its place in the study of culture, economics, business, politics, and the process of globalization cannot be overstated.

Alexander Street's new collection, Food Studies Online, is a first-of-its-kind database, bringing together rare and hard-to-find archival content with visual ephemera, text, and video. Food studies is a relatively new field of study, and its importance is felt in many major disciplines. It has social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political implications that reach far beyond what is consumed at the dinner table.

Who will use it? 

Food studies is interdisciplinary, but is of primary interest to social scientists and students of policy and business. Key themes and disciplines with extensive coverage represented include:

  • Marketing and Consumerism
  • Production and Technology
  • Food History
  • Food Movements
  • Culinary and Food Design
  • Food and Identity
  • Health
  • Policy
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • History

What's in it?

Food Studies Online will include 109,000 pages of primary archival materials, images, and secondary works, plus 115 hours of documentaries and series.  View the advisory board that helped create this collection.

Content highlights

 

National Archives - Records related to the school lunch program 1940-1973 - Government documents related to the US school lunch program in the mid-20th century. Documents include recipes used in school cafeterias, pamphlets about ending hunger in schools, and educational pamphlets on how to create healthful school lunches. Also includes factbooks with statistics of the national school lunch program in the 1950s.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Archives - WWII Food Campaign Files, 1941-1948 - Documents, pamphlets and posters from the government’s food campaigns during WWII, including the rationing campaign "No Point-Low Point," Food Fight for Freedom Campaign, Fat Salvage Campaign and Victory Garden Campaign. Documents. Full color posters show how campaigns were advertised. Includes packets of instructional materials for housewives who want to hold their own cottage meetings on conserving food during the war.

 

The Cheese Reporter

The Cheese Reporter (1929-2014) - Alexander Street is the only place to find the complete digitized run of The Cheese Reporter, a trade publication from Wisconsin that has been publishing about the dairy industry since 1928. Issues cover news and national trends in food safety, pricing, pasteurization, food policy, and agriculture.

 

Food Ephemera Collection - Over 5,000 pages of ephemeral materials from the turn of the century through the 1960s. The collection is made up of educational pamphlets from food production companies as well as food labels, food advertisements, and recipe books. Brands include Jello, Quaker Oats, Libby, Kellogg, and more. These materials give insight into the history of food and gender roles, foodways, food trends, food geography, and food and race. 


Additional text highlights       

  • Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness by Helena Norberg-Hodge (Lynne Reinner)
  • Feast: Why Humans Share Food by Martin Jones (Oxford University Press)
  • Food in Zones of Conflict by Paul Collinson and Helen Macbeth, editors (Berghahn)

Purchase options

Food Studies Online is an online video, archival, and text collection available to libraries and educational institutions worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights. No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet connection. Select individual films are available at the Alexander Street Store via online streams or DVD, as well as through PDA and EBA models. For more information, email sales@alexanderstreet.com. 

 
 
 

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