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Home Economics Recipe Collection

Identifier: EUA094


This collection includes recipes that were taught to students in the 1960s-1980s taking Home Economics classes both at Elon College and Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina. Edith Brannock (Elon Class of 1939) was a member of the Elon College faculty and taught many of these classes (in both locations). The individual who taught with Edith at Williams High School was Mary Brannock Rouse (one of Edith's sisters). Mary Rouse graduated from Elon College in 1929. The collection includes both loose leaf pages of recipes and also a bound recipe book that each student taking the class was given. Many of the recipes in both formats overlap. For a listing of the recipes included on the loose leaf pages, please consult the section below titled "Detailed Description of the Collection."


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Edith Brannock was a student at Elon College from 1936 until 1939. She was a member of the Tau Zeta Phi sorority during her time at Elon. Ms. Brannock is a descendant of Rev. James O'Kelly, founder of the Christian Church, which subsequently founded Elon College. Both of Edith's parents were Elon graduates. Her father, Ned Faucette Brannock, graduated in 1899; and her mother, Loula York Brannock, graduated in 1898. Ned Brannock also served as the much-loved professor of chemistry at Elon for over 50 years. Following in her father's example, Edith taught home economics at Elon for 18 years.

Edith Brannock has continuously given her time and talents to the Elon community throughout her life. As a student, she was active in the home economics club. She also planned and hosted many social events for her sorority, Tau Zeta Phi. She was noted for giving a bridal shower in 1937 and helped arrange the 1938 Senior-Junior banquet. After graduating from Elon in 1939, Ms. Brannock stayed close to home and became a vocational home economics teacher with the Burlington and Alamance County public schools, where she taught for over 20 years. She joined the Elon faculty in the fall of 1962 as assistant professor of home economics and also briefly taught child psychology courses. But she didn't just teach home economics. Ms. Brannock applied her expertise in planning and hosting numerous social events for the college. She helped to make the Danieley's 1963 open house "one of the highly enjoyable social events of the winter season" (Maroon and Gold, January 18, 1963, pg. 2). Ms. Brannock was in charge of refreshments for the 1964 welcoming reception for Mrs. Margaret Sanford, wife of then-North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford. Ms. Brannock supported students both in and out of the classroom. In 1963 she volunteered to make an Elon College flag for the Student Government Association. She retired from the faculty in May of 1980 due to the phasing out of home economics courses.

After she retired from teaching, Ms. Brannock never ceased to support her alma mater. She has continued to actively serve as a member of the alumni association, especially in planning a number of successful gatherings. For instance, during the Homecoming 1999 celebrations, when Ms. Brannock "… got so many of her classmates together for their 60th reunion party that it was hard to find a seat" (Magazine of Elon, Winter 2000, p. 21).

Biographical / Historical

In 1913, Miss Bessie Urquhart organized the Home Economics department. After the 1923 fire, the department was located on the third floor of Alamance. There was a food lab, a dining-living room, a clothing lab, and a lecture room. The department was especially active in the 1950s. Students had opportunity to host tea parties and conduct experiments related to diet and nutrition. In 1964, the required courses were basic foods; meal preparation and service; selection and care of clothing; textiles and clothing construction; child development and home relationships; housing and home furnishings; nutrition; dietetics and home nursing; family economics and household equipment; home management; costume and design; and advanced clothing construction. Courses in biology, chemistry, home economic, physics, and sociology were also required. There was a course on household engineering, which one person said "seems to be the only course boys dare to enter." In 1970, the curriculum was revised under the Danieley administration. The Home Economics major was removed but several courses continued to be taught.

The practice house, more formally known as the Home Economic demonstration house, was the former Elon Community Church of Christ parsonage. The house was moved in 1960 from the corner of Williamson and Haggard Avenues to West College Avenue. As many as six Home Economic majors and one house mom could live, work, and study in the practice house for six weeks. The house was a supplement to the department located in Alamance. Most of the furniture was donated by Elon College alumni. During each week of training, residents practiced living on low, moderate, and high income levels. They would take turns serving as the hostess, the housekeeper, and cook. The students would host guests for meals to practice skills like hospitality. The students were instructed to have nutritional meals while using the budget of $0.90 per day. Mrs. Mary G. Butler was the faculty member in charge until 1962. She was succeeded by Miss Edith Brannock. On March 9, 1960, the Board of Trustees had lunch in the house.

The Household Arts club was formed in 1924 and transitioned to the Home Economics club in 1935. Miss Edith Brannock was the Vice President. The club was open to Home Economic and art students. Members had to take one home economics course, and the students met monthly. The program became affiliated with the American Home Economics Association in 1938. The same year, the Home Economics club was represented at the state convention in Greensboro. In 1941, Elon won the second prize at the Textile Fashion Show. compiled by Julia Mueller, Class of 2016


.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into nine series. The series are arranged alphabetically by categories of food outlined in the Table of Contents in the bound book that can be found in the Belk Library online catalog (call number 641.5 B735fr).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift. September 2013.

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Related Materials

Please consult with the Archives and Special Collections staff for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Physical Description

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections staff for further details about the location.

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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244