Skip to main content

West Virginia University, Extension Service, Records Related to World War II Activities and Other Material

Collection Number: A&M.5220

Scope and Contents

Records of the Extension Service of West Virginia University. The records relate to the work of the Extension Service with the tourist home program, 1930-1933, and West Virginia women’s efforts on the home front during World War II effort. War efforts include food preservation and conservation education and training including measures and programs such as annual food conservation schools for home economists with companies and agencies; the coordination of the Neighborhood Leaders program for farm families; women’s farming including the Women’s Farm Army through the Farm Women’s Bureau and Farm Women’s Clubs; and a mattress making program to use excess cotton. A few miscellaneous documents briefly touch on the history of the Extension Service as well as its wide range of activities.

World War II era Extension Service materials include the correspondence of home extension agents; program pamphlets and brochures; U.S. Department of Agriculture information sheets on a number of issues supporting these programs; a few photographs; reports and data by county for all programs; and directives and guidance from the federal government for all programs. In addition to correspondence to and from longtime Home Extension Demonstration Leader Gertrude Humphreys, the collection contains the booklets and other materials inscribed by Anna Boggs of Mineral County and the papers and correspondence of Katherine Stump who coordinated the Mountain State Tourist Home cooperative.

The collection is divided into 6 series:

Series 1. Tourist Homes (Boxes 1 and 3), 1924-1954; bulk dates 1930-1933
Series 2. Food Preservation (Boxes 1-3), 1938-1948
Series 3. Neighborhood Leaders (Box 2), 1942-1944
Series 4. Farm Women’s Bureau and Clubs (Boxes 2-3), 1923-1996; bulk dates 1941-1945
Series 5. Mattress Making (Box 2), 1940-1949; bulk dates 1940-1941
Series 6. West Virginia University Extension Service Materials, Mostly War Effort (Boxes 2-3), 1939-1966


  • 1908-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1941

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.


2.5 Linear Feet (2 ft. 6 in. (2 record cartons, 15 in. each))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Separated Materials

Brochure to Printed Ephemera Collection: "Farm Families in War or Peace" by Extension Service of West Virginia University, ca. 1941-1945.
West Virginia University, Extension Service, Records Related to World War II Activities and Other Material, ca. 1930-1950
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US