Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of History

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 85 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Gerald Zahavi

Committee Members

Dan S. White


food conservation, food history, Great War, home economist, New York, World War I, Food conservation, World War, 1914-1918

Subject Categories

History | Military History | United States History


This thesis examines the role of both private voluntary organizations like the Orange County Food Preservation Battalion as well as city- and state-sponsored organizations in food conservation efforts during World War I in New York state (1917-1919). Society women such as Orange County Food Preservation Battalion chairman Mrs. Theodore Bailey, in conjunction with professional home economists, played an important role early in the war effort in disseminating the patriotic pleas of Herbert Hoover and the U.S. Food Administration, but their efforts were later subsumed by state-run entities such as the New York State Food Commission. Using an unpublished scrapbook kept by Mrs. Bailey as well as newspapers, magazine articles, and published official reports of government commissions and committees, this thesis seeks to enumerate how and how effectively food conservation efforts in New York connected with ordinary people.