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HON 101: Exploring Special Collections: Food Insecurity and Poverty

This online exercise showcases archival collections from the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. It is designed for use in HON 101 courses, as a virtual introduction to primary source research and archival materials.

About the Materials

Everything you need to know about the war on poverty - The Washington Post


These materials pertain to issues of food insecurity and nutrition from different parts of history. Two of them come from World War II: an example of a ration book, complete with stamps for different types of products, and the recipe book/diary of Prisoner of War Antonio M. Ulrich. This fascinating item was a project completed by American POW's who were basically starving in camps, and reminiscing about recipes and restaurants from home. There are also other materials related to food insecurity in rural communities.

- Record relevant information about the materials you looked at as a group. Include details like people, places, names, events, activities, etc.

- What knowledge do these materials provide about identity, community, and population, as well as how they are constructed? What is one thing you can conclude about these communities from the materials?

- Do you think these materials are important? Why were they kept or preserved?

- Is food insecurity still a threat in Kentucky today? What local or statewide initiatives exist to address the issue?


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Matthew Strandmark
110 M.I. King Library
UK Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506

Food Insecurity/Poverty materials