ICN Child Nutrition Archives

Supporting Child Nutrition Professionals



The Child Nutrition Archives (CNA) at the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) was funded by Congress in 2003. The CNA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available to researchers materials related to federally assisted child nutrition programs. For the convenience of on-site researchers, the Archives reading room is open weekdays during regular business hours, and staff members are available to assist researchers as needed. Upon request, the Archives staff will conduct limited research into the collections for off-site patrons.


The CNA manuscript collections contain multiple elements of child nutrition operations, including government documents, correspondence, regulations, production records, training materials, recipes, newspaper and magazine clippings, lunch tickets and tokens, and other school foodservice related items. Full inventories of many of the collections are posted on the ICN website.


The CNA has more than 20 photograph collections containing thousands of scanned images documenting the history of child nutrition programs. One of the signature collections, the Earnestine Camp Collection, contains more than five hundred photographs representing five decades of Ms. Camp’s career in Arkansas’s child nutrition programs. Many of the government collections, such as Records of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1900 – 1959 and 1960 – 1975; Records of the Extension Service; School Milk; etc., are only available at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the ICN website.


The Oral History Project was created to capture and preserve the stories of past and present child nutrition professionals who have dedicated their careers to serving the nation’s children. Approaching 300 in number, the interviews are transcribed and posted online. State agency personnel; program directors, managers, cooks, and line staff; past presidents of the School Nutrition Association; USDA personnel;

and others connected with child nutrition programs have all shared their stories. Spanning the early days up to modern times, topics covered include Works Progress Administration (WPA) supported school lunch programs, the passage of the National School Lunch Act in 1946, the introduction of Offer vs. Serve, and the changes and challenges of the 21st century. Do you have a story to share or know someone who does? If so, please contact the Child Nutrition Archives. archives@theicn.org 800-321-3054, Ext. 1384 .


Online Exhibitions feature items from the Child Nutrition Archives holdings, including vintage films, books, brochures, etc., spanning nearly a century of child nutrition history.

DONATIONS CNA is constantly working to expand its collections. Personal and organizational papers, photographs, posters, small artifacts, and scrapbooks are just some of the items we collect. If you have items you wish to donate, please contact the Archives. archives@theicn.org 800-321-3054, Ext. 1384

WWW.THEICN.ORG 800.321.3054

HELP DESK The ICN Help Desk provides a direct link to experts who can answer a wide variety of questions on all aspects of child nutrition program management. Contact us by phone or email. Phone: 800-321-3054 Fax: 800-321-3061 Web: theicn.org helpdesk@theicn.org

HEADQUARTERS The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences 97 Jeanette Phillips Drive P.O. Box 1848 University, MS 38677

APPLIED RESEARCH DIVISION The University of Southern Mississippi

118 College Drive, #5060 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 601-261-2480

This project was funded using U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funds. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. The University of Mississippi is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. For more information and the nondiscrimination statement in other languages: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cr/fns-nondiscrimination-statement Except as provided below, you may freely use the text and information contained in this document for non-profit or educational use with no cost to the participant for the training providing the following credit is included. These materials may not be incorporated into other websites or textbooks and may not be sold. The photographs and images in this document may be owned by third parties and used by the University of Mississippi under a licensing agreement. The university cannot, therefore, grant permission to use these images. Please contact helpdesk@theicn.org for more information. © 2023, Institute of Child Nutrition, The University of Mississippi, School of Applied Sciences

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