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A freebie 20 years in the making

July 2nd, 2006 at 06:27 am

Back in 1986, in one of my first library jobs, I discovered some interesting old home economics and budgeting books. They were so old and rare that they didn't circulate. So on my lunch hours I'd go back in the "closed stacks" area where they were kept, and read them while I was there.

I made a list of my favorite titles, in case I could ever find them at a used bookstore. But over the years, they were either nowhere to be found or else too expensive.

But, now they are here, for free!

hearth.library.cornell.edu/

Cornell University has put up a ton of home ec stuff that's gone out of copyright. You can read whole books online, or download them. You can also search their whole database for topics you want to research, across all the titles.

It's really interesting to see how things have changed, and how they've stayed the same. I always find some kind of insight from these old books that is still useful today. I'll post some good quotes in future blog entries.


2 Responses to “A freebie 20 years in the making”

  1. retire@50 Says:

    Thanks, I collect old household management books that pertain to thrift or budgeting. One of the ones I've looked for for years that I got from the library once, is called Six Hundred Dollars a Year a Wife's effort at low living under high prices. It would be great if they have that one.

  2. cheetahwoman7 Says:

    I love old budgeting books as well. Sometimes I find them at the Goodwill, musty smell and all. StessLess, what are the titles that you wrote down to try to find at a later time? It would be great to peruse those. Smile
    Oh, and thanks for the link!

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