Chicago Nutrition Association Records
MSCNA_75

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Chicago Nutrition Association.
Title
Chicago Nutrition Association records
ID
MSCNA_75
Date [inclusive]
1943-2001
Extent
14.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Chicago Nutrition Association (CNA) is an organization of professional nutritionists, including dieticians, home economists, and doctors, located within the Chicago metropolitan area. CNA was established in 1942 as the Chicago Nutrition Committee under the War Food Administration. Its original purpose was to educate the public about nutrition and to coordinate the efforts of various agencies dealing with nutritional problems. On January 26, 1946, the Committee was incorporated in the state of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization and renamed CNA. In addition to sponsoring special programs and dealing with nutrition, the Association has played a major role in developing Chicago Public School lunch programs. CNA records include annual reports, articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, films, financial records, membership brochures and directories, minutes of Board of Directors' meetings, newsletters, photographs and slides, a tape recording, correspondence, television scripts, programs, and bibliographies. The materials pertain to the work of the Association and the topic of nutrition.

Preferred Citation

Chicago Nutrition Association Records, Special Collections, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Administrative History

The Chicago Nutrition Association (CNA) is an organization of professional nutritionists, including dietitians, home economists and doctors, located within the Chicago metropolitan area. CNA was established in 1942 as the Chicago Nutrition Committee, one of a network of state and local nutrition committees founded under the auspices of the Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services, Office of Emergency Management and later sponsored by the War Food Administration, Nutrition Programs Branch. Its original purpose was to educate the public about nutrition and to coordinate the efforts of various agencies dealing with nutritional problems. Their early activities were closely connected to World War II war efforts, with the Chicago Nutrition Committee distributing government pamphlets, training civil defense volunteers, and providing libraries, radio stations, and the newspapers with information about nutrition. The Committee worked with the War Rationing Board to publicize recipes and shopping information to help people make economical use of ration points and to devise programs for people on special diets requiring extra points. In April of 1944, the Chicago Nutrition Committee sponsored the "Improving Nutrition in Wartime Chicago" meeting and it later sponsored and planned a nutrition month based on the theme "Food Fights for Freedom".

In June of 1945 financial support from the War Food Administration was withdrawn, leaving the Committee to seek other funding to pay its staff. The Chicago Nutrition Committee eventually received monies from local industry and the Chicago Community Trust enabling them to continue as an independent organization. On January 26, 1946, the Committee was incorporated in the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization and renamed the Chicago Nutrition Association.

The Chicago Nutrition Association is run by a Board of Directors which is responsible for formulating general policies and securing adequate financial backing. The work of the Association is done by committees and sub-committees with the work of the Program Committee being the most important. The Program Committee is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the work of a number of committees, defining nutritional problems, and executing programs to combat them. One of the Association's persistent problems has been financial support, although monies from industry and the Chicago Community Trust enabled them to maintain an office and an executive secretary until 1950, In 1954, the Board of Directors decided to hire a part-time executive secretary to seek financial support from the general public and to open an office at the University of Chicago. However, this decision proved too costly and the Association had to once again rely on volunteers to provide secretarial service and the office was closed. In 1957, CNA established the contributing membership category to ease their financial worries with the result that businesses in the Chicago metropolitan area that deal with nutrition or food preparation were solicited for membership dues of at least $100 per year. The other two membership categories are 1) active - open to professional nutritionists and 2) associate - open to interested persons not qualified for active membership. By 1960, the Association was able to employ Office Assistants, Inc. to handle their secretarial duties and provide them with a permanent mailing address.

Since its beginning, the Association has played a major role in developing Chicago Public School lunch programs. In 1944, after conducting a survey of area schools hot-lunch programs, CNA offered to help the schools develop nutritional recipes, plan menus, address other problems concerning school lunches, and publish "The Dinner Bell", a publication for and about the hot-lunch program. The Chicago Nutrition Association also conducted surveys focusing on the nutritional habits of children and assisted area schools in establishing nutrition education programs.

CNA also sponsored special programs and projects. The Association maintains a Speakers' Bureau of qualified people who are available to speak on topics relating to nutrition. In 1948, CNA began to compile lists of books on nutrition and abstract book reviews for public libraries. The result was a bibliography entitled "Nutrition Reference and Book Reviews" originally published in 1963, CNA's special programs also included A Child Health Day (1950), A Nutrition Week (1953), a Weight Control television series (1957), a nutrition course at Northwestern University's evening division (1964), a poster contest for high school students (1977), and together with the Institute of Food Technology and the Illinois State Medical Society, a series of semi-annual nutrition symposia.

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Scope and Contents

CNA records include annual reports, articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, a film, financial records, membership brochures and directories, Board of Directors' minutes of meetings, newsletters, photographs and slides, a tape recording, correspondence, television scripts, programs and bibliography pertaining to the work of the association. Materials are from 1943 through 1985 with the most thorough and complete coverage occurring in the 1970's and 1980's.

For information about supplements to this collection added in 1998 and 2002, please consult paper inventories located in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Arrangement

The records are arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereunder. Original folder titles were retained, although several new folders marked with an asterisk were created by the archivist.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 7 August 2008

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None.

Acquisition Information

The Chicago Nutrition Association records were donated to Special Collections, the University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago in October, 1975 (accession 75- 102), March, 1980 (accession 80-22), March, 1981 (accession 81-39), November, 1985 (accession 85-44), and December, 1985 (accession 85-45).

Subsequent supplements to the collections were added in 1998 and 2002.

Processing Information

The finding aid for this collection was revised from a collection description and inventory created during processing in 1979 (by Cathy Schallhorn), later added to in 1986 (by Sandra Florand Young), and then subsequently marked up for web presentation in July 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago Nutrition Association. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Nutrition -- Study and teaching -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Chicago Nutrition Association Records 

Box Folder

*Ad Hoc Committee for Future Objectives and Goals of CNA, 13 April 1981-16 June 1982 

1 1

Ad Hoc Committee on Records, 21 October 1975-29 June 1979 

1 2

Annual Reports, 1944-1964 

1 3

Annual Reports, 1965-1970 

1 4

Annual Reports, 1970-1971-1985, 1971-1985 

1 5

Annual Reports to Secretary of State, 1966-1979 

1 6

Articles of Incorporation, 1945-1946 

1 7

Audit Committee, 1977-1979 

1 8

Auditor's Examination of Records, 1 April 1944-10 August 1949, 1976-1979 

1 9

Board Consideration, 10 October 1968-1980 

1 10

CNA-IFT-ISMS 2nd-6th Symposium [Chicago Nutrition Association--Institute of Food Technology-Illinois State Medical Society] See also: Folder 121, 1966-1976 

1 11

CNA-IFT-ISMS 7th Symposium - correspondence, 26 October 1976-22 August 1978 

1 12

CNA-IFT-ISMS 7th Symposium - minutes and miscellaneous material, 17 June 1976-30 March 1978 

2 13

CNA-IFT-ISMS 8th-9th Symposium, 23 March 1979-22 August 1978 

2 14

CNA Organization Chart, undated 

2 15

CNA Review Board-correspondence and memoranda, 1971-1972 

2 16

Committee on Legislation-memoranda and correspondence, 1977-1978 

2 17

Committees, 1973-1982 

2 18

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1961-1971 

2 19

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1972 

2 20

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1973-1974 

2 21

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1975-1976 

2 22

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1977 

2 23

Community Nutrition Education Committee, 1978-1979 

2 24

Community Nutrition Education Committee - correspondence-subcommittees, June 1978-14 July 1979 

3 25

Community Nutrition Education Committee - Speakers Roster Subcommittee, 1973-1975 

3 26

Community Nutrition Education Committee-Speakers Roster Subcommittee, 1976-1979 

3 27

Constitution and By-laws, 1943-1975 

3 28

Constitution Committee, 1955-1984 

3 29

Correspondence Committee, May 1977 

3 30

Department of Internal Revenue, 1 July 1948; 26 February 1979 

3 31

Exhibit Committee and Poster Contest, 1976 

3 32

Exhibit Committee and Poster Contest, 1977 

3 33

Film: "Little Red Riding Hood", 19 March 1957 

3 34

Finance Committee, 1950-1969 

4 35

Finance Committee, 1970-1981 

4 36

Food Utilization Committee, 1949-1953, 1979 

4 37

"Guide to Nutritious Reading" (Continues "Nutrition References and Book Reviews"), [ca. 1985] 

4 38

Guidelines For Officer, Board, and Committee Responsibilities, Operations, and Functions, 1969-1971 

4 39

Guidelines For Officers, Board, and Committee Responsibilities, Operations, and Functions, 1979-1983 

4 40

*Hall of Fame of the City of Chicago - nomination to, 1972 

4 41

History Committee, 1942-May 1982 

4 42

House/Arrangements Committee See also: Committees, 1964-1979 

4 43

Illinois Nutrition Week - correspondence and reel to reel tape, 1953, 1972-1973 

4 44

Illinois Office of Education-Nutrition Education Program Advisory Committee, 10 November 1978-30 April 1979 

4 45

Interagency Committee on Nutrition Education - history, 1972 

5 46

Legislation Committee, 1977-1980 

5 47

Library Committee, 1942-1966 

5 48

Library Committee, 1968-1971 

5 49

Library Committee, 1972-1980 

5 50

Marshall Field Award to Dr. Lydia J. Roberts, December 1955-26 February 1957 

5 51

McDonald Foundation, 9 November 1979-31 March 1980 

5 52

Membership Brochures, 1945-1979 

5 53

Membership Committee, 29 May 1957-7 December 1982 

5 54

*Membership Committee-Sustaining and Prospective Members-correspondence, 1969-1976 

5 55

*Membership Committee- Sustaining Members - correspondence, 1972-1973, 1976 

5 56

Membership Directories, 1942-1957 

6 57

Membership Directories, March 1958-1961, 1964 

6 58

Membership Directories, 1965-1966-1967-1968, 1970-1972, 1974 

6 59

Membership Directories, 1975-1978 

6 60

Membership Directories, 1979-1986 

6 61

*Membership Survey Letter, April 1972 

6 62

Mid-Southside Health Planning Organization-correspondence, reports, bylaws, 1971-1974 

6 63

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 6 November 1941-31 March 1950 

7 64

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 6 April 1950-8 November 1959 

7 65

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 13 January 1960-November 5 1969 

7 66

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 7 January 1970-November 13 1971 

7 67

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 26 January 1972-9 November 1972 

7 68

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 11 January 1973-30 December 1975 

7 69

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 20 May 1976-11 December 1978 

7 70

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 1 February 1979-12 December 1979 

8 71

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 21 January 1980-6 June 1980 

8 72

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 18 July 1980-30 June 1981 

8 73

Minutes of Board of Directors' Meetings, 3 September 1981-10 May 1982 

8 74

National Youth Power Conferences See also: Folder 19, 14 November 1960-January 1969 

8 75

Newsletter Committee, 1964-1980 

8 76

Newsletters, January 1944-13 April 1953 

8 77

Newsletters, 2l October 1953-March 1962 

8 78

Newsletters, January 1963-May 1969 

8 79

Newsletters, June 1969-November 1973 

9 80

Newsletters, April 1974-5 November 1975 

9 81

Newsletters, January 1976-December 1977 

9 82

Newsletters, February 1978-April 1980 

9 83

Nominating Committee, April 1965-1975 

9 84

Nominating Committee, 1976-1982 

9 85

Nutrition Expo, 1974-1977 

9 86

Nutrition Fair, 7 December 1979-31 March 1980 

9 87

Nutrition References and Book Reviews, 1966, 1969 

10 88

Nutrition References and Book Reviews, 1972, 1975, 1977-1978 

10 89

Nutrition References and Book Reviews - 1, 1980-1981 

10 90

Nutrition References and Book Reviews - 2, 1980-1981 

10 91

Nutrition References and Book Reviews - Copyright materials, March, 1972-9 February 1977 

10 92

Nutrition References and Book Reviews Committee, 1972-14 August 1979 

10 93

*Nutrition Topics-Current, 1972-1973 

10 94

Office Equipment - list, 11 August 1949 

10 95

*Officers and Board Member and Committee Rosters, 1942-1973 

10 96

*Photographs See also: Folder 124, 1971-1972, 1979 

10 97

President's Annual Report to Membership, 1969-1970 - 1978-1979 

10 98

President's Correspondence, 1971-1978 

11 99

President's File, 1972-1973 

11 100

President's File, 1973 

11 101

Program Committee, 1958-1972 

11 102

Program Committee, 1973-1975 

11 103

Program Committee 1976-1977, 1976-1977 

11 104

Program Committee 1977-1978, 1977-1978 

11 105

Program Committee 1978-1979, July 1978-February 1979 

11 106

Program Committee 1978-1979, March 1978-1979 

11 107

Program Committee 1979-1980, March 1979-14 November 1980 

11 108

Program Committee 1980-1981, 12 November 1979-20 April 1981 

12 109

Program of Work Committee, 1962-1976 

12 110

Program of Work Committee, 1969-1981 

12 111

Project and Objectives Committee, 1945-1957 

12 112

Public Relations Committee, February, 1957-1979 

12 113

Publications Distribution Consultant, 5 April 1979-12 July 1979 

12 114

Schools Committee, 24 November 1944-10 June 1966 

12 115

Secretary: Board of Directors' Meetings, July 1978-9 May 1979 

12 116

Secretary: Correspondence, 30 June 1978-21 May 1979 

12 117

Senior Citizens Committee, 1956-1972 

13 118

Society for Nutrition Education, 5 May 1978-19 July 1979 

13 119

Sponsored Programs, 11 April, 1944-1979 

13 120

Symposia on Nutrition and Food Technology See also: Folders 11-13, 26 September 1942-19 July 1972 

13 121

Television Committee, 7 January 1955-15 March 1962, 1979 

13 122

Tellers Committee, 1974-1981 

13 123

Thirtieth Anniversary Luncheon See also: Folder 97, 18 April 1972-11 May 1972 

13 124

Treasurers Notebook, July 1962-July 1963 

13 125

Treasurers Notebook, July 1963-30 June 1964 

13 126

Treasurers Reports, 1 July 1946-1982 

13 127

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 24 May 1951-1979 

13 128

Series II: Oversize Material 

Folder

Nutrition Week in Illinois - Proclamation, 4-10 March 1973 

ov. 129

Nutrition Fair at Thaddeus Kosciuszko School-slides. See also: Folder 115, 19 March 1957 

ov. 129

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