Hazel Taylor Spitze (1922-2009) became assistant professor of home economics at the University of Illinois in 1962, associate professor in 1969, and full professor in 1972. She became professor emerita when she retired in 1987. Opposing nepotism rules according to which spouses of usually male faculty could not obtain faculty positions, she was one of the first female academics with a faculty spouse to obtain a tenure-track appointment at the University. Hazel Taylor Spitze published journal articles and teaching techniques, consulted at universities nationally and internationally, and received honors such as the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the AHEA Distinguished Service Award. She was well admired for her teaching and commitment to her field. While at the University, Hazel Taylor Spitze taught graduate and undergraduate courses, supervised student teachers and workshops, advised graduate and undergraduate students, and was the faculty adviser for the Home Economics Education Club (1975-1987).
Her papers had two accessions. The first accession (2007) contains correspondence, reports, curriculum vita, photographs, manuscripts, publications, and newspaper clippings concerning American Home Economics Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, home economics, home economics education, Illinois Home Economics Association, and relating to Nutrition Education, Consumer Science, and the Role of Home Economics in the Curriculum, Defining Home Economics, and History of Home Economics. The second accession (2020) includes her nominations to awards such as the American Home Economics Association Distinguished Service Award, and the University of Illinois' Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award; a hand quilted retirement scrapbook; a letter to Hazel Taylor Spitze from the Dean telling her that permission had been given by the provost to waive U of I's nepotism rule for two years and her terms of employment as assistant professor; her CV; her study of home economics in 40 small schools, including interviews with home economics teachers; documents from her time teaching adult education in Knoxville, including teaching salaries and rates at Knoxville Evening High School in the early 1950s; conference proceedings from conferences such as the conference on Current Concerns in Home Economics Education, and the conference on Interrelationships between Work and Family Life; articles and a skit written by Hazel Taylor Spitze that were rejected by publishers; and some of her publications.
The first accession is arranged in 5 series: Series 1, Biographical and Personal Documents, 1961 – 1990, arranged alphabetically; Series 2, Correspondence, 1963-1985, arranged chronologically; Series 3, Subject File, 1962-1993, arranged alphabetically; Series 4, Conferences, Meetings, Workshops, Seminars, 1962-1993; Series 5, Draft Manuscripts and Publication Reprints, 1948-1993
The second accession includes: Series 1: Biographical and Personal Documents, 1962-2004, arranged alphabetically; Series 3: Subject File, 1947-1984, arranged alphabetically; Series 4: Conferences, Meetings, Workshops, Seminars, 1978-1987, arranged chronologically; and Series 5: Draft Manuscripts and Publication Reprints, 1949-1984, arranged chronologically.
Note: Hazel T. Spitze's Doctoral Dissertation entitled The Relation Between Selected Womens Knowledge and Use of Consumer Credit: A Basis for Adult Education Program Planning (1961), is located in Robert G.F. Spitze Papers (8/4/46) box 2.