Nancy Duran

Agriculture and Life Sciences Librarian

Liaison to :

  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics
  • Entomology
  • Horticulture
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Poultry Science
  • Plant Pathology and Microbiology
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences
  • Soil and Crop Sciences
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • Texas AgriLife Research
  • Texas Forest Service
  • Texas Medical Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory



MS      Illinois State University                      History

MA      University of Missouri-Columbia       Library Science

MS      Washington State University              Human Nutrition

BS       Washington State University              Food Science & Human Nutrition

BA       Western Washington State College            History
                                                                        Minor: Sociology/Anthropology

Research Interests

USDA publications in the early 20th century.
History of food use in the United States.

Selected Papers

Duran, N., and Joe Jaros. (2010) American measurement: refining cups and spoons for scientific cooking in the late 19th-early 20th century. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 11(1):16-27.

Duran, N., and Joe Jaros. (2009) Arranging the farm kitchen for efficiency in the early 20th century. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 10(3):230-246.

Duran, N. (2007) Food on the Farm: One Kansas Farm Woman’s Cooking. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 8(3): 65-76.

Duran, N. and Karen McDonald. (2006) Information sources for Food Studies Research. Food, Culture, and Society, 9(2):233-243.

 Duran, N. (2006) Dietary intake changes related to seasonal hunger and economic class in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. Food, Culture, and Society, 9(1):41-48.

Duran, N. (2004) Farmers’ Bulletins advice to women on diet, food, and cooking. Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, 6(1):49-75. [Actually published 2005]

Duran, N. (2003) All farms had gardens in the early 20th century, or did they? Journal for the Study of Food and Society, 6(2):78-88. [Actually published April 2005]

Duran, N. (2002) Finding citations to, and locating, early 20th century Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Experiment Station publications. Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, 4(4):27-33. [Actually published in 2004]

Dirks, R., & Duran, N. (2001). African American dietary patterns at the beginning of the 20th century.  Journal of Nutrition, 131, 1881-1889.

Duran, N. (2000). Dietary studies related to the United States diet prior to World War II:  A bibliography for the study of changing American food habits over time. Journal of Nutrition, 130, 1881-1886.

Dirks, R., & Duran, N. (1998). Experiment Station dietary studies prior to World War II: a bibliography for the study of changing American food habits and diet over time.  Journal of Nutrition, 128, 1253-1256.



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