Mississippi Valley Dietetic Association records

MSS 311
2.5 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize scrapbook)


Mississippi Valley Dietetic Association.




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Finding aid prepared by:

Jessi Spinder, 2005. Revised by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2006 and Julia G. Westblade, 2012. Updated by Samantha Crisp, May 2015.


Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201

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The Mississippi Valley Dietetic Association (MVDA) was formed in 1948 by dieticians in the Tri-Cities (Davenport, Moline and Rock Island) area hospitals who felt that a professional organization would help promote better communications among themselves as well as provide an opportunity for educational and professional growth.  Several planning meetings were held in the fall of 1948 in Moline, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.  The first official meeting of the MVDA was held on March 10, 1949.  The object of the MVDA, according to their constitution, is to "provide direction and leadership for quality dietetic practice, education, and research and to promote optimal health and nutritional status of the population, as defined by the by-laws of the American Dietetic Association" (1985 Constitution).  Membership to the MVDA was expanded to include dieticians, educators, and others working in the field of nutrition within a fifty mile radius of the Tri-Cities (and later the Quad Cities).  As of 1986, the MVDA had 66 dues paying members.  The MVDA was granted affiliation with the Illinois Dietetic Association in 1969 and with the Iowa Dietetic Association in 1982.  The national umbrella organization is the American Dietetic Association. 



The Mississippi Valley Dietetic Association records date from 1948 to 2011 and measure 2.5 linear feet.  The collection is arranged into 5 series: Administrative, Membership, Programs, Affiliates, and Scrapbook

The Administrative series includes materials pertinent to the organization on a local level including history of the chapter, their constitution, meeting agendas, reports, and correspondence. 

The Membership series consists of booklets containing membership lists and contact information ranging from 1972 to 2011.

The Programs series includes a sampling of projects and programs that the MVDA participated in or created.  Notable in this series are the legislative initiatives that involved members of the MVDA at the state and national level.  This series also includes materials relating to local Science Fairs and more general nutritional outreach programs. 

The Affiliates series contains materials relating to the American Dietetic Association, the national affiliate of the MVDA, as well as the Illinois Dietetic Association and the Iowa Dietetic Association, the state affiliates of the MVDA. 

The Scrapbook chronologically documents the first 35 years of the MVDA and includes newspaper clippings, photographs, yearbooks, programs, and other paper materials.  Of special interest are the yearbooks that include lists of officers, meeting dates and programs, and membership. The yearbooks included in the scrapbook date from 1969-1984 and are interspersed throughout the book.  A detailed inventory of the 127-page scrapbook is available. 



Box 1
      Administrative, 1949-2009, undated
            History of the MVDA, 1949-1986, 2002
            Constitution and By-laws, 1958-1985, 1996, 2004-2005
            Mission Statement, undated
            Policy Manue pagesl, 1997
            Meeting Agendas, 1978-1985
            Meeting Minutes, 1949-1956
            Meeting Minutes, 1957-1982
            Meeting Minutes, 1983-1994
            Meeting Minutes, 1994-1998
            Meeting Minutes, 1999-2003
            Meeting Minutes, 2004-2011
            Treasurer's Reports and Correspondence, 1976-1981, 1994-1996

Box 2
            Budget and Financial Reports, 1994-2004
            Correspondence, 1977-1985, 1997-1999
            Reports, 1964-1984

      Membership, 1972-2011
            Membership Lists, 1972-1980
            Membership Lists, 1980-1985
            Membership Lists, 1985-1990
            Membership Lists, 1990-1995
            Membership Lists, 1996-1999
            Membership Lists, 2004-2011

      Programs, 1958-2004, undated
            Legislation, Illinois, 1971-1985
            Legislation, Iowa, 1969-1983
            Science and Engineering Fairs, 1973-1980
            Diet Manual, 1958

Box 3
            Nutrition Tabloid, 1984
            Founders Day, 1985
            Aspects Newsletter, 1986-1987, 2003-2004
            Conferences and Programsn, 1995-2004, undated
            Miscellaneous, 1994-2004
            Photograph, 1976, 2004

      Affiliates, 1967-1985
            Illinois Dietetic Association By-Laws, 1980
            Iowa Dietetic Association By-Laws, 1981
            American Dietetic Association By-Laws, 1983
            MVDP Certificate of Affiliation with the Illinois Dietetic Association, 1969
            Illinois Dietetic Association Assemblies, 1970-1976, 1985
            Illinois Dietetic Association and Iowa Dietetic Association Joint Assemblies, 1981, 1986
            Illinois Dietetic Association Council on Districts, 1967, 1978-1985
            Illinois Dietetic Association and Iowa Dietetic Association Correspondence, 1979-1985

Box 4



None known


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