January 26, 2022

National Agricultural Library Launches New Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

New from the National Agriculture Library in Beltsville, MD.

From the USDA Blog:

USDA’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) has launched a fascinating online collection of historical diet and nutrition publications issued by the U.S. Government.

The Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection (HDGDC) combines more than 900 documents representing over 100 years of history. Through this digital collection, users can explore the evolution of American food, diet and nutrition, reflecting the most current science of the time.

This unique resource is the first of its kind to offer comprehensive online access to historical government nutrition publications.

USDA first published dietary guidance in the late 19th century to promote its scientific research in the human nutrition field. USDA chemist Wilbur O. Atwater pioneered modern nutrition and wrote the first agency food guides, which suggested minimum daily food requirements for maintaining energy.


The Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection is part of the National Agricultural Library Digital Collections (NALDC), an online database that provides universal access to selected publications among NAL’s holdings. As part of NALDC, this new digital resource offers rich searching, browsing and retrieval of information. Users can search the full text of nutrition education publications and dietary guidance publications and filter their results. NALDC also provides reliable, long-term access to these valuable historical materials.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection (via NAL)

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