The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pioneered modern nutrition research and began publishing nutrition advice over one hundred years ago. Today, a variety of federal agencies continue to assist Americans with understanding diet and nutrition. This digital collection of historical and current nutrition education and dietary guidance publications of the U.S. government is the first ever to provide permanent, comprehensive access to this valuable content.

Health professionals, scholars, and other interested researchers have all asked the National Agricultural Library for information about the history of nutrition education and dietary advice. The Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection allows the public to discover and research this history online. Materials in this collection include historical nutrition education materials, such as posters, recipes, and radio transcripts, as well as current nutrition education materials.

The USDA Research, Education, and Economics mission area provided funding for this collection. The National Agricultural Library developed the collection from 2013-2015, and launched the collection in 2015.