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Print Collection 2: Cookery Ephemera Collection

The late nineteenth and twentieth century saw the development of many new appliances and processed foodstuffs meant to assist the busy homemaker in the kitchen. These new products spawned a new type of advertising, in the form of small cookbooks full of recipes dedicated to specific products, either as actual ingredients in the recipes or as equipment to be used in the cooking process.

The collection consists of pamphlets, leaflets, brochures, and broadsides of cookery and cleaning recipes highlighting the products they advertise. All but one are American imprints. Many are undated, but all appear to be twentieth century imprints. The collection was acquired by purchase and by gift. The primary donors are Carmen Valentino and the estate of Ina High Kershner.

Organization and arrangement:

  • 1) Cleaning supplies
  • 2) Cookery appliances and equipment
  • 3) Food products. Within each category, materials organized by type of product, then by the particular product, then by the particular publication.

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