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COLLECTION Identifier: A/W624

Notebooks of Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore, 1900, undated


Notebooks from housekeeping courses taken by Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore.


  • 1900
  • Undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 folders

This collection contains four notebooks created by Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore. These notebooks include notes from housekeeping courses, with recipes and descriptions of housekeeping procedures, including laundering techniques. Topics include how to pluck and dress a chicken, how to make soap, how to prepare mutton, recipes for plain and Welsh rarebit, cake recipe substitutions, methods of canning and preserving, and how to test for hard water while doing laundry.


Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore was born on August 31, 1874, in Naugatuck, Connecticut, to John Howard Whittemore and Julia (Spencer) Whittemore. Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. Interested in art, she traveled widely and later in life lived with a former classmate. Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore died on April 8, 1941.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 96-M72

These notebooks of Gertrude Buckingham Whittemore were given to the Schlesinger Library by Priscilla S. Whittemore in June 1996.

Processing Information

Processed: June 1996

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated with additional description: June 2020

By: Cat Lea Holbrook.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Zetlin Sisters Fund, and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.

Repository Details

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