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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C9491

Recipe book of Ellen Hall Crosman, 1883-1909


Handwritten recipe book of Ellen Hall Crosman.


  • 1883-1909

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ellen Hall Crossman as well as 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.


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Collection consists of a handwritten recipe book containing recipes collected by Ellen Williams Hall Crosman with notations concerning the success of recipes and information about how and when she obtained them. The recipes include puddings, pickled and spiced fruits; jams; syrups and sauces; custards; cakes and cookies; drinks, such as café frappé and punch; and meat and fish entrees. Of note is a recipe for Harrison cake which Crosman describes as being "known to fame in Philadelphia during Wm Henry Harrison's campaign for President in 1840." The book contains a partial index.


Ellen Williams Hall Crosman was born in 1847 in Pennsylvania. She married James Heron Crosman; they had five children and lived in New Rochelle, New York. Crosman was a member of the Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M142

The recipe book of Ellen Hall Crosman was given to the Schlesinger Library by Marian Hardt, August 2012.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2012

By: Johanna Carll.

Updated and additional description added: June 2020

By: Laura Peimer.

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 Radcliffe Class of 1956 and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

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