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COLLECTION Identifier: A/K36

Cookbook of Mary Brewster Kennedy, undated


Handwritten cookbook of interior designer and environmentalist Mary Brewster Kennedy.


  • 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 Mary Brewster Kennedy 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.


1 folder

Collection consists of a handwritten cookbook with recipes, many of which are attributed, presumably to friends. The cookbook includes a humorous essay "How to Cook Husbands"; handwritten recipes for meat, egg, fish, and cheese dishes, souffles, breads, desserts, puddings, prune whip, vegetable and fruit jellies, etc.


Interior designer and environmentalist, Mary Brewster Kennedy was born September 15, 1914 and grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the daughter of Florence Besse and Kingman Brewster, Sr. Her brother was Kingman Brewster, Jr., president of Yale University. She graduated from Smith College (1936) and studied at the University of Chicago where she met her first husband, Carvel E. Collins. She later married architect Robert Woods Kennedy. An active member of the Cambridge Plant and Garden Club (Massachusetts), she served as Cambridge's Conservation Commissioner and was instrumental in restoring the Fresh Pond Reservation. Kennedy died in Cambridge November 16, 2011 in Cambridge at age 97.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M31

The cookbook of Mary Brewster Kennedy was given to the Schlesinger Library by Reverend Richard Santerre, March 2012.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2012

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated with additional description: 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

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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