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COLLECTION Identifier: A/G3218

Cookbook of Marthe Gély, 1917-1930


Handwritten recipes, letters, printed material, bills, etc. of Marthe Gély.


  • 1917-1930

Language of Materials

Materials in French.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Originals closed; fragile. Use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marthe Gély 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 that Marthe Gély created for her daughter-in-law in or about 1917. The cookbook also contains two letters from Marthe Gély, printed material, bills, and miscellaneous notes.


Marthe Gély was the mother of Ferdinand Gély a journalist and member of the French Chamber of Deputies. His wife, Janet O'Bryan, was the daughter of Sarah Ann McCulloch and John Duross O'Bryan, Pennsylvania natives who retired to Paris, France in 1898. Both Janet and her sister Sara studied the arts in France. Sara O'Bryan married the painter Frederick Frieseke in 1905. Janet, an aspiring singer, met Gély while studying voice in Paris and the couple married in 1907.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2016-M99

This cookbook of Marthe Gély was given to the Schlesinger Library by Nicholas Kilmer, the grand nephew of Janet O'Bryan, in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2016

By: Anne Englehart.

Updated and additional description added: June 2020

By: Emilyn L. Brown.

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.

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Repository Details

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