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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A568

Recipe book of Mary E. McKean Andrews, 1870-ca.1900


Handwritten cookbook of Mary E. McKean Andrews.


  • Creation: 1870-1900

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Fragile; please use digital copy.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary E. McKean Andrews, 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

The collection consists of one volume entitled, The Manuscript Receipt Book and Household Treasury, published in 1870 by Claxton, Remson, and Haffelfinger of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was intended as a simple volume indexed in sections (e.g. soups, fish, meats, salads, beverages, medicinal remedies, etc.), in which the woman of the house could record her favorite recipes. The title page includes the quote "The turn-pike road to people's hearts I find, lies through their mouths, or I mistake mankind." Additional food and beverage related quotes are included at the beginning of each indexed section along with food and beverage related imagery. The bulk of the recipes recorded in the volume are for cakes, breads, puddings, and medicinal remedies. Many pages are blank. Given the publication date of the volume it may have been received by Andrews as a wedding gift.


Mary E. McKean Andrews was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1848 to Albert and Vienna (Paine) McKean. Her father was a banker. She married clerk Isaac N. Andrews in 1870 and settled in New Hampshire. The couple had three children. By 1910 the couple was listed in the United States census as residing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with their daughter Mary Belle P. Andrews and Isaac Andrews was working as a self-employed caterer. She died in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1921.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 901

The recipe book of Mary E. McKean Andrews was given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Susan M. Andrews, June 1965.

Processing Information

Updated and additional description added: June 2020

By: Mark Vassar.

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When samples of weeded documents are retained, it is indicated in the finding aid.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

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