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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A6515

Papers of Mary Ann Louisa Smith Appleton, 1833-1843


Recipe and commonplace books of Mary Ann Louisa Smith Appleton.


  • Creation: 1833-1843

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 Ann Louisa Smith Appleton 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.


2 folders

The collection consists of two volumes, one a commonplace book which is mostly comprised of poetry, some of which is likely original and some copied from other sources. Examples of poem titles include "Youth," "Life," "Love," "A Wedding," "On the Death of a Child," etc. The volume also includes a short story entitled "Elinor Hamilton." Appleton likely completed the volume while at school. The second volume is a recipe book. The bulk of the recipes are for cakes and breads, but recipes for puddings, soups, sauces, and meats are also included. An index to the recipes is included in the front of the volume.


Mary Ann Louisa Smith Appleton was born in Boston in 1819 to William and Caroline Smith. She married bank president William Channing Appleton in 1880 and the couple resided on Walnut Street in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She died in 1906 and is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 96-M24

The papers of Mary Ann Louisa Smith Appleton were given to the Schlesinger Library by her great-grandniece, Barbara Murdoch Phillips '38, in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed: February 1996

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated and additional description added: June 2020

By: Mark Vassar.

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 Elsie Rodd Fund in the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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