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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A615p

Cookbook of Anonymous, 1925-1942


Collection consists of a single cook book with recipes for desserts, vegetables, meats, fish, etc., and includes notes from what appears to be a home economics class.


  • Creation: 1925-1942


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anonymous is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library or whomever. 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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This cookbook was most likely originally used as a notebook for a home economics class as it includes notes on numbered lessons with individual recipes and cooking instructions for each lesson. The volume also includes descriptions of cooking techniques for various foods and beverages, such as coffee, as well as definitions of various types of food items, including cinnamon and nutmeg. The owner continued to use the volume over the years to record handwritten recipes as well as pasting in recipes clipped from newspapers, and recipes typed on index cards. The bulk of the recipes are for desserts, sweets, and frostings, including fruit salad, pineapple pudding, prune pudding, strawberry fritters, chocolate bread pudding, cocoa cake, nut bread, scotch cake, custard cake, maple frosting, fudge, etc. Also included are several recipes for vegetable dishes including sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mustard beans, and asparagus, as well as main courses, including steamed filet of chicken, hamburger roast, and salmon. Several recipes for various doughs and breads are also included. Two published culinary pamphlets are also included in the volume entitled Meat Pies from Top to Bottom and Grandma's Old Fashioned Molasses Recipes, as well as several printed recipes distributed by The Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Boston.


This cookbook was likely owned by an unidentified woman from the Boston, Massachusetts, area, and was most likely originally used as a notebook for a home economics class.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 1999-M55

The cookbook of Anonymous was given to the Schlesinger Library by Eleanor Goldthwait in April 1999.

Processing Information

Processed: April 1999

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: September 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

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