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COLLECTION Identifier: A/L748

Recipe collection of Elsie Maphis Lindsay, 1932-1950


Recipes collected by Elsie Maphis Lindsay, wife of the publisher of Charlottesville, Virginia's, Daily Progress newspaper.


  • Creation: 1932-1950

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the papers created by Elsie Maphis Lindsay 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 Elsie Maphis Lindsay recipe collection consists of typed and handwritten recipes organized in envelopes bound together in a volume. Recipes for different types of food, usually from a chef at a well-known American hotel, such as New York's Waldorf-Astoria, are printed on the front of each envelope. The majority of the recipes are for desserts and baked goods: included are recipes for a variety of cakes, cookies, icings, puddings, pies; candy; muffins, biscuits, and breads. A few recipes for seafood, ham, steak, soup, egg dishes, vegetables, and salad dressing are also included. Some recipes are written on Daily Progress letterhead and billing forms. Also included are a list of recommended menus for children of various ages; an issue of the Calumet Baking Powder Company's "Home & Kitchen Suggestions" newsletter, with suggested luncheon menus; clippings; and recipes from Kingan's Reliable Hams and from the Edison Electric Appliance Company.


Elsie Maphis Lindsay was born in 1895, the daughter of Kate Bromley and Joseph Luther Maphis. She married James Gordon Lindsay, the publisher of the Charlottesville (Virginia) Daily Progress in 1924. They had two children, James and Jean. The Daily Progress, Charlottesville's only daily paper, was founded in 1892 by James Gordon Lindsay's father, James Hubert Lindsay, and uncle, Frank Lindsay. Elsie Maphis Lindsay died in 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2011-M7

The recipe collection of Elsie Maphis Lindsay were acquired from Heartwood Books by the Schlesinger Library in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2011

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: October 2020

By: Susan Earle

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.

Genre / Form


Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Radcliffe Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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