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COLLECTION Identifier: 2017-M123

Papers of Elizabeth Riely, 1980-2016


Correspondence and writings of culinary journalist and historian Elizabeth Riely.


  • Creation: 1980-2016

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Riely is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. 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.


7.21 linear feet (7 cartons, 1 half file box)

Collection includes correspondence files; files relating to the Radcliffe Culinary Times and other publications; drafts of writings; notes and research material; Harvard Musical Association files.


Culinary journalist and food historian, Elizabeth Gawthrop Riely grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Gawthrop. She graduated with a degree in music from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and in 1970 earned a master's from New England Conservatory. She married John Cabell Riely, a professor of literature at Yale and Boston universities; they had two sons and were later divorced. Her journalism career began with the New Haven Register and her work subsequently appeared in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and the New York Times, among others. The editor of Radcliffe's Culinary Times, Riely was a member of the Culinary Historians of Boston, and the author of books such as A Feast of Fruits (1993) and The Chef's Companion (1986). She also sang in the Boston Cecilia Chorus and served as its co-president. Riely died of a heart attack in 2017 while vacationing in Sandwich, New Hampshire.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2017-M123

The papers of Elizabeth Riely were given to the Schlesinger Library by her son Andrew Riely in June 2017.

Processing Information

Container list created: June 2017

By: Kathryn Jacob.

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 Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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