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COLLECTION Identifier: A/P685

Cookbook of Harriet Minot Pitman, 1844-1846


Handwritten cookbook belonging to abolitionist Harriet Minot Pitman.


  • 1844-1846

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook of Harriet Minot Pitman 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

Collection consists of a handwritten cookbook kept by Harriet Minot Pitman. The cookbook contains recipes for puddings, cakes, pies, marmalade, ice cream, fish, and other foods, some attributed to "Mrs. Phipps Receipt Book" and other sources; and medical remedies for scarlet fever and other ailments.


Harriet Minot Pitman was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on July 6, 1815, the daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Minot. She had two brothers, Charles and George. She was a Quaker and abolitionist and a longtime friend of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. In 1844 she married Isaac Pitman. She died in 1888.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2009-M179

The cookbook of Harriet Minot Pitman was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Franklin Gilliam Rare Books in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2009

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: November 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.

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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