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COLLECTION Identifier: A/T7476

Cookbook of Alice Townsend, 1826


Handwritten cookbook of Alice Townsend, containing recipes, housekeeping advice, and home remedies.


  • 1826

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook created by Alice Townsend may be held by her heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

The collection consists of a handwritten cookbook containing recipes (including puddings, cakes, jam, gingerbread, vegetables and various meats); housekeeping advice (including for getting rid of bed bugs and cleaning marble); and home remedies for all sorts of ailments (including sprained limbs, digestive complaints, colds, sore throats, removing substances from the nose, and several remedies for cholera). The cookbook also includes an essay on Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord by "Lady Morgan."


Alice Townsend was a resident of New York state.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2002-M91

The diary of Alice Townsend was acquired from Steve Finer Rare Books by the Schlesinger Library in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed: June 2002

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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