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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A615x

Cookbook of Anonymous, 1880?-1890?


Handwritten cookbook of unidentified woman in the late nineteenth century.


  • 1880-1890


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the Cookbook 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.


1 folder

The cookbook consists of a single thin volume of handwritten recipes assumed to have been written in the 1880s-1890s. It contains recipes for various jellies; beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including an interesting recipe for Iceland moss lemonade; soups; chicken, beef and other meats, including grouse; sandwiches; eggs; gruels; broths; breads; potatoes; seafood, including oyster stew and clam loaf; and desserts including ice cream, puddings, cakes, and snows, which appear to be gelatin-based desserts.


It is assumed that this cookbook was written by an unidentified woman in the late nineteenth century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2013-M55

The cookbook of Anonymous was acquired from Steve Finer Rare Books by the Schlesinger Library in March 2013.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2013

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: October 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

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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