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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A615t

Cookbook of Anonymous, undated


Cookbook of unidentified woman including recipes for breads, desserts, salads, meats, candy, etc.


  • Undated


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. 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

This cookbook consists of a published ring-bound volume, entitled "Recipes" with 21 tabbed and titled dividers with the following titles: bread (which includes biscuits, muffins, rolls, and buns), cake and cookies, candy, desserts, drinks, eggs, fish, icings, meats, miscellaneous, sandwiches, pastry, pickles, potatoes, preserves, rices and cheese, salads, dressings, sauce (which includes sauces for fish, meat, and desserts), soups, and vegetables. It is possible that some dividers have been lost over time. The volume includes typewritten and handwritten recipes, as well as recipes clipped from newspapers and magazines and pasted in. It is possible that the volume was owned by a woman of German ancestry given that there are a number of recipes for German desserts, including Klaben, Kafee Kuchen, Schmalzkuchen, Topfkuchen, and Berlinerluft. Also included in the volume is a pamphlet entitled Spring Fever? regarding the planting of spring flower bulbs. Given that the volume has a patent date of 1904, it may be that it was first used in the early part of the 20th century.


This cookbook was likely owned by an unidentified woman. It is possible that she may have been of German ancestry given that there are a number of recipes for German desserts in the volume.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2008-M149

The cookbook of Anonymous was given to the Schlesinger Library by Evelyn Fox Lelyveld in September 2008.

Processing Information

Processed: September 2008

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: September 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

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