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COLLECTION Identifier: A/M5685: M-133, D26

Cookbook of Harriet C. Merrick, 1842


Cookbook containing recipes, household advice, etc. of Harriet C. Merrick.


  • 1842

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; use digital images or microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook created by Harriet C. Merrick, 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

The cookbook offers an important glimpse into New England foodways and contains some practical advice related to the upkeep of the home. Most of the recipes are desserts, including currant pudding, jumbles and gingerbread, which may have been family favorites. Other desserts were created to mark special events, such as election cake. Most of the recipes are legibly handwritten in ink. There are a few, written in pencil, that may be difficult to read. Also included are notes and recipes, which were signed by or attributed to relatives or friends, including Cornelia [?], Mary I. Barstow and Fanny Stebbins.


Harriet C. Merrick was most likely born in New England, possibly in the town of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 93-M43

The cookbook of Harriet C. Merrick was transferred from the Schlesinger Library book department in 1993.


Collection is available on microfilm (M-133, D26, 1 reel, 35 mm.), from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, through interlibrary loan.

Processing Information

The collection was previously cataloged as 641.5/M56

Processed: 1993

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: December, 2020By: Emilyn L. BrownThe 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.

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Repository Details

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