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COLLECTION Identifier: A/S525

Cookbook of Dorothy Shaffer, 1912-1953


Handwritten cookbook of Dorothy B. Shaffer


  • 1912-1953

Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook created by Dorothy B. Shaffer 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.


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Collection contains a handwritten cookbook in German begun by Shaffer's aunt in 1912 when she was living in Vienna, Austria. It also contains a few recipes written in England during World War II and Buffalo, New York, in 1953, and a dedication to Shaffer from her grandmother, Etelka Steiner Herrmann. It also contains recipes clipped from newspapers and typed recipes pasted in the volume. It includes recipes for sauces, cakes, omelettes, pate, soups, meats, desserts, salads, sausage, and applesauce.


Dorothy A. (Browne) Shaffer was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923. She married Lloyd Hamilton Shaffer in New York City, in 1943. The couple had three daughters: Deborah, Diana, and Dorothy Tien Shaffer. She was a graduate of Radcliffe College (MA 1945, Ph.D 1962) and a professor of mathematics at Fairfield University in Connecticut. She died in Stamford, Connecticut, in 2013, and is buried there.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 95-M92

The Cookbook of Dorothy B. Shaffer was given to the Schlesinger Library by Dorothy B. Shaffer in July 1995.

Processing Information

Processed: July 1995

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: November 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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