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COLLECTION Identifier: A/C189

Cookbook of Margaret Campbell, 1901


Handwritten cookbook of Margaret Campbell, who was born in Scotland and immigrated to the United States in the early 20th century.


  • Creation: 1901

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook created by Margaret Campbell is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.

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


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The collection consists of a handwritten cookbook titled "Plain Class Cookery," compiled by Maggie Campbell when living in Edinburgh. The cookbook contains detailed recipes for foods including soups, meat dishes, souffles, cakes, puddings, sweet and savory tarts, prune casserole, jam, and "Dutch Flummery," a dessert involving gelatin and Madeira or sherry. Many of the recipes conclude with a "Remarks" section, giving tips or guidelines for successful completion of the recipe. An index is included at the end of the cookbook.


Margaret "Maggie" Campbell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1872, the daughter of Daniel Campbell and Elisa Lawson-McLaren Campbell. She had three brothers: Neil, John, and Charles. At some point after 1908, Campbell immigrated to the United States, where she became known as "Peggy" rather than "Maggie." She lived with her brother Charles Macfie Campbell (chair of Harvard Medical School's department of psychology, ca.1920-1943) and his wife Jessie, acting as a companion to Jessie and helping to care for the family's children. For several months in 1942, she lived in Santa Barbara, California, with the wife of her nephew Charles, helping care for her two small children while Charles served in World War II. She returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1943, and eventually lived with the family of her niece Edith. She died in the early 1950s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M56

The cookbook of Margaret Campbell was given to the Schlesinger Library by her great-niece, Sophronia Camp, in April 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2021

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.

Campbell, Margaret, 1872-. Cookbook of Margaret Campbell, 1901: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Sibyl Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1955 Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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