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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1213

Cookbooks of Isabella Coolidge Councilman, 1915-1961


Handwritten cookbooks created by Isabella Coolidge Councilman.


  • 1915-1961


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbooks created by Isabella Coolidge Councilman 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.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

Collection consists of two handwritten cookbooks created by Isabella Coolidge Councilman. Volume 1 is titled Cooking Recipes and features tabbed sections for different types of recipes such as bread, meat, fish, and dessert. The volume is inscribed "Isabella Coolidge Councilman 1915 from Aunt Julia Coolidge" and features mainly American recipes including fish balls, veal loaf, and oatmeal cookies. Many of the recipes were added later by her daughter, Isabella Councilman Wigglesworth, and include several recipes attributed to Julia Child. Volume 2 contains handwritten recipes for candies, desserts, seafood and meat entrees, and soups. Also included are recipes clipped from unidentified newspapers.


Isabella Coolidge Councilman, daughter of David Hill and Isabella Shurtleff Coolidge, was born March 20, 1861, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1894, she married pathologist William Thomas Councilman (1854-1933); they had three children, Isabella Coolidge Councilman Wigglesworth (1895-1989), Christiana Drummond Councilman Morgan (1897-1967), and Dr. Elizabeth Councilman Rogers (1899-1981). She was affiliated with the Arlington Street Church in Cambridge and was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and the Garden Club of America. Councilman died January 16, 1934.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M19

The cookbooks of Isabella Coolidge Councilman were given to the Schlesinger Library by Constance W. Holden.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2023

By: Johanna Carll

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.

Councilman, Isabella Coolidge, 1861-1934. Cookbooks of Isabella Coolidge Councilman, 1915-1961: 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 Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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