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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1212

Papers of Elizabeth Ahn Toupin, 1952-2009


Correspondence, drafts, clippings, and financial materials regarding the culinary work of Elizabeth Ahn Toupin.


  • 1952-2009


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Ahn Toupin 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.


1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)
0.225238 Megabytes

The papers of Elizabeth Ahn Toupin include correspondence (largely professional), financial, legal, and publicity documents, newspaper clippings, curriculum vitae, recipes, and drafts of cookbooks. These materials document her career as a cookbook author. Folder titles in quotes were provided by Toupin; other titles were created by the archivist. Quotes found in titles for folders 1.7-1.10 indicate Toupin's original folder titles for what appears to be an in-progress cookbook with multiple working titles.


Korean American cookbook author Elizabeth Ahn Toupin was born and raised in Hawaii, the youngest child of Won Kiu Ahn and Chung Shong Ahn. She received a BS in political science from Bennington College in 1948 and an MS in labor management relations from the University of Hawaii. While at the University of Hawai'i she participated in the Hawaiian statehood movement and acted as a campaign manager for Hawaiian politician Allen Saunders. She worked as an intelligence specialist in NATO affairs and later as a research assistant to Senator Daniel Inouye, whom she met while studying at the University of Hawai'i. She married Richard A. Toupin, a scientist at IBM, and the couple had three children. Toupin also served as associate dean of liberal arts at Tufts University, a role in which she co-authored several papers on diversity in higher education. She is also the author of The Entertaining Wife or The Lady Who Came to Dinner (1963), and The Hawaii Cookbook and Backyard Luau (1967).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2013-M50

The papers of Elizabeth Ahn Toupin were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elizabeth Ahn Toupin in March 2013.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Tufts Archival Research Center; see Elizabeth Ahn Toupin Papers, 1935-2013 (MS064).

Processing Information

Processed: February 2023

By: Dominic Scheidegger, with assistance from Janin I. Escobedo Garcia.

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.

Toupin, Elizbeth Ahn. Papers of Elizabeth Ahn Toupin, 1952-2009: A Finding Aid
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