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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 320

Papers of Helen Duprey Bullock, 1953-1975


Correspondence, recipes, menus, etc., of Helen Claire Duprey Bullock, author and historian.


  • 1953-1975

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Helen Duprey Bullock 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.


.63 linear feet (1 + 1/2 file boxes)
This collection is composed primarily of correspondence, collections of recipes and menus, and research notes. A volume of Helen Duprey Bullock's reminiscences of the early days of the Colonial Williamsburg restoration is included.


Helen Duprey Bullock, author and historian, has been a senior editor and historian for the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1950. She is the author of Williamsburg Art of Cookery (1938) and My Head and My Heart: A Little History of Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway (1942).

At the University of California, Berkeley, Helen Duprey majored in social and cultural history and was a part time journalist. Her engagement to a student of architecture, Orin Bullock, led her to take courses in the history of architecture. In 1925, after their graduations, the Bullocks moved to Boston, where she continued to work as a free-lance journalist.

Moving with her husband to Williamsburg, Virginia, Bullock joined the Research Department of Colonial Williamsburg in 1929. Her interest in American history, her hobby of cooking, and her journalistic training led to her career as author and lecturer in the field of early American cookery. After her divorce in 1939, Bullock worked at the University of Virginia Library (1939-1941) and at the Library of Congress (1941-1950) before joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 80-M5

This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Helen Duprey Bullock in March 1980.


  1. Box 1: 1-13
  2. Box 2: 14-24

Processing Information

Processed: June 1981

By: Judith Avrett
Link to catalog
Bullock, Helen Duprey, 1904-1995. Papers of Helen Duprey Bullock, 1953-1975: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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