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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1012

Recipe collection of Olga Gruenberger Schiffer, 1935?-1983


Manuscript cookbook and collected recipes of Olga Gruenberger Schiffer, co-founder of the Window Shop and manager of the Window Shop restaurant.


  • 1935-1983


Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Olga Gruenberger Schiffer 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.


.83 linear feet (2 file boxes)

The recipe collection of Olga Gruenberger Schiffer consists of a manuscript cookbook in German kept by Schiffer; and loose recipes collected by Schiffer handwritten on index cards or clipped from magazines and newspapers with recipes, many of which are in German. Many of the recipes in the collection probably came from the 1935 edition of Wiener Küche. Some recipes were used in the Window Shop restaurant. Folder titles were created by the archivist. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Olga Gruenberger Schiffer was the daughter of Theresa Posiles Gruenberger and one of the founders of the Window Shop, an organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that offered employment to, and raised money for refugees from Germany and Austria during and after World War II. Schiffer ran the Window Shop restaurant, which served German and Austrian specialities.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2009-M174

The recipe collection of Olga Gruenberger Schiffer were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Eva Schiffer, in 2009.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Records of the Window Shop, 1939-2004 (MC 427).

Processing Information

Processed: August 2019

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.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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