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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1006

Papers of Minnie Stimpson Turner, 1882-1936


Recipe books, diaries, and other papers of cooking instructor and Boston School of Cookery co-founder, Minnie Stimpson Turner.


  • 1882-1936


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Minnie Stimpson Turner 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) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 photograph folder)

The papers of Minnie Stimpson Turner contain recipe books; printed material relating to the Boston School of Cookery and Miss Farmer's School of Cookery; travel and other diaries; account books; and other papers. Folder titles were created by the archivist. Files are arranged alphabetically.


Minnie Stimpson Turner, daughter of Richard Devens and Elizabeth Frances Pearson Turner, was born March 27, 1865, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. She taught at the Burns School in Somerville, Massachusetts, and was the first woman elected to the Somerville School Board. Following her retirement in 1911, Turner taught at Miss Farmer's School of Cookery and later co-founded the Boston School of Cookery with Lucy G. Allen. During World War I, she carried out food conservation projects, including demonstrations on canning and drying food, for the National Civic Federation. After the War, she continued working with the National Civic Federation as director of the Bureau of Household Occupations. She died April 3, 1936.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 92-M148, 92-M157

The papers of Minnie Stimpson Turner were given to the Schlesinger Library by Turner's grandnephew, Wilbur K. Raymond in 1992.

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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