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Product Cookbooks Collection

Creator:
Wells, Ellen B.  Search this
Extent:
18 Cubic feet (20 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Cookbooks
Pamphlets
Date:
1874-2009
Summary:
The collection consists of cookbooks, but many would accurately be described as pamphlets. Also included are some labels from products that contain recipes. The cookbooks were produced by manufacturers of the ingredients of foods; by beverage producers; by the manufacturers of appliances for which certain recipes or ways of cooking were particularly appropriate; by trade associations; and by electric and power companies who produced cookbooks for their customers.
Scope and Contents:
These items are termed cookbooks because they contain recipes, but they would accurately be described as pamphlets. The collection also contains some labels from products that contain recipes. They were produced by manufacturers of the ingredients of foods; by beverage producers; by the manufacturers of appliances for which certain recipes or ways of cooking were particularly appropriate; by trade associations; and by electric and power companies who produced cookbooks for their customers. Many of the cookbooks advertise the products represented, and they reflect how companies wished to be seen throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many of the companies represented are national in scope.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series and is alphabetical by name of manufacturer. In box 15 there are no folders numbered 36 or 74.
Biographical / Historical:
This is an collection begun by the Archives Center to house examples of what is generally termed product cookboosk. These cookbooks are produced by manufacturers of the ingredients of foods; by beverage producers; by the manufacturers of appliances for which certain recipes or ways of cooking were particularly appropriate; by trade associations; and by electric and power companies who produced cookbooks for their customers and to ecourage use of their particular product.
Related Materials:
Materials held in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Frances S. Baker Product Cookbooks, circa 1900-1993 (AC0612)

Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Collection, 1949-1999 (AC0690)

Food Preservation and Home Canning Literature, 1883-1990 (AC1061)
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Ellen Wells on December 21, 1990.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Home economics -- 1870-1990  Search this
Women -- Nutrition -- 1870-1990  Search this
Food -- 1870-1990  Search this
advertising -- Cookbooks -- 1870-1990  Search this
Cookery -- 1870-1990  Search this
Genre/Form:
Cookbooks -- 1870-1990
Pamphlets -- 1870-1990
Citation:
Product Cookbooks Collection, 1874-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0396
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0396
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