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Collector:
Pillsbury Company  Search this
Extent:
2.15 Cubic feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Print advertising
Tear sheets
Cookbooks
Videotapes
Date:
1933-1998
Scope and Contents:
Material documenting Pillsbury's Bake-Off from its inception in 1949 through its 50th anniversary in 1999. Papers include primarily cookbooks issued after Bake-Offs, biographies of contestants and VHS videos of five Bake-Offs.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into fivce series. Series 1: Historical Background Series 2: Cookbooks, 1933-1998 Series 3: Bake-Off Contestants, 1957-1998 Series 4: Videotapes of Bake-Offs, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1976, 1996 Series 5: Advertisements, 1949-1983
Historical:
The Pillsbury Company donated these materials to the Archives Center in 1999 as part of the company's celebration of its fiftieth anniversary of the Pillsbury Bake-Off. The inspiration for the contest was to acquire recipes using Pillsbury's Best Enriched Flour for placement inside bags of the flour. The first contest, held in New York City's Waldorf Astoria in 1949, was so successful that Pillsbury decided to hold the contest each year. In the mid-1970s, however, the Bake-Off began to be held every other year with the result that the 50th anniversary Bake-Off in 1998 was, in fact, the 38th contest. An indicator of the status of this on-going baking event, especially in its early years, was the attendance of Eleanor Roosevelt at the first contest, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at the second, and Mamie Eisenhower in 1962.
Provenance:
Collection donated by The Pillsbury Company, through Ms. Jackie Peterson (letter from Craig Orr to her, April 5, 2001).
Restrictions:
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:
Contests -- United States  Search this
Food  Search this
Housewives -- United States  Search this
Baking  Search this
Baked products  Search this
Cookery, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Print advertising
Tear sheets -- 1940-2000
Cookbooks
Videotapes
Citation:
Pillsbury Bake-Off Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0690
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Pillsbury Company Bake-Off Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8de1356a4-28a8-42ea-ae72-60faf4ca28b7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0690