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M-369 Manuscript Cookbooks Collection

Repository: St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections

Title: M-369: Manuscript Cookbooks Collection

Date: ca. 1865 - ca. 1940

Extent: 8 books

Location note: Vertical Files and Vault cataloged books.

Language: English, French, German 

Abstract: This collection contains manuscript works about cooking, including recipes and tipped-in content about homemaking.

Scope and Content note: 

This collection contains four manuscript cookbooks, three published cookbooks with tipped-in content, and one manuscript homemaker's journal.

Of the four manuscript cookbooks, one cookbook is dated from around 1865, and contains hand-written recipes as well as tipped-in content for home remedies and household supplies. The second cookbook, probably from the mid-twentieth century, contains hand-written recipes. A third cookbook is mostly disbound and written in French, undated. The fourth cookbook is located in a "correspondence" ledger, and contains clippings pasted into the book as well as handwritten recipes. The book likely dates from the early 20th century.

The three cookbooks with tipped in content are:

My mother's cook book. St. Louis: Woodward, Tiernan & Hale, 1875. This cookbook contains a few hand-written recipes written on lined paper at the back of the book.

Child, Lydia Maria.The American frugal housewife : dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy. Boston : Russell, Shattuck, & Co., 1836. This cookbook contains hand-written recipes tipped in at the back of the book, as well as home remedies and newspaper articles.

Universal Koch Buch fur Stadt und Land. Mannheim: Berlag von J. Bensheimer. 1841. This book contains one recipe, handwritten, in German, in the backmatter.

The manuscript homemaker's journal contains a few hand-written pages pertaining to home remedies. It is undated.

Controlled Access Headings:


  • Cookbooks


  • Cooking
  • Cooking, American
  • Cooking, French
  • Cooking, German

Conditions Governing Access note: This collection is open for research. A manuscript cookbook from ca. 1865 is available for perusal on the UMSL Digital Library.

Conditions Governing Use note: Due to the rare and fragile nature of this resource, reproduction of the collection’s materials must be reviewed by library staff. Please contact the Library at 314-516-7247 for more information.

Copyright Information: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Fee Services: Fees associated with staff research time, cost recovery in reproductions processing time and materials, and licensing may apply.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at UM - St. Louis."