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Whitney cookery collection

Collection Data

Description
Collection consists of seventeen English and American manuscripts dating from the early 15th century to the late 19th century. In addition to cooking recipes, most of the manuscripts also contain medicinal recipes and remedies, as well as mixtures for cleaning solutions and other household items.
Names
Whitney, Helen Hay, 1875-1944 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1400 - 1895 (Approximate)
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3318
Topics
Cooking -- England
Cooking -- Mexico
Cooking -- United States
Medicine
Genres
Manuscripts
Cookbooks
Recipes
Formularies (Medicine)
Notes
Content: The manuscripts date from the 15th century to the 19th century. Of the 17 manuscripts, 15 are English, one American and one Mexican. In addition to cookery recipes most of the manuscripts also contain medicinal recipes and remedies, as well as mixtures for cleaning solutions and other household items. An inventory of the entire Whitney Cookery Collection was made by Lewis M. Stark and published by the Library in 1946. The first 17 entries give bibliographic descriptions of the manuscripts in the collection and these are supplemented by information in the introductory pages of the text. One of the volumes (#12) appears to have been rebound since the descriptions were made, but in general the descriptions are still accurate. As noted by Stark some of the manuscripts are of interest not only for their content, but for their calligraphy and illustrations as well. The collection as a whole has significant artifactual value due to the scarcity of surviving cookery manuscripts.
Acquisition: 1945, Received from Estate of Helen Hay Whitney
Additional physical form: Fifteenth century cookery manuscript available on microfilm; New York Public Library Mexican cookery manuscript available on microfilm; New York Public Library
Language: Mexican cookery manuscript in Spanish
Physical Description
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (17 v.)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11996402
MSS Unit ID: 3318
RLIN/OCLC: NYPW94-A429
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7f162870-54e8-0138-7b13-31e4e2ea4c17
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