Macaroni Pudding and a Good Cake: Digitizing and Transcribing the Manuscript Cookbook Collection 1650-1896

Material Description

Kansas State University Libraries' Morse Department of Special Collections retains one of the largest cookery collections of its kind in the United States. Of particular interest to scholars is its collection of over 100 manuscript cookbooks from the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Germany, and Israel, which date from the 17th through the 20th centuries. These manuscript cookbooks are unique items, created for personal use by one or more individuals (usually women) for private use. As personally-created items, they are indicative of the social class of their creators and contain information about diet, health, and economics not usually found in printed cookbooks. The research potential for the manuscript cookbooks goes well beyond traditional food history studies. They are an indispensable wealth of multicultural studies that have only been available to researchers visiting Kansas State University. By developing a digital collection, these materials will be available globally for the first time since their creation.

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Ms. Allison Ringness
Kansas State University Libraries

Date Range

1650 - 1896

Geographic Scope

United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, and Germany.


  • 8000 Manuscripts