Manuscript copy of paper from Annie K. Southwick recipe book
Scope and Content
Single page of five handwritten recipes (spelled “receipt”) originally found in Annie K. Southwick's recipe book. All recipes are written in paragraph format without a separate list of ingredients or measurements.
- Creation: October 1884
- Southwick, Annie K. (Person)
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Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.
Derived from the Latin “recipere” (meaning “to receive” or “to take”) “receipt” and “recipe” books have a long history. Originally, both terms were used interchangeably and referred to instructions for the preparation of medicinal mixtures. It wasn’t until the mid-1700s that the terms began to be applied to instructions for food preparation and it would take until the early 20th century for the term “recipe” to fully replace the term “receipt”. The popularity of both handwritten and published recipe books in the United States reached its height in the 18th and 19th centuries. This newfound popularity is attributed to both increased literacy and mobility in the population, as well as a growth in the immigrant population which encouraged the writing down of traditional and family recipes.
This single manuscript page was originally inserted in a full handwritten recipe book attributed to Annie K. Southwick and dated almost 10 years earlier in March 1875.
.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
Single page of five handwritten recipes originally found in Annie K. Southwick's recipe book.
This is a single item collection.
R 72, C 3, S 6
Included in donation by George Mason University professor of English, Rosemary J. Poole, in 1998.
Rees, John. 2017. “Digitizing Material Culture: Handwritten Recipe Books, 1600–1900.” Circulating Now from the NLM Historical Collections. April 13, 2017. https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2017/04/13/digitizing-material-culture-handwritten-recipe-books-1600-1900/.
Veit, Helen Zoe. 2017. “The Making of the Modern American Recipe.” Smithsonian Magazine. September 19, 2017. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-modern-american-recipe-180964940/.
Processing completed by Meghan Glasbrenner in September 2023. Finding aid completed by Meghan Glasbrenner in September 2023.
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