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Manuscript book of food, medicinal, and domestic receipts from the American South

Identifier: MSS 0097-Item 0150

Scope and Content Note

This nineteenth-century American manuscript, with entries and items dating from 1852-1878, includes handwritten cooking, medicinal, and domestic recipes, along with clippings of recipes, poems, puzzles and similar items.

Recipes include clippings and handwritten cookery recipes, primarily for desserts, including Sallie Lunn cake, fruit cake, huckleberry cake, jambalaya, jumbo, baked oysters, green tomato pickle, and musk melon preserves. Medicinal entries include a blood purifier, as well as cures for earache and the piles. Additional household recipes include one for the hair, a hint on preventing tin from rusting, and a "useful perfume."

In addition to recipes, the clippings include sentimental poems, prayers, humorous items, and a dictionary of musical terms on the end pastedown. There are handwritten poems, including one on page four addressed "To my dear sister" and dated 1852. Eight pressed flowers, probably pansies, are laid-in.

This volume consists of approximately forty-five filled pages of a variety of handwritten items and clippings in no discernible order. Many pages have been left blank, likely done by the owner to preserve space for later additions. The binding is bound in leather with crudely shaped ovals on front and back for inlays, with a small amount of decorative blind stamping along the borders. The spine is missing.


  • Creation: approximately 1852-1878


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Historical Note

The creator of this nineteenth-century American manuscript and clippings book is unknown, though some clues to its Southern origin are found in handwritten passages and one dated memorial clipping. Many recipes represent Southern regional cooking, and there are references to New Orleans, Natchez, Kentucky, and Texas within the book.

One handwritten passage is written in ink, dated "New Orleans, March 14th 1861." Several pages of recipes are laid in on two leaves of paper bearing the name and address, " Emma M. Vennogerholz (?), Pewee Valley, Oldham County, Kentucky." The clipping is a poem published "in memory of Dr. T. D. Manning, who died in Holly Spring, Mississippi, on September 20th, 1878, by Mrs. M.E. Whitten," with publication date September 28, 1878, Austin, Texas.

Biographical information derived from collection.


1 volume (circa 45 pages) ; 26 cm


This anonymous mid- to late-nineteenth century American manuscript and clippings book includes numerous recipes, many with ties to the cuisine of the American South. It also includes handwritten and pasted-in home remedies, poems, puzzles, and stories.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.


Processed and encoded by Lynda Gillow, June 2007.

Manuscript book of food, medicinal, and domestic receipts from the American South
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2007 June 20
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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