The McIntosh Cookery Collection includes nearly 7,500 books, pamphlets, and ephemeral items relating to the history of cookery in New England. Although there are many commercially-produced cookbooks reflecting New England cuisine from the early 19th century forward, the heart of the collection lies in three areas: cookbooks prepared by community organizations, usually for fundraising or charitable purposes; cookbooks prepared by corporations as marketing tools; and ephemera associated with food production, marketing, or consumption.
Reflecting the evolution of food preferences, cooking techniques, and domestic technologies, the McIntosh Cookery Collection also offers insight into important aspects of the lives of families and middle class women and men, immigrant and ethnic groups, and American corporate culture. Focused primarily on New England, the collection includes cookbooks from other states for comparative purposes.
The McIntosh Collection is growing rapidly and new entries are made regularly in the catablog. Check back regularly!
The Department of Special Collections welcomes assistance in building our historical collections. Please contact our curators for information on donating books, papers, photographs, menus, or other items.
Check out our latest project The New England Chowder Compendium
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