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Oregon Food and Farming History

Archival and Manuscript Collections Related to Recipes and Cooking

Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection, ca. 1860-present

"According to the OAC catalog, this class was "a course designed to give advanced students of Home Economics training in application of principles of cookery to conditions found in the camp." P047:0013

The Memorabilia Collection is an artificial collection containing items of interest about Oregon State University and to a lesser extent, the city of Corvallis, and the state of Oregon. The Memorabilia Collection includes information about Oregon State University buildings and campus development; academic departments and programs; research, extension, and outreach; faculty, staff, and alumni; student organizations; intercollegiate and intramural athletics; and other campus events, activities, and issues.

Several things of note in the collection are:

  • Box-Folder 45.6: Cookbooks, 1926-1991 - "Aunt Sammy's Radio Recipes" USDA publication (1926), "A Time of Horses, Cattle and Sheep: cookbook" (1991)
  • Box-Folder 136.1: Recipes, 1913-1985 - OAC Bulletins cookbooks (1913-1925), "Kent House Cook Book" (1967), Rediscovering German Cookery (1976), Food Fair cookbook (1985)
  • Box-Folder 142.10: Seeley, Mirian Thayer (Faculty, 1912-1918) - Cooking Notes (1913) notebook with handwritten notations on cooking, recipes
  • Box-Folder 151.5: Student Home Economics Association - International Friendship Tea "Breads of the World" with recipes (1974)

Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection, 1930-1985 

The Multnomah County Extension Home Economics Units Collection includes eight scrapbooks assembled by members of four Home Economics Extension units in Multnomah County, as well as other photographs which document Home Economics unit activities in the area. Various topics include cooking projects, food preservation, and more. Among the subjects covered in the workshops are metric system conversion, food preservation, automotive maintenance, pants fitting and alteration, upholstery, and the at-home development of cleaning supplies.

Food Science and Technology Department Records, 1924-2006

The Food Science and Technology Department Records document the instruction, research, and extension programs and include correspondence, research files, minutes, day files, travel reports, grants and awards information, Extension Station reports, and Seafoods Lab reports. Recipes related to the seafood lab in Astoria are included, as well as research for bugs as food. 

Chatter Club/Friendship Internationale Scrapbook, 1964-1977

The Chatter Club/Friendship Internationale was established by unmarried foreign female students and the wives of international students and staff. The group had several activities that they did together, including cooking, sewing, child care, etc., in addition to meeting on a monthly basis. Though the collection is small, it holds a scrapbook that covers the club's activities, including cooking and event receptions that they held.

Extension Family and Community Health Program Records, 1956-2012

The bulk of the collection consists of slide presentations, workshop leader guides and participant handouts, newsletters and other publications, and video productions on food buying, food preservation, meal preparation, and nutrition, including recipes. A large majority of the materials were generated or assembled by Carolyn Raab, Judith Forest, and Velma Seat, who served as Extension Food and Nutrition Specialists, and document educational programming on food buying, food preservation, meal preparation, and nutrition.

Ronald V. and John G. Hogg Papers, 1918-1922

The Hogg Papers consist primarily of class notebooks and photographs created by brothers Ronald V. and John G. Hogg. The class notebooks are for a variety of agriculture courses including agricultural economics, bee culture, crop production, farm accounts, hippology, and horticulture; as well as other science and general university courses. Of note in this collection are the papers regarding camp cooking during this time period. 

Fred Eckhardt Papers, 1879-2013 

The Fred Eckhardt Papers covers a broad range of topics related to craft beer brewing, as well as sake and wine making. Included are historical and contemporary brewing practices; research files and personal notes about northwest, regional, national, and international breweries; and photographs of brewing operations, brewers, national and international travels, and industry events. The Fred Eckhardt Papers include recipes and commentary on food and beer pairings, as well as cooking with beer.

Several things of note in the collection are:

  • Box-Folder 2.03: Fred's Beer from Otto's Times and Oregonian, 1978-1981
  • Box-Folder 2.04: Fred's Full Beer List: All Beers, All Categories, 1989
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 3: Articles and Correspondence, 1971-2013
    • This subseries contains articles written, but not published by, Fred Eckhardt.  
  • Series 3: Teaching Materials and Lecture Notes, 1965-2001
    • This series includes lecture scripts, notes, and handouts from Fred Eckhardt’s speaking engagements and brewing courses. Instructional slideshows and lesson plans are also included and cover topics like homebrewing and beer analysis.

Basques of Harney County, Oregon, Oral History Collection, 1976-2001 

The Basques of Harney County, Oregon, Oral History Collection consists of transcripts and audiotapes of 15 oral history interviews conducted in 1976 and 1979 as part of an inventory of historic sites in Harney County. The interview with Josephine Ebar interview includes information about traditional cooking. The interviewees ranged in age from 30 to late 70s at the time of the interviews in 1976. Most of the interviewees were born in Spain and came to the United States in the 1910s and 1920s.

Some interviews that speak about cooking and recipes are:

  • Box-Folder 1.9: Barainca, Alsna, 197
  • Box-Item 2.11: Ebar, Josephine, September 21, 1976 

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center Records, 1987-2011

The Asian and Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) Records document the activities of the center and include event programs, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, panel displays, and digitized photograph albums. The photographs, posters, and panel displays comprise the bulk of the collection. This collection contains some material about cooking demonstrations at the APCC.

Centro Cultural César Chávez Records, 1973-2015

The Centro Cultural César Chávez Records document activities and events organized by the center such as staff retreats, open houses, César Chávez Tribute Month, holiday celebrations, lectures, and workshops pertaining to Latino/a community issues. Several files relate to cooking demonstrations at events sponsored by the CCCC. Of note is Series 4 in the collection as it hold several albums of pictures from past events, including the serving of food for the events and gatherings that they've held. 

Extension Service Records, 1903-2011

The Extension Service Records pertain to the administration and programmatic activities of the Oregon State University Extension Service. The records document policies and procedures, research activities, special events, and services provided to Oregonians at the state and county levels.This collection contains numerous records related to the Extension Service's demonstrations and education on food and cooking.

Some things of note in this collection:

  • Subgroup 1. Series I. Extension Specialists' Reports, 1911-1973. 
    • Box 40 - Food and Nutrition, 1919-1943.
    • Box 41 - Food and Nutrition, 1942-1963.
    • Box 42 - Food and Nutrition, 1963-1965.
    Subgroup 2. Series I. Administration, 1911-2001. 
    • Box 11 - 75th Anniversary of Extension, 1986-1987, Cookbook.
      • Has a cookbook of prize winning favorites from the Oregon 4-H club.
  • Subgroup 2. Series VI. Finance, 1911-1994.
    • Box 33 - Bankhead-Flanagan Fund - War Food (Public Law 76), 1944-1948 (2 folders).

Extension Service Photographs, 1900-2007

The Extension Service Photographs document Extension programs, activities, and staff throughout Oregon as well as Oregon agriculture. The bulk of the collection pertains to the three traditional Extension programmatic areas -- agriculture, home economics, and 4-HThis collection includes photographs related to a number of cooking clubs, demonstrations, and exhibits.

Recipes and Cooking in the Rare Books Collections

Recipes and Cooking in the Main Collection

Cooking and home economics generally is one of the strongest subcollections in the OSU Main Collection, given OSU's rich history in this field. In fact, there's a large collection of cookbooks on the first floor of the library!

Some fun books that we found using 1Search that are here at OSU: 

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