A Guide to the Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book, 1842-1918 Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book Ms2011-088

Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book, 1842-1918

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-088


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Processed by: Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-088
Title
Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book, 1842-1918
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
Carter, Zoonomia D. Hoxey, fl.1840s-1850s
Language
English
Abstract
The Macon County, AL household book keeps: a variety of recipes and outline of slave duties. Entires within the book range from 1858 to 1918. Within the pages of the book, there are also a variety of letters and clipped articles kept in a scrapbook fashion.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book, Ms2011-088, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections, Virginia Tech purchased the Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book in August 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Macon County, Alabama, Household and Recipe Book was completed in October 2011.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one household and recipe book from Macon County, AL. A variety of writers left entries within the journal, most notably Miss Zoonomia d. Hoxey Carter and Mrs. M. P. Edwards.

A majority of the collection pertains to culinary interests. There are numerous recipes for cakes and icings, "messy" doughnuts, "pickels,"and breads. Some unique entries include a "Japanese Salad, "Rusk," and beer. Most of recipes contain a listing of ingredients and appropriate "method." However, some measurements maybe: unfamiliar (e.g. "saltspoon") or ambigous (e.g. wine glass) to the contemporary chef.

Written also within the book is an elaborate "description of servants duties." Each slave receives his/her own section that outlines specific tasks and times for schedules on which they should be executed. Collectively, all were responsible for: meals, the master's children, other slaves, clean rooms, livestock, firewood, laundry, gardening, and the masters themselves.

Folded between the pages are also several letters of personal correspondence, poetry, prayer. Though one letter is undated, others range from 1842 to 1891.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • History of Food and Drink

Contents List

Box 1
Recipe Book, 1842-1918

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Carter, Zoonomia D. Hoxey, fl.1840s-1850s