A Guide to the Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde, c. 1860s-1910s Barnhill, Janet, Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde Ms2016-019

A Guide to the Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde, c. 1860s-1910s

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2016-019


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2019 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2016-019
Title
Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde, c. 1860s-1910s
Physical Characteristics
2.4 Cubic Feet 2 boxes
Creator
McBryde, Cora Bolton, 1839-1920
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of a handwritten recipe book belonging to Cora Bolton McBryde, as well as three peraonal artifacts: an anniversary plate, a Tiffany & Co. silver spoon, and a metal mold. Most of the materials are undated, other than the plate (1913), but they likely date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Cora Bolton McBryde was the wife of John McLaren McBryde, president of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College before and during the transition to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (shortened to Virginia Polytechnic Institute). The pitcher and cup were added in 2018.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde, Ms2016-019, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Materials in the collection were donated to Special Collections in two separate accession: The cookbook in 2013 and the artifacts in 2016. Additional items were donated in 2018.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde was completed in December 2016. The pitcher, cup, and stand were added to the collection in 2018.


Biographical Note

Cora Bolton was born to James (1812-1869) and Anna Maria Harrison (1813-1873) Bolton in Richmond, Virginia, on August 4, 1839. She was the eldest of six children. Her father was a physician who worked in the Richmond area, includnig during the Civil War. In 1860, Cora, then 19, was living with her family there.

Cora married John McLaren McBryde on November 18, 1863. They had eight children, six of whom lived to adulthood: Janet (1864-1869), James (1866-1925), Anna (later Anna Davidson) (1868-1948) John (1870-?), Charles (1872-1962), Susan (1874-1951), Meade (1877-1959), and Waid (abt. 1878-?). The 1880 census places the McBryde family in Knoxville, Tennessee, where John McBryde was teaching at the time.

By 1891, they had settled in Blacksburg, where Cora would spend the remaining 29 years of her life. Cora died in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1920 at the age of 80. She is buried in Westview Cemetery.

You can see several photographs of Cora and her family in a post on the Special Collections blog.

Sources: Cora Bolton McBryde on Find a Grave Ancestry Library Edition

Scope and Content

The Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde consists of a handwritten recipe book belonging to McBryde, as well as three peraonal artifacts: an anniversary plate, a Tiffany & Co. silver spoon, and a metal mold. Most of the materials are undated, other than the plate (1913), but they likely date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also contains a pitcher, cup, and stand, c. late 1890s. More detailed description of each item is provided in the "Contents List" below.

Related Material

Other collections in Special Collections relating to the McBryde family include:

Records of the Office of the President, John McLaren McBryde, RG 2/5. Finding aid available online.
J. Bolton McBryde Collection, Ms1992-059. Finding aid available online.
Larry McBryde Collection on the John McLaren McBryde Family, Ms2013-024. Finding aid available online.
Polly Ashelman Collection on the John McLaren McBryde Family, Ms2019-017. Finding aid available online.
McBryde House Specification Records, Ms1999-010. Brief description available online. These materials are largely unprocessed, but are available for research.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • History of Food and Drink
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute

Contents List

artifact 1
Manuscript Cookbook
Scope and Content

This manuscript cookbooks (which also includes some recipes clipped from newspapers) belong to Cora Bolton McBryde. It's unclear when she began keeping it, but like many handwritten recipe books, it was added to over time (suggested by the changing writing tools) and may include additions from several generations (suggested by the various handwritings). The cookbook contains a wide variety of recipes, as well as planned (or intended) menus and some children's scrawls and scribbles. The majority of the recipes are for sweet dishes, including "Cora's Date Pudding," sponge and coffee cakes, puddings, snows, and icings. In addition, there are handwritten and clipped recipes for meat and fish dishes, vegetables, salad dressings, and breads. At least 3 recipes are attributed to "Flora," who could have been Cora's daughter-in-law, Flora Webster McBryde (wife of John, Jr.).

artifact 2
Silver Tiffany & Co. spoon with "McB" monogram
Scope and Content

This Tiffany & Co. silver spoon belonged to Cora and was passed down through her family. It includes the original blue Tiffany & Co. bag.

artifact 3
Metal mold (turban pan), c.1910s-1930s
Scope and Content

This metal mold (also called a turban pan) generally dates to the 1910s-1930s. Since Cora McBryde died in 1920, it likely comes from one of the earlier decades.

artifact 4
50th Anniversary cake plate, November 1913
Scope and Content

This white plate is decorated with a gold leaf design. A note on the bottom indicates it was received in celebration of John and Cora McBryde's 50th wedding anniversary (November 18, 1913).

artifact 5
Silver-plated pitcher with cup and stand, c. late 1890s
Scope and Content

The pitcher was used in the Grove by Cora and John McBryde, and was kept on a hall table in the house.