Obenshain Culinary Collection A Collection in Special Collections

Obenshain Culinary Collection, c.1930s-1980s Ms.2011.089

A Collection in Special Collections


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Obenshain Culinary Collection,c.1930s-1980s
0.2 Cubic Feet, 1 box
English .
The Obenshain Culinary Collection contains a variety of recipes, cooking guides, and nutritional information from the 1930s-1980s. All items reside within two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Obenshain Culinary Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Obenshain Culinary Collection, Ms2011-089, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections, Virginia Tech acquired the Obenshain Culinary Collection in September 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Obenshain Culinary Collection was completed in October 2011.

Scope and Content note

The collection consists of two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications. Most of the material in the collection is undated.

The Notecards and Clipping series includes recipes that are both handwritten and clipped from magazines, boxes, and newspapers. Alongside recipes for dishes like preacher cookies, chicken and rice, and lemon sauce, the series also contains small guides on diet and cooking methods. A majority of the series resides within a metal recipe box.

The Publication series contains a variety of pamphlets. Like the prior series, this one houses recipes and nutritional guides. Instead of being typed, written, or clipped, the information has been published in pamphlet form. Sources include The Roanoke Times and the Home Economics Department of the Kellogg Company.


The Obenshain Culinary Collection is arranged in two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications. Most of the notecards are in their original order in a recipe card box. Loose notecards and clippings are in a small folder. Publications are in alphabetical order by title.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • History of Food and Drink

Container List

Notecards and Clippings
box-folder 1 folder: 1box Card File 1
box-folder 1 folder: 2