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OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Title: Food Preservation and Home Canning Literature Collection

Collection Date(s): 1883-1980

Extent and Forms of Material: 2.5 cubic feet, (6 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Creator: Dr. Mary Eloise Green

Abstract: Over a period of approximately 25 years, Dr. Mary Eloise Green of Ohio State University collected a wide variety of materials pertaining to food preservation and home canning techniques. She acquired associated pamphlets, manuals, and recipe booklets from companies as well as governmental agencies.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1061

Processing Note: Processed by Robert Ageton (volunteer) and Beatrice Kelly (intern), 2009; supervised by Alison Oswald, archivist.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Food Preservation and Home Canning Literature Collection, 1883-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative/Biographical History: Dr. Mary E. Green, a professor in the Food and Nutrition Division of the School of Economics at Ohio State University, studied and collected documentation and artifacts pertaining to the home preservation of food.

Scope and Content: This collection containsprinted materials on various aspects of food preservation, which includes canning, pickling, freezing, and other methods. Recipe books, instruction manuals, posters, brochures and pamphlets issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, by manufacturers of food products, and by manufacturers of canning and preserving products and devices; also newsletters published by bottle and jar collecting hobby groups. A large percentage of the publications in the collection were published during World War II, and relate to preserving food to ensure an adequate food supply during the war years.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Product Literature, 1880s-1970s
Series 2, Price Guides, 1970-1977
Series 3, General Publications, 1934-1980
Series 4, Posters, undated

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated by Mary E. Green on October 1, 1976.

Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry in 2006.

Related Archival Materials: Researchers should also consult the Louisan E. Mamer Rural Electrification Administration Papers, 1927-2002 (AC #862).

Related Artifacts: The Division of Work and Industry holds artifacts related to this collection (Accession #322793) including canning jars and food preservation devices.

Access Points:

Subject/Topical:
Food--Preservation
Canning & preserving--1920-1930
Canning & preserving--1930-1940
Canning and preserving industry and trade
Fruit jars, Glass

Form/Genre:
Periodicals
Pamphlets
Posters
Guidebooks
Recipes
Radio scripts
Manuals
Books

Occupations:
Collecting.
Home economics.

CONTAINER LISTING

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Product Literature, 1880s-1970s

1

1

Ball Brothers Company (pamphlets), 1930s-1960s

 

2

Ball Brothers Company (book, columns, pamphlets), 1970s and undated

 

3

Bernardin (pamphlets), undated

 

4

Canco: American Can Company (pamphlets, manuals, periodical), 1945-1959

 

5

Container Corporation of America (pamphlet), undated

 

6

Cornell Bulletin (periodicals), 1939-1954

 

7

Corning Glass Works (pamphlet), 1956

 

8

Diamond Crystal Salt Company (pamphlets), undated

 

9

Dow Chemical Company (pamphlet, recipes), undated

 

10

Florida Agricultural Extension Service (pamphlet), 1960

 

11

General Foods Corporation (pamphlet), undated

 

12

Georgia Experiment Station (periodical), 1946

 

13

Glass Container Manufacturers Institute (pamphlets), undated

 

14

Good Housekeeping Institute (pamphlet), undated

 

15

Hazel-Atlas Glass Company (pamphlets), undated

 

16

H.J. Heinz Company (book, pamphlet), 1943

2

1

International Harvester Company (pamphlets, manual) 1949-1950

 

2

Iowa State College Agricultural Extension Service (pamphlets), 1941-1949

 

3

Karo, Corn Products Refining Company (pamphlets), undated

 

4

Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation (pamphlets, recipes), 1940s

 

5

Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation (pamphlets, manual), 1950s

 

6

Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corporation (pamphlets, periodical, manual), 1970s and undated

 

7

Libby, McNeill & Libby (pamphlets), 1950

 

8

Michigan State College (periodicals), 1945

 

9

National Canners Association (periodicals, pamphlets), 1937-1960

 

10

North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service (periodical), 1951

 

11

Ohio State University (periodicals, pamphlets, manuals), 1938-1966

 

12

Rutgers, the State University, College of Agriculture (periodicals), 1958

 

13

Sears, Roebuck and Company (manual), 1946

 

14

United States Department of the Interior (periodicals), 1943-1955

3

1

United States Department of Agriculture (periodicals, pamphlets), 1880s-1930s

 

2

United States Department of Agriculture (pamphlets, radio scripts, manuals, posters), 1940s

 

3

United States Department of Agriculture (pamphlet, periodicals), 1940s

 

4

United States Department of Agriculture (pamphlets, manual), 1950s

 

5

United States Department of Agriculture (pamphlets, periodicals), 1960s

 

6

University of California at Berkeley (pamphlet, periodical), 1946-1958

 

7

University of Delaware (periodicals), 1927-1931

 

8

University of Maryland (pamphlet), 1949

 

9

University of Massachusetts (pamphlet), 1951

 

10

University of Minnesota (pamphlet), 1951

 

11

State College of Washington (pamphlet), 1951

 

12

Wear-Ever (periodical), undated

 

13

West Virginia University (periodicals), 1951

 

14

University of Wisconsin (periodical), 1935

 

15

Miscellaneous Product Literature (pamphlets, dust cover), undated and 1957-1958

 

 

Series 2, Price Guides, 1970-1977

4

1

The Red Book of Fruit Jars #1,2 (manual), 1970-1973

 

2

The Red Book of Fruit Jars #3 (manual), 1977

 

3

Fruit Jar Manual and Price Guide (manual), 1973

 

 

Series 3, General Publications, 1934-1980

4

4

General Articles (periodicals), 1969-1977

 

5

General – Frozen Foods (pamphlets, periodicals), 1949-1967

 

6

General – History (comic, pamphlet), undated

 

7

General – Dehydration (pamphlets), 1943 and undated

 

8

General – Manuals, 1972-1974

 

9

General – Milk Bottles (books), 1970-1972

 

10

General – Pontilled Fruit Jars (pamphlet), undated

 

11

A Century of Antique Canadian Glass Fruit Jars (book), 1970

5

1

Canadian Fruit Jar Collector (periodicals), 1973-1976

 

2

From Great Aunt May’s Cellar (book), 1967

 

3

Fruit Jars: Canister to Kerr (book), 1971

 

4

Fruit Jar Clearing House (periodical), 1971-1973

 

5

Fruit Jar Forum (periodical), 1971-1973

 

6

Fruit Jar News (periodical), 1975

 

7

Fruit Jar News (periodical), 1976-1977

 

8

Fruit Jar News (periodical), 1978-1979

 

9

Fruit Jar Newsletter/News (periodical), 1973-1974

 

10

Granny Kath’s Kitchen (periodical), 1973-1975

 

11

Granny Kath’s Kitchen (periodical), 1975-1976

6

1

Granny Kath’s Kitchen (newsletter), 1977-1979

 

2

Granny Kath’s Kitchen (newsletter), 1979-1980

 

3

Industrial Progress, U.S.A. (pamphlet), 1954

 

4

Journal of Home Economics (periodical), 1934

 

5

Sugar Information, Inc. (pamphlets), undated

 

6

Western Collector (periodicals), 1969

 

7

Westinghouse (pamphlet, periodicals), 1949

 

8

Bottle Makers and Their Marks (book), 1971

 

 

Series 4, Posters, undated

 

O/S Folder 1

The Pressure Cooker Method of Home Canning, National Pressure Cooker Company, undated (30.75” x 17.25”)

 

O/S Folder 2

The “Inside Story” of a Modern Home Freezer (series of 10 units), undated (16.76” x 21.75”)

 

O/S Folder 3

Food Preservation: From Cave Man to Kitchen, undated (26.75” x 39.75”)

 

O/S Folder 4

Canned Food Buying Guide: Common Container Sizes, National Canners Association, undated (24” x 37”)

 

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