Collection Number: 05003

Collection Title: Mildred Council Papers (#5003) 1990s-2010s

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space
Abstract African American businesswoman and cook Mildred Council ("Dip") was born on a farm in rural Chatham County, N.C, in 1929. In 1957, Council became the manager of Bill's Barbecue, a restaurant owned by her father-in-law in Chapel Hill, N.C. She opened Mama Dip's Country Kitchen in Chapel Hill in 1976. The Mildred Council Papers consist of personal, family, and restaurant materials. The original deposit includes handwritten and typed drafts for Mama Dip's Kitchen (1999). The drafts contain extensive descriptions of farm life in North Carolina during the Depression of the 1930s; notes on Mildred Council's family in Chatham County, N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., and elsewhere; and information relating to ingredients and preparation of various southern-style recipes. The addition of January 2020 documents Mildred Council and her extended family in social, business, and church settings. Materials include correspondence, printed materials, writings, recipes, photographs, an interview, and scrapbooks with publicity about Mildred Council and Mama Dip's restaurant.
Creator Council, Mildred.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mildred Council Papers #05003, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Mildred Council of Chapel Hill, N.C., in November 1999 (Acc. 98504) and from Anita Council in January 2020 (Acc. 20200131.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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African American businesswoman and cook Mildred Council ("Dip") was born on a farm in rural Chatham County, N.C, in 1929. Her father, Ed Cotton, was a farmer, while her mother, Effie Edwards Cotton, taught school in Chatham County.

Council attended cosmetology school in Durham, N.C., graduating in 1947. She then married Joe Council, with whom she had eight children while holding down a variety of food preparation jobs. In 1957, Council became the manager of Bill's Barbecue, a restaurant owned by her father-in-law in Chapel Hill, N.C. She opened Mama Dip's Country Kitchen in Chapel Hill in 1976. Dip's has become a landmark for southern-style cooking in the region. In 1999, she published Mama Dip's Kitchen, which contains both recipes and reminiscences.

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The papers of African American businesswoman and cook Mildred Council consist of personal, family, and restaurant materials. The original deposit includes handwritten and typed drafts for Mama Dip's Kitchen (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). The drafts contain extensive descriptions of farm life in North Carolina during the Depression of the 1930s; notes on Mildred Council's family in Chatham County, N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., and elsewhere; and information relating to ingredients and preparation of various southern-style recipes. The addition of January 2020 documents Mildred Council and her extended family in social, business, and church settings. Materials include correspondence, printed materials, writings, recipes, photographs, an interview, and scrapbooks with publicity about Mildred Council and Mama Dip's restaurant.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Papers, 1996. (Original Deposit)

About 200 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 98504

The papers of African American businesswoman and cook Mildred Council consist of handwritten and typed drafts for Mama Dip's Kitchen (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). The drafts contain extensive descriptions of farm life in North Carolina during the Depression of the 1930s; notes on Mildred Council's family in Chatham County, N.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., and elsewhere; and information relating to ingredients and preparation of various southern-style recipes.

Box 1

Cookbook drafts #05003, Series: "Papers, 1996. (Original Deposit) " Box 1

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About 1000 paper items / 10 gigabytes.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 20200131.1

Processing Note: The collection was received from the donor as loose papers and arranged into format/subject groupings by the collecting archivists.

The addition of January 2020 consists of personal, family, and restaurant materials. Materials include correspondence, printed materials, writings, recipes, photographs, scrapbooks, and an interview.

Correspondence #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Greeting cards #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Hamlet Chapel Church CME programs and obituaries #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Awards and certificates #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Genealogy #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Recipes #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Restaurant papers and guide #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Cookbooks, guides to running a restaurant #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Notebooks with recipes and writings #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 1

Box 2

Democratic National Committee, 2008, 2016 #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 2

Simm Wilson Cotten honorable discharge from U.S. Navy, 1946 #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 2

Clippings about Mildred Council and Mama Dip's restaurant #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " Box 2

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05003/1

Certificate and clippings #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " OPF-05003/1

Image Box IB-5003/1-3

IB-5003/1

IB-5003/2

IB-5003/3

Photographs #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " IB-5003/1-3

Photographic prints depicting the restaurant, Mama Dip at community and related catering events, family (children Annette, Anita, Julia, Norma, Sandra, Geary, Joe, Roy, and William Council; husband Joe Council)

Oversize Volume SV-05003/1

Scrapbook about grandson Elijah Roy, 1997-1998 #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " SV-05003/1

Oversize Volume SV-05003/2

Scrapbook with printed materials featuring Mama Dip's restaurant #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " SV-05003/2

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Scrapbook with photographs, print materials, and other materials about Mildred Council and Mama Dip's restaurant #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " SV-05003/3

Digital Folder DF-05003/1

Carolina Week interview with Mildred Council (Mama Dip) #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " DF-05003/1

Digital Folder DF-05003/2

Photo slideshow featuring images of Mildred Council's life and funeral, 2018 #05003, Series: "Papers, 1990s-2010s. (Addition of January 2020) " DF-05003/2

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Processing Information

This finding aid compiles archival collecting, description, and preservation work performed by: Nancy Kaiser, Chaitra Powell, Patrick Cullom, and Rebecca Stubbs, January 2020

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2020

The revised finding aid compiles archival collecting, description, and preservation work performed by: Clare Carlson, Jessica Venlet, Chaitra Powell, and Nancy Kaiser, April 2020.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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