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Collection Number: 70164

Collection Title: Jean Anderson Collection, 1940-2023

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Size 30 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 32400 items)
Abstract The collection of food and travel writer, cookbook author, and magazine editor Jean Anderson (1929-2023) contains diaries, scrapbooks, collected recipes in volumes and loose papers, subject files, research files, writings, and correspondence with chefs, food writers, editors, and others. Collection materials span her career from the 1940s until 2023. Subject files pertain to different foods, many associated with cuisines and foodways in the American South. Topics include "Muffins," "Gingerbread," "Corn pudding," and "Green Goddess" (salad dressing). Research files pertain to foodways and other topics including North Carolina pottery and travel in Portugal. A small sample of Anderson's extensive library of foodways publications she collected over her lifetime forms a published portion of this collection and includes community cookbooks and chefs' self-published cookbooks, chiefly from North Carolina and the South. Acquired as part of the Southern Historical Collection.
Creator Anderson, Jean, 1929-2023
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Jean Anderson Collection #70164, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Estate of Jean Anderson in September 2023 (20230915.2).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: Rebecca Stubbs and Biff Hollingsworth, January 2024

Encoded by: Laura Smith, January 2024

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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Jean Anderson (1929-2023) was a white writer and editor from Raleigh, N.C. She spent the majority of her career in New York, N.Y., as a food and travel writer with a specialty in cooking and foodways in the American South. Anderson wrote for numerous publications including Ladies' Home Journal and was the author of more than twenty books, including A Love Affair with Southern Cooking published in 2007 and Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters published in 2019.

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The collection of food and travel writer, cookbook author, and magazine editor Jean Anderson (1929-2023) contains diaries, scrapbooks, collected recipes in volumes and loose papers, subject files, research files, writings, and correspondence with chefs, food writers, editors, and others. Collection materials span her career from the 1940s until 2023. Subject files pertain to different foods, many associated with cuisines and foodways in the American South. Topics include "Muffins," "Gingerbread," "Corn pudding," and "Green Goddess" (salad dressing). Research files pertain to foodways and other topics including North Carolina pottery and travel in Portugal. A small sample of Anderson's extensive library of foodways publications she collected over her lifetime forms a published portion of this collection and includes community cookbooks and chefs' self-published cookbooks, chiefly from North Carolina and the South.

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Contents list

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Contains personal volumes, handwritten family recipes, and other papers. Of note are several volumes from Anderson's early life and career, such as her time as a student at Cornell University. Includes Anderson’s handwritten travel diaries, especially from various trips to Portugal.

Box 1

Address and day book, 1998

Recipe organizer

Compositions

Composition books containing meal planning, recipes from Marion M. Johnson, and Jean Anderson's baby information.

Cornell University

Contains Jean Anderson's student workbook.

Biography and news articles

Contains a biographical statement on Anderson and news articles discussing her passing.

Image Folder PF-70164/1

Photographs

Images depict Jean Anderson and unidentified individuals.

Box 2

Travel diaries

Contains Anderson's travel diaries on trips to Portugal, Scotland, Normandy, Denmark, Germany, and various other countries.

Oversize Box OB-70164/1

Scrapbook

Contains magazine articles depicting kitchen setups and recipes.

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Contains papers related to Anderson's writing and other professional activities. Materials include: a chronological run of correspondence files; papers on speeches or demonstrations Anderson gave; contract files; files related to claims of plagiarism; files listed by name of person/correspondent; papers on permissions/copyright questions; unpublished writings; and other papers. Also includes files related to Anderson’s book, Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters, as well as files labeled "Kitchen Tips."

Box 7

Apartment

Dinners - PR

Century Creek Cookbook permissions and correspondence

Speech/recipes - Art of Cooking weekend

Doubleday basic contract

Grass roots reviews

Children's book ideas

Correspondence

Correspondence, 1978

Correspondence, 1979

Correspondence, 1980

Correspondence, 1981

Correspondence, 1982

Correspondence, 1983

Correspondence, 1987

Correspondence, 1988

Correspondence, 1989

Correspondence, 1990

Correspondence, 1990-1991

Correspondence, 1995

Correspondence, 1997-1998

CL Bean article

Slow cooker- Hallmark

Ice box cakes

Tetrazzini - CL

90 for Gold CL

Sexy pies

Box 8

Process This!

D'Day spinoffs

D'Day cookbook, 1994

Publicity new D'Day

D'Day PR, 1995

Newark speech

Boston speech

Beard dinner

PR- Micro ways

Cooking live - NYC

Article ideas

Includes: Bon Appetit, 2000; Eliza MacLean; LHJ & FC food memos; local restaurants and the NYT food mas pilot.

American Century Cookbook - Revision of Rights

Inlcudes correspondence and their contract.

Hyperion/ GMA contract

Processor update

Includes their contract, proposals and memos from 2000.

Contract - Quick Loaves

Contract - SO. Cookbook

Wiley Contract

Century Cookbook proposal and contract

Plagiarism - fish and shellfish

JTF Correspondence, 2002

Raleigh Foodways event, March 2003

Art of Cooking weekend - Grove Park, April 1999

Includes planning memos.

SO. Latino table

Chess pie

Chili

Conde Nast - contract

Miscellaneous papers

Includes food menus and articles from the What's New? section of Anderson's website.

Box 9

Chiffon cake, February 2001

Gourmet live

Brunswick stew

AOL

Includes: columns; AOL cake ideas; AOL contract, and icebox cakes.

Bon Appetit

Go for the Gold

Mezze party

CL - Stuff it!

Unpublished.

CL - Kindest Cuts

Published.

Saxapahaw

Scarpa

Southern Christmas

Elizabeth Terry

Recipe ideas - So. Cookbook

Book proposals

101 Fast and Fabulous chicken recipes

Final proposal - Citrus

Citrus cookbook memos

Lisbon - gourmet, 2003

Cookbook ideas

Cookbook ideas

September 2014

American Century - publicity

Box 10

Correspondence, 1984

Correspondence, 1985

Correspondence, 1986

Correspondence, 1988 - 1992

Correspondence, 1996

Correspondence, 1997

Correspondence, 1998

Correspondence, 1999

Correspondence, 2000

Correspondence, 2001

Correspondence, 2002

Food history

Inlcudes Anderson's favorite magazine recipes.

Voltz

Cooking live, 4 December 2000

Tabisco booklet

Gingerbread book proposal

The Old Place

Image Folder PF-70164/2

The Old Place photographs

Images depict The Old Place, a general store turned restuarant in California.

Box 10

Scott Howell gourmet, 2000

Nana's Easter

Gingerbread - Woman's Day Christmas, 2000

FC Christmas, 2000

FC Gingerbread

Image Folder PF-70164/3

Gingerbread photographs

Images removed from FC Gingerbread folder.

Box 10

Celebrity Diary

Image Folder PF-70164/4-5

Celebrity Diary photographs

Images depict Anderson with farm animals.

Box 10

USA Today

Irish potatoes

Anne's family recipes

Dday cookbook

Plagiarism - Ruth Spear seafood

Plagiarism

Plagiarism - Spear

Box 11

Cookbook ideas

Gourmet/pato/dowro

Back Roads - Reader's Digest

Miscellaneous papers

Includes recipes, notes, and newspaper clippings

Pottery cookbook

1 of 2

Pottery cookbook

2 of 2

Toxicity

Writings by Jean Anderson

Image Folder PF-70164/6

Portrait of Jean Anderson

Box 12

Recipes & kitchen tips

1 of 2

Recipes & kitchen tips

2 of 4

Recipes & kitchen tips

3 of 4

Recipes & kitchen tips

4 of 4

Writings

1 of 6

Writings

2 of 6

Writings

3 of 6

Writings

4 of 6

Writings

5 of 6

Writings

6 of 6

Unused kitchen tips

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Contains files related to Anderson’s masterwork, American Century Cookbook, including collected source material. Anderson solicited packets of information be sent to her by major food companies, such as Nestle and Quaker Oats. These files are organized by company or product. Also contain drafts, correspondence, and other business papers related to the book.

Box 13

Baker's Chocolate

Borden

Caramels Kraft

Cheese

Cherries - Evans Group

Chicken

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, recipes, and Perdue pamphlets. Also includes materials on the National Broiler Council.

Best Foods

A division of CPC International Inc.

Washington Apple Commission

Good News: from the Apple Growers of Washington

California Artichokes

Alaska Seafood

Almonds - Blue Diamond

Crisco

Artichokes

California Administrative Date Committee

Dunkin' Donuts

American Egg Board

Frieda's

Heischmann's Yeast: Rising Times

Volume 4, Summer 1995

California Table Grapes

General Mills

S. Wallace Edwards and Sons, Inc.

Virginia Ham, Bacon, and Sausage

National Honey Board

Idaho Potatoes

Strong Museum: Jell-O

Image Folder PF-70164/7

Jell-O Advertisement photographs

Images include description on the back.

Box 13

Aunt Jemima

Kerr

King Arthur Flour

1 of 2

King Arthur Flour

2 of 2

KitchenAid

General Foods

Oregon Hazelnuts

Hershey's Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook

Box 14

Hershey

Hunt Wesson, Inc

Brownies

Meat - Century

Includes fish and fowl.

Soups - Century

Desserts - Century

Bibliography and references

Ella's research

Century Cookbook

Recipe research

Chapter by chapter and early cookbook lists

Breads and sandwiches - Century Cookbook

Century Cookbook

Jean Anderson's notes and research.

Casseroles - Century

Chocolate chip cookies

Regional American cooking

Unused recipes

Box 15

Kellogg

KitchenAid

Kraft

Kraft General Foods

American Lamb Council

Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline

Lipton

Land O'Lakes

Celebrates Five Golden Rings

Canadian Atlantic Lobster Promotion Association, Inc.

Dainty Desserts for Dainty People

Author: Knox Gelatine

Thomas J. Lipton Company

Nabisco Foods Group

Nabisco

Mushroom Council

Steinfield's Products Company

Peanut Advisory Board

Pears

Oregon Washington California Pear Bureau and USA Pears

USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council

Peppridge Farm

Pasta

National Pasta Association and Barilla

Nestle Ice Cream

Mediterranian Table Olives

Olivio Spread

Onions

Louisiana Seafood

1 of 2

Louisiana Seafood

2 of 2

National Livestock and Meat Board

Pillsbury

Pioneer Flour Mills

Pistachios

National Pork Producers Council

Washington Potatoes

Quaker Oats

1 of 3

Quaker Oats

2 of 3

Quaker Oats

3 of 3

Reynolds Metals

Rice

Rival

Rum

Box 16

Century Cookbook active file

Food ads - magazine logos, 1995

Heinz

Recipe booklets

Early recipe booklets

Century Cookbook from Ruth Buchan

Binder of ads

Removed from binder and removed images.

Image Folder PF-70164/8

Advertisement photographs

Images correspond to the ads in previous folder.

Box 17

Century

Pasta, grains, eggs and cheese

Miscellaneous papers

Includes correspondence regarding cookbooks, notes and recipes.

Century correspondence

Recipes

Bon Appetit

January 1994.

Century Recipes

Century Recipes

Century Recipes

Century Recipes

Century Recipes

Recipe booklets

Recipe booklets

Recipe booklets

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Materials appear to relate to book or other projects, possibly used as research or for illustrations.

Image Folder PF-70164/9-13

Photographic slides

Slides depict images from the pumpkin harvest in Chatam County, N.C.; 1930s Shell gas station (National Historic Landmark); various flora; and scenic images from Outer Banks, Winston-Salem, Edenton, Nags Head, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. Also inlcudes images from Nana's in Durham, N.C.

Image Folder PF-70164/14

Pumpkins Shell gas station

1999

Image Folder PF-70164/15

"A Taste of the Black Forest"

December 1981. Photographer: Jean Anderson.

Image Folder PF-70164/16

Owl, N.C. barn

1995

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Contains recordings of speeches, demonstrations, readings, and other content related to Anderson's career.

Audiocassette C-70164/1

Joanne Johnson, Iowa Thanksgiving

Joanne Johnson, Iowa Thanksgiving, #1

Audiocassette C-70164/2

Hitchcock Kitchen

Hitchcock, tape 1, Santa Fe, 5/87

Audiocassette C-70164/3

Trump Kitchen

Trump kitchen, Santa Fe, 1993

Audiocassette C-70164/4

Santa Fe Kitchens

Santa Fe kitchens, Trump I & II, Belfield B&B

Audiocassette C-70164/5

Barker

Barker, tape 2, side a - side b blank

Audiocassette C-70164/6

Barker/ Magnolia

Barker/ Magnolia 12/22/97

Audiocassette C-70164/7

Grandma Barker

Grandma Barker

Audiocassette C-70164/8

Ruth Barker

Ruth Barker

Audiocassette C-70164/9

Butterball Turkeys

Butterball turkeys 7/14/92

Audiocassette C-70164/10

NC book discussion

NC book discussion

Audiocassette C-70164/11

Victorian gingerbread winner

Victorian gingerbread winner: Michelle Whitfield. Deming, N.M. Removed from archival folder "FC Gingerbread".

Audiocassette C-70164/12

G'Bread FC

G'Bread FC, 2000. Removed from archival folder "FC Gingerbread".

Audiocassette C-70164/13

Scott Howell's Nana's

Scott Howell's Nana's in Durham, N.C. July 2000. Removed from archival folder "Nana's Easter".

Audiocassette C-70164/14

Scott H. Easter

Scott H. Easter F&W. 21 December 2000. Removed from archival folder "Nana's Easter".

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