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Food and Cooking Resources

The Maine Women Writers Collection holds a number of materials relating to food, cooking, dining, and home economics. These include published cookbooks – both modern and historical – as well as manuscript recipe collections, articles, and other publications.

Archival Material

Anna Barrows papers, 1839-1948, undated

Letters, lectures, articles and ephemeral materials belonging to home economics and cooking educator Anna Barrows. Her humorous and philosophical demonstration lectures were in high demand among women’s clubs, church and community organizations. Barrows co-founded the first professional home economics journal The New England Kitchen Magazine and published a number of book volumes.

A. Carman Clark papers, 1917-2005

Diaries and journals, manuscripts, articles and other writings of Aruleen Janet Carmen, Portland Press Herald columnist, Home & Garden editor of The Camden Herald, and founder and curator of Maine’s first farm museum, the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage. Her writings cover gardening, country living, food, and education.

Dorothy W. Sanborn papers, 1946-2001

Newspaper articles, book drafts, short stories, correspondence and photographs of Dororthy (Dotti) Wilkins Sandborn, columnist for The Bridgeton News, The Boston Post Sunday Magazine, and Bird Watcher’s Digest among other publications.

Marjorie Standish collection, undated

Marjorie Standish was a cookbook author and food columnist from Maine.

Books & Videos


Some recommended journals:


To Keep a Home: Advice to Women on the Domestic Arts, 1870-1960Exhibit of materials from MWWC periodicals, books and manuscript collections on display 2015-2016 and featuring personal recipe books of Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat and Elizabeth Coatsworth, along with Marie Donahue's Gold Medal Flour cookbook.