This is a very preliminary list of mostly primary sources related to food history that can be found online. Much of this list is borrowed from a list compiled by the excellent librarians and archivists at the University of Guelph’s Archival and Special Collections and it, therefore, very much owes its existence to them. If you have any suggestions for sources I missed, please let me know via email or in the comments. The Internet is also constantly changing so if you find any dead links let me know and I’ll fix them as quickly as possible.
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Cornell Univerity Libraries – Special Collections and Nestlé Library
Not by Bread Alone (online exhibition)
Duke University Libraries –Special Collections
Documenting the Politics of Food (online exhibit)
Historical Cookbooks Collection
Iowa State University
3,000 cookbooks primarily published in Iowa from the 19th-20th c. and 100 historical American cookbooks from the 18th-19th c..
McGill University Libraries – Special Collections
1,700 Canadian, American and British cookbooks and related materials from 18th – 20th c Strong collection of community cookbooks from Quebec.
Michigan State University Libraries – Archives
Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
76 influential and important American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century
New York Public Library
International in scope with holdings of 16,000 cookbooks and 25,000 menus.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sitting Julia (online exhibit for Julia Child 100th anniversary)
Julia Child’s Papers
Rutgers University Library
Sinclair Jerseyana Cookbooks
New Jersey cookbooks from the 19th and 20th c. (mostly post- WWII)
Tulane University Library
Over 2,000 cookbooks and works on the culinary arts from the mid 19th century to the present
University of Guelph Library – Archival & Special Collections
Over 13,000 cookbooks and works on the culinary arts from the 17th – 20th century. Strong collection of community cookbooks and Canadian cookbooks. Holdings prior to WWI are international in scope and contain important historical cookbooks. Collection also includes some manuscript cookbooks.
University of Iowa Libraries – Special Collections
The Szathmary Culinary Archives
University of Pennsylvania
Esther B. Aresty Collection of Rare Books in the Culinary Arts
International collection dating from the 15th – 20th c.; 576 cookbooks and 13 manuscripts. Household Words (online exhibit)
Virginia Tech Libraries – Special Collections
Culinary History Collection