Western College Cookbook Collection Edit


030 1 COOK


  • 1913-1955 (Creation)
  • 1913-1914 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of cookbooks containing recipes from student, faculty and staff from Western College for Women.

  • Arrangement

    Organized into the following: Folder 1:Recipes: Western Favorites; Folder 2: International Cook Book, Western College 1968; Folder 3:Western Cook Book, 1914; Folder 4:Western College Calendar and International Recipes for 1956; Folder 5:Western College Calendar and International Recipes for 1955.


    (1 box)

    Folder 1:

    * Recipes: Western Favorites

    Folder 2:

    * International Cook Book, Western College 1968 [Two copies]

    Folder 3:

    * Western Cook Book, 1914

    Folder 4:

    * Western College Calendar and International Recipes for 1956 (Three copies)

    Folder 5:

    * Western College Calendar and International Recipes for 1955 (Three copies)

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Reading Room.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Staff make decisions about conditions of materials in terms of photocopies.

  • Physical Access Requirements

    Miami University, Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • Preferred Citation

    Western College Cookbook Collection, Western College Memorial Archives, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Existence and Location of Originals


  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Western College was founded in 1853 as the 'western' representation of Mt. Holyoke in Massachusetts, with its dual vision of missionary zeal and low-cost yet high-quality education for women. Strongly supported by the leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Oxford, classes at the Western Female Seminary began in 1855 with Helen Peabody, a Mt. Holyoke graduate, as principal.  In 1888, Western was moving toward becoming accredited as a College and chose Leila S. McKee, a Wellesley graduate, as the new principal. In 1894, Western became "The Western: A College and Seminary for Women;" in 1904, the word "seminary" was dropped and Western became "The Western College for Women." For the next fifty years, Western remained a general liberal arts college, primarily under the presidency of William W. Boyd. With the arrival of President Herrick B. Young in 1954, an international focus began. Many international students and faculty were recruited, international travel seminars were instituted, and a global emphasis was added to the curriculum.  In 1970, an innovative interdisciplinary approach to education called "Freedom with Responsibility" was initiated under the leadership of President William C. Spencer. Another new direction was the decision in 1971 to admit men.  Faced with major financial difficulties, Western College closed in 1974 and the physical facilities merged with Miami University. Cookbooks were compiled by Western students and used as fundraisers by student organizations. They recipes featured were submitted students, faculty, staff and parents. Cookbooks focused on differing themes.

  • Related Materials


  • Scope and Contents

    Collection of cookbooks created by Western students, faculty, staff and supporters.

  • Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Archivist, Western College Memorial Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.