Recipe Book Collection

Call Number:  MG-190

1 box    6 folders    .25 cubic ft.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 4

Description: Collection contains manuscript recipe books and collections of recipes in unpublished formats. Featured are the recipe books of Rosina Hubley and Annie L. Herr. There are also loose clippings about food, plants, dyeing, and laundry; and recipes for medicine for farm animals.

Creator: (Lancaster, Pa.); Lancaster County Historical Society (Pa.)

Conditions for Access: No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: Items were collected by the and the Lancaster County Historical Society unless otherwise noted at the item level.


Folder 1 Annie L. Herr book

Pages were removed from an earlier book with handscribed mathematics problems to accommodate pasted-on and loosely inserted recipes. (The latter have been removed and placed in inserts in Folder 2.)

The flyleaf reads “Annie L. Herr, 1881, Lancaster, Pa.” A two page index, unfortunately missing part of the first page, follows and then the recipes for food, plants, dyeing, laundry, and miscellaneous.


Folder 2 Loose recipes from the Annie L. Herr book

Insert 1 From Page 18, seven recipes ranging from wheaten loaf, jellies, fine flour, washing made easy, meats, desserts, sweeping and dusting, and an instruction booklet for using the Etruscan coffee pot.

Insert 2 From Page 20, yeast.

Insert 3 From Page 24, bean soup.

Insert 4 From Page 36, nursery dress or petticoat.

Insert 5 From Page 46, simple summer desserts.

Insert 6 From Page 56, Thanksgiving recipes from Mrs. Harrison (President Harrison’s wife) and other Washington dignitaries.

Insert 7 From Page 78, to keep eggs.

Insert 8 From Page 82, Fleischmann yeast directions.

Insert 9 From Page 88, waffles and sweet potatoes.


Folder 3 Recipes submitted by local women to a [city directory]. Pot roast chicken, fricadelles, drop dumplings with meat, boiled ham, blind birds, corn pudding, Boston baked beans, corn omlet, corn fritters, baked onions. No date.

On reverse: Advertisements for local businesses: Fulton Transfer Co., Brinkman’s, D. W. Miesse, and Clamp Window Shade Pull Co. Gift of Gary Hawbaker, January 2001.


Folder 4 Recipes for medications for horse, cattle, and hog ailments. No date. Removed from Introduction to Monteith’s Manual of Geography, by Mr. Henry R. Lutz (1976.019.27) in January 2003.

Book 5 Rosana Hubley’s Cookery Book. 1815. Kept by Rosina Weaver Hubley, proprietess of the White Swan Hotel which was on the southeast corner of Centre Square in Lancaster. (Do not use the original—a transcription is available in the library. Original is in poor condition.) Transferred from the library, March 2010.

Folder 6 Biographical information about Rosina Hubley (1793-1875). She was the wife of Joseph Hubley and daughter of Adam and Rosina Weaver. (photocopies) Transferred from the library, March 2010. Please see additioanl information about Rosina in the library.