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Obenshain Culinary Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2011-089

Scope and Content note

The collection consists of two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications. Most of the material in the collection is undated.

The Notecards and Clipping series includes recipes that are both handwritten and clipped from magazines, boxes, and newspapers. Alongside recipes for dishes like preacher cookies, chicken and rice, and lemon sauce, the series also contains small guides on diet and cooking methods. A majority of the series resides within a metal recipe box.

The Publication series contains a variety of pamphlets. Like the prior series, this one houses recipes and nutritional guides. Instead of being typed, written, or clipped, the information has been published in pamphlet form. Sources include The Roanoke Times and the Home Economics Department of the Kellogg Company.


  • c.1930s-1980s

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Obenshain Culinary Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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The Obenshain Culinary Collection contains a variety of recipes, cooking guides, and nutritional information from the 1930s-1980s. All items reside within two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications.


The Obenshain Culinary Collection is arranged in two series: Notecards and Clippings and Publications. Most of the notecards are in their original order in a recipe card box. Loose notecards and clippings are in a small folder. Publications are in alphabetical order by title.

Acquisition Information

Special Collections, Virginia Tech acquired the Obenshain Culinary Collection in September 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Obenshain Culinary Collection was completed in October 2011.

Obenshain Culinary Collection, c.1930s-1980s
A Collection in Special Collections
Andrea Ledesma, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2011 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US