Military & Wartime Cookery Collection
Scope and Content
The Military & Wartime Cookery Collection consists of a variety of manuscript and ephemeral materials relating to the history of military and wartime food and cooking. Items in the collection date from 1884 to 1965, though the bulk of the collection covers parts of World War I through World War II (1917-1945). Formats and items include (but are not limited to) menus, U.S. Government publications from various agencies, corporate sponsored pamphlets, ration books, recipes, and a photograph album. While the majority of the collection relates to U. S. military and wartime cooking or food history in America, there are some items relating to British military or U. S. military abroad.
- 1884 - 1965
- Majority of material found within 1917 - 1945
The collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from the Military & Wartime Cookery Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
0.7 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The Military & Wartime Cookery Collection consists of a variety of manuscript and ephemeral materials relating to the history of military and wartime food and cooking. Items in the collection date from 1884 to 1965, though the bulk of the collection covers parts of World War I through World War II (1917-1945).
The collection is arranged in series by conflict/era using the broadest wartime dates: The American Civil War (1861-1865); Mid- and Late 19th/Early 20th Century (1866-1914); World War I (1914-1919); Between the World Wars (1920-1938); World War II (1939-1945); Post-World War II (1946-). Within each time period, materials are grouped by format. Each folder has a list of individual items in the contents list of the finding aid.
Please note: materials are located within the conflict or era to which they are relate and may not date only from that specific time period. For example, the Civil War series contains menus from reunions that took place between 1884 and 1905.
The Military & Wartime Cookery Collection was purchased by Special Collections in April 2017. Possible accruals may be added in the future.
The following books and publications were purchased as part of this collection and are cataloged for Special Collections Rare Book Collection. The list below is organized by conflict/era to reflect the organization of the manuscript materials. Within each era, items are listed in chronological order by publication date.
Pre-World War I Military (1897-1908)
- General Orders No. 37, 1897
- The Vital Question and Our Navy, 1898
- The Army Baker: A Manual Prepared for the Use of Students of the Training School for Bakers and Cooks, 1908
World War I (1916-1918)
- Recueil de Recettes Culinaires, c.1914-1918?
- British French Italian Russian Belgian Cookery, 1916
- Manual for Army Cooks, 1916
- Mess Accounts and Messing, 1916
- Manual for Army Bakers, 1917
- War-Time Cook and Health Book, Lydia E. Pinkham Company, 1917
- Food and Victory, 1918
- How to Use Corn Meal, Oat Meal, Barley, Buckwheat,…,Royal Baking Powder Co., 1918
- Mary Elizabeth’s War Time Recipes, 1918
- Official Recipe Book: What to Eat How to Cook It, 1918
- Twentieth Century Club War Time Cook Book, 1918
Post World War I Military (1927-1939)
- The Cook Book of the United States Navy, 1927
- Favorite Navy Recipes, 1931
- Army Chow, 1939
World War II (1940-1946)
- Feeding the People in War-Time, 1940
- Food in War Time, 1940
- Manuel du Cuisinier a la Campagne, 1940
- The Nation’s Larder and the Housewife’s Part Therein, 1940
- Army Baker, TM 10-410, 1941
- British War Relief Cookery Book, 1941
- Favorite Navy Recipes, 1941
- Old and New British Recipes Collected for Your Pleasure…, 1941
- Two Hundred War-Time Recipes, 1941
- American Woman's Cook Book, 1942?
- The Army Cook, TM 10-405, 1942
- Canned Food Manual, 1942
- Recipes Complied by Fort Ord Army Daughters, 1942
- Respectfully Yours, Annie, 1942
- The Soldier and His Food, 1942
- Albers Victory Recipes, 1943
- The Bakeshop Trouble Shooter, 1943
- Baking Manual for the Army Cook, 1943
- Cooking Dehydrated Foods, TM 10-406, 1943
- Cooking on a Ration: Food is Still Fun, 1943
- Eat to Live: The Blue Book of Cooking, 1943
- Food Planning for Victory, 1943
- Vegetable Gardening in Wartime, 1943
- Victory Vitamin Cook Book for Wartime Meals, 1943
- Wartime Cooking Guide, 1943
- 164 Recipes/Recettes
- Fare-Ye-Well with Ladies of the Realm, 1944?
- Food in War and in Peace, 1944
- Health for All Wartime Recipe Book, 1944
- Health for Victory Meal Planning Guide, March—June, August 1944
- Victory Gardening, Cornell Extension Bulletin, 1944
- You Said a Mouthful, 1944
- The Cook Book of the United States Navy, 1945
- The Impact of the War on Civilian Consumption, 1945
- Manual of Army Catering Services Part II-Recipes, 1945
- An Experimental Study of Rationing, 1946
- Recipes Out of Bilibid, 1946
- Food Facts for the Kitchen Front
- 120 Wartime Meat Recipes
- Pillsbury’s 40 War Time Recipes
- Ration Time Recipes
- Sun-Maid Wartime Recipes that Taste Good!
- War Cook Book for American Women
Post World War II Military (1948-1990)
- Naval Catering Handbook and Manual, BR 97 (48), 1948
- Operation Vittles, 1949
- A Cook’s Tour of Quantico, 1952
- Army Brats’ Cookbook, 1953
- Army Recipes (Meat, Poultry, Fish, Gravies, Sauces, and Dressings), TM10-412-1, 1957
- Army Recipes (Eggs, Cheese, and Sandwiches), TM 10-412-2, 1957
- Cooks’ Tour, 1960
- Army Recipes (Salads and Salad Dressings), TM10-412-4, 1961
- NCOWC Souvenir Cook Book, 1962
- Dare to Excel in Cooking, 1966
- Peace de Resistance, c.1970
- Military Lifestyle: Entertaining and Party Guide, 1990
- Manual for the Chef of Staff
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Military & Wartime Cookery Collection was completed in August 2017. Five additional items were received and added to the collection in September 2017.
- Military & Wartime Cookery Collection 1884-1965 (Bulk, 1917-1945)
- Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
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