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Special Collections: Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection & Finding Aids

Overview of the General Special Collections at New York University, including the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection; the Alfred C. Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll, and the Avant-Garde Collections.

The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection

The collection of food and cookery materials at the Fales Library was created primarily to document the evolution of cuisine and food practices in 19th and 20th century America, with a particular focus on the food habits and activity of New York City. It has since expanded to cover international cuisines and other historical periods. These materials support the research of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other researchers working within disciplines such as food studies, food management, nutrition, American studies, and history. Due to the nature of this collection, these materials are also of use to professionals outside of the university who work as writers, journalists, chefs and food professionals.

The Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection at Fales encompasses several other archival and print collections within its scope. These include the Cecily Brownstone Collection of American Cookery; the Dalia Carmel Collection, donated in memory of her husband Herbert Goldstein; the Gourmet collection, and the Andrew F. Smith collection.

The Cecily Brownstone collection, acquired thanks to an anonymous donor and numbering some 12,000 volumes and 5,000 pamphlets, was the private collection of Brownstone, the Associated Press food correspondent for nearly 40 years and a long-time friend of James Beard, and denizen of Greenwich Village.

Dalia Carmel's collection, which has a focus on diaspora and ethnic cooking and is particularly strong in Jewish food traditions, Middle Eastern food and community cookbooks, continues to grow thanks to Ms. Carmel's ongoing generosity. As a collector and preserver of culinary history and an early supporter of food studies as a discipline, Ms. Carmel was interviewed for the Voices of the American Food Revolution project. Her oral history interview can be listened to online

The library of Gourmet magazine, which was in danger of being lost after the closing of the magazine in 2009, was brought to NYU as the gift of Rozanne Gold in honor of her mother, Marion Gold. The Andrew F. Smith collection, a comprehensive collection of books, pamphlets, almanacs and ephemera that focuses on food history in the United States, was acquired by NYU in 2011.

Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection Finding Aids

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James Beard Collection, 1919-1985 (Bulk 1965-1981)

James Beard Papers, ca. 1950-1980

James Beard Foundation Archive, 1939-2008 (Bulk 1990-2008)

Rose Levy Beranbaum Papers, 1977-2011

Cafe´ Nicholson Archive, ca. 1948-2005 

Cecily Brownstone Papers, ca. 1940-2002 

Les Dames d'Escoffier New York Archive, 1976-2002

The Explorers Club Annual Dinners Archive, 1973-2002

Fisher and Levy Archives, 1978-2006

Noël Riley Fitch Julia Child Papers, 1912 - 2011

The Food Studies Ephemera Collection

Betty Fussell Papers, 1947-2011

Gael Greene Magazine Collection, 1968-2008

Kemstedt-Waller Family Papers, 1912-2011

Koshland and Hertzmann Family Manuscript Cookbook Collection

Sheila Lukins Papers, 1945-2009 (Bulk 1980-2000)

Dr. Paul Meyer Menu Collection, 1935-1970

Charles Morris Mount Papers, 1980-2002

Marion Nestle Papers, 1970-2013

The New York Women's Culinary Alliance Archive, 1982-2010

David Pollack Collection of Cereal Boxes, 1976-2017

The Roundtable for Women in Foodservice Archive, 1983-2001

Louis Sherry Archive, 1891-1930

Andrew F. Smith Collection of Cookery Ephemera, 1798-2009 (Bulk 1850-1950)

Kezia Snyder Papers, 1978-2011

Gales Steves Food Studies Vertical File Collection, ca. 1970 - 1990

Doris Tobias Papers, 1970-2009

Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat - An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub

Shizuko Yamamoto Papers, 1965-2010













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