About the Collection
The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive (JBLCA) is a collection of books, ephemera, and other material relating to the production, promotion, preparation, consumption, and appreciation of food and drink. With material dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries, including cookbooks, menus, advertisements, magazines, catalogs, and reference works, the collection sheds light on identity, consumption, work, leisure, the family, social relations, and much else in the public and private life. The JBLCA is increasingly recognized as a premier collection for the study of American culinary history.
Use these links to resources (still hosted on the Clements Library website) for information about the scope and strengths of the collection:
- Topics Guide (suggested search terms provided for 20 topics)
- Resource Guides (in-depth guides to collection materials and related resources for various topics and genres, with lists of sample titles and search tips)
- Suggestions for Papers (brief overview, search advice, and sample titles compiled for 10 potential research topics)
The JBLCA is notable for containing not only most of the essential "high spots" in the field of American culinary history, but strong holdings for related areas of interdisciplinary study including:
History of the Collection
Shaped by the donation of a rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and culinary ephemera collected over many years by Janice and Daniel Longone, the JBLCA was transferred in July 2013 from the William L. Clements Library to the Special Collections Library. Its transfer from the Clements, where the collection has made its home for more than a decade, is intended to fully realize the JBLCA’s potential for teaching, learning, and research at and well beyond the University of Michigan.
For more about the history of the collection, read the Spring/Summer 2005 issue of The Quarto, published by the Clements Library Associates.
Finding Collection Material
Use this link to browse the collection, by date, in Mirlyn, the University of Michigan's library catalog:
Search the collection with these steps:
- Go to Mirlyn's advanced search page: http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Search/Advanced
- Use the drop-down menu to limit the library to UM Ann Arbor Libraries
- Limit the Location to Special Collections
- Limit the Collection to Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive
Requesting and Using Collection Material
All collection material must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 8th floor of Hatcher Graduate Library. For more information see Requesting and Using Collection Material.
You can request materials directly from Mirlyn, the University of Michigan's library catalog.
Contact the Curator
Also see the Food Studies Research Guide