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The Life and Death of Gourmet – The Magazine of Good Living

image of four chefs walking with four issues of Gourmet magazine in the style of the Beatle's Abbey Road album cover

One issue from each of Gourmet’s 69 years of publication (1941-2009) is on display as well as books published by Gourmet and books published over the years by leading contributors to Gourmet. Items are drawn from U-M Library's Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive.

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Dates
September 2nd, 2014 through December 1st, 2014
Today's Hours
10:00am to 5:00pm
Location
Special Collections Library, 7th Floor Hatcher Graduate Library South
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Exhibit

Netherlandic Treasures Exhibit

Detail from the title page of Cruydeboeck by Dodoens, 1554; purchased in 1943

This exhibit features some of the earliest, rarest, most beautiful, or most unusual Dutch and Flemish books, manuscripts, and maps held by the University of Michigan Library.

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Dates
June 6th, 2014 through August 28th, 2014
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Special Collections, 7th Floor
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Exhibit

Place: Ann Arbor

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The exhibit montage includes Ann Arbor maps, photos, and ephemera collected through the years, highlighting the Stephen S. Clark Library's collection of local maps ranging from Arboretum planting plans to bus routes of long ago.

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Dates
May 1st, 2014 through September 22nd, 2014
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Exhibit

A Community for Victory: Ann Arbor in World War II

The exhibit explores community life in Ann Arbor during World War II, using the Ann Arbor District Library's extensive local historical archives, the Stephen S. Clark Library's map collection, and special materials from the U-M Library's American Culinary History Collection.

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Dates
May 1st, 2014 through September 22nd, 2014
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Exhibit

Portraying the World Anew: Martin Waldseemüller’s "Carta marina" (1516)

Detail from Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina map of 1516

Chet Van Duzer, Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellow at the Clements Library, examines the differences between Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta marina of 1516 and his more famous 1507 map.

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Date & Time
April 30, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
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Event Type
Lecture

Curators' Tour of the Maps and Map Making in India Exhibit

Clark Library Indian Maps Exhibit
Clark Library Indian Maps Exhibit

Join Tim Utter, Manager of the Clark Library, and Jeff Martin, Librarian for South Asian Studies, for a curators' tour of the

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Date & Time
March 21, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Library
Series
Global Information Week 2014
Event Type
Talk

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of American culinary history: cookbooks and other materials from the 16th through the 20th century

We are not just what we eat, but how we eat — not to mention when, where and with whom. Cookbooks, menus, advertisements, manuals of table etiquette and the like may not be written to preserve the history of everyday life, but that’s exactly what they do.

And this is what makes the library’s Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive so valuable. Containing more than 15,000 items, it paints a rich and unique portrait of American life over the centuries.

“On one level, the collection is about what people cooked and ate — but that’s just a doorway to explore how people saw themselves and their neighbors,” says collection curator JJ Jacobson.

Through the culinary archive one can explore changing attitudes towards diet and health, homemaking, commercial dining and the industrialization of food production. It also reveals historical ideas about race, class, and gender.

“This is the kind of history that’s not concerned so much with empires, kings and battles, but with where the wheat comes from, how the bread is made, how ethnic groups adopte each others recipes, and what their cultures tell women and men they should be like,” Jacobson adds.

And food continues to be an important part of our culture — contemporary discussions about organic produce, fast food, Atkins and other diet fads, concentrated feed lots, vending machines in schools and the merits of vegetarianism all stem from historical contexts chronicled in the archive.

The collection is shaped by the donation of a rich assemblage of cookbooks, menus, and other material collected over many years by Jan Longone, an adjunct curator in the U-M Special Collections Library, and her husband Dan.

Not so long ago, even the concept of American culinary history was met with skepticism.

“[Critics] said America had no cuisine or culinary history to speak of; all we ate were hamburgers,” Jan Longone wrote of attitudes at an Oxford University food symposium in the 1980s. Yet today the archive is recognized as a premier collection for the study of American culture as it relates to food and home life.

Writing in the Boston Globe, renowned chef James Beard called an exhibit of works from the collection “an unequaled feat of culinary scholarship.”

“Not all the cookbooks are good cookbooks, but they are all interesting and the authors, mainly women, were an amazing group who did a great deal to influence American history,” Beard wrote in the 1984 column.

And the collection has only continued to grow and evolve since then. Formerly held at U-M’s William L. Clements Library, it was transferred to the U-M Library in 2013 where its potential for teaching and scholarship can be fully realized.

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