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Commonplace book

 File — Box: W0019.01

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Shorter began this book as a young, unmarried woman in the 1830s. She used an album, printed by J. C. Riker, New York, that contains several prints of primarily New York-related engravings. The book contains recipes, poetry, quotations, notes from friends and family, and news clippings.

She numbered the ninety-nine pages and included an index to the recipes. Examples of dishes and household items include beer, fried eggplant, tea cakes, numerous puddings (apple, potato, transparent, boiled, and others), milk toast, baked tomatoes, and cologne.

The only recorded date is 1835, but the book contains clippings from the 1890s.


  • approximately 1835-1894

Conditions Governing Access



From the Collection: 0.05 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266