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MC 468

Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992. Papers of M.F.K. Fisher, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Les Dames D'Escoffier International, and by support from the Julia Child Fund, and other Schlesinger Library culinary funds.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 468
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: M.F.K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, 1908-1992
Title: Papers of M.F.K. Fisher, 1860-1995 (inclusive) 1929-1992 (bulk)
Date(s): 1860-1995
Date(s): 1929-1992
Quantity: 63.93 linear feet (139+1/2 file boxes, 3 folio boxes, 1 folio+ boxes, 1 oversize box) plus 1 supersize folder, 66 photograph folders, 1 motion picture, 7 audiotapes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, and other papers of author and food writer, M.F.K. Fisher.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 71-58, 73-135, 74-248, 77-M136, 77-M46, 78-M197, 78-M197, 81-M171, 82-M23, 82-M135, 85-M103, 86-M63, 87-M68, 89-M88, 89-M182, 94-M30, 95-M94, 96-M74, 98-M105, 2002-M97, 2003-M57, 2009-M131, 2015-M42
The bulk of this collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by M.F.K. Fisher between May 1971 and September 1989. Addenda to the collection were given to the Library by the Arnold Gingrich Estate (March 1977), Elizabeth R. Holmes (February 1982), Alfred A. Knopf (publisher, July 1982, July 1992), Robert Lescher (between February 1994 and May 2003), Kennedy (Friede) Golden (June 1996 and March 2015), and Susan Makov (June 2009). Accessions 2009-M131 and 2015-M42 were added to the collection in March 2015 and are represented by #145.1-8, 142FB.11, 143F+B.11, and SD.1.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2006
By: Glynn Edwards; with help from Jessica Tanny, Johanna Carll, Megan Friedel, and Giordana Mecagni.
Updated: March 2015
By: Anne Engelhart


Access. Researchers must obtain written permission from M.F.K. Fisher's literary executor.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in papers created by M.F.K. Fisher is held by Fisher's heirs and shall be administered by Fisher's literary executor or his designee. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

M.F.K. Fisher Papers, 1860-1995; item description, dates. MC 468, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


M.F.K. Fisher, author and food writer, was born Mary Frances Kennedy in Albion, Michigan, on July 3, 1908. She was the oldest of Rex Breton Kennedy and Edith Oliver (Holbrook) Kennedy's four children: Mary Frances, Anne (1910-ca.1965), Norah (born 1917), and David (1919-ca.1942). In 1912, the family moved to Whittier, California, where Rex became the owner and editor of the Whittier News.
Kennedy met Alfred Young Fisher while she was attending the University of California, Los Angeles. They were married September 5, 1929, and spent three years in France while he completed his doctorate and she studied at the University of Dijon and in Strasbourg. The Fishers returned to California in 1932 and were divorced in 1939.
Fisher married Dillwyn (Timmy) Parrish on May 12, 1939. Encouraged by Parrish, Fisher published her first book, Serve It Forth, in 1937, and a second, Consider the Oyster, in 1941. Afflicted with Buerger's disease, Parrish committed suicide on August 6, 1941.
While working as a screenwriter for Paramount Studios, Fisher had an affair and became pregnant. She secretly spent the final months of her pregnancy in Altadena, California. Anne Kennedy Parrish, who later changed her name to Anna, was born August 15, 1943, and was introduced to Fisher's family and friends as her adopted daughter.
Fisher's last marriage was to publisher Donald Friede on May 19, 1945. Their daughter, Mary Kennedy Friede, was born March 12, 1946; they divorced in 1951.
Anna Kennedy Parrish had a son, Jean Christopher Parrish (born ca.1965) with Michel Chanderli. She later married Stephen Metz. Their son, Matthew (born 1970), was raised by Stephen when they divorced. Anna also had a daughter, Sylvie Elizabeth Parrish, who was born in 1974. Mary Kennedy Friede, known as "Kennedy," married Jim Wright; in 1968, they had a son, Sybren Alexis "Alex" Wright.
Fisher was a prolific writer. She wrote more than twenty books, including A Cordiall Water (1961), With Bold Knife and Fork (1969), As They Were (1982), and Sister Age (1983). For more than 45 years she wrote essays and short stories for numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, House Beautiful, and The Saturday Review. Her column "Gastronomy Recalled" appeared in The New Yorker regularly from 1968 to 1969.
In the last years of her life, Fisher lived at "Last House" on David Pleydell-Bouvarie's ranch in Glen Ellen, California. She died on June 22, 1992, of Parkinson's disease.


The collection is arranged in thirteen series:


The collection consists of biographical and personal material, including interviews with and articles about Fisher; medical, legal, and financial papers; awards, tributes, etc.; personal and family correspondence; fan mail; professional correspondence, including business papers for the Napa Valley Wine Library (NVWL) Association; editorial correspondence; drafts and galleys of Fisher's books; articles on food and travel; recipes; menus; and photographs.
Original folder headings by Fisher and her secretaries have been retained; additional information in square brackets has been added by the processors. Processors also have provided descriptive summaries of folder contents (not in brackets).
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging; they are treated as parts of the documents they accompany.
Additional material received in 2009 and 2015 (accession numbers 2009-M131 and 2015-M42) were added to the collection in March 2015. These materials are housed in #145.1-8, 142FB.11, 143F+B.11, and SD.1 All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order.
Series I, Biographical and personal (#94.1-101.11, 126.16-126.18, 127.15-127.16, 128.1-128.2, 140FB.1-140.5, 140FB.19, 142FB.11, 143F+B.1, 143F+B.9-143F+B.10, 144OB.7-144OB.8, 145.1-145.7, SD.1, MP-10.1), includes correspondence, interviews with Fisher, articles about Fisher, legal documents, diaries, etc. It is arranged in seven subseries.
Subseries A, Biographical (#94.1-96.2, 144OB.7, SD.1, MP-10.1), contains interviews with Fisher, drafts of writings by Katherine Hill based on interviews with and articles and anecdotes about Fisher, family genealogical material compiled by Ron Kennedy, etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries B, Personal (#96.3-98.4, 126.16-126.18, 140FB.1-140FB.4, 142FB.11, 143F+B.11, 144OB.8, 145.1-145.3), contains diaries, correspondence, notes, "table books" including comments on food and guests, and date books. Also included are correspondence, architectural plans, maps, receipts, etc., about the construction of "Last House." Files are arranged roughly chronologically.
Subseries C, Medical files (#98.5-98.11), contains correspondence with medical personnel as well as clippings and notes on topics including euthanasia, living wills, death, and operations. There is also an article by Fisher about Resthaven Sanitarium, and correspondence, notes, bills, etc., concerning Fisher's medical care. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries D, Legal and financial papers (#98.12-99.14, 140FB.5, 140FB.19, 143F+B.1, 145.4-145.7), includes contracts, agreements, etc., with publishers; correspondence with family, friends, lawyers, etc.; tax returns; wills; papers concerning various estates; etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries E, Awards, tributes, etc. (#99.15-100.4, 127.15-127.16, 128.1-128.2, 143F+B.9), contains an application for a Guggenheim grant as well as programs, invitations, correspondence, etc., from various tributes and events given in Fisher's honor. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries F, Associations, etc. (#100.5-100.7), contains correspondence, clippings, newsletters, etc., relating to Bishop School (which Fisher attended between 1924 and 1926), the Sonoma Community Center, and the Glen Ellen Association. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries G, Other family papers (#100.8-101.11, 143F+B.10), contains Dillwyn Parrish's unpublished writings, diary, exhibit materials, legal papers, correspondence with his sister Anne, will, death certificate, etc. Also included are Sergey and Julia Friede's passports, as well as an unpublished play by Anne Parrish. Files are arranged in rough chronological order.
Series II, Family correspondence (#1.1-13.12, 35.8-35.13, 140FB.11-140FB.13, T-210.7), contains correspondence originally grouped in large general family files. It is divided into eight subseries.
Subseries A, Holbrook family (#1.1-1.7), contains correspondence among members of Fisher's mother's family, the Holbrooks. Also included are articles and poetry by Weare Holbrook, as well as poetry by Parker K. Holbrook. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries B, Kennedy family (#1.8-3.9, 8.1, 35.8-35.13, 140FB.11), contains correspondence between Fisher and her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. Also included are drawings by Fisher's brother, David Kennedy; David Kennedy's death certificate; Fisher's notes on her father's aging; clippings; family histories; etc. Files are arranged with Fisher's letters to the Kennedy family first, followed by files arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Subseries C, Barr family (#3.10-6.9, 8.2), primarily contains correspondence between Fisher and her sister, Norah (Kennedy) Barr. There are also writings by Barr and correspondence between Fisher and Barr's children. Correspondence between Fisher and her nephews was originally haphazardly divided between general family files and one called "Barr Boys." Processors sorted those materials into files relating to individual families. Correspondence with Norah Barr is arranged chronologically; correspondence with Barr's children is arranged according to their birth order, from eldest to youngest.
Subseries D, Kelly family (#6.10-7.16, 140FB.12, T-210.7), contains correspondence between Fisher and her nephew, Sean Kelly (son of Anne and Edmond Kelly), and his family. Also included are articles by Sean Kelly while he was a correspondent for the Voice of America, as well as clippings, menus, etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries E, Donald Sergey Friede (#12.1-13.12), contains correspondence between Fisher and Friede, her second husband. Topics discussed include their relationship, their families, Friede's business plans and engagements, etc. Most folders include clippings and correspondence between Fisher and Pascal Covici, who was her friend and editor at Viking Books. There is also correspondence between Fisher and Eleanor (Kask) Friede, Donald Friede's sixth wife. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries F, Anna Kennedy Parrish family (#8.3-9.13), contains correspondence between Fisher and her older daughter, Anna Kennedy Parrish, who prior to 1980 was known as Anne Friede. Also included are Parrish's school papers, report cards, journal, writings, and materials concerning Retro Theatre, Parrish's theater company. Folders also contain correspondence between Fisher and her grandchildren as well as Stephen Metz, Anna's husband. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries G, Mary Kennedy (Friede) Wright family (#10.1-11.15, 140FB.13), contains correspondence between Fisher and her younger daughter, who was known as Kennedy. Also included are travel journals, correspondence between Fisher and Kennedy's son, Alex, as well as drawings by Alex. Many folders include letters from Fisher ("Dote") to Kennedy's teachers. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries H, Extended family (#9.14-9.17), contains correspondence between Fisher and various cousins. There is also a folder of unidentified family correspondence. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically within folders, and includes photographs.
Series III, Correspondence with friends (#14.1-35.7v, 36.1-68.13, 139.1, 139.9-139.12, 140FB.14, 143F+B.2-143F+B.3, 143F+B.6, 145.8), includes correspondence, articles, announcements, clippings, invitations, menus, recipes, etc. It is divided into three subseries.
Subseries A, Alphabetical (#14.1-34.15, 36.1-42.11, 139.1, 139.9-139.12, 140FB.14, 143F+B.2, 145.8), includes correspondence, articles, clippings, recipes, etc. Several alphabetical groupings were combined to form one alphabetical run.
Folders for "Beard, Jim and Yolande" contain correspondence with James E. "Jim" Beard and his wife Yolande as well as James A. Beard. Neither Fisher nor her secretary were careful about differentiating between Jim and Yolande, who were friends from St. Helena, California, and James A. Beard, the well known chef and food writer. The folder labeled "James A. Beard" contains only his correspondence.
Folders labeled "Jane Evans" contain correspondence with two women named Jane. The bulk of the correspondence is from Jane Evans, also called "Little Sister," and her family. There are also five letters from Jane Cherry, a friend from Whittier, California. A note from Norah Barr states that "Jane Cherry signs all of her letters with a smiley face in the J."
Folders labeled "David Pleydell-Bouverie, ranch-related correspondence" contain a mix of correspondence with James Pollard, Phyllis Speary, Mary Kiesling, Gail (Scott) Frazier, the Dunhams, Isobel (Dowager Countess of Radnor), Brenton Kelly, the Stones, and others. Folders include clippings, menus, wedding invitations, etc.
Correspondence with Ward Ritchie, a life-long friend of Fisher's, can be found among correspondence with Lawrence Clark Powell, Gwendoline Shaw, Sylvia Thompson, and Jake Zeitlin.
Subseries B, Chronological (#35.1-35.7v, 42.12-65.13, 68.8, 143F+B.3, 143F+B.6 ), contains correspondence that is arranged chronologically within folders between 1932 to 1983, and alphabetically (within the overall chronological arrangement) within folders from 1984 to 1992. Fisher started organizing her general correspondence chronologically around 1973; files between 1932 and 1973 were created by the processor from correspondence found loose throughout the remainder of the collection. Overlapping chronological files were arranged into one chronological run by the processor. Correspondence was often identified by Fisher and her secretary under the heading "friends" and sometimes as "fans" or "other writers." Some business correspondence from ca.1940 - ca.1970 is also included.
Friends who have individual folders in Subseries A and have significant correspondence in Subseries B include Larry Bachmann, Jim Beard, Aunt Petie Benson, Betty and Suzanne Evans, Jeannette Ferrary, Bert Greene, Marian Gore, Evan and Judith Jones, Lawrence Clark Powell, Gloria Stuart, Sylvia Thompson, and Alice Waters. Friends who have significant amounts of correspondence throughout Subseries B include Russell Ames, Shana Alexander, Maya Angelou, Allen A. Arthur, Quillan Brogan, Rita Carroll, Ruth Costello, Heidi Cusick, Jane Cherry, Jerry DiVecchio, Betty Ferguson, Lucille and Walter Fillin, Charles ("Carlos") A. Greene, Nancy Hearon (Rice), George Hurrell, Mauny Kaseburg, T.C. Bud Landreth, Grace Macoulliard, Isabelle Markeloff, Frances Miller, Jessica ("Decca") Mitford, Sol and Estelle Nemkov, Dotty and Castle Newell, Catherine and Pat Nuttall, Isabel Radnor (Duchess of Radnor), Leo Raciot, Ruth Reichel, Ward Ritchie, Barbara (Quick) Tritel, Lucy (Bachmann) Udell, John and Gigi ("Katy") Weld, Larry Williams, and Frederick Wilson.
Subseries C, Topical (#65.14-68.7, 68.9-68.13), is divided into three main sections: miscellaneous correspondence, old age, and writers, etc. (also referred to as "other writers"). Miscellaneous correspondence, spanning 1936-1992 and originally in one large folder, was separated into smaller folders and arranged chronologically by the processor. "Old age" is arranged alphabetically for major correspondents who originally had their own folders. General folders have been arranged chronologically. This section contains correspondence with friends, family, and fans that Fisher collected for over 40 years as research for a book that she wanted to write on old age.
Writers, etc., is arranged chronologically and spans 1970 to 1984. It includes Shana Alexander, Doug Bauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Craig Claiborne, Bert Greene, Judith Johns, Robert Lescher, Charles McCabe, Jacques Pepin, and Lawrence Clark Powell. Many of the correspondents were identified by Fisher as "writer," "journalist," "artist," "friend," and/or "fan".
Series IV, Fan mail (#68.14-75.7, 140FB.15-140FB.16), contains letters, many of which include attachments sent by fans such as clippings, recipes, newsletters, photographs, etc. Letters were filed as "fan mail" by Fisher and her secretary and most letters are labeled "fans," although some are labeled "friends." Additional fan mail is filed in Series VII with individual books. Many correspondents are also found in Series III including Quillian Brogan, Rita Carroll, Garth Cate, Heidi Cusick, Betty Evans, Jeannette Ferrary, Lucille Fillin, Hilda Finch, Helen Frankenthaler, Janet Fries, Emma Gavras, Michael Hargraves, Mildred Howie, Mauny Kaseburg, Anina Marcus, P.G. (Philip Gregg) Meier, Loverne Morris, Sara Moulton, Estelle Nempkov, Dotty and Castle Newell, David Potts, Leo Racicot, Joan Reardon, Joel Redon, Ruth Reichel, Lynn Schwabe, Patty Tees, Alice Waters, and Larry Williams. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Series V, Professional corresondence (#76.1-93.21, 101.12-101.15, 127.4, 139.2-139.6, 140FB.17-140FB.18, 143 F+B.8, 140OB.5-140OB.6), includes correspondence, articles by Fisher, drafts of Fisher's works, clippings, royalty statements, contracts, mailings, etc. It is divided into four subseries.
Subseries A, Literary agents (#76.1-79.11), contains correspondence, mainly with Russell-Volkening and Robert Lescher; articles by Fisher; drafts of Fisher's works, some with corrections; clippings, royalty statements; etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries B, Publishers/small presses (#79.12-84.14, 139.2-139.6, 143F+B.7, 144OB.5-144OB.6), includes correspondence, notes, mailings, articles, invitations, contracts, drafts of works by Fisher, etc. Files are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries C, Wine associations (#84.15-87.13, 140FB.17-140FB.18), contains correspondence, articles, annual reports, clippings, mailings, invitations, etc. Most of the materials relate to the Napa Valley Wine Library, an association in St. Helena, California, of persons interested in books and other documents relating to wine, and to the history of wine. Fisher helped found the organization in 1961 and served on the board of directors for several years. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries D, General business/professional (#87.14-93.21, 101.12-101.15, 127.14, 143F+B.8), includes correspondence, clippings, articles by Fisher, mailings, book covers, manuscripts and articles by other authors, etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Series VI, Unpublished works by M.F.K. Fisher (#102.1-103.6, 125.6, T-210.8), includes correspondence; poems, some with corrections; corrected typescripts of unpublished novels; notes; etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Series VII, Books by M.F.K. Fisher (#75.8-75.13, 103.7-122.12, 123.4-123.10, 125.5, 139.7-139.8, 140FB.20-140FB.21, 143F+B.4-143F+B.5, 144OB.1-144OB.4), includes correspondence; typescript and handwritten drafts, many with corrections; notes; published essays; unpublished essays; galleys; etc. It is arranged in eighteen subseries.
Subseries A, Among Friends (#75.8-75.13), contains a draft, reviews, notes, etc. Folders are arranged with the draft first.
Subseries B, As They Were (#103.7-104.17, 139.7), includes handwritten, typescript, and carbon copies of drafts, many of which include corrections; published articles; correspondence; notes; reviews; etc.
Subseries C, Boss Dog (#105.1-105.8), includes typescript and carbon copies of drafts, many of which include corrections; correspondence; articles; clippings; and interviews. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries D, A Considerable Town (#105.9-107.9, 144OB.1-144OD.3), contains handwritten and typescript drafts, many with corrections; notes; galleys; correspondence; reviews; and clippings. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries E, The Cooking of Provincial France (Time-Life Books) (#107.10-108.12, 143F+B.4-143F+B.5), includes typescript and carbon copies of drafts, many with corrections; correspondence; reviews; etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries F, Cordiall Water (#109.1-109.3), contains correspondence, reviews, and book jackets.
Subseries G, Dubious Honors (#109.4-109.14, 123.4-123.10), includes typescript drafts with corrections, correspondence, reviews, a book jacket, etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries H, Fine preserving: M.F.K. Fisher's annotated edition of Catherine Plagemann's cookbook (#110.1-110.3), contains correspondence, reviews, typescript drafts of Catherine Plagemann's introduction, reviews, etc.
Subseries I, Here Let Us Feast (#110.4-110.11, 139.8), contains typescript drafts and galleys, with corrections; notes; book jackets; reviews; correspondence; etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries J, Last House (#110.12-114.16, 125.5), contains handwritten and typescript drafts, many with corrections; corrected galleys; notes; correspondence; clippings; etc. Last House was originally conceived of as Gloryhole and essays were written and arranged following the letters of the alphabet. Materials were grouped into sets by Fisher and her secretary; the first five sets contain essays that were considered for Last House; sets six and seven contain rejected essays, some with notes explaining why. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries K, Long Ago In France (#114.17-117.7), includes handwritten and typescript drafts, with corrections; correspondence; and notes. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries L, Not Now But Now (#117.8-117.9), contains correspondence with North Point Press and others about reprints. Also included are reviews and a book jacket.
Subseries M, Serve It Forth (#117.10), contains notes about recipes removed from an old notebook.
Subseries N, Sister Age (#117.11-118.10, 140FB.20), includes corrected typescript drafts and galleys, correspondence, reviews, published articles, etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries O, Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me (#118.11-120.10), includes typescript drafts, many with corrections; galleys; correspondence; notes; etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries P, The Story of Wine in California (#120.11), contains a typescript draft with Fisher's corrections and correspondence.
Subseries Q, To Begin Again (#120.12-121.17, 140FB.21), includes handwritten and typescript drafts, many with Fisher's corrections. Also included are correspondence, notes, published essays, unpublished essays, and galleys. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries R, With Bold Knife and Fork (#122.1-122.12, 144OB.4), includes handwritten and typescript essays with Fisher's corrections; typescript drafts with corrections by Fisher and a copy editor; notes; correspondence; etc. With Bold Knife and Fork is referred to in this collection by the alternative name, Fall To, Therefore. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Series VIII, Reviews (#125.11-126.4, 126.15), contains literary reviews of Fisher's published works. Folders are arranged chronologically. Additional reviews are filed in Series VII, with individual books.
Series IX, Translations and introductions by M.F.K. Fisher (#122.13-123.3, 123.11-125.4, 125.7-125.10, 127.7-127.13), contains correspondence, corrected typescript drafts, galleys, notes, reviews, sales reports, book covers, invitations, clippings, photographs, etc. It is arranged in two subseries.
Subseries A, M.F.K. Fisher's translation of The physiology of taste: or, Meditations on transcendental gastronomy (#122.13-123.3), includes correspondence, reviews, sales reports, book covers, etc. Folders are arranged chronologically.
Subseries B, Forewords and introductions (#123.11-125.4, 125.7-125.10, 127.7-127.13), includes correspondence, corrected typescript drafts, galleys, notes, invitations, clippings, photographs, etc. Files are arranged alphabetically by project title.
Series X, Articles and journals (#130.1-134.7, 140FB.6-140FB.10), contains articles by Fisher that were published in newspapers, popular magazines, and culinary journals. There is also a small amount of correspondence between Fisher and the publishers. Where possible, articles have been grouped in folders and arranged alphabetically by name of publication. It was unclear whether several articles, which were found mainly in draft form only, were published. When possible, those articles were arranged chronologically after the identified articles.
Series XI, Lectures, teaching, etc. (#126.5-127.8, T-210.1-T-210.6), contains correspondence, typescript drafts of radio program scripts, conference programs, notes, clippings, schedules, etc., relating to Fisher's participation in radio broadcasts, as guest speaker, and as a guest lecturer at the University of California (Berkeley) Extension School. Files are arranged chronologically.
Series XII, Subject and research files (#128.3-129.13, 134.8-138.10, 141FB.1-142FB.10, 143F+B.11, 144OB.9), includes correspondence, notes, mailings, clippings, menus, etc. It is arranged in seven subseries.
Subseries A, "Book of days" (#128.3-128.9), includes quotations collected by Marietta Voorhees and Fisher for use in a "book of days" they planned to create. Fisher lost interest in the project in the late 1980s. Also included are correspondence and notes.
Subseries B, Food, wine, etc. (#129.1-129.6, 129.8-129.13, 137.5-138.10, 143F+B.11), includes correspondence, notes, articles, advertisements, menus, clippings, etc. Files are arranged chronologically.
Subseries C, Juvenile arthritis (#128.10-128.14), includes correspondence, mailings, pamphlets, articles, clippings, notes on recipes, etc. Files are started. She lost interest in trying to revive her (M. Récamier) by the late 1980s - early 1990s."
Subseries G, Whittier, California (#136.11-137.4), contains correspondence, notes, clippings, etc., much of which concerns the Whittier News. Also included is a typescript draft of Fisher's "A Legend of Love," written in Whittier in 1951. Files are arranged chronologically.
Series XIII, Photographs (#PD.1-PD.66sl), contains photographs removed from folders throughout the collection. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as parts of the documents they accompany. Photographs are arranged in the numerical order of the folder from which they were removed.


Researchers should refer to this index because there is correspondence spread throughout the collection. This index includes the names of selected letter writers and recipients, both individuals and organizations.
Key: No symbol = Writer; * = Writer and recipient; # = Recipient

Container List

Additional Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Aging--Social aspects
Authors, American
Authors and publishers--United States
Cooking, French
Cooking, Japanese
Fan mail
Food writing
Galley proofs
Manuscripts for publication
Mothers and daughters--United States
Whittier (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Women food writers--United States
Angelou, Maya
Barr, Norah K.
Beard, James, 1903-1985
Beck, Simone, 1904-1991
Child, Julia
Child, Paul
Claiborne, Craig
Fisher, Alfred Young
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011
Friede, Donald
Friede, Eleanor
Gingrich, Arnold
Jones, Judith
Kelly, Sean, 1932-
Lescher, Robert
Mann Ray, 1890-1976
Napa Valley Wine Library Association
Parrish, Dillwyn, 1894-1941
Parrish, Anna Kennedy
Pleydell-Bouverie, David
Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001
Reardon, Joan, 1930-
Redon, Joel
Reichl, Ruth
Russell & Volkening, Inc.
Steele, Frances
Steele, Jed
Steele, Theodora
Stones, Humphrey
Stones, Sloveig
Thomas, Lately
Tsuji, Shizuo, 1933-
Voorhees, Marietta
Waters, Alice
Wright, Mary Kennedy