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MC 844

Coe, Sophie D. (Sophie Dobzhansky), 1933-1994. Manuscript cookbook collection of Sophie D. Coe, 1704-1968: A Finding Aid

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


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 844
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Coe, Sophie D. (Sophie Dobzhansky), 1933-1994
Title: Manuscript cookbook collection of Sophie D. Coe, 1704-1968
Date(s): 1704-1968
Quantity: 4.71 linear feet (9 file boxes, 1 folio box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Collection of mostly English-language manuscript cookbooks assembled by anthropologist and food historian Sophie D. Coe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 96-M73, 2003-M143
These manuscript cookbooks of Sophie D. Coe were culled from her 1993 gift of published cookbooks to the Schlesinger Library, and transferred to the manuscripts division in 1996. Additional manuscript cookbooks were given by her widower, Michael D. Coe, in November 2003.

Processing Information:

Processed: December 2015
By: Anne Engelhart
Updated: January 2018
By: Anne Engelhart

Access Restrictions:

Access. Some material is unavailable while being digitized. The remainder of the collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in these cookbooks may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Cookbooks may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Sophie D. Coe Manuscript cookbook collection, 1704-1968; item description, dates. MC 844, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see HOLLIS for records of published volumes donated by Sophie D. Coe.


Anthropologist, food historian, and translator, Coe was the daughter of evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky and his wife Natalie. In 1955 she graduated from Radcliffe College and married Michael D. Coe, with whom she worked on various archaeological projects in Mesoamerica and the United States. Instrumental in promoting Yuri V. Khorosov's theories of Maya script in the West through her translation of his Selected Chapters from The Writing of the Maya Indians (1967), she was also a serious student of native New World cooking. Her research in this area culminated in America's First Cuisines (1994). Coe died of cancer in May 1994.


The collection is arranged by date. Each description includes the author's name, if known; the date and location of the volume, if known; and notes whether the contents refer to the source of the recipe, whether the volume also contains home remedies, household hints, financial records, etc.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Cooking, American
Cooking, English
Formulas, recipes, etc.
Home economics
Traditional medicine