Collection spans the years 1851-2005 and includes hang tags, inserts, recipe cards and guides, cookbooks, operating instructions, owner's manuals and other promotional materials addressed to cooking and kitchen arts. Materials in the collection were used to educate consumers and promote the use of a variety of foods (meat; fish and poultry; dairy; soups; fruits and vegetables; beverages); condiments and spices (sauces, bouillon and broths, chocolate and cocoa, baking soda and baking powder); canning jars; small appliances (cookware, blenders, mixers, microwave ovens); and large appliances (stoves and refrigerators). In addition cookbooks were produced to promote various institutions and trade organizations representing various agricultural cooperatives, insurance and utility companies, churches and government bureaus. Included in the cookbooks are articles addressing health and nutrition, home economics, entertaining at home, along with information on first aid, food science (safe handline of meat and dairy, how leavening ingredients work, etc.). Companies represented in the collection include A.E. Staley, Armour, Best Foods, Borden, Campbell's, Carnation, Del Monte, Duke Power, Fleischmann's, French's, General Electric, General Foods, General Mills, Heinz, Hershey, Jell-O, Kellogg's, Kraft, Land O'Lakes, Lever Brothers, Lipton, Metropolitan Life, Nestlé, Oster, Pet Milk, Pillsbury, Procter & Gamble, Purina, Quaker Oat, Sealtest, Swift, Walter Baker and West Bend.
The cookbooks are physically arranged by date and listed in date order in this collection guide, but a sortable spreadsheet of cookbook titles is available for download at the link below:
Categories of cookbooks include:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Baking Misc.
- Baking Powder and Baking Soda
- Candies and Confections
- Canning and Preserving
- Dairy Products
- Gelatin and Puddings
- Grains, Cereals, Crackers, and Cookies
- Insurance Companies
- Large Appliances
- Meat, Fish, and Poultry
- Multiple Products
- Small Appliances
- Soups and Sauces
- Syrups and Sweeteners
- Utility Companies
The JWT 35mm Microfilm Proofs collection spans the years 1906-1960 and consists primarily of images of print advertisements and proofs taken from proof books and portfolios of domestic and foreign JWT offices. Clients include Ballantine's, B.F. Goodrich, Butterick, Corning, Crowell Publishing, Davey Tree Surgeons, General Cigar, General Motors, Guinness, Horlicks, J.B. Williams, Jergens, Johns-Manville, Nash, Northam Warren, Pennsylvania RR, RCA, Sharp & Dohme, Shell, Standard Brands, Sun Maid, Swift, Sylvania, United Airlines, Ward Baking, and Welch's Grape Juice.
Collection includes correspondence, clippings, tear sheets and proofs of print advertisements, speeches and other printed materials. Companies represented include: Albert Pick, B. Altman, Bluebird Diamond Syndicate, Chicago Title and Trust, Clinton Carpets (Ozite), Elgin, Elizabeth Arden, Eureka, Lenox, Lucien Lelong, Macy's, Matson Line, Mullins Manufacturing, Pennsylvania Railroad, Rit Dye, Saks, Scott Radio Laboratories, Swift, Walgreen, and W.F. McLaughlin. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.