Browse Exhibits (5 total)
From the Factory to the Table: Advertising Cookbooks and the Changing Face of American Domestic Cookery 1880-1941
The cookbook as a genre acts as a gateway into understanding one of the more fundamental aspects of social history - namely how and what people ate at any given time. This exhibition draws from Bryn Mawr's growing collection of cookbooks a selection of advertising cookbooks ranging from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th which document the increasing standardization and mechanization of American cooking as it is marketed to the female consumer, who is at once acknowledged to be busy outside of the home and yet expected to continue in her traditional role as primary cook.
Bryn Mawr’s collection of over two hundred Asian scrolls, donated by collector Helen Burwell Chapin ’15 over fifty years ago, has recently been the beneficiary of a generous gift by Maxine Lewis ’57, which has allowed staff and consultants to catalogue the objects and prioritize conservation efforts. With this initial, and crucial, assessment complete, we are now ready to contract with conservators specializing in the meticulous and exacting task of restoring these resonant, complex works to their former splendor.
This exhibit includes images of twelve scrolls, donated by collector Helen Burwell Chapin ’15, each accompanied by a brief description, recommended conservation activities, and estimated costs. If you are interested in underwriting part or all of the work associated with one or more of the scrolls with a financial pledge of support, please do contact us via the email address below; we would be happy to provide more information about the objects, the conservation project, and the ways in which your support can be recognized.
We look forward to providing updates on the progress of this new initiative.
This exhibition draws from Bryn Mawr’s collection of eighteenth century French novels to examine how illustrations influenced the readers’ understanding and interpretation of the text. It appeared in the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite in 2011.
The conquest and colonization of the Americas by the Spanish beginning in the fifteenth century generated many important literary works describing all aspects of the the New World and its colonization by the Spanish. This online exhibition catalogues some of these early texts in Bryn Mawr’s collection, all of which are part of an important gift of books given by alumna Louise Bulkeley Dillingham in the early 1960s.