Nicole Di Bona Peterson Collection of
Advertising Cookbooks, 1878 - 1929
A database provides keyword, date, and location access to the images in the Advertising Cookbooks category of this web project. The database includes terms deemed most likely to be useful to a range of users of the EAA project.
Below is a list of the database fields, with a description of each term, that you will find in the pull-down menus on the Advertising Cookbooks Search Page. For simple, narrow searches, just enter the keyword you are searching (e.g. baking soda, Lydia Pinkham, 1889, etc.) and choose the appropriate term in the pull-down menus on the Search Page. If there is a match with a cookbook in this category, you will be able to view it; if not, the search engine will report "no hits." (Entering a keyword such as "Pinkham" with the term "All" on the pull-down menu will ensure a search across all terms in the Advertising Cookbooks Category.)
To search across all eleven categories in the EAA project (not just the Advertising Cookbooks images), go to the EAA General Search page. On that page you will find guidance about using search terms for cross-category searching.
The first half of the list below reflects the Keyword or Field terms. Database fields representing Illustration and Special Features searches are grouped together in the second half.Search the Advertising Cookbooks Category
Advertising Cookbooks Database Terms and Descriptions
(1) Keyword or Field Terms
Ad (Database) Number: A unique letter/number identifier assigned to each item.
Book title: name of the book as it is printed on the title page of the item (when possible). Subtitles are not included in this field. An alphabetical listing of the book titles is available as well as a listing of books by subject (see below).
Year of Publication: Year [or decade] item was published; usually taken from the date written on the title page, or verso page.
Company: The name of the company whose product is the focus of the cookbook.
Product: The item that the cookbook is promoting (e.g. Cow Brand Baking Soda, Wear-Ever Aluminum Utensils, etc.). The "Multiple Products" category in the 'Subject' list includes cookbooks that promoted a variety of products.
Subject:General term describing the product featured in the cookbook (e.g. Baking Soda, Syrups/Sweeteners, Multiple Products, etc.). The list of Subject names is available on the Advertising Cookbooks Browse Page; subject-specific searching is available on this page (an alphabetical listing of the book titles is also available). The subject names reflect the organization of the cookbooks by the John W. Hartman Center staff.
Author: The name of the author of the book. Individual author names are not prevalent in this category; therefore, 'NA' in this field means that an author name was not applicable for that item.
Number of Pages in Book: Refers to the number of pages in the entire cookbook. This does not reflect the number of pages scanned; representative recipes only, and almost all illustrations, in each cookbook were chosen for scanning. A few of the smaller cookbooks were scanned in their entirety.
Notes: This field was used to enter information specific to the book that could be useful to researchers. Examples would include notes about images that were unusual, or especially interesting. The call number for appropriate books are included in this field (i.e. E#14355, etc.) as well as if the entire book or only excerpts were scanned. Searching on "All" fields from the Search page insures that key words in the Notes field will be included in search returns.
Illustrations in an Item: Noted when illustrations are present in the book. Because there were often a large amount of illustrations with a wide variety of illustration types (B/W or color drawing, etc.) no descriptive terms were used.
Cultures: This site includes historical materials that may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes reflecting the attitudes toward a culture or language at a particular period or place in the past. These items are presented as part of the historical record.
Children: Noted when children are present in the advertisement in any significant way.
Military: Noted if the military (ships, weapons, people in uniform) is prominently displayed in the ad.