Culinary Exhibits Online

Originally prepared for the University of Pennsylvania Rare Books Library, this list identifies digital, publicly accessible exhibitions through which institutions such as libraries, museums and archives contribute to the study of food and society.

This list draws heavily on two resources, A Selective Guide to Culinary Library Collections in the United States, by the late Madge Griswold, and Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web, managed by Diane Shaw at the Smithsonian.
Please use the comments to let me know about exhibitions I’ve missed. Thank you.



Institution Exhibit


Alabama Public Library Service Nothing Found


American Antiquarian Society A Woman’s Work Is Never Done


Ann Arbor District Library Ann Arbor Cooks


Archives of Ontario St. Lawrence Starch Co.


Arkansas State Library Nothing Found


Atlanta History Center Library Nothing Found


Berkeley Native California Cultures


BNF Gastronomie Medievale


Boston Public Library Nothing Found


British Library Books for Cooks


Brown Of the Poison Brand : Two Centuries of Sources for the Study of Alcohol and Alcoholism


California Historical Society Big Orange: California Citrus Label Art


California State University at Fresno Nothing Found


Carnegie Free Library of Pittsburgh Nothing Found


Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center Nothing Found


City College of San Francisco, Alice Statler Library Alice Statler Menu Collection


Cleveland Public Library Nothing Found


Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Nothing Found


Columbia University Libraries Nothing Found


Cornell University Libraries Harvest of Freedom


Cornell University Libraries Apples In America


Cornell University Libraries Mycological Marvels


Cornell University Libraries Hearth


Cornell University Libraries Home Economists in WWI


Cornell University Libraries A Taste For Science


Cornell University Libraries Not By Bread Alone


Cornell University Libraries What Was Home Economics?


Cornell University Libraries Rare Menu Collection


Detroit Public Library, Main Library Nothing Found


Duke University, Perkins Library Ration Coupons on the Home Front


Gettysburg College The Musselman Heritage


Harvard Law Library Sundry Good and Needfull Ordinances : Food & Drink in the Library


Harvard University Gifting and Feasting in the Northwest Coast Potlatch


Harvard University, Houghton Library  


Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Schlesinger Library Women, Men and Food


Illinois Communal Cuisine : Community Cookbooks 1877-1960


Imperial War Museum Christmas at War: Experiences from the First


Indiana University Library, Bloomington Nothing Found


Iowa Szathmary Overview


Iowa State University Libraries Iowa Cook Book Collection


Iowa State University Libraries Today’s Seeds for Tomorrow’s Harvest


Johnson & Wales University, Providence Rhode Island, Culinary Library Diners : Still Cookin’ in the 21st Century


Johnson & Wales University, Providence Rhode Island, Culinary Library America the Bountiful


Kansas City Public Library Nothing Found


Kansas State Historical Society Carrie A Nation : The Famous and Original Bar Room Smasher


Kansas State University, Hale Library What’s Cookin’


Kansas State University, Hale Library The Cookery Exhibit


King’s College London Of Foods in General: An Exhibition of Books from the Foyle Special Collections


Library Company of Philadelphia Ardent Spirits


Los Angeles Public Library; Science, Technology and Patents Department Nothing Found


Maine Historical Society Canning: A Maine Industry


Maine Historical Society Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin


Maine Historical Society How Sweet it Is


Michigan State University Main Library Special Collections, Cookery Collection Feeding America


Museum Victoria Future Harvest


Nantucket Historical Association Scallop Season: A Nantucket Chronicle


New York Academy of Medicine Library, Margaret Barclay Wilson Collection Nothing Found


New York State Library and Archives Nothing Found


New York University, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library Nothing Found


Ohio State University Main Library Nothing Found


Old Statehouse Museum (Arkansas) John Barleycorn Must Die! The War Against Drink in Arkansas.


Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library Nothing Found


Public Arcives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island Tea Parties and Picnics


San Diego Public Library Nothing Found


San Francisco Public Library More than Potatoes : Foods of Ireland


St. John’s University, Minnesota Nothing Found


St. Louis Public Library Nothing Found


Stanford University, Cecil H. Green Library Nothing Found


State Library of Southern Australia Wine Literature of the World


State Library of Western Australia Memories of Picnics


Texas Women’s University, Blagg-Huey Library About the Collection


The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Conrad N. Hilton Library 60th Anniversary


The Folger Library Fooles and Fricassees : Food in Shakespeare’s England


The Free Library of Philadelphia Nothing Found


The Getty The Edible Monument : The Art of Food for Festivals


The Huntington Library Nothing Found


The James Beard Foundation Library Nothing Found


The Morgan Library Nothing Found


The New York Historical Society Library Nothing Found


The New York Public Library, Research Libraries Dry Drunk: The Culture of Tobacco…


The New York Public Library, Research Libraries Buttolph Menu Collection


The New York Public Library, Research Libraries New York Eats Out (Press Release & Curator Interview)


The New York State Historical Association Research Library Nothing Found


The Newberry Library Lewis and Clark


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries What’s Cooking? Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Bon Appetite! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Taking America to Lunch


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Key Ingredients: America by Food


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Doubtless as Good: Thomas Jefferson’s Dream for American Wines Fulfilled


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Still Cookin’ by the Fireside: African Americans in Food Service


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries The Making of a Homemaker


The University of California at Berkeley, The University Libraries Nothing Found


The University of California at Davis, The University Library United Farm Workers Contracts


The University of California at San Diego, UCSD Libraries Nothing Found


The University of California at Santa Barbara, Davidson Library Nothing Found


The University of Chicago Libraries Nothing Found


The University of Iowa Libraries Curtis Botanical Images


The University of Iowa Libraries Evelyn Birkby Collection of Radio Homemaker Materials


The University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Library, Ester B. Aresty Collection Household Words : Women Write from and for the Kitchen


The University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Library, Ester B. Aresty Collection A Chef and His Library


UCLA (Biomedical Library) Spices: Exotic Flavors & Medicines


United States Government, Library of Congress Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in West Virginia


United States Government, Library of Congress American Treasures of the Library of Congress : A First American Cookbook


United States Government, Library of Congress Working in Paterson


United States Government, National Agricultural Library Popcorn : Ingrained in America’s History


United States Government, National Library of Medicine Blackwell’s Herbal


University of British Columbia Salmon Label Art


University of Colorado Wining, Dining and Dying in Ancient Greece


University of Delaware An American Feast : Food, Dining, and Entertainment in the United States from Simmons to Rombauer


University of Denver, Penrose Library Nothing Found


University of Hawaii at Manoa, Thomas Hale Hamilton Library Nothing Found


University of Manitoba Archives of the Agricultural Experience


University of Michigan, University Libraries Nothing Found


University of Washington Salmon Collection


University of Washington Tollman and Canaris Photographs


University of Washington Menus


Virginia Tech Culinary History Collection


Virginia Tech Peacock Harper Culinary Collection


Wine Institute Library Nothing Found


Wisconsin Historical Society Chip Chat: Red Dot and the Potato Chip


Wisconsin Historical Society Icon Wisconsin


Wisconsin Historical Society That’s Meat and Drink to Me


Yale University, Sterling Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Middle Eastern and Islamic Cuisine


  Defining Her Life : Advice Books for Women

One thought on “Culinary Exhibits Online

  1. Dan Strehl

    I noticed you show nothing for LAPL, but there are several digital collections (not exhibits) at Some of the listings you have are more collections than exhibits. The menu and citrus label collections are key but the photo collection has a lot of food imagery in it. You might look at the images of LA by Ansel Adams. However, watch for “To Live and Dine in L.A.”, a menu exhibit and book coming this summer.

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