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Food & Drink History Resources @Virginia Tech (and Beyond): Wartime & Military Cooking & Food

Special Collections in the University Libraries can help with your food & drink history research, including books, manuscript collections, ephemera & digital items. This LibGuide also includes resources you can find at other institutions.

An Introductory Note

Generally speaking, our military and wartime culinary materials are largely United States based and focused. These are books, publications, and manuscripts related to the U. S. military, U. S. experiences in conflicts, or are connected to U. S. military experiences abroad. However, you may also find some sources relating to non-U.S. military in the collection, though this is not our main focus.  Items with short descriptions after them usually indicate manuscript collections and the links will take you the finding aid; items without descriptions usually indicate books or other cataloged publications and the links will take you to the catalog record. 

Suggested resources below are organized by conflict or time period between conflicts. Resources can include books and manuscripts created at the time or at later dates (primary sources), as well as research on those eras (secondary sources).

Early America (1607-1860)

American Civil War (1861-1865)

Mid-and Late 19th/Early 20th Century (1866-1914)

World War I (1914-1919)

World War I (1914-1919): Online Resources

Between the World Wars (1920-1938)

World War II (1939-1945)

World War II (1939-1945): Online Resources

Post-World War II (1946-)