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Food & Drink History Resources @Virginia Tech (and Beyond): Local Foods/Local Food History
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.
"Local" can mean something different for everyone. For us, in this particular case, we are using "local" to mean the town of Blacksburg and Montgomery County, Virginia, as well as several nearby counties including: Botetourt, Bland, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Wythe.
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil was first produced by Dr. S.N. Thomas of Phelps, New York in the late 1840s. While the Eclectric Oil was quite popular in the local markets of the time, the popularity of the product significantly increased when Dr. S.N. Thomas sold the formula to Excelsior Botanical Company in the 1880s. Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil became both a domestic and international sensation, and advertisements for the "cure-all" medication can easily be located in family health periodicals published in the late 1800s. This particular trade card was distributed by James H.S. Aumann, M.D.–a druggist and chemist in Wytheville, Virginia. This item has also been digitized and is available online: http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/HFDMss/Ms2009_064_DrThomas
The materials in the Ivanhoe, Virginia, Moonshine Still Glass Plate Collection include the glass plate and two black and white prints. The plate depicts a working still, c.1932. This item has been digitized and is available online: http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/HFDMss/Ms2009_028_Photograph
The collection consists of a handwritten collection of recipes, household accounts, and schoolwork from Litchfield family of Abingdon, Virginia. In addition to recipes for pickles and preserving, cakes, puddings, breads, and meats, there are also directions for home products like furniture polish, and lists of greenhouse plants.
The collection includes letters from various members of the Godwin, Young, Trevey, Williams and other families of Botetourt, Rockbridge, and Roanoke Counties establishes the relationship between them. In addition to correspondence, the collection also contains deeds, promissory notes, invoices for goods and services, toll bridge fee receipt, a child's watercolor, 13 pen and ink drawings of weaver's coverlet designs with titles of designs included. The collection also contains five bound leather volumes include accounts and recipes.
The Virginia Brewing Company letter was written on September 27, 1909 by Louis A. Scholz, President of the company, and Henry Scholz, Secretary and Treasurer of the company requesting support for anti-Prohibition laws in Virginia. This item has been digitized and is available online: http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/HFDMss/Ms2013_075
15th Year Anniversary Cookbook / Blacksburg Christian School TX715 .B433 1996 Spec Large
Cookbook, Blacksburg Baptist Church, [recipes compiled by High School Youth Group, Blacksburg Baptist Church] TX715 .C665 1996 Spec Large
Favorite Recipes from Northside Presbyterian Church TX715 .F374 1999 Spec Large
Gilbert Linkous Elementary Safety Patrol: Family Favorites Cookbook by the Gilbert Linkous Elementary TX715 .G5524 1999 Spec Large
Green Star Farm Cookbook: Simple and Delicious Vegetarian Food that We Like to Make and Eat by Lauren Cooper TX837 .C63 1991x Spec Large
The Greenstar Farm Family Cookbook. Vol. 2, More Recipes from Us-- For You TX837 .G74 2000z Spec Large
Prices Fork Elementary Cookbook TX715 .P749 1980 Spec Large