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Classic Catalog Search

Start with a subject search on the name of your food source. Look at the group of books that only have that one subject assigned, (ex. bison), but then scroll through the list. Are there any on history? Other categories that might be useful?

Could there be a broader term to try?  Ex. Game and game birds

Try an advanced keyword search: your food source and (food or social or economic)

What about cookbooks from that time?  Open up this search on cooking limited to books published after 1859 and before 1900.

Maybe too general, but how about these books on the history of American cooking in the 19th century?


Reference Books

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Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America - Andrew F. Smith (Editor)
Call Number: Reference TX 349 .O94 2004
ISBN: 0195154371
Publication Date: 2004-12-09

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The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink - John F. Mariani
Call Number: Reference TX349 .M266 1999
ISBN: 0867307846
Publication Date: 1999-08-17

What Were People Saying Back Then?

  • American Periodical Series Online (1741-1940)
    - You can search for a specific time range.
    - Too many results with just the name of your food source? Experiment. Try searching it as "All fields (no full text) and in the 2nd box try words you hope to see in the article, like: eat* or prepar* or cook* or dining)
    The wildcard * looks for endings beyond what you type so eat* looks for eat, eats, eating
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890 - 1982
    - This is an index so keep your search simple.
    - You can change refine your results to search for just the older stuff.
  • New York Times (Historical)
    - You'll be searching the entire article, so think about words beyond your food source.
    Full-text of back issues of more than 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Articles About Back Then

  • America: History and Life
    Use the "Historical Period from" boxes to limit your search to articles about your particular time period
  • Historical Abstracts
    Covers the history of the world, excluding US and Canada, 1450 to present. Look for the "Historical Time Period" feature to limit your search to articles about that time period
  • AGRICOLA - Agricultural Online Access
    Citations and abstracts for articles on all aspects of agriculture from 15th century to the present.

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