William L. Clements Library

Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

Note: The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive has moved from the Clements Library to the University of Michigan Library's Special Collections, located on the 8th floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Culinary Division staff-curator JJ Jacobson, adjunct curator Jan Longone, and culinary volunteers-have followed the collection to its new home. Both are available for consultation about the archive and its use for research on American culinary history.

Inquiries concerning the culinary collection should go to JJ Jacobson, 734-763-1746; E-mail: nonesuch@umich.edu.

Questions for Jan Longone should be directed to her at 734-647-0879; E-mail: jblong@umich.edu.

 

The Longone Culinary Archive takes as its scope everything that influenced and influences America and everything that America influenced and influences in culinary matters. Added to this are related areas in American domestic and commercial life in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Far more than just cookbooks, it contains a wide diversity of materials from the 16th to early 20th centuries - books, ephemera, menus, magazines, graphics, maps, manuscripts, diaries, letters, catalogues, advertisements, and reference works - and is increasingly recognized as a premier collection for the study of culinary Americana. It is augmented by the rich Americana holdings of the Clements Library, catalogued for their culinary and food-related content.

History of the Division

The archive is shaped by the donation of a library organized over a forty-year period by Janice and Daniel Longone, the fruit of their long experience with food and wine bibliography. Jan Longone has served as Culinary Curator at the Clements since 2000, and guided the growth of the archive into a coherent collection intended to define the American culinary experience.

For a more detailed history see The Quarto issue 23, Spring/Summer 2005 or watch a Michigan Alumnus Magazine interview with Jan Longone. Members of the Archive's Honorary Committee are listed here.

Using the Collection

The enormous task of cataloging the many thousands of items in the Archive is in progress and new material is constantly being added. To the professional staff of the Clements has been added, since 2000, a loyal and dedicated group of volunteers, who have contributed a total of over 40,000 hours.

The currently cataloged books, menus, and ephemera can be searched in Mirlyn. To search the Culinary Archive:

  1. http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/Search/Advanced
  2. Use the drop-down menu to limit the library to William L. Clements Library
  3. Putting the word "Culinary" or "Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive" (with quotes) in the "all fields" field will help narrow your results. This will limit your results to items that have been tagged for their content having to do with foodways or home life. However, there is much relevant material that has not yet been tagged for culinary or domestic content.

Our resource guides provide aid in navigating the collection to find material on specific topics. They may also be found by: