Main content

Hilda Stuart Wood Jacobs papers


Held at: Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections [Contact Us]W. W. Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Hilda Stuart Wood Jacobs graduated the Drexel Institute in 1898, completing the normal course in the Department of Domestic Science. According to her grandson, who donated the collection, she married Hiram Cushman Jacobs, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, and lived in Warren, Pennsylvania.

The Hilda Stuart Wood collection consists of cookbooks, a notebook and a few photographs, ranging from 1885-1976. The eight published cookbooks contain Wood's handwritten notes and loose papers. Annotations on a few of the recipe cards refer to the collection as having belonged to previous generations, leaving the impression that the cookbooks have been passed down through the family. There is no information of a personal nature about Hilda Stuart Wood to be found within the collection.

Within the collection are several copies of a Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry cookbook and an embossed leather notebook containing lesson plans and other basic pieces of school work. Judging from the extensive number of lesson plans, Hilda Stuart Wood appears to have been a cooking instructor, possibly at a YMCA. Included in the collection are six photographs inscribed with Hilda’s name focusing on groups of men or women working in a classroom setting. It is difficult to ascertain which of the women actually is Hilda as the inscriptions are vague. Two of these photos describe her as teaching a men’s Domestic Science Class at the YMCA.

Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections

Collection Inventory

Warren Cook Book, Third Edition., 1908.
Warren Cook Book, Fifth Edition., 1920.
Presbyterian Cook Book., 1915.
Boston Cooking School Cook Book., 1937.
Dinner Year Book., 1886.
Murrey’s Salads & Sauces., 1885.
Mrs. Rorer’s Cook Book.
Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry cookbook, 1917.

20060070001, circa 1900.
20060070002, circa 1900.
20060070003, circa 1900.
20060070004, circa 1900.
20060070005, circa 1900.
Embossed leather notebook, 1914-1923.

Print, Suggest