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Mary Jane and Daniel Woodward Collection of M. F. K. Fisher Letters


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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

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Fisher, M.F.K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992

Fisher was a prolific writer of books dealing with food and the culture of cuisine. She wrote upwards of 20 books and also published two volumes of journals and correspondence shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her primary works focused on many different aspects of food, such as: preparation, natural history, culture, and philosophy.

The collection consists of selected letters by Fisher. Included are five letters (1985-1988) by Fisher to Jeff Schaire of Art & Antiques, a New York City magazine; eight letters (1946) by Fisher and one letter (1946) by Donald Friede (Fisher's husband, 1945-1951) to Henry Volkening of Russell and Volkening, a New York City literary agency; and one undated photograph (copy) of Fisher and Alfred Young Fisher (her first husband).

Folders are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Gift of Mary Jane and Daniel Woodward in November 2007 (AM2008-38).

This collection was processed by John Delaney on November 11, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on November 14, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Photograph of Alfred and M.F.K. Fisher, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

5 Letters from M.F.K. Fisher to Jeff Schaire, 1985-1988. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

9 Letters from M.F.K. Fisher to Henry Volkening, 1946 October-December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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