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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]

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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).

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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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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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