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Dorothy Jean Schneider cookbook


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Dorothy Jean Schneider was likely born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 30, 1910 to John Franklin D. Schneider (1976-1962), a traveling salesman, and Nora Youtz Schneider (1876-1969). She had one brother, Franklin L. Schneider.

According to the 1920 census, the family lived at 68 Sleight Street in Naperville, IL and, by 1830, they lived in Akron, OH.

In the 1940 census, Schneider is listed as a lodger with sisters Frances S. and Mary P. Engel in Buffalo, NY. In the 1950 census, Schneider is listed as Mary P. Engel's partner and her occupation is recoded as a dairy chemist at Wholesale Ice Cream, Co.

Schneider died in Summit, OH on October 3, 2001.

This volume was possibly created during the course of a cooking or home economics class.

Increased literacy and access to printed material in the 19th century led to an abundance of literature on homemaking and the 1862 Morrill Act established land-grants for colleges and mandated that those colleges offered instruction in "practical areas of endeavor." As many of these colleges were open to women, this mandate led to the creation of formal courses in domestic science and the principles of domesticity in the late 19th century.

The term "home economics" became standard at the 1899 Lake Placid Conferences and, by 1908, conference participants formed the American Home Economics Association which successfully lobbied for funding for the research and teaching of home economics.


"About Home Economics." HEARTH, Cornell University Library Digital Collections, Accessed 11 Mar. 2024.

"History of Home Economics." Home Economics and Household Management, Middlebury College, Accessed 11 Mar. 2024.

This volume contains 34 culinary recipes from a home economics class and additionally includes notes on cooking methods and table manners. It was compiled by Dorothy Jean Schneider around 1923 or 1924 in Naperville, IL during the course of an eighth-grade class with Miss Mamie Dentler.

This volume contains recipes (p. 1-49), notes (p. 69-85), and two runs of blank pages (p. 49-68, 86-114).

Examples of recipes include baked tomato or pepper (p. 4), cranberry jelly (p. 13), penuche (walnut) (p. 16), sponge cake (p. 26), blanc mange (p. 36), eggs – deviled (p. 44), lemon Jell-O (p. 46), and cornflake kisses (p. 48).

Schneider identified the teacher, Mamie Dentler, and her classmates, Lois Reikie, Ruth Schaefer, Dorothy Dunnmeyer, and Gladys Werner (p. 48).

The notes in this volume are on cooking methods, menus, cereals, manners and table setting, and definitions of cooking terms.

Gift of Nick Malgieri.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
Finding Aid Date
2024 April 3
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