Monthly Archives: June 2014

Milka’s Legacy- The Passion for Studying Women in Architecture Lives On

We’ve written several posts in this blog about people and collections related to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA). It is one of our major collection areas, after all. But I’ve realized we haven’t actually covered how and why this massive collection came together here at Virginia Tech. For this we can thank […] Continue reading

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Peterson’s Pickled Peppers?

It’s been a while since we talked about canning and food preservation. Although we have lots of earlier publications that deal with different aspects of food preservation, this week, we’re looking at the oldest manual dedicated to the subject in our collection (at least for now): Peterson’s Preserving, Pickling & Canning Fruit Manual: Containing A Choice […] Continue reading

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The Upper Quad of Days Past

If you’ve been to campus lately, you might notice some changes in the Upper Quad. If you haven’t visited us recently, you might be surprised next time you do. And if you’ve never been to Virginia Tech, the Upper Quad is the square shape of buildings here: The library is just across the way, so […] Continue reading

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Cooking with Dromedary (NOT Camels, I promise!)

…Although the idea of cooking with a camel in one’s kitchen (not as an ingredient, but as a helper) is worth a giggle. Rather, our feature this week is from the Hills Brothers Co. of New York. Dromedary was the label of a variety of products, includes dates, figs, coconut, fruit butters, and tapioca. This particular […] Continue reading

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Betty Crocker & Salads!

It’s back to Betty Crocker and the bright red box for a short Friday afternoon post. There’s something that must draw me to it for these end-of-the-week features. Today’s post focuses on section “D,” aka “Salads for Every Occasion.” Frozen, fruity, meaty, fishy, jellied, dressed, dry…and often some wild combination. (But don’t worry, we’ve spared you […] Continue reading

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Summer of the White City

During the summer of 1893, the hottest ticket in the United States was a trip to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (also known as the Chicago World’s Fair). Ostensibly created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the New World, the fair provided a showcase for American products and innovations and embodied […] Continue reading

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A Little About Janet Lowe Cameron

In the last week or so, we’ve had several students here to ask about and work with the collection. The Janet Lowe Cameron Scholarships have been given out for the year and students are starting/continuing their research. Not surprisingly, this has got me thinking about Janet Cameron and her publications. Here in Special Collections, we have […] Continue reading

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