Digital Collections: Culinary History

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Peacock-Harper Friends Help Libraries Celebrate 3,000,000 Barcodes

Jean Robbins holding rare book

Jean Robbins, founding chair of the Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Friends, holds the 1798 Richard Briggs imprint.

On December 3, 2007 the University Libraries celebrated a milestone in their growth by adding their three millionth bar-coded item. The Special Collections Rare Book Room will house the 1798 edition of The new art of cookery, according to the present practice: being a complete guide to all housekeepers, on a plan entirely new: consisting of thirty-eight chapters…: with bills of fare for every month in the year, neatly and correctly printed by Richard Briggs. This handsome volume, important for helping to trace the growth of indigenous cuisine among the settlers, continues the Libraries' tradition of selecting books of historical moment for such occasions.

“Three millionth bar code represents other important kinds of progress, including our preparations to use the inventory control module of our new Millennium system to track the movement and status of items in our collection.” said Paul Metz, Director of Collection Management. Gail McMillan, Director of the Digital Library and Archives, added “the selection of this particular volume allows us simultaneously to celebrate Special Collections' full inclusion into the online catalog for the first time and to highlight our 3,000 volume Culinary History Collection. The Peacock Harper Culinary History Collection Friends donated this particular volume and continues to grow the collection they helped establish in 2000.”

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