Belle McDonald Cookbook, circa 1913-1938  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
McDonald Family
Title
Belle McDonald Cookbook
Dates
circa 1913-1938
Quantity
2 folders
Collection Number
Collection 2636, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Belle McDonald cookbook contains several handwritten entries for various recipes created or collected by McDonald. Recipes range from breads to soups, cakes to salads. Also included in the collection is a 1938 Retailer’s Edition of Modern Homemaker which provides tips and instructions on canning, as well as recipes for assorted canning projects.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Belle McDonald was born October 6, 1874 to Richard and Mary Harris McDonald. The McDonalds traveled from Missouri by wagon train to Montana, staying briefly in Virginia City prior to settling in Bozeman. The couple had four sons who did not survive to adulthood as well as three daughters Belle, Mollie, and Melissa. Belle McDonald died February 22, 1950.

Of the three McDonald daughters, only Mollie married and had two children. Mollie was the first African American child born in the Gallatin Valley. She had a son, Richard and a daughter Belle. Belle McDonald Ward Fisher was born April 7, 1905. Over the course of her life Belle lived in Butte as well as the McDonald home, one of Bozeman’s oldest residences, which was built on the family’s homestead site. Belle McDonald Ward Fisher died February 9, 2000.

The women in the McDonald family were known for their cooking. Mollie served as the head cook for 20 years at then Montana State College’s Hamilton Hall. The Montana Federation of Negro Women's Club Cookbook, circa 1922, includes recipes from the McDonald sisters.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Belle McDonald cookbook contains several handwritten entries for various recipes created or collected by McDonald. Recipes range from breads to soups, cakes to salads. Also included in the collection is a 1938 Retailer’s Edition of Modern Homemaker which provides tips and instructions on canning, as well as recipes for assorted canning projects.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Cookbook circa 1913-1938
1/2 Modern Homemaker 1938

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