Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Emily Scott Knapp Household Book, [1860s]

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, February 2007, and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Emily Scott Knapp household book
Creator: Knapp, Emily Scott, d. 1871 and Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [1860s]
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
Emily (or Emilie) Scott Knapp of New Orleans, Louisiana, and at least one other author recorded recipes, household notes, brief diary entries, and financial accounts in this volume in the mid-19th century. Approximately five receipts and newspaper clippings are pinned or laid in the volume.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4413.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Emily Scott Knapp Household Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

James Spencer Knapp was born in Guilford, New York, around 1830. He and his wife, Emily (or Emilie) A. Scott of Bainbridge, New York, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1845, where he became a successful dentist. They had six children: Julia, James, Colby, Emily, Wilmot, and Samuel. Emily Scott Knapp died in 1871.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Emily (or, Emilie) Scott Knapp of New Orleans, Louisiana, and at least one other author recorded recipes, household notes, brief diary entries, and financial accounts in this volume (roughly 72 pages) in the mid-19th century. Approximately five receipts and newspaper clippings are pinned, pasted, or laid in the volume.

Most recipes are for edible items, such as wine, baked goods, and dishes incorporating fruits, vegetables, or meats. Other recipes include instructions for making soap, tallow candles, and hair dye, and for cleaning tarnished silver. One newspaper clipping provides "A Steamboatman's Cure for the Cholera." Some recipes have attributions.

Additional sections contain accounts for the purchase of cloth and sewing goods (pp. 1-3), brief undated diary entries focusing on culinary preparation and household work (pp. 13-25), biographical information about Anne Boleyn (p. 27), plans for the construction of a garden (pp. 60-63), and "Extracts from the Southern Ruralist," which are housekeeping tips (pp. 65-71). A receipt for a medical prescription issued to a child of Dr. J. S. Knapp is pinned into the volume.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cholera.
    • Cooking--United States.
    • Formulas, recipes, etc.
    • Gardening--United States.
    • Home economics.
    • New Orleans (La.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Commonplace books.
    • Diaries.
    • Receipts (financial records)
    • Recipes.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Emily Scott Knapp household book, [1860s] [series]
    Pages   1-3  
    Accounts for cloth and sewing goods
    Pages   4-14  
    Culinary and household recipes
    Pages   13-25  
    Culinary and household diary
    Page   27  
    Information on Anne Boleyn
    Pages   29-59  
    Culinary and household recipes
    Pages   60-63  
    Plans for a garden
    Pages   65-71  
    "Extracts from the Southern Ruralist." Recipes and household tips
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Louisiana State University's Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections at the Hill Memorial Library include a collection of James S. Knapp family papers.

    Bibliography

    "Dr. James S. Knapp, Dean of Dentists, Passes Away." The Ethical Dentist 1.1 (January 1908): 11.