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
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
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
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.
Emily Scott Knapp Household Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
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.
Formulas, recipes, etc.
New Orleans (La.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Receipts (financial records)
Container / Location
Emily Scott Knapp household book, [1860s] [series]
Accounts for cloth and sewing goods
Culinary and household recipes
Culinary and household diary
Information on Anne Boleyn
Culinary and household recipes
Plans for a garden
"Extracts from the Southern Ruralist." Recipes and household tips
Additional Descriptive Data
Louisiana State University's Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections at the Hill Memorial Library include a collection of James S. Knapp family papers.
"Dr. James S. Knapp, Dean of Dentists, Passes Away." The Ethical Dentist 1.1 (January 1908): 11.