Depression-Era Food and Culinary Materials to Be Digitized

In development: a digital archive of Great Depression-era culinary and food materials. “The What America Ate project will digitize and preserve an array of materials related to food in the Great Depression, starting with the original America Eats papers that until now have been scattered around the country. The America Eats project was a Depression-era jobs creation program within the Works Progress Administration, which sent about 200 writers and photographers across the country to chronicle American eating by region. Writers collected amazing stories: interviewing cooks and eaters, transcribing recipes, collecting songs and jokes and poems, and describing all manner of food customs.” The project will also digitize community cookbooks from the 1930s and food advertising and packaging from the same period.

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