Service through Sponge Cake
The digital collection of cookbooks is a collaborative effort between the University Library and the Indianapolis Public Library and will focus on Indiana cookbooks dating from the turn-of-the-century, with a special emphasis on fundraising cookbooks published by churches, synagogues and other community organizations. The University Library has created the community cookbook collection using unique materials from the Indianapolis Public Library's collection of historic Indiana cookbooks. The online collection includes digital images of each cookbook in its entirety, plus in-depth descriptions of each item. The collection is fully text searchable and broadly available on the Web. Community users who wish to "publish" their own copies of cookbooks in the digital library that are not under copyright will be able to do so. The University Library provides sources and information about publishing on demand within the context of the collection itself.
If you have an historical, Indianapolis, community-created cookbook, recipe collection, or menu that you would like to share in this digital collection, please Contact Us.
The launch of this collection was a part of a 2010 SPIRIT and PLACE event featuring speaker, scholar, and author Dr. Anne Bower. From the November 12, 2010 issue of The Indianapolis Star article by Jolene Ketzenberger, "I love to look through what I call 'church lady cookbooks' because they tend to show what real people were -- and are -- actually cooking. The discussion, presented by Anne Bower, author of 'Recipes for Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories and Histories,' focused on what such cookbooks can tell us about daily life in other eras. But what's really cool is the new digital, searchable collection of Hoosier community cookbooks and restaurant menus that was presented at the session."
The Indianapolis Public Library is comprised of 22 individual branches that offer materials, programs, and services in support of lifelong learning, recreational, and economic interests of all Marion County citizens. Their collections include some very interesting resources representing Indiana's history, including books, local newspapers, and dense city directories. Through the Library Fund of the Indianapolis Foundation, a grant has provided IUPUI University the ability to collaborate with the Indiana State Library and the Indianapolis Public Library to digitize a collection of historically significant materials that currently have been taken out of circulation.
Online Collections: Indianapolis Sanborn Map and Baist Atlas Collection , Indianapolis City Directories, Climate Data: Indianapolis, IN 1940-2006 , Indiana Plat Book Collection , Historic Indiana Atlases, Service through Sponge Cake, Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection, Shortridge Yearbooks, Irvington Oral Histories