Collection ID: C681
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Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Wells, Herman B.
Abstract:
Herman B Wells served as president of Indiana University from 1937 through 1962 and University Chancellor from 1962 through 2000. In 1964, Wells occupied the house on the corner of 10th Street and Jordan Avenue in Bloomington now known as the Herman B Wells House. This collection contains handwritten and typed recipes and related items that were collected by Wells and individuals employed at the Wells House, including recipes for desserts, appetizers, main and side dishes, salads, and condiments.
Extent:
0.8 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Language:
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[item], Herman B Wells House recipes, Collection C681, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

Background

Scope and Content:

This collection contains recipes and related items found at the former home of Herman B Wells in Bloomington, Indiana. The recipes consist of newspapers and magazine clippings, printed recipe cards, and handwritten recipes. They are mostly for desserts and appetizers but also a number of main and side dishes, salads, and condiments. Of special interest are handwritten recipes and annotated recipes that include comments about Wells' tastes and references to cook Matilda "Tillie" Hopkins.

The collection also includes undated ephemera such as shopping lists, receipts, notes, and menus that were stored with the recipes. Also present are 2 photographs of women formerly employed at the house and the recipe boxes that originally contained the other materials in the collection.

Biographical / Historical:

Herman B Wells served as president of Indiana University from 1937 through 1962 and Chancellor from 1962 through 2000. In 1964, Wells occupied the house on the corner of 10th Street and Jordan Avenue in Bloomington now known as the Herman B Wells House. While living in the house, Chancellor Wells often entertained guests of the university. The recipes in this collection were likely collected by Wells and Lorne Shields, Matilda "Tillie" Hopkins, and other cooks who worked at the house.

Acquisition information:
Accession: 2016/004
Custodial history:

The contents of this collection were found in two recipe boxes in the former residence of Herman B Wells at 1321 East 10th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. They were transferred to the Indiana University Archives by Dixie Mobley in January 2016.

Processing information:

Processed by Katherine Siebenaler.

Completed in 2017

Arrangement:

The collection is organized into two series: Recipes and Ephemera.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Collection is open for research. Advance notice required.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

The donor(s) of this collection have not transferred their copyrights for the materials to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, please contact the Indiana University Archives staff.

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PREFERRED CITATION:

[item], Herman B Wells House recipes, Collection C681, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000, United States
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
812-855-1127
archives@indiana.edu