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Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts

Identifier: msc0533

Scope and Contents

The first series in this collection is cookery manuscripts. The inventory for the manuscripts was originally compiled by Chef Louis Szathmary and his assistants and is offered here to preserve Szathmary's distinctive voice as well as indications of his interest in each item. Descriptions of similar materials acquired by the University of Iowa Libraries after Szathmary's original gift have been added to the inventory and are noted. Clippings are included after the Algren series. Szathmary wrote a column called "Louis Szathmary on Life" and edited a column called "Table Talk" for Inside Lincoln Park and he also wrote a column called "Chef Louis" for the Chicago Sunday Times. These columns for the years 1987-- 1988 are here, as well as various articles about Szathmary that appeared in diverse publications. Appraisal documents for the entire Szathmary collection are found in a separate series following the culinary manuscripts. Note: This collection is not shelved in MsC numerical sequence but rather is located on the east wall of the room in which the Szathmary Culinary Arts Collection has been placed.


  • 1600-1963
  • 1700-1900


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


10.50 linear feet

Language of Materials



Among the more than 20,000 items in Chef Szathmary's culinary arts collection are just over 100 German, Czech, Irish, English and American manuscript recipe books. There is also a group of manuscripts related to food from the Chicago writer Nelson Algren.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University Libraries by Chef Louis Szathmary.

Existence and Location of Originals

Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks (Iowa Digital Library)

Related Materials

Please refer to External Documents to see our full list of recipe pamphlets in the Chef Louis Szathmary Collection, a digital collection of Szathmary pamphlets, a DIY History and digital library of Szathmary's cookbooks and manuscripts, and other materials related to this collection.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)