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Virginia G. Gray Cookery Collection

Identifier: MS 00131

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Manuscript recipes, mainly nineteenth century, and a recipe manuscript volume, 1830-1845, including recipes for relishes, jellies, puddings, and cakes. Also includes recipes for soap and home remedies. Additions to the collection (1999.32) include correspondence of Sally Gray (daughter of Virginia G. Gray), article, "Holiday Hints,"edited by Virginia G. Gray, handout on "Colonial Cookery," by Virginia G. Gray and her manuscript, "An American Colonial Cookery, 1607-1800," as well as photocopies of pages from various cookbooks.

Mss. Sm Coll Gray and Mss. Acc. 1999.32 Addition are described in the Inventory (below).


  • Creation: 1830-1845


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Virginia G. Gray collected recipes, books and manuscripts on cookery. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


2.0 Linear feet

Acquisition Information:

Gift; 39 items, March-April 1974; Gift, ca. 75 items, June 30, 1999 (1999.32).

Physical Description

114 items


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at


Guide to the Virginia G. Gray Cookery Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository