This article looks at a collection of 110 community cookbooks from the Library of Congress and discusses how they were selected and scanned as part of a mass digitization project. The article considers why this set of long–overlooked books is important as a primary resource for those doing public history, as well as for anyone interested in local, culinary, and cultural history, or genealogy. Looking ahead, the article briefly describes a project to add content and provide cultural and historical context to the community cookbooks, by linking these scanned books with related Library of Congress materials.
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