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New Acquisitions for February 2012

March 12, 2012
First page of transcript from oral history interview with bookbinder Edward J. Wilding, 1980.

Manuscript Collections:


  • MS 390 Institute of Texan Cultures Oral History Collection, 50 linear feet


  • MS 348 Killis Almond and Associates, Inc. records, 2 linear feet
  • MS081 Esther Vexler papers, 1 linear foot

University Archives:


Rare Books: 37 titles [February 2012 Title List]


  • Nine recipe manuscripts from the late 19th century through the 1930s.These hand-written recipe books by members of a family in Toluca, Mexico feature a variety of recipes, traditional and otherwise, including Mole Poblano, Mancha manteles, Jamon en vino, Pollos en alcaparrado, Tapado de nopales, Torta de cielo, Crema quemada, Palitos de canela, Rosquitas de nuez, Budín de requesón, and many others.
  • Cocinera Poblana y el Libro de las Familias.  Novísimo Manual Práctico de Cocina Española, Francesa, Inglesa y Mexicana, Higiene y Economia Doméstica.  Contiene Mas de Dos Mil Formulas de Ejecución Sencilla y Fácil.  Tratados Especiales de Pastelería, Confitería y Repostería, Diversas Recetas y Secretos de Tocador y Medicina Doméstica Para Conservar la Salud Y Prolongar la Vida, published by J.F. Jens in Puebla, Mexico. 3rded.(1887-1888).Unlike some 19th century cookbooks, Cocinera Poblana focuses on meals and methods within the reach of ordinary households, rather than just the wealthy upper class.  This enlarged third edition is notable for its excellent coverage of mole recipes of the period.  It also includes extensive advice on household management and home medicine.  UTSA Special Collections also holds a copy of the 8th edition, published in 1913.

Image: First page of transcript from oral history interview with bookbinder Edward J. Wilding, 1980. MS 390.  The interview covers Wilding’s experiences dancing with the Ballet Russe de
Monte Carlo, his time in Paris during WWII, his academic studies, and book binding.  The complete transcript is available in our digital collections.

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