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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Sarah Shorter Hunter commonplace book W.0019


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

August 2013


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Sarah Shorter Hunter commonplace book

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.05 Linear feet


approximately 1835-1894


The A .S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Commonplace book of Eufaula, Alabama, resident containing handwritten recipes, poems, quotations, and notes. In addition, the book includes a small number of newspaper clippings.

The book is in poor condition. The front cover and first several pages have torn away from the rest of the book.

Hunter, Sarah Shorter


Williams, A. S., III

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Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Sarah Shorter Hunter commonplace book, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

Shorter began this book as a young, unmarried woman in the 1830s. She used an album, printed by J. C. Riker, New York, that contains several prints of primarily New York-related engravings. The book contains recipes, poetry, quotations, notes from friends and family, and news clippings.

She numbered the ninety-nine pages and included an index to the recipes. Examples of dishes and household items include beer, fried eggplant, tea cakes, numerous puddings (apple, potato, transparent, boiled, and others), milk toast, baked tomatoes, and cologne.

The only recorded date is 1835, but the book contains clippings from the 1890s.

Biographical/Historical note

Sarah Elizabeth Shorter was born in Georgia around 1814. The daughter of Reuben C. and Mary Shorter, Sarah and her family moved to Eufaula, Alabama, around 1837. She married John L. Hunter, and they had two daughters: Sarah and Mary. John Hunter died in 1847. Sarah's date of death is unclear.

General note

Title on spine: Manuscript Cookbook compiled by Sarah Shorter of Eufaula 1833


Williams, A. S., III (local)

Commonplace books (aat)

Cooking, American--Southern style (lcsh)

Cooking--Alabama (lcsh)

Eufaula (Ala.) (lcsh)

Formulas, recipes, etc. (lcsh)

Poetry (lcsh)

Women--Alabama (lcsh)

Commonplace book Box W0019.01