About the Exhibit

This online exhibit is drawn from the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive in the Univesity of Michigan Special Collections Library.

The exhibit curators (Dr. Nicole Tarulevicz & JJ Jacobson) are grateful for the support, assistance, and advice of the following colleagues:

  • Dr. Eric Anderson, University of Tasmania. 
  • Karmen Beecroft, Collection Services Specialist, Special Collections Library
  • Martha O'Hara Conway, Director, Special Collections Library
  • Kat Hagedorn, Project Manager for Digital Projects, Digital Library Production Service
  • Margaret Israel, Electronic Imaging Technician, Digital Library Production Service
  • Athena Jackson, Associate Director, Special Collections Library
  • Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, Librarian for Art & Design, Learning Librarian, and Exhibits and Programming Librarian
  • Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, Copyright Office
  • Meghan Musolff, Special Projects Librarian in Library Information Technology
  • Lara Unger, Digital Conversion Supervisor, Digital Library Production Service
  • John Weise, Manager, Digital Library Production Service
  • Lawrence Wentzel, Associate Librarian, Digital Library Production Service

Special thanks are due to the JBLCA’s volunteers, without whose thousands of hours analyzing and describing the culinary ephemera an exhibit like this would have been much harder, if not impossible, to put together, and to Jan Longone, whose recognition of the value of, and committment to collecting & preserving, culinary ephemera has immeasurably enriched the scholarly record.

Exhibit Events

Dr. Nicole Tarulevicz from the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania spoke on January 12, 2015 at an opening reception for the online exhibit. A recording of her lecture can be accessed here.

Bibliography and Further Reading

Anderson, Erin, Molded Magic: Advertising the “Joys of Jell-O” to the Modern American Housewife, 1920-1945. University of Wyoming, MA thesis (2014).

Belluscio, Lynne. The JELL-O Reader. Le Roy, N.Y.: Le Roy Pennysaver, 1998.

Bria, Rosemarie Dorothy. How Jell-O Molds Society and How Society Molds Jell-O: A Case Study of an American Food Industry Creation. Teachers College, Columbia University (1991)

Cross, Gary S., and Robert Proctor. Packaged Pleasures: How Technology & Marketing Revolutionized Desire. Chicago, IL: U of Chicago, 2014.

Forstie, Clare. “From Rosy to Regrettable: Mixed Nostalgia and the Meanings of Jell-O Salad,” Digest: a Journal of Foodways and Culture (2012).

Hoganson, Kristin L. Consumers' Imperium : The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920. University of North Carolina Press (2007)

Inness, Sherrie A. Dinner Roles : American Women and Culinary Culture. University of Iowa Press (2001).

Lears, Jackson. Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America, 1994.

Leach, William. Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture, 1993.

LeBresco, Kathleen, “There is Always Room for Resistance: Jell-O Gender and Social Class,” in Sherrie A. Inness (ed.) Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food. Rowman and Littlefield (2001).

Longone, Jan. "'As Worthless as Savorless Salt'?: Teaching Children to Cook, Clean, and (Often) Conform". Gastronomica. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Spring 2003), pp. 104-110.

Nelson, Diane Jesse: Jell-O advertising in Ladies' Home Journal, 1902-1929. 1989. Iowa State University, MS thesis (1989)

Newton, Sarah. E. "'The Jell-O Syndrome': Investigating Popular Culture/Foodways". Western Folklore, Vol. 51, No. 3/4 (Jul. - Oct., 1992), pp. 249-267.

Schreiber, Ron. Jell-O Advertising Recipe Booklets & Folders. 2009

Shapiro, Laura. Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century. New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1986

Wall, Wendy. "Shakespearean Jell-O: Mortality and Malleability in the Kitchen". Gastronomica, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter 2006), pp. 41-50.

Woloson, Wendy A. Refined Tastes : Sugar, Confectionery, and Consumers in Nineteenth-Century America. Johns Hopkins University Press (2002).

Wyman, Carolyn. Jell-O: A Biography: The History and Mystery of America's Most Famous Dessert. San Diego: Harcourt, 2001.

Further Viewing

MSU Silker Collection: Jell-O

Gallery of Regrettable Food: Jell-O, the Thing for Which There is Always Room.

Duke University Libraries: Emergence of Advertising in America 1850-1920  http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/eaa/

Rights and Permissions Statement

The University of Michigan Library has placed copies of these works online for educational and research purposes. These works may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these works, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about this exhibit, please contact Juli McLoone, jmcloone@umich.edu. If you have concerns about the inclusion of an item in this exhibit, please contact ask-omeka@umich.edu.

Accessing Culinary Ephemera

The American Culinary History Collection is non-circulating. You are welcome to make a request to view culinary ephemera boxes or any other materials from the Special Collections Library in the Special Collections Reading Room (8 South, Hatcher Graduate Library) through Mirlyn. Simply click on "request this" button from the item record. You will receive an email when your materials are ready to view.

These two searches, while not comprehensive, may be helpful:

Boxes of Gelatin and Tapioca ephemera
Jell-O advertising materials cataloged seperately

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