Rhubarb!

28 Delicious Ways to Serve Sumner Hot-House Rhubarb front cover
28 Delicious Ways to Serve Sumner Hot-House Rhubarb front cover

With summer in full swing, it’s time to break out those seasonal recipes.  And what’s more summery than rhubarb?

Among our (fairly) recent acquisitions was this tasty item, 28 Delicious Ways to Serve Sumner Hot-house Rhubarb.  Looking forward to cataloging the tiny pamphlet, I was a little dashed (make that secretly relieved) when it proved to have cataloging copy already, rather than requiring “original” cataloging.  I did, however, manage to add a few things to the record, including a date attribution of 1930, which came from the dealer from whom we purchased the brochure.  Since I was a bit dubious about that date, as well as fascinated by the history of rhubarb cultivation in Sumner, I continued to do a little digging around as time allowed.

In the intervening months, I did discover that the (subsequently renamed) Washington Rhubarb Growers Association has continued to issue a booklet of recipes, the current version having morphed from 28 to 43 recipes (although several classics such as the “Blushing rhubarb fluff” are still included).  I obtained a free copy, which, hopefully we also can add to the collection.  Even more recently, however, I noticed that the City of Sumner in re-branding itself as the “Rhubarb Pie Capital” has put together a Web site full of lots of useful information, including a history page that may suggest a different probable publication date (1937) for the 28 recipe edition.  What do you think?

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Helice

I joined The Shubert Archive as Processing Archivist in 2015, having worked previously at numerous archives and special collections, including the University of Washington, New York Public Library, King County Archives, and New York University. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hunter College, City University of New York and an M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Long Island University. I have been a Certified Archivist since 2005. Throughout my career, I have been active professionally and held several leadership roles. Among my favorites are: Dance Librarians Discussion Group convener and editor of the newsletter of the Performing Arts Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists. I also was involved with the American Theatre Archive Project, a national grassroots initiative dedicated to assisting active performing arts companies with the preservation of their legacy. In addition, I have significant experience as a freelance archival consultant.

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