Manuscript recipe book in English and Swedish


Creator: Borg, Hannah Carolina
Date(s): circa 1920-1950
Call Number: MSS 0097, Item 0188
Language: Materials in English and Swedish.
Abstract: Hannah Borg, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, kept this English and Swedish recipe book from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Physical Description: 1 volume 62 pages 20 cm
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchase, December 2016.
Processing Information: Processed and encoded by Elizabeth Jones-Minsinger, July 2017. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Hannah Carolina Borg is the probable creator of this recipe book. Borg signed the recipe book in several places and noted that she lived at 53 Lakeview Avenue in Piedmont, California, in 1927. Borg was born in Arkiva, Sweden, on September 2, 1898, and immigrated to the United States with her mother in 1919. She lived at 53 Lakeview Avenue in Piedmont, California, when she declared her intention to become an American citizen in 1928. According to the 1930 Federal Census, Borg could speak both Swedish and English. Hannah Borg petitioned for U.S. citizenship in 1933, at which time she lived in Burlingame, California. A 1949 advertisement for Carnation evaporated milk is pasted into the volume, suggesting that Borg kept the book from the 1920s to the 1940s.


1930 Federal Census (accessed via on July 7, 2017)

California Naturalization Papers, Northern District, San Francisco (accessed via on July 7, 2017)

Information derived from the collection.

Scope and Contents

Hannah Borg, a Swedish immigrant to the United States, kept this English and Swedish recipe book from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Borg frequently switched between writing recipes in Swedish and English. Her recipes reflect the influence of both Nordic and American foodways. The volume begins with a list in Swedish of daily meals planned or prepared over the course of several weeks. Each daily menu consisted of frukost (breakfast), middag (dinner or lunch), and kväll (supper). Several meal plans also included efterrätt (dessert). Common foods included kaffe (coffee), ågg (eggs), smörgås (sandwiches), mjölk (milk), and sill (herring).

Following the daily menus, Borg recorded a number of recipes in English. Between the first pages of English recipes, she pasted in a clipped recipe from Carnation for corn pone and corn-bread sticks. Borg included recipes for various desserts, including chocolate cream roll and coconut macaroons, as well as savory dishes like gnocchi and American Tagliarini. She attributed several recipes to women named Bertha, Rika, and Clara. Borg included several brand-name ingredients in her English-language recipes, such as Knox gelatin, Crisco, and Del Monte tomato sauce.

After a recipe in English for oatmeal cookies, Borg recorded more traditional Nordic recipes in Swedish, including gravlax (cured salmon), fiskomelett (fish omelet), and finsk fårstuvning (Finnish lamb stew). She also provided lengthy explanations in Swedish of how to make and serve ice cream. The last few pages of the volume contain a mixture of recipes in English and Swedish.

This volume is bound with a flexible black cloth cover and contains 62 pages of unlined, wove paper. The recipes are handwritten in pencil.

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Shelving Summary

Item 0188: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 0097, Item 0188, Manuscript recipe book in English and Swedish, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials

This item forms part of MSS 0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs collection.

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Manuscript recipe book in English and Swedish, circa 1920-1950 1 volume Item 0188

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