The Craig Claiborne collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audio, and other items.
Manuscripts by Claiborne in the collection include his books The New York Times Cookbook (volume 2, Harper, 1961); Craig Claiborne's Kitchen Primer (Knopf, 1969); The New York Times International Cookbook (Harper, 1971); Veal Cookery (Harper and Row, 1978); his autobiography A Feast Made for Laughter (Doubleday, 1982); Craig Claiborne's Gourmet Diet (New York Times Books, 1984); and Craig Claiborne's Memorable Meals . Shorter pieces in the collection include drafts of issues of The Craig Claiborne Journal, as well as a mailing list; "Cooking with Spirits"; numerous food columns (ca. 1970-1979) and recipes. Also present are over two hundred of Claiborne's notebooks in his own hand, containing recipes, interviews, and notes for articles; small note pads with Claiborne's notes from restaurants he reviewed (ca. 1966); a notebook of recipes; and other notebooks. One notebook is titled "A Memoir with Recipes," and includes brief notes from various friends, including Olga and Peter Gimbel, Paul Prudhomme, Sidney Lumit, Nora Ephron, Pierre Franey, Berton Roueche, Betty Comden, and Betty Friedan.
Correspondence in the collection dates from ca. 1963 to ca. 1986. Several notable correspondents are present. Figures from the world of cuisine include Paul Bocuse, Julia Child, Baron Andrew De Groot, Gael Greene, Michel Guerard, George Lang, Jacques Pepin, Henri Soule, and Pauline Trigere. Other notable correspondents include Roone Arledge, Russell Baker, Theodore Bikel, Nora Ephron, Malcolm S. Forbes, Albert Gore, Lillian Hellman, Kim Hunter, Harry Reasoner, William Safire, Sargent Shriver, Elaine Steinbeck, Ed Sullivan, Arthur H. Sulzberger, and Gay Talese. In addition, the collection includes a large scrapbook regarding A Feast Made for Laughter ; it contains photographs, programs, menus, and letters about the book from Jacques Pepin, Paul Prudhomme, Helen Frankenthaler, Stephen Sondheim, Burgess Meredith, Pauline Trigere, Calvin Trillin, E. L. Doctorow, Beverly Sills, and others.
Printed material in the collection primarily consists of Claiborne's extensive menu collection, taken from every state in the U.S. as well as several locations abroad (including an anniversary menu signed by Paul Bocuse). Also represented is Claiborne's work for The New York Times (food columns, "Q & A" columns, and more, ca. 1964-1983); a near-complete run of The Craig Claiborne Journal (1973-1974); publicity and reviews about him; and various other invitations, pamphlets, programs, periodicals, clippings, etc., including Claiborne's report to a U.S. House of Representatives "task force" regarding sodium in food and its relation to high blood pressure.
Photographs in the collection span most of Claiborne's life and career. Several were used in Claiborne's autobiography, A Feast Made for Laughter . Photos include prints, negatives, and slides (black and white and color). Notable individuals represented include Lauren Bacall, Pierre Franey, Ed Koch, and Beverly Sills. Some photos are grouped into albums, including one scrapbook-album featuring two parties thrown in celebration of the publication of A Feast Made for Laughter (1982); notable figures present in the ca. 100 color photos include Lauren Bacall, Pierre Franey, Betty Friedan, Joseph Heller, Danny Kaye, George Plimpton, Paul Prudhomme, Wilfrid Sheed, and Kurt Vonnegut. Also present is a photo of the U.S.S. Augusta's officers in World War II, and ca. 250 color slides regarding food preparation.
Audio recordings in the collection include cassettes of Claiborne's interviews with Sam Aaron (1971) and Roger Fessaguet (1970); an album recording of "The Helen Hall Show" with Claiborne; and other miscellaneous cassette recordings.
Other items in the collection include five date books (1963, 1967-1970); a 60th birthday poster signed by friends, including Alden Whitman and Berton Roueche; a video cassette recording of Craig Claiborne's New York Times Video Cookbook ; genealogical research regarding Claiborne's family; various awards, certificates, and mementos, including a silver tray commemorating Claiborne winning the "Golden Spoon Award" (1980); and other miscellaneous material.
|1. Claiborne, Craig|
|1. Journalism Subject Guide|
|2. LGBT Subject Guide|
|3. Cuisine, Nutrition, and Agriculture Subject Guide|
|4. Cookery, American|
|5. Cookery, International|
|7. Audio cassettes|
|8. Journalists – New York (State) – New York|
|11. American newspapers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Sections, columns, etc.|