The University of Alabama Libraries is proud to hold one of the largest collections of African American cookbooks in the country. The collection currently consists of almost 500 volumes covering the period from 1827, when the first book with recipes by an
African American was published, through the year 2000.
The David Walker Lupton African American Cookbook Collection strengthens the Libraries’ holdings in African American history and culture and is used by a broad range of library patrons. Lupton put this collection together through intensive effort over a period of ten years. Mrs. Lupton, who resides in Oriental, North Carolina, recently stated, “David had a deep conviction that cookbooks compiled by individuals in America of African heritage needed to be identified and preserved.”
You can see a full list of collection holdings at our website.
You can also isolate these records in a UA Libraries catalog search. In an Advanced Search, use the keywords Lupton Collection (all of these, keyword anywhere), with the location limited to Hoole Library.
Hoole library holds over 1100 cookbooks. In addition to the Lupton Collection, they can also be found in
Wade Hall Collection -- mostly southern (including Kentucky), includes many church and social club compilations; also features world cuisine cookbooks for American audiences
Alabama Collection -- mostly Alabama or Southern
Rare Books Collection -- older and more general cookbooks
Special Collections -- donated in memory of Viola Pearson Ragland, largely focused on African-American and/or Southern cuisine
To find items from Hoole through Scout, you can limit any search by choosing Hoole Special Collections Library as your Location, either in the lefthand sidebar or during an advanced search.
Using the Libraries' Classic Catalog, you can limit a search to Hoole materials by choosing Hoole Library from the Limit To dropdown.
Wade Hall Collection