FSU Special Collections & Archives Presents: The Great Rare Books Bake Off 2021

Last year FSU Special Collections & Archives spent the month of November showing off recipes from our digital collection of cookbooks and herbals. We welcomed guest contributors who shared recipes from their personal family collections, and modernized historic recipes, and we baked…a lot! With more students, faculty, and staff back on campus this Fall weContinue reading “FSU Special Collections & Archives Presents: The Great Rare Books Bake Off 2021”

The Great Rare Books Bake Off 2021

It is almost November, which means it is almost time for the Great Rare Books Bake Off! This year our celebration occurs while the newest season of the Great British Baking Show airs. Let’s make Paul Hollywood and the crowd proud by attempting some historic recipes from our collection and yours. How can you participate?Continue reading “The Great Rare Books Bake Off 2021”

Happy Holidays from FSU Special Collections & Archives

With the library closing for winter break beginning this Saturday, December 19th we wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Below is an animated card created by FSU Libraries using illustrations from one of our very own herbals! While a lemon tree might seem like an odd choiceContinue reading “Happy Holidays from FSU Special Collections & Archives”

Astrological Healing from the Seventeenth Century

An herbal is a book containing the names and descriptions of various plants, and usually contains the effects that were associated with each one. Effects could range from a plant’s toxicity to its magical power. In the 15th century, it was common practice to publish medical journals in Latin, which was only accessible to thoseContinue reading “Astrological Healing from the Seventeenth Century”

Herbaria side by side

Herbaria are collections of different plant specimens which have been dried and preserved. They can be used for many different reasons including personal collecting and as data necessary for scientific studies. FSU even has a museum-quality collection of plants and micro-algae specimens held at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium. Special Collections also has a goodContinue reading “Herbaria side by side”

Boil, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

So, the title is more akin to Halloween than the newly arrived holiday season but this new digital collection fits the saying. 70 herbals and cookbooks have been added to the FSU Digital Library over the last month. Herbals, which describe the appearance of medicinal plants, tell how to gather, prepare, preserve and store them.Continue reading “Boil, Bubble, Toil and Trouble”