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Big News! Recipe Transcriptions Now Searchable in LUNA

12 March 2019

  By Rebecca Laroche Since mid-February, those who have been using the Folger Shakespeare Library’s digital archive LUNA, may have noticed an exciting change. In the left-hand...

Dr. Walter Hariss’s Methods of Treating Deathly Ill Children (Folger MS W.a.87)

21 February 2019

By Victoria Kuhr If your child was knocking at death’s door, wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to cure them, even if the treatments were potentially dangerous?...

Medicine out of Mole-Hairs in Jane Dawson’s Manuscript

19 December 2018

By Ashley Gonzalez Though all of Jane Dawson’s recipes are fascinating, perhaps one of the most curious ones involved the medical use of moles for hair loss and hair growth. This...

What Wafers?

1 October 2018

These are not vanilla wafers. These are not chocolate wafers. These are, I learned as I read the recipe, a different type of sweet. Might Dawson have been using an alternative definition?...