Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Cookbook and Food Collection

Collection Management Issues

Specific policies, if any, on replacement, deselection, out of print acquisitions, preservation, etc.

Although there are exceptions, most cookbooks were and continued to be inexpensively produced, intended to be widely dispersed, easily acquired, and used for generations in the kitchens. This raises serious preservation issues, including highly acidic paper, poor bindings, and food stains. Attention for protection and preservation must be given to many cookbooks in the collection on a case by case basis. Action includes the use of mylar covers, acid free envelopes, boxes, and complete, expert conservation if the item is deemed important. Some duplicates are in the collection, but after review to keep the better copy, most should be withdrawn and made available for sale or donation on a continuing basis.