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Anne Willan papers, 1570-2018

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Willan (Anne) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of Anne Willan provide a comprehensive survey of the operations of the École de cuisine La Varenne founded by Willan in Paris in 1975 and whose programs she also developed in Burgundy, West Virginia, and California. The school's records consist of brochures, correspondence, newsletters, recipes and menus, press clippings, films, photographs, and electronic records.

Willan's writings, whose press coverage is included in the papers, are well documented by drafts, typescripts, proofs, research files, electronic records and annotated copies of the publications. Documentation relating to the TV programs produced by Willan consist of full runs of videocassettes, correspondence and clippings.

The archive includes drawings, ephemera, manuscripts and prints collected by Willan and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. Dating from the 16th to the late 20th century, these works illuminate the preparation and consumption of food and its display in England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States.


Arranged in four series: Series I. General records, 1954-2015, undated; Series II. École de cuisine La Varenne records, 1935-2018, bulk 1975-2018; Series III. Writings and TV programs, 1961-2015; Series IV. Anne Willan and Mark Cherniavsky gastronomy collection, 1570-2015.

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