Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Slice of the Sub-Collection Pie

Since we’ve hit and exceed 1,000 items with the project, I thought it might be interesting to break down sub-collections to see what percentages of materials are currently represented within the project. This is a transitory analysis. A few months from now the numbers will be different and the percentages might be altered. But it could be interesting reflect on past project progress. The sub-collections are Church and Religious Body Histories (Histories); Clergy Autobiographical and Biographical Materials: Journals, Testimonies, etc. (Clergy Biographical); Ephemerals: Cookbooks, Event Programs, and Directories (Ephemerals); Meetings, Proceedings, and Conference Reports (Meetings); Newsletters, Newspapers, and Conference Reports (Newsletters); Sermons of North Carolina (Sermons).

Here are the sub-collection numbers as of January 31st, 2013:

Here's a pie chart of the sub-collection stats:

Clearly at the moment we are dominated by the Meetings and in a not too distant second are the Histories. Lately, we've been eyeing serials more and more to bolster our numbers in Newsletters and balance things out. Although, it's important to note here that we can only assign an item to one sub-collection. So it is a possibility that the cheerful pie chart above cannot totally document the overlap in items that might toe the boundaries between two (or maybe even more) categories. When it comes to classification, things are rarely cut and dry.

But speaking of pie, check out this handful of exotic recipes below. They make up part of the 8% of the Ephemerals sub-collection.

Pinto Bean Pie from The grange range cookbook (1975). Since this recipe has chocolate, it just may work.  

Squash Pie from Country cookbook (1984) sounds a little riskier though...

Fluffy Frozen Peanut Pie from Keys to the Kitchen (1981).

And on the top of the next page, Frozen Rum Cream Pie.

This cookbook is worth exploring. On page 268 is a recipe for Cracker-Nut Pie and on page 278 is a recipe for Green Tomato Pie.

The Gertrude Bobbit Circle cook book (1948) has a curious variety of pie as well. This page alone has recipes for old-fashioned favorites like Transparent, Jeff Davis, Vinegar, Jelly and Pineapple pie. 

Between the boundaries of the NC Religion sub-collections are several neat materials - and pies too.

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