Grolier Club House Committee
In 2016 the Club was contacted on behalf of the descendant of an early Grolier Club member to see whether the Club might be interested in acquiring a small leather-bound notebook, titled “House Committee -- Grolier Club Punch Recipes, 1890-1896.” The price was reasonable, and the purchase was quickly concluded. Alcoholic punches were a common festive feature of New York club life in the 1890s. Many were quite elaborate, and the Grolier Club “Rum Punch” recipe required seven ingredients, a complex series of steps, two days’ preparation time, and a six-month aging process. The acquisition of the booklet coincided with the discovery of a file of complementary material in the Grolier Club’s own House Committee archives, including manuscript notes of a similar rum punch recipe, and a typescript prepared by longtime Grolier Club Librarian Ruth Shepard Granniss.
Purchased in 2016 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds