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Helen Barolini:

An Inventory of Her Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Barolini, Helen, 1925-
Title: Helen Barolini Collection
Dates: 1959-1989, undated
Extent: 2 document boxes (0.84 linear feet)
Abstract: Spanning 1950 to 1989, the collection consists of the research files for Helen Barolini's Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays (1988) and a typescript for Love in the Middle Ages (1986). Helen Barolini is an Italian-American author born on November 18, 1925 in Syracuse, New York.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-00228
Language: English; some documents in Italian
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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Helen Barolini Collection (Manuscript Collection MS-00228). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Gifts, 1990 (G 8695) and 1991 (G 8942)
Processed by: Irene Lule, June 2018

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Helen Barolini was born on November 18, 1925, in Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1947 and Columbia University in 1959. Barolini married Italian writer, Antonio Barolini, on July 26, 1950. They had three daughters. Antonio died in 1971. Throughout her life, Barolini has worked in various positions including translator, instructor, associate editor for Westchester Illustrated , and as a librarian in Westchester, New York. Barolini has lived in both the United States and Italy, and currently resides in New York.
Barolini was first published in 1966 with a book of poetry, Duet, alongside her husband. Her first novel, Umbertina , was published in 1979. She was also the editor of the anthology, The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian-American Women (1985). The following year, she published Love in the Middle Ages (1986), which was followed by Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays (1988). Since 1991, Barolini has published an additional eight books and has also contributed to periodicals and anthologies. Barolini and her work have received several awards and fellowships including the Susan Koppelman Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and fellowships and residencies with the Rockefeller Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.


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Scope and Contents

Spanning 1959 to 1989, the collection consists of the research files for Helen Barolini's Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays (1988) and a typescript for Love in the Middle Ages (1986) .
Subseries A. Festa: Recipes and Recollections of Italian Holidays is primarily comprised of research files for Festa , the bulk of which are recipes and research notes about Italian holidays. Other items include transcripts, clippings, and programs. Dates in parentheses reflect the original date of the photocopied item. For example, a clipping with the date listed as "Clipping (1982), undated" means that the article was printed in 1982, but the date the photocopy was made is unknown. The original order of the folders was slightly altered to better reflect the order of the book. The original titles of the folders are in single quotation marks.
The condition of the materials is fair. There is a number of discoloration from newspaper clippings and the original folders. Additionally, a small number of documents have stains, which have been place in polyester sleeves.
Subseries B. Love in the Middle Ages includes one typescript of the novel with the original title, Run for your Life. Several portions of the typescript are photocopies. The first folder includes the cover design and layout for the novel. The material is undated and in good condition. There is some minor wear to the edges.

Related Material

Helen Barolini Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

Index Terms


Barolini, Helen, 1925-


American literature--20th century.
Authors--20th century.
Cooking, Italian.
Holiday cooking.
Italian American women authors.
Italy--Social life and customs.

Document Types

Clippings (information artifacts).
Research notes.

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