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1.  Overview of the Collection

Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator: Heidelberg, Jane, 1922-2011

Collection Number: M499

Collection Title: Heidelberg (Jane) Collection

Size:1 folder, 1 bound vol.

Language:Materials in the collection are in English.

Dates: February 2, 1962, 1971, 1975, 1978, 1997, 2004, and undated

Collection Status: Fully Processed

Abstract:A collection of recipes and correspondences gathered by Mrs. Jane Heidelberg from 1962 to 2004. Recipes are typed and handwritten. Newspaper clippings are from The Clarion Ledger 1962. Mrs. Heidelberg was a prominent member of the Hattiesburg community throughout her life.


2. Subjects

Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)

Heidelberg, Jane B.

Scarsdale Diet



3. Biographical/Historical Note

Jane Becker Heidelberg was born September 3, 1922 in Brookhaven, MS. She attended St. Francis Catholic School in Brookhaven and graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1940. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi. She met and married Rowland W. Heidelberg, Jr. (Rody) at Southern Miss. They were married in 1943. Rowland Heidelberg Jr. served in World War II, and he completed law school at the University of Mississippi upon his return from the war. The couple then returned to Hattiesburg and settled with their young son, Web Heidelberg. Helen Heidelberg was born shortly after the move to Hattiesburg.

Mrs. Heidelberg was very active in the Hattiesburg community. She was involved with the Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg, and she received the Junior Auxiliary’s Crown Award for lifetime achievement in 2000. She was named a member of the USM Honor Club for her long time support of the University. As a result of her husband’s service in World War II, Mrs. Heidelberg was a supporter of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, and she served on the ADP’s Military Affairs Committee, hosted annual receptions in her home for soldiers, and she contributed family artifacts to the Camp Shelby Museum. Mrs. Heidelberg was an active member of the South Central Mississippi Bar Auxiliary. She served as “Mother” of the Order of DeMolay, a High School fraternity, when her son Web was a member. Rody Heidelberg died of cancer in 1988. Jane Heidelberg was an active supporter of the American Cancer Society, even serving on its Board. In 2002, she was elected to the Board of the Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, MS. Mrs. Heidelberg was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Colonial Dames, and the First Families of Mississippi. She was a member of the Main Street Methodist Church and served on the Aldersgate Board for thirty years.

Jane Heidelberg passed away August 22, 2011, at the age of 88. She is buried at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


4. Scope and Content Note

This Collection consists of recipes collected by Jane Heidelberg. The recipes were family favorites (as indicated by Mrs. Heidelberg’s notations on certain recipes), recommendations for newly married couples, and recipes clipped out of the Clarion Ledger. Many of the recipes are handwritten by Mrs. Heidelberg and also contain noted addresses, comments, and reminders. The recipes are both typed and hand-written.

An interesting addition to the collection is Mrs. Heidelberg’s hand copied outline of the “Scarsdale Diet.” The item contains instructions on following the diet, and recipes that met dietary restrictions. The Scarsdale Diet was created in the 1970s, and the complete book on the Scarsdale Diet was originally published in 1978.

The recipes in the collection focus largely on baked goods (cakes and custards), dressings and sauces (salad dressings), salads, and a few main course dishes.


5. Arrangement

The materials in the Collection have been divided into seven series.

Series One contains a greeting card wishing congratulations for a family member’s marriage. The letter contains four recipe cards with recommended recipes: Sherry Pie, Angel Food Cake, French Sauce for Chicken, and Vanilla Squares. Letter and recipes are dated June 4, 2004.

Series Two contains a printed email describing the “Neiman’s $250.00 Cookie recipe” urban legend from 1996. The email describes the story and gives the recipe for Neiman’s Cookies.

Series Three details the Scarsdale Diet and various recipes from the 1970s. The material is hand written with recommended alterations. The Scarsdale Diet originates from a book published in 1978. The series also contains a sweet potato casserole recipe from 1975 that is labeled “Governor’s Cup Winner.” The series also contains a letter written to Jane from her friend “L’Ellen.” The letter discusses family events and L’Ellen’s health problems. The letter comes with several recommended recipes for hosting a friend’s party. Recipes include main dishes of chicken, beef, and pork, and several salad recommendations.

Series Four contains newspaper clippings from the Clarion Ledger published in 1962. The clippings spotlight Mrs. Fred Morton as “Cook of the Week” and contain several of her recommended recipes. Recipes include Crabmeat Soufflé and Orange Nut Bread.

Series Five contains undated recipes with no purpose indicated. The recipes are arranged by main courses (mostly chicken), salads, bread, cakes, cookies, custards, and meringues.

Series Six is a collection of family recipes. The material lists the family member who contributed the recipe, their birth and death dates, and the family relationship. Recipes include Vanity Cake, Sponge Cake, Congealed Fruit Salad, a Brunch recipe, Quaker Bake Beans, Pot Roast, Potato Pancakes, and Fruit Cake. Series is undated.

Series Seven is a collection of recipes donated to an alumnae Chapter for a cookbook. There is no indication to what organization these recipes were given. Series is undated. Recipes include mostly salads and casseroles.


6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

·         Volume of Recipes to Remember was removed and cataloged as a book into the McCain Library & Archives Mississippiana Collection (TX715.2.S68 R4358 2004 - McCain)


7. Administrative Information

Provenance: Heidelberg, Jane    

Use Restrictions: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions: This Collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method: In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information: Collection processed and finding aid written by Anna Rikki Nelson, 2015.

Sources: Contents of theCollection

Hattiesburg American Obituary


8. Container List


9.  Item List

Photograph Log



10. Publication Information

Publisher: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections


Physical Address: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148


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Revision Date: Last revised: April 8, 2015.

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