This research project has been directed by Dr. Edith Snook (Principal Investigator, Professor, Department of English) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and Dr. Lyn Bennett (Co-Investigator, Associate Professor, English) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Harriet Irving Library at UNB has created the database platform. We worked closely with James MacKenzie (Director, Scholarly Technologies), who drew on the talents and expertise of Jeff Carter (Manager, Library Systems), Camilo Villamizar (Web Developer), and Monica Fitzpatrick (Graphic Designer) to build the technical foundations for the project.
The work of research assistants has been key to the creation of the Early Modern Maritime Recipes database. In Fredericton, the research assistants were Annabelle Babineau, Karim Baccouche, Siobhan Carlson, Svetlana Ehtee, and Bethany Langmaid. In Halifax, Danielle Arseneau, Shawna Guenther, Kala Hirtle, Laura Little, and Nicole Marcoux worked on the project. The research assistants spent many hours searching through the catalogues of regional archives for likely sources of recipes, reading many pages of microfilm, print, and manuscript texts to find the elusive recipes, and then transcribing what they found for inclusion in the database.
This project also would not have been possible without the assistance of archivists and librarians across the region. The archivists and librarians at the Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island provincial archives, at the New Brunswick Museum, and at the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison, Moncton, Dalhousie, Cape Breton, and Acadia universities all provided essential guidance in finding recipes. Leah Grandy and Christine Jack of UNB’s Microform’s department were particularly helpful in steering us in productive directions within UNB’s Loyalist Collection, and our search was facilitated by the guidance of Philip Hartling, John MacLeod, and Anjali Vohra of the Nova Scotia Archives.
This research was undertaken with the support of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Further financial assistance in the form of funding to hire research assistants came from UNB Harriet Irving Library and a Dalhousie Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Assistant Award.
Lyn and Edie are very grateful to everyone who has helped to bring this collection of recipes together.