Register of the Jan Weimer Papers MSS 721

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jan Weimer Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 721
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.6 Linear feet 13 archives boxes, 2 card file boxes, 5 oversize folders
Date (inclusive): 1974-2004
Abstract: Papers of Jan Weimer, former executive food editor of Bon Appétit, author, food writer, and consultant. The collection dates from 1974 to 2004, and contains letters, drafts of articles, clippings, tear sheets, awards, ephemera, and photographs, as well as video and audio recordings.
Creator: Weimer, Jan

Biography

Jan Weimer, a graduate of the Paris Cordon Bleu, was a prolific food writer and well-known food consultant whose expertise ranged from recipe and menu construction to kitchen layout and design. Weimer held the position of executive food editor for Bon Appétit from 1981 to 1989, as well as the positions of assistant food editor for the San Francisco Chronicle; chief culinary officer of Chefstore.com; and consultant to Princess Cruises, Trefethen Winery, and numerous restaurants and individuals. Throughout her career she worked with many prominent culinary figures including Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Craig Claiborne.
In addition to writing hundreds of articles published in dozens of publications and co-authoring several books, Weimer authored a definitive guide to home kitchen remodeling: Kitchen Redos, Revamps, Remodels and Replacements: Without Murder, Madness, Suicide or Divorce, published in 1997.
Weimer also chaired numerous panels and conferences and was instrumental in starting the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF). She received awards and recognitions for her writing and work in the culinary world, among them the International Journalism Contest "Maria Luigia Duchessa di Parma" Prize and best paper at the 1999 Appliance Manufacturer Conference and Expo, a rare achievement for a woman and non-engineer.
Weimer died April 13, 2007.

Scope and Content

The Jan Weimer Papers comprise materials documenting her career as a writer, consultant, and leader in the food industry. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, typed drafts and published copies of Weimer's writings, and video and audio cassettes of media appearances and interviews. The papers are arranged in six series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS AND RESEARCH, 3) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 4) BIOGRAPHICAL, 5) RESTAURANT MENUS, and 6) AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIAL.
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged alphabetically, contains letters from Julia Child, Simone Beck, M.F.K. Fisher, and Craig Claiborne, among other prominent culinary figures.
Series 2: WRITINGS AND RESEARCH
The WRITINGS AND RESEARCH series is arranged in three subseries: A) Articles and Recipes, B) Books, and C) Notes.
A) The Articles and Recipes subseries includes both clippings and typescripts of Weimer's articles that appeared in publications including Bon Appétit, Cuisine, Food and Wine, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
B) The Books subseries includes correspondence, reviews, and clippings relating to both Kitchen Redos, Revamps, Remodels, and Replacements and Michael Richard's Home Cooking with a French Accent, which she co-authored. There are also publicity photos, contact sheets, and negatives from Kitchen Redos.
C) The Notes subseries includes a notebook with Weimer's handwritten notes and a scrapbook, maintained in original order, of annotated research materials and handwritten notes.
Series 3: PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
The PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES series is arranged in four subseries: A) Consulting, B) Events and Conferences, C) Speeches, and D) Media Appearances.
A) The Consulting subseries comprises writings and correspondence relating to her consulting work for companies including Princess Cruises, Trefethen Vineyards, and the Cook'Stop project.
B) The Events and Conferences subseries is arranged chronologically by event date and documents Weimer's involvement in conferences like the AIWF Annual Conference, Celebrities Cook for the UCSD Cancer Center, and the International Food Media Conference.
C) The Speeches subseries is arranged chronologically and includes typed and handwritten speech notes.
D) The Media Appearances subseries includes correspondence and transcripts from Weimer's guest appearances on television and radio news, food, and lifestyle shows.
Series 4: BIOGRAPHICAL
The BIOGRAPHICAL series includes newspaper clippings, awards won by Weimer, portrait prints, negatives and contact sheets, and Weimer's well-used, autographed copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child.
Series 5: RESTAURANT MENUS
The RESTAURANT MENUS series includes six folders of menus and one flat box of oversized menus from restaurants all over the world. Some have Weimer's handwritten notes on them.
Series 6: AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIAL
The Video Cassettes subseries is arranged according to format: A) VHS and B) U-Matic, a precursor to the VHS video format. They include Weimer's appearances on television news and lifestyle shows.
The Audio Cassettes subseries includes 43 audio cassette recordings of Weimer's radio show appearances, conference panels, and interviews.

Access

Master audio and video cassette recordings in Series 6: Audio-Visual Materials are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Jan Weimer Papers, MSS 721. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Beck, Simone
Child, Julia
Claiborne, Craig
Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992
Weimer, Jan -- Archives
Cookery
Periodical editors

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 1, Folder 1

Beck, Simone 1975-1978

 

Bon Appétit

Box 1, Folder 2

1982-1986

Box 1, Folder 3

1987-1989

Box 1, Folder 4

Child, Julia 1974-1999

Box 1, Folder 5

Chroman, Nathan L. 1987

Box 1, Folder 6

Claiborne, Craig 1977-1989

Box 1, Folder 7

Fisher, M.F.K. 1982

Box 1, Folder 8

Finigan, Robert 1974

Box 1, Folder 9

Lang, George 1976

Box 1, Folder 10

Levy, Faye 1987

Box 1, Folder 11

Sax, Richard 1986

Box 1, Folder 12

Troisgros, Jean 1977-1978

Box 1, Folder 13

Willan, Anne undated

 

Various correspondents

Box 1, Folder 14

1977-1979

Box 1, Folder 15

1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 16

1983-1989

Box 1, Folder 17

1990-2006

Box 1, Folder 18

Undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Regarding San Francisco Chronicle articles 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 20

Invitations 1977-1994

 

WRITINGS AND RESEARCH

 

Articles and Recipes

Box 1, Folder 21

Partial bibliography 1974-1977

Box 1, Folder 22-23

Bon Appétit 1979-1989

Box 2, Folder 1

Bon Appétit Basics 1980-1981

Box 2, Folder 2

"The Book Review" - Column in The Sausalito Revue 1978-1981

Box 2, Folder 3

California Critic 1978

Box 2, Folder 4

Cuisine 1979-1981

Box 2, Folder 5

Food and Wine 1992-1997

Box 2, Folder 6

Metropolitan Home 1994-1998

Box 2, Folder 7-9

San Francisco Chronicle 1974-1977

Box 2, Folder 10

Sunset 1975-1980

 

Miscellaneous articles

Box 2, Folder 11

1974 - 1979

Box 3, Folder 1-3

1980 - 2004

Box 3, Folder 4-6

Undated

Box 4, Folder 1

Recipes

 

Books

 

Kitchen Redos, Revamps, Remodels, and Replacements

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 3

Research

Box 4, Folder 4-5

Reviews and clippings

Box 4, Folder 6

Speaking engagements

Box 5, Folder 1

Publicity photos and contact sheets

Box 5, Folder 2

Negatives

Box 5, Folder 3-4

Michael Richard's Home Cooking with a French Accent 1991-1994

 

Notes

Box 5, Folder 5

Notebooks undated

Box 5, Folder 6-8

Scrapbook (on meat)

Box 5, Folder 9

Miscellaneous notes undated

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Consulting

Box 6, Folder 1

Trefethen Vineyards 1988-1991

Box 6, Folder 2

Fear of Frying 1993

Box 6, Folder 3

Cook'Stop 1994

Box 6, Folder 4

Princess Cruises 1995-1996

Box 6, Folder 5

ChefStore.com, Inc. 1999

Box 6, Folder 6

Crustacean Restaurant 2001

Box 6, Folder 7

Cocolat newsletters undated

Box 6, Folder 8

Miscellaneous consulting 1991-1996

 

Events and Conferences

Box 6, Folder 9

1974 - 1986

Box 6, Folder 10, Oversize FB-494-01

1985

Box 7, Folder 1-3

1987 - 1989

Box 7, Folder 4-5

1990 - 1999

 

Speeches

Box 7, Folder 6

1980 - 1984

Box 7, Folder 7

1985 - 1987

Box 8, Folder 1

1988 - 1989

Box 8, Folder 2

1990 - 1999

Box 8, Folder 3-4

Undated

Box 8, Folder 5

Notes

 

Media Appearances

Box 8, Folder 6

The Food Show 1989

Box 8, Folder 7

Miscellaneous media 1984-1999

 

BIOGRAPHICAL

Box 8, Folder 8

Awards

Box 8, Folder 9-10

Newspaper clippings 1977-1989

Box 9, Folder 1

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child - Jan Weimer's personal copy

General Physical Description note: Contents extremely fragile.
Box 9, Folder 2

Portrait prints, negatives and contact sheets

 

RESTAURANT MENUS

Box 9, Folder 3-5

Menus

Box 10, Folder 1-3

Menus

Box 10, Folder 4, Oversize FB-494- 02-05

Menus - Oversize

 

AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL

 

Video Cassettes

 

VHS

Box 10, Folder 5-6

1985 - 1997

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 11, Folder 1

1998 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 11, Folder 2-4

Undated

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 12, Folder 1

Undated

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
 

U-Matic

Box 12, Folder 2-3

1979 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 13, Folder 1

1986

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 13, Folder 2-3

Undated

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
 

Audio Cassettes

 

General

Box 14, Folder 1-20

1980-1994

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 15, Folder 1-2

1997-1998

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 15, Folder 3-8

Undated

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 15, Folder 9-23

Paul Wallach Show 1984-1988

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply