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Mary Laird Hamady Collection

Collection Number
SC 312

OCLC Number

Mary Louise Laird, 1948-

Under review

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
Papers, 1970-1988.
2 cubic ft.
Author, poet. Former co-proprietor of Perishable Press.
The collection is comprised of recipes, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and drawings, contracts, and publicity materials related to the publication of her book Lebanese Mountain Cookery (Boston: Godine, 1987).

Arrangement and Processing Note
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in June 2019.

Organization: Arranged in chronological order within series.

Series 1: Manuscript Materials
Includes unused recipes, drafts of the cookbook and recipe books from the Hamady family used in the development of Lebanese Mountain Cookery.

Series 2: Correspondence
Includes correspondence about Lebanese Mountain Cookery. Letters are both to and from Mary Laird Hamady. Correspondents include family and friends who contributed recipes, David Godine Publishers and others involved in the editing of Lebanese Mountain Cookery.

Series 3: Publicity Materials
Includes publicity materials, clipping and reviews, the contract from Godine Publishing, photographs and drawings, materials used in editing Lebanese Mountain Cookery and the list of bookstores carrying the book. Also includes a tape with the interview between Mary Laird Hamady and Jean Feraca of Wisconsin Public Radio, 12 November 1987.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box], Mary Laird Hamady Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Mary Louise Laird (1948- ) is an artist, printer, teacher, author and poet. She earned her MFA from University of Wisconsin at Madison and was married to and a collaborator with Walter Samuel Haatoum Hamady. The couple founded the Perishable Press and Shadwell Papermill in the mid-1960s. Laird was involved in every stage of the bookmaking process, from soliciting manuscripts to marbling the covers. She has been printing letterpress as Quelquefois Press since 1969, and has taught at San Francisco State University, Naropa University, San Francisco Center for the Book, and in her Berkeley studio. Laird wrote  Lebanese Mountain Cookery based on recipes she learned from Walter Hamady’s Lebanese grandparents. (Sources include the website David R. Godine, publisher and "Remembering the Light: An Interview with Mary Laird " conducted by Kyle Schlesinger)

Cooking, Lebanese.
Mary Louise Laird, 1948-


Box 1

Lebanese Mountain Cookery
First draft, TMs corrected with AN notes
Recipes, TMs corrected
Green book of recipes, AN
Additional recipes, TMs and AN notes
Situ Yumna's cookbook, TMs original draft and TMsc

Box 2

Lebanese Mountain Cookery
TMs early draft
TMs early draft, corrected

Box 3

Lebanese Mountain Cookery
TMs, corrected
TMsc, corrected

Box 4

Lebanese Mountain Cookery
TMs, corrected
Corrections and edits
Corrections and revisions
Incoming correspondence
Outgoing correspondence
Assorted correspondence

Box 5

Lebanese Mountain Cookery
TMs corrected, TMsc, AN notes and corrections
TMs, TMsc corrected, AN notes, revisions and corrections
TMs and TMsc, corrected
TMs, TMsc corrected, revisions, corrections and comments
Publicity materials
Photographs and negatives
Drawings by Jack Beal 
Publishing contract, copy