Exhibit: Cooking and Food Preparation: Camp
Kephart certainly excelled in his
knowledge of camping and outdoor life
in general, he developed a particular
specialty in camp cooking. His publications
included the book, Camp Cookery,
which was later incorporated into
the revised edition of Camping
Kephart demonstrated his sense of
business as a freelance writer in
his response requesting him to serve
as an expert on the subject for Adventure
magazine. Here he not only accepted
the potential work, but also proposed
a small publication that might bring
Given Kephart's interest in the subject,
it is not surprising that a large
portion of the Horace Kephart Collection
contains research materials including
a series of brochures from the Department
of Agriculture concerning specific
foods and their nutrition values.
||August 2, 1926
My dear Mr. Kephart:
It was suggested that you may be
interested in the following:
Under new ownership, Adventure will
this fall enter the general magazine
class to which it properly belongs.
High grade paper, dignified appearance,
improved all through, backed by strong
promotion, keeping its present features
but developing them to the limit.
We're going to make it the "trade
journal of all the outdoors"
and in our "A.A." department
we want sports covered thoroughly
and by the best experts in its various
The "Ask Adventure" department
is our free question and answer bureau
on outdoor topics. Last year the seventy
or more experts who conduct it answered
letters from our readers from all
parts of the world. Their answers
cover all variety of outdoor activity
except sports. In the new and improved
magazine it will be necessary for
us to take care of this subject also.
Can you help us by becoming our expert
on Camp Cooking?
Our experts are paid fifty cents
for each letter answered and we supply
postage, stationary and printed copies
of the answers found most in demand.
We shall be glad to explain at length
anything connected with the work which
may not be clear to you. Specimen
pages are enclosed.
The new magazine goes to press within
a short time and we are therefore
anxious to hear from you as soon as
Very truly yours,
Horace Kephart, Esq.
New York City.
The Butterick Publishing Company
Butterick Building, New York, N.Y.,
October 14, 1926
Dear Mr. Kephart
The enclosed is a carbon of my first
letter to you inviting you to serve
as expert in the "Ask Adventure"
department. We should be deeply gratified
if you should see fit to do so.
Thank you for your congratulations
on our new dress. Did you see the
review of "Our Southern Highlanders"
on page 220? We were glad to be able
to recommend the book.
If there is anything I can explain
further about the "Ask Adventure"
work, I shall be glad to do so.
Very truly yours,
Horace Kephart, Esq.,
Bryson City, N. C.
Oct. 23, 1926.
Mr. Joseph Cox, Managing Editor
Adventure, New York.
Dear Mr. Cox:-
I have just returned from a motoring
trip in the South and find you letter
of the 14th in my mail, along with
copy of one you sent me Aug. 2 in
care of the Macmillan Company, New
York. I am sorry that the last named
never reached me.
I will undertake to serve as expert
on Camp Cooking for your "Ask
Adventure" department, at the
It is my experience that a good
deal of the correspondence on this
topic relates to the selection of
food stuffs and the proportion or
weights of the components. Much labor
would be saved if a circular were
printed giving facts on which ration
lists might be based, along with a
sample list or two: say four pages
octavo. If you say so, I will send
you copy for it.