The Monell library contains 650 flavor books and journals of historical interest to researchers, and is among the world’s largest collection of books that focus on the social, chemical, biological, and molecular aspects of taste and smell.
Many of the flavor books are rare and found only in a few libraries world-wide.
Monell’s founding director Morley R. Kare contributed the first books to the library. Other notable chemosensory scientists, including Gary Beauchamp, PhD, Henry Lawless, PhD, and Bruce Halpern, PhD, also have donated materials to the collection.
The cataloging of this collection was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie-Whitney Foundation and the efforts of Amanda McKnight, M.L.S.
Our next steps forward will be to (a) create an archive with materials of enduring value from our institution’s history and the early days of flavor science and (b) make books and these materials available online.
In addition to the Monell collection, the library also houses rare books and other materials from The Society of Flavor Chemists, which have been used to assist scholars such as Nadia Berenstein from the History and Sociology of Science program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work was recently highlighted in a seminar at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
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