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London, England, 1922
Toronto, Ontario, 1999
Biography synopsis
Una Stella Abrahamson, born Una Golding, studied art in England before meeting Roy Abrahamson, who she married before WW II. After moving to Canada in 1946, she studied painting in Ottawa before working as an economist and domestic historian for the Chatelaine Magazine test kitchens during the 1960s. She authored several books: "God Bless Our Home: Domestic Life in Nineteenth Century Canada" noted for its exploration of Canadian social history, "The Canadian Guide to Home Entertaining" and "Crafts Canada: The Useful Arts". Throughout her life she collected books on cookery, and at the time of her death, she had a collection of over 3000 books which is now available at the University of Guelph in the Rare Book Room. It is named the "Una Abrahamson Canadian Cookery Collection."
Media used
File & Archive locations
University of Guelph, ON - Archival & Special Collections
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
Una Abrahamson 1922-1998: Greatest Collection of Cookery Books in Canada Culinary Historians of Ontario 20.1 1999
Una Abrahamson Collection University of Guelph: Archival and Special Collections Guelph, Ontario: University of Guelph Library, 2013
Abrahamson, Una. God Bless our Home: Domestic Life in Nineteenth Century Canada. Toronto: Burns & MacEachern, 1966.

Writings by
Abrahamson, Una. "Ethnic Traditions in Canadian Crafts." Craft Dimensions / Artisanale. 4 (June/July 1974): 14-16..
Abrahamson, Una, Louise Clarke, and Carole Richards,. Gibson House (Toronto). 1977.
Una Abrahamson. Crafts Canada: The Useful Arts. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, 1974.

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