Elizabeth Borst White worked as a medical librarian for the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas for thirty-seven years. During part of her tenure there, she served as Director of the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center.
In addition to her career in library and information sciences, Elizabeth is also an avid cookbook collector. Over a twenty-five-year span, she collected over 2,000 Texas cookbooks for her personal collection. As the culmination of her efforts, in 2005, Elizabeth composed a research guide entitled Sweets and Meats, Early Texas Cookbooks: 1855-1936.
Most of the materials in her archival collection are cookbooks, many of which were published by Texas utility companies in the mid-twentieth century at a time when corporate publications were distributed to promote product usage. In addition to her papers, White is in the process of donating her cookbook collection, Elizabeth Borst White Texas Culinary Collection.
More information about Elizabeth Borst White can be found in the Elizabeth Borst White papers at The Texas Collection.