Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Historical Archaeology

First Advisor

Stephen A. Mrozowski

Second Advisor

Nedra K. Lee

Third Advisor

David B. Landon


This research focuses on the food preparation artifacts from the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House located on Nantucket, Massachusetts. There is an assemblage of food preparation artifacts that date to the late 19th through early 20th century and can be linked to Florence Higginbotham’s occupation of the house. Florence was an African American domestic worker who attended the Boston Cooking School in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Nantucket in 1911. The Boston Cooking School was known to serve as a domestic reform institution. Using Black Feminist Thought, I explore and discuss how Florence’s racial identity affected her engagement with domestic reform through the analysis of the food preparation artifacts recovered from the site.


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