The Ray Thelen Papers document the work of American baking technologist Ray Thelen (1918-2005). The papers span the dates
1932 through 2004. The collection includes: commercial recipes and formulas developed by Thelen; commercial and home recipes
and formulas gathered from other sources; technical papers by Thelen; and correspondence between Thelen and other bakers.
The collection also includes a small set of photographs and one VHS.
Ray Thelen was born on October 26, 1918, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He began working in bakeries at an early age, beginning
as a shop assistant at Sunlight Bakery in St. Cloud, Minnesota at the age of eight. Throughout his youth, Thelen worked at
a number of bakeries, including the Cushman Bakery, Dinkel's Bakery, and American Bakeries, all in Chicago, Illinois.
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Collection is open for research.