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Resources for students enrolled in Professor Paul Freedman's Humanities 437b/History 212J6
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Digital Archives: Menus & Cookbooks

  • The Menu Collection of The New York Public Library
    The New York Public Library owns one of the largest historical collections of menus in the world, and many of the items are available in this digital collection.

  • University of Houston Digital Menus from the 1850s-1860s
    These mid nineteenth century menus located in the Hospitality Industry Archives, at the Hilton College of the University of Houston reveal a treasure trove of historical information. The menus relate not only the regional cuisine of the particular restaurant but also show some of the cultural and social norms of society. The menus are from hotel restaurants, stand alone restaurants and steamships.
  • Nicole Di Bona Peterson Collection of Advertising Cookbooks (1878 - 1929)
    Digital collection from the Duke University Library
  • Menus: The Art of Dining, from the UNLV Library
    Excellent digital archive from UNLV's Bohn-Bettoni Collection, which is especially strong for the period between 1870-1930.
  • University of Washington
    This collection represents menus, placemats, and other graphic materials from many of the Puget Sound area's most famous restaurants and dining facilities in the years between 1889 and 2003.
  • Miss Frank E. Buttolph American Menu Collection, 1851-1930
    The menu collection originated through the energetic efforts of Miss Frank E. Buttolph (1850-1924), a somewhat mysterious and passionate figure, whose mission in life was to collect menus.
  • Digital Menus from the Los Angeles Public Library
    This is a database of menus stored in the Rare Book Room of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library
  • Nestle Library Digital Menu Collection, Cornell University
    The Nestlé Library collects menus from a wide variety of restaurants; everything from fine dining to quick service.
  • Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
    The Feeding America project has created an online collection of some of the most important and influential American cookbooks from the late 18th to early 20th century. The digital archive includes page images of 76 cookbooks from the Michigan State Library's collection.
  • Feeding Michigan
    Digital cookbooks from Michigan
  • Indiana Cookbooks
    The digital collection of cookbooks is a collaborative effort between the University Library and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library and will focus on Indiana cookbooks dating from the turn-of-the-century, with a special emphasis on fundraising cookbooks published by churches, synagogues and other community organizations.
  • Badger Bites: University of Wisconsin-Madison Cookbooks
    Over the course of University history numerous campus-related organizations produced cookbooks. Containing more than just recipes, these cookbooks provide a look at how food has played a role in campus culture and identity. Whether designed for fundraising or for promotional purposes they capture a snapshot view of campus organizations of yore and the cultural environment surrounding them.
  • Alice Statler menu collection (Northern California)
    The Alice Statler menu collection characterizes the culinary life of San Francisco and Northern California from 1920 to the present, but it also contains a large number of items from throughout the United States.
  • Rusty Thomas Menu Collection - Hawaii
    Harriet Thomas, dubbed "Rusty" for her flaming red hair, was the food editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin from 1949 to 1964, during which time she began collecting menus from her dining experiences, many of which are available in this digital collection.
  • Colorado Menus Collection
    Digital menus from Colorado.
  • Henry Voigt's Blog - The American Menu

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Yale Library Catalog

  • Cooking, American
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to cooking in the United States.
  • Cooking, Brazilian
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to cooking in Brazil.
  • Cooking, Chinese
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to Chinese cooking.
  • Cooking, English
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to cooking in England.
  • Cooking, Mexican
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to Mexican cooking.
  • Cooking, Louisiana Style
    The link above will take you a list of items in the Yale Library related to cooking in Louisiana.



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