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The Menu Collection of The New York Public Library > Menu Collection Database

Database Contents and Searchable Fields

The database contains 26,000 records describing individual menus. Menus are available in the Rare Book Division.

To find out more about access to the Menu Collection please read Using the Menu Collection.

FIELD CONTENTS
DATE: given as year/month/date/
ADDITIONAL DATE INFORMATION: e.g. UNDATED, date range
EVENT: Type, e.g. Breakfast for Admiral Dewey.
SPONSOR: The sponsoring group or organization for the meal, e.g. City of New York; the host location such as a restaurant or hotel.
PLACE: City and state, e.g. Claremont Hotel, New York, NY
OCCASION (list of the abbreviations)
Comp: Complimentary/testimonial dinner, luncheon, or breakfast

 
Patr: Patriotic holiday (July 4, Presidential birthday, Memorial Day, etc.)
Relig: Religious holiday (Christmas, Easter)
Sec: Secular holiday (Thanksgiving, New Year's Day)
Ethnic: Ethnic holiday (St. Patrick's Day)
Natl: National event (Opening of Statue of Liberty)
Rite: Rite (wedding, funeral, birthday, etc.)
Anniv: Anniversary  
Other:    
VENUE (list of the abbreviations)
For:
Hotel:
Rest:
Lunchroom, coffee shop, café
SS:
RR:
Airl:
Other
Foreign
Hotel
Restaurant

Steamship
Railroad
Airline
ORGANIZATION (list of the abbreviations)
Com:
Soc:
Gk:
Educ:
Pol:
Prof:
Patr:
Relig:
Mil:
Nav:
Gov:
Other:
Commercial
Social (club or fraternal)
Greek letter (fraternity or sorority)
Educational institution (or alumni/ae)
Political
Professional
Patriotic
Religious
Military
Naval
Governmental
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

Format

Broadside—single sheet, printed on one side only;
Broadsheet—single sheet, printed on both sides;
Booklet;
Folder;
Card;

Illustrated ( illus);

Color ( col);

Size (expressed in inches, to the next ¼ inch, with fractions indicated decimally, width x height, e.g. 5.5x8.)
Other notes may include the printer, material other than paper, nature of the illustrations or decorations.

NOTES: Other noteworthy characteristics may include: a language other than English; "Includes wine list"; "decorative border of fruits and flowers," or information about the cover illustration or its subject.
KEYWORDS: Other search terms to retrieve menus by personal or corporate name, the subject of cover illustrations and designs.