This unique, beautiful, and historical collection of menus was graciously donated on behalf of Mr. Hayden Mathews of Vero Beach, Florida and Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Mathews began collecting menus when he was a young boy in the 1930s. There are over 300 items, spanning the 1920s through the 1940s, from hotels and inns, cruises and shipping lines, trains, planes, clubs, and commemorative events.
Some of the menus were collected during Mr. Mathews’ travels with his family, but as his relatives and parents' friends learned of his endeavor they enthusiastically contributed to the collection. Evidence of this can be found in a humorous letter from a great uncle who helped add to the collection.
Every effort was made to determine the date and geographical location of the menu. If the date of publication is unknown, the date of upload to the ScholarsArchive@JWU is noted. Please direct inquiries to the administrator of the ScholarsArchive@JWU.
Submissions from 1949
Pay Dirt! San Francisco: The Romance of a Great City, Vigilante Publications, 1949, Maury B. Campbell, Ed.
Submissions from 1946
The Military Order of the World Wars, New York Chapter, Waldorf Astoria, 1946, The Military Order of the World Wars
Submissions from 1941
Haarlem Philharmonic Society of the City of New York, Golden Anniversary Breakfast, Waldorf Astoria, 1941, Haarlem Philharmonic Society of the City of New York
Submissions from 1940
Union Men's Banquet of the Harvard Square Churches at the Epworth Methodist Church, Cambridge, Mass., January 30, 1940, Harvard Square Churches, Luther Whitham, Inc., Caterer
Railroad Exhibtion Building, New York World's Fair, 1939, Railroad Exhibition Building
The British Pavilion, The British Buttery and Restaurant, New York World's Fair, 1939, The British Pavilion
Submissions from 1939
Three Crowns Restaurant, Swedish Pavilion, New York World's Fair, 1939, Swedish American Line
Woman's Press Club of New York City, Golden Anniversary Luncheon, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York,1939, Woman's Press Club of New York
Submissions from 1928
Submissions from 1922
United States Pacific Fleet, Submarine Force, U.S.S. Camben (Flagship), Buffet Dinner, 1922, United States Pacific Fleet