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Identifier: Ac. 1753

Garson Menu Collection


  • Majority of material found within 1843-1963

Scope and Content Note

The Garson Menu Collection contains menus collected by Otto A. Garson from restaurants, hotels, clubs, trains and other locations throughout the United States and Europe. The collection features standard breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as well as menus for a wide variety of special occasions, including inaugurations, honorary events and anniversaries.

The collection is arranged into three series: GARSON MENUS, ADDITIONAL MENUS, and SUBJECT FILES.

Otto A. Garson's original menu collection comprises the Garson Menus series. While a substantial portion of these menus originate from Chicago and New York, this series also includes menus from other U.S. cities; England, Japan, and France; and finally railway lines and cruise ships. The menus are arranged in chronological order. Restaurant name and location are provided where known. Undated menus are placed at the end and arranged alphabetically.

The Additional Menus series contains menus collected by Charles K. Kenter and shelved with the Otto A. Garson collection, as well as some menus placed with the Garson collection by previous archivists. These are arranged by date where possible.

The final series, "Subject Files," contains correspondence, publicity material, and ephemera relating to Garson's collection. Additional biographical and manuscript material shed light on Garson's career at Armour & Company.


3 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



Menus from the United States and Europe, collected by Otto A. Garson.

Related Collections

Sinclair New Jersey Restaurant Menu Collection, 1873-present. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

A group of take-out menus, primarily from New Brunswick establishments, can be found in the Sinclair New Jersey Miscellaneous Printed Collections (GB).

Inventory to the Garson Menu Collection Ac. 1753
Edited Full Draft
Catherine Babikian
April 2016
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.