FYI: NYPL menu collection

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Thu Apr 7 05:26:09 UTC 2005

BAD NEWS: The New York Public Library menu collection is unavailable April 1-June 1.
GOOD NEWS: They're making it user friendly. Supposedly, 5,000 of the 25,000 menus are up. It's about time! Sixty days isn't a long wait for "Eggs Benedict" and "Baked Alaska."
The Menu Collection of
The New York Public Library

A Guide to the Collections
of The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library owns one of the largest historical collections of menus in the world, held in the Rare Books Division. Begun by a donation from Miss Frank E. Buttolph and continued until her death in 1924, the collection has been augmented by other gifts over the years. The Buttolph Collection is strongest for the period between 1890 and 1910.

If you need further assistance, visit our reference desk, or e-mail us at rbkref at

Menu Collection Temporarily Unavailable, April – June 1, 2005

In an effort to make the Menu Collection more accessible and user friendly, the collection will undergo inventory work from April 1 through June 1, 2005. During this period, the collection will be temporarily unavailable. Readers are encouraged to use the Library’s Digital Gallery which contains over 5000 images of menus from the Buttolph Menu Collection.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

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