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Indiana restaurant menus collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1624

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises menus and other items from and concerning various restaurants in Indiana, including Carmel, Columbus, Dayton, Nashville, Plainfield, Rushville, and South Bend, but the bulk are from Indianapolis, ranging from 1978 to 1979. They are single sheets as well as plush folders. Besides the menus, there is one paper coaster from The Coffee Pot in Pennville, and a post card from The Durbin Hotel in Rushville, which also had a menu.

Oversize items include a Sagamore Restaurant and Entertainment Guide, a November 29, 1928 Pipe Creek Farms newsletter from Marion, Indiana, and other menus.


  • 20th century

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Restaurant menus from around Indiana show popular places to eat, diet, food prices, and pasttime of citizens over the 20th century.


0.05 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged alphabetically by restaurant name.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from F. G. Handfield in 1979.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC089: Indiana restaurant menus oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2016/05/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2016/07/16 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2019/05/17 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.