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Collection TitleMC 14 Restaurants/ Hotels/ Taverns/ CookbooksCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByLee Kiesling, Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:Fall 2006
Date Updated:Winter 2008

The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by various individuals.

Terms:Chemung County (N.Y.); Cookery; Hotels, taverns, etc.; Restaurants, lunch rooms, etc.

Hotels-Alice Frances Hotel, 1900-1933; Buckbee House, 1850s-1918; Delavan House, 1854-1919; Elizabeth Inn, 1990s; Francis Hall House, 2009; Grey Whale Inn, 1990s; Hathaway House, 1850-1874; Holiday Inn, Elmira, 1974-present; Holiday Inn, Horseheads, 1968-present; Homestead Hotel, 1878-1913; Hotel Imperial, 1918-1932; Hotel Langwell, 1896-1958; Hotel Rathbun, 1899-1941; Mark Twain Hotel, 1929-1972; (New) Park Hotel, 1915-1959; Rathbun House, 1860-1898; Strathmont Bed & Breakfast (1991); Tom Sawyer Motor Inn, 1943-1990s; Wyckoff House, 1878-1892.

Restaurants-Barn Stormers Restuarant, 1987; Barb's Soup's On Cafe, 2000s; Beijing Gardens, 1980s-present; Bistro 223, 2010-present; Brennan's Fabulous Foods, 1990s; Buddies, 1949-1956; Charlie's Cafe, 2000s; CFJP Bistro, 2000s; Dixie Barbecue, 1932-1990s; Fox's Pizza Den, ca. 2005-present; Global Gourmet, 2010; Happy Family Chinese Restaurant & Sushi, 2009-present; Hill Top Inn, 2000s; Johnny's Tavern, 1960-1976; Katie's Cafe, 2008-present; Liberatore's Restaurant, 1938-1949; Log Cabin Inn, 1935-1958; Los Panchos, 2000s; Mustico's, 1930-1992; New England Kitchen, 1892-1959; Newton's; O'Brien's, 1911-present; Pierce's 1894, 1894-2008; Pitt's Goody Shop, 1934-1965; Pudgie's Pizza, 1967-present; Rustic Gardens, 1941; Simon's, 2000s; Sykes, 1939-1968; Tap House, 1933-1966. 

Scope:The Restaurants/ Taverns/ Hotels/ Cookbooks Collection includes cookbooks ranging in date from 1888 to 1963; assorted recipes; trade cards, menus, guest registers and promotional literature from Chemung County Hotels dating from 1874 to the 1970s; and menus, trade cards and placemats from local restaurants dating from the 1920s to the present.
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1874-2010
AbstractThis collection contains items relating to cooking and the service industry including recipes, cookbooks and various documents relating to local restaurants and hotels. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Hotel Rathbun, consists of hotel history with photographs of the interior, ca. 1899.BookletB0509
Note - written on Rathbun Hotel letterhead, ca. late 1890s.NoteB0510
Receipt - for $5.00 from Mr. Carr to the Hotel Rathbun, July 14, 1906.ReceiptB0511
Receipt - for $5.00 from Mr. Carr to the Hotel Rathbun, December 14, 1906.ReceiptB0512
Menu - Hotel Rathbun, New Years Eve dinner, December 31, 1910.MenuB0513
Envelope - Hotel Rathbun letterhead, ca. 1900. (3 copies)EnvelopeB0514
Pamphlet - Hotel Rathbun, Elmira, N.Y.: American and European Plan, information regarding Hotel Rathbun's food service, c. 1920s. (2 copies)PamphletB0515
Pamphlet - Hotel Rathbun, Elmira, New York: The Friendly Hotel With Old Fashioned Hospitality, ca. 1930. (2 copies)PamphletB0516
Menu - Breakfast Menu for The Hotel Rathbun, no date.MenuB0517
Menu - Hotel Rathbun, no date.MenuB0518
Invitation - Grand opening and banquet of the Mark Twain Hotel, March 23, 1929. (4 copies)InvitationB0601
Booklet - Elmira Hotel Operating Corporation treasurer's report on the Mark Twain Hotel, April 3, 1929.BookletB0602
Booklet - Elmira's New Hotel, investment prospectus for the Mark Twain Hotel, ca. 1929.BookletB0603
Pamphlet - ...And Now in Elmira the Mark Twain Hotel, ca. 1929.PamphletB0604
Pamphlet - The Mark Twain Hotel: Elmira's Only Fireproof Hotel, ca. 1929. (2 versions)PamphletB0605
Booklet - Mark Twain Hotel: 200 Fire-proof Rooms Each with Bath, ca. 1930sBookletB0606
Pamphlet - Elmira's Finest Hotel: The Mark Twain, ca. 1940.PamphletB0607
Greeting Card - Season's Greetings from the management and staff of the Mark Twain Hotel, ca. 1940. Greeting CardB0608
Envelope - Mark Twain Hotel payroll envelope for Howard Ellison, April 10, 1943. EnvelopeB0609
Pamphlet - The Mark Twain Hotel: Elmira's Finest Hotel, ca. 1950. (2 copies)PamphletB0610
Surveys - Customer satisfaction survey from The Mark Twain Hotel, Elmira, N.Y, ca. 1950.DocumentsB0611
Pamphlet - Let's Take a Picnic in Nature's Finest Wonderland, Mark Twain Hotel's guide to Taughannock and Watkins Glen State Parks, ca. 1950.PamphletB0612
Pamphlet - The Mark Twain Hotel: Elmira The Ideal Convention City, ca. 1950. (3 copies)PamphletB0613
Mark Twain Hotel matchbooks. (4 variations)MatchbookB0614
Flyer - Greetings from the Mark Twain Hotel.FlyerB0615
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