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Menu Collection

Identifier: WH1509

Scope and Contents

The menus in the collection span 1849-2013, with a concentration in the mid to late 20th century when restaurants became more ubiquitous. Menus range from affordable diners to lavishly planned meals for specific occasions. Some menus are for dining services aboard airplanes, cruise ships or railroads. Menus can provide evidence of the breadth of cultural and regional culinary influences in a region, as well as the availability of various types of food in a particular place and time.


  • 1849-2013

Language of Materials

English, Spanish, French

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

The Menu Collection is comprised of original menus from restaurants and cafes across the globe, with an emphasis on locations in the Rocky Mountain Region and in Colorado and Denver. Some menus are set for a specific, named occasion. Menus in the collection were assembled from various donors and places of origin. Some menus were transferred from other archival collections, and many were donated to the library as single items.


26 oversize boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; various donors; various years.

Physical Description

The menus in the collection are mostly in good condition.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States