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American Hotel Menu Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RH-A-3928
One sample letter of recommendation, one page of notes on grammar, one list of lessons and a short story, all written on stationery belonging to the American Hotel of Kalamazoo, Michigan, all dated 1882. The back of each page is a business directory and buyer's guide for Kalamazoo, Michigan. Menu for Thanksgiving, November 28, 1912 at the American Hotel. Letterhead from the American Hotel, 1882, with notes on the English language for Mr. Phillips.

Dates

  • Publication: 1912-11-28

Creator

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one menu from the American Hotel in Kalamazoo for Thanksgiving on November 28, 1912. The menu measures 6 ¾” x 10” folded and 13” unfolded. The back and front covers are heavy-bond cream colored paper, which has yellowed. The front has an illustration of a young woman, in a wide brim hat done in shades of brown. Towards the bottom of the front cover is the word, “Thanksgiving” in silver print along with the words, “The American Hotel, Kalamazoo, Mich. Ernest McLean, Mgr. In addition there is an embossed beer stein, wine bottle, glasses, turkey and various vines. The back cover is plain. Tied to the cover is the menu with a cream-colored ribbon and bow. A piece of the bow came off but is in the folder. The menu has several courses including main dishes, vegetables, salads, desserts and drinks. The print is in brown and red ink. The menu is in fair condition. The back and front cover is unattached in parts and overall there is some discoloration. In the menu page there is discoloration from the ribbon. Overall, there is discoloration on several pages. One needs to be careful when looking at this menu.

Extent

.05 Cubic Feet

Biographical / Historical

Originally known as the American House, this hotel opened in 1844 on East Main Street east of Pitcher Street. Over the years, the hotel physically grew and changed its name several times from the American House, American Hotel, Park-American Hotel and Harris Hotel. It remained in operation until 1968 and the structure came down the next year.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one menu from the American Hotel in Kalamazoo for Thanksgiving on November 28, 1912. The menu measures 6 ¾” x 10” folded and 13” unfolded. The back and front covers are heavy-bond cream colored paper, which has yellowed. The front has an illustration of a young woman, in a wide brim hat done in shades of brown. Towards the bottom of the front cover is the word, “Thanksgiving” in silver print along with the words, “The American Hotel, Kalamazoo, Mich. Ernest McLean, Mgr. In addition there is an embossed beer stein, wine bottle, glasses, turkey and various vines. The back cover is plain. Tied to the cover is the menu with a cream-colored ribbon and bow. A piece of the bow came off but is in the folder. The menu has several courses including main dishes, vegetables, salads, desserts and drinks. The print is in brown and red ink. The menu is in fair condition. The back and front cover is unattached in parts and overall there is some discoloration. In the menu page there is discoloration from the ribbon. Overall, there is discoloration on several pages. One needs to be careful when looking at this menu.
Title
American Hotel Menu Finding Aid
Status
completed
Author
Lynn Houghton
Date
2018-01-05
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Contact:
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490