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Étendue matérielle et support
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Nom du producteur
Harley J. Spiller was born in 1959 in Buffalo, New York. He is a museum educator, collector, and author and is known for his collections of menus and coins. Spiller graduated from Northwestern University and, in 1981, moved to New York to pursue a career in the museum field. Soon after his move, Spiller received a job as an administrative assistant for the curatorial department of the Jewish Museum.
Spiller first began collecting menus on his nightly walks up and down the streets of the Upper West Side, where he lived when he started working at the Jewish Museum. Harley, an English major, took advantage of the free and easily accessible mass printed take out menus available as a result of the “menuing” phenomenon occurring at this time. When Spiller moved to a new apartment in Manhattan, he continued his nightly walks and collecting menus. As others heard about his growing collection of menus they began to gift their own menus that they had accumulated. The collection of menus and Chinese cuisine related artifacts was augmented through eBay purchases made by Spiller.
Spiller’s material, both menus and artifacts, have been featured in several museum displays and exhibits including the “A Million Menus” exhibit.
Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert
Material was transferred to Archives & Special Collections in 2015.
Zone du contenu et de la structure
Portée et contenu
The fonds is comprised is of Spiller's work and research as a food writer, collector, curator, museum educator, and author. The contains records such as documentation, correspondence, press clippings, photographs, and videos.
The fonds is arranged in 6 subseries:
- Food writing
- Exhibits and programs
- Press clippings
- Photographs & video
Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation
Mode de classement
Material was arranged by the archivist.
Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation
Conditions de reproduction
Langue des documents
Écriture des documents
Notes de langue et graphie
Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques
Instruments de recherche
Générer l'instrument de recherche
Zone des sources complémentaires
Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux
Existence et lieu de conservation des copies
For originals of Spiller's menu collection, see the Harley J. Spiller collection.
Unités de description associées
Zone des notes
Mots-clés - Sujets
Mots-clés - Lieux
Mots-clés - Noms
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Identifiant du service d'archives
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Organized and description added by Tanis Franco, Feb. 2022.