Coon Chicken Inn Records and Graham Family Papers, ca. 1913-1973
Coon Chicken Inn
M.L. Graham Company
2 cu. ft. : 6 boxes
Salt Lake City (Utah)
The Coon Chicken Inn was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Maxon and Adelaide Graham in 1925. It featured burgers, chili, sandwiches, desserts and their signature "southern fried Coon Chicken sandwich." it was successful and in 1929 they opened another branch in Seattle and in 1930 another in Portland, Oregon. The restaurants were distinguished by their stereotypical image of a black man's grinning face at the entrance, through whose mouth customers entered the restaurant. The restaurants closed in the 1950s.
Three scrapbooks created by the restaurant owners to document their business. The scrapbooks contain photographs, legal documents, menus, stock certificates, correspondence, advertisements, clippings, and other ephemera relating to the restaurant. here is also a small amount of family-related material in the scrapbooks.
Coon Chicken Inn Records and Graham Family Papers, ca. 113-1973, Archives Center, National Museum of American History