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Cozy Inn Collection, 1926-2015

Creator:
Cozy Inn (Thurmont, Md.)
Donor:
Freeze, Gerald
Subject:
Freeze, Wilbur
Physical description:
7.75 cu. ft. : 8 boxes; 1 oversize folder
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Articles
Audio cassettes
Brochures
Business records
Certificates
Clippings
DVDs
Guidebooks
Handbooks
Letters (correspondence)
Magazines (periodicals)
Menus
Newsletters
Photograph albums
Photographs
Placemats
Postcards
Programs
Promotional literature
Recipes
Slides (photographs)
Videocassettes
Visitors' books
Place:
Camp David
(Md.)
Date:
1926
1926-2015
20th century
21st century
Notes:
The Cozy Inn was started in 1929 by Wilbur Freeze, as a gas station and tourist camp with tents and cabins. It eventually grew to encompass a motel and restaurant. Situated in Thurmont, Maryland, near the site of the presidential retreat Camp David, the Inn hosted members of the press, American and foreign political leaders, and diplomats, along with ordinary tourists. The owners collected memorabilia from the Inn's famous guests and had a small museum. The Cozy Inn closed in 2015.
Summary:
The collection documents the entire history of the Cozy Inn, including the guest register from the guest house run by the last owner's aunt, 1926; also business records; correspondence; employee handbooks; photographs, photograph albums and slides; a scrapbook of clippings; certificates and honors; restaurant placemats and menus; recipes; advertisements; internal newsletters; audiovisual materials; articles and clippings; and miscellaneous promotional printed materials such as postcards, flyers, and brochures.
Cite as:
Cozy Inn Collection, 1926-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Hotels
Motels
Taverns (Inns)
Restaurants
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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