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Jane and Michael Stern Collection

Creator:
Stern, Michael, 1946-  Search this
Stern, Jane  Search this
Extent:
17 Cubic feet (41 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Ephemera
Trade literature
Articles
Notes
Menus
Cookbooks
Brochures
Correspondence
Slides (photographs)
Writings
Business records
Postcards
Date:
1890-2008
Summary:
The collection documents Jane and Michael Stern's travels across the United States collecting data for their books on American material culture subjects, with particular emphasis on food and dining.
Scope and Contents:
The collection primarily consists of the raw materials amassed by Jane and Michael Stern as they traveled the United States, researching for their books on American material culture subjects, with particular emphasis on food and dining. These materials include writings, jottings and notes from their various stops while traveling; photographs and slides of places they visited; vintage postcards collected in their travels; paper ephemera such as take-out menus, placemats, etc.; large quantities of trade literature such as product cookbooks (some dating back to the 1920s), food packaging and brochures on food-related subjects, under headings such as "Meat, Fish, Game", "Parties, Etiquette, How-To", "Baking" and numerous others; trade literature on other material culture subjects the Sterns wrote books about with headings which include Rodeo, Cowboys, Indians" and many others; correspondence; business records, articles and clippings.
Arrangement:
Series 1: Research Documentation, 1975-2015, undated

Series 2: Product Cookbooks, and Trade Literature, 1890-1993, undated

Series 3: Photographs, Slides, and Transparencies, 1947-2008, undated

Series 4: Subject Files, 1910-1995

Series 5: Vintage Postcards, undated
Biographical / Historical:
The Sterns are authors who compiled a popular series of books called Roadfood, in which they provide recommendations of restaurants, truck stops, diners, delis, bakeries and other food-related establishments in each United States. state serving classic American regional specialties. They are also authors of books about other American material culture subjects including truckers, cowboys, kitsch, and dog shows. They are frequent guests on public radio, and are regular contributors to magazine columns.
Related Materials:
Archives Center Business Americana Collection, dates

Archives Center Cookbook Collection, dates

Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection, dates

Warshaew Collection of Buiness Americana, dates
Provenance:
Collection donated by Jane and Michael Stern, 2016.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Automobile travel -- United States  Search this
Diners -- United States  Search this
Bakeries -- United States  Search this
Restaurants -- United States  Search this
Truck stops -- United States  Search this
Cowboys -- United States  Search this
Roads -- United States  Search this
Delicatessens -- United States  Search this
Dining  Search this
Dog shows -- United States  Search this
Truck drivers -- United States  Search this
Rodeos -- United States  Search this
Food -- United States  Search this
Local foods -- United States  Search this
Kitsch -- United States  Search this
Material culture -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Ephemera -- 20th century
Ephemera -- 21st century
Trade literature
Articles -- 21st century
Notes -- 20th century
Menus -- 20th century
Cookbooks -- 21st century
Brochures -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 21st century
Brochures -- 21st century
Cookbooks -- 20th century
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
Writings
Business records -- 20th century
Articles -- 20th century
Postcards -- 20th century -- United States
Correspondence -- 20th century
Menus -- 21st century
Citation:
Jane and Michael Stern Collection, circa. 1920-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1392
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Jane and Michael Stern Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1392
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Playbill for Ain't Misbehavin'

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Longacre Theatre, American, founded 1913  Search this
Subject of:
Nell Carter, American, 1948 - 2003  Search this
André De Shields, American, born 1946  Search this
Armelia McQueen, American, born 1952  Search this
Ken Page, American, born 1954  Search this
Charlayne Woodard, American, born 1953  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (23.5 x 14.9 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1978
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.2ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.2ab
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for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Subject of:
Dr. Ntozake Shange, American, 1948 - 2018  Search this
Used by:
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper, metal
Dimensions:
9 x 5 5/8 x 1/8 in. (22.9 x 14.3 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
playbills
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
November 1977
Topic:
African American  Search this
Drama (Theatre)  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Gender  Search this
Identity  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dow B. Ellis
Object number:
2012.152.1213
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.152.1213
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The Father of American Pizza Is Not Who We Thought He Was

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Lectures
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:09:44 +0000
Topic:
Custom RSS  Search this
See more posts:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_fca5fc69e96931fe5fc41770c5a510b6

Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies: Reel 4

Title:
16mm motion picture film of Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies: Reel 4
Directed by:
Rev. S. S. Jones, American, 1869 - 1936  Search this
Medium:
16mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): plastic;
Film Can (c): metal
Dimensions:
Duration: 12 Minutes
Length (Film): 340 Feet
Type:
motion pictures (information artifacts)
Place filmed:
Oklahoma, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1924-1928
Topic:
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
American West  Search this
Barbershops  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Religion  Search this
Rural life  Search this
United States--Social life and customs  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Naomi Long Madgett
Object number:
2011.79.4.1abc
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Rev. S.S. Jones Home Movies
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.79.4.1abc

[Trade catalogs from Peerless Ice Machine Co. (Chicago, IL)]

Variant company name:
also New York  Search this
Company Name:
Peerless Ice Machine Co. (Chicago, IL)  Search this
Notes content:
Circa 1920-1936 air conditioning, refrigeration and ice making machinery: fin coils ; walk-in or market coolers ; unit coolers ; grocery, restaurant, delicatessen and florist compartment refrigerators ; counter display cases ; air conditioning units and coils ; household evaporator ; fast freezing cooling evaporator ; freezers ; valves ; apartment building refrigerating system ; and ice making machines.
Includes:
Trade catalog, price lists and manual
Black and white images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Hotel; bar and restaurant supplies  Search this
Refrigeration and ice-making equipment  Search this
Butchers’ supplies (including meat processing industry)  Search this
Heating; ventilation and air conditioning  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Retailers equipment and supplies  Search this
Engineering consultants and contractors  Search this
Topic:
"Hotels -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Air conditioning  Search this
Bars (Drinking establishments)  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Butchers  Search this
Consulting engineers  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Engineers  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Heating  Search this
Heating and ventilation industry  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Ice -- Manufacture  Search this
Meat industry and trade  Search this
Refrigeration and refrigerating machinery  Search this
Restaurants  Search this
Retail trade equipment industry  Search this
Ventilation  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_29644
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_29644

[Trade catalogs from Pelouze Mfg. Co.]

Variant company name:
Established 1894  Search this
Company Name:
Pelouze Mfg. Co.  Search this
Notes content:
Pelouze Scales (circa 1916-1950s): mail/postal ; baby ; candy ; cotton ; computing ; dairy/milk ; delicatessen ; dietetic ; fisherman's ; food ; hanging ; household ; heavy duty ; ice cream ; kitchen ; laboratory and chemical ; photographer's ; poultry ; spice ; spring balance ; tobacco and tension testing.
Includes:
Trade catalog and price lists
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
10 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Medical and surgical instruments and supplies  Search this
Butchers’ supplies (including meat processing industry)  Search this
Measuring; calculating and testing devices  Search this
Laboratories and laboratory supplies and equipment  Search this
Photographic equipment and supplies  Search this
Agricultural tools and machinery  Search this
Farm equipment and supplies (including dairy and poultry equipment)  Search this
Computers and computer equipment  Search this
Appliances (household)  Search this
Foods and beverage products and processing equipment (including brewing; distilleries; beer; wine; etc.)  Search this
Retailers equipment and supplies  Search this
Topic:
"Laboratories -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Agricultural implements  Search this
Agricultural machinery  Search this
Beverage industry  Search this
Butchers  Search this
Calculators  Search this
Cameras  Search this
Computers  Search this
Dairying  Search this
Distilleries  Search this
Farm equipment  Search this
Food industry and trade  Search this
Household appliances  Search this
Measuring instruments  Search this
Meat industry and trade  Search this
Medical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Optical equipment  Search this
Photographic industry  Search this
Retail trade equipment industry  Search this
Surgical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Weighing instruments  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_29804
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_29804

Creative Discoveries, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Gafeney-Brown, Constancia  Search this
Clay, Wil  Search this
Lingeman, Thomas  Search this
Medium:
Relief tiles: bronze; Walls: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Gate
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Toledo Arts Commission of Greater Toledo 2201 Ottawa Parkway Drive Toledo Ohio 43606
Located Inez Nash Park Bancroft at Warren Toledo Ohio
Date:
April 1989. Dedicated June 24, 1989. Cast June 28, 1989
Topic:
Still Life--Art Object--Drawing  Search this
Control number:
IAS OH000635
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_334929

Untitled

Photograph by:
Aaron Siskind, American, 1903 - 1991  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Sheet): 14 × 10 7/8 in. (35.6 × 27.6 cm)
H x W (Image): 8 3/4 × 8 3/16 in. (22.2 × 20.8 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1940-1941
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Communities  Search this
Labor  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Howard and Ellen Greenberg
Object number:
2011.165.28
Restrictions & Rights:
© Courtesy The Aaron Siskind Foundation. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Portfolio/Series:
Most Crowded Block in the World
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.165.28

America's great delis : recipes and traditions from coast to coast / by Sheryll Bellman

Author:
Bellman, Sheryll  Search this
Physical description:
175 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Cooking  Search this
Delicatessens  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_783670

The Stan Freberg show. The original and unedited first 7 episodes [sound recording]

Title:
Original and unedited first 7 episodes
Author:
Freberg, Stan  Search this
Butler, Daws  Search this
Foray, June  Search this
Leeds, Peter  Search this
May, Billy  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Billy May Orchestra  Search this
Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound cassettes (4 hr.) : analog
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
1957
P1996
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
ptp 000117
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_549180

The Stan Freberg show. The original and unedited first 7 episodes [sound recording]

Title:
Original and unedited first 7 episodes
Author:
Freberg, Stan  Search this
Butler, Daws  Search this
Foray, June  Search this
Leeds, Peter  Search this
May, Billy  Search this
Talbot, Bruce  Search this
Amari, Carl  Search this
Billy May Orchestra  Search this
Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires  Search this
Physical description:
4 sound discs (4 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Type:
Sound recordings
Place:
United States
Date:
1996
1957
P1996
Topic:
Radio comedies  Search this
Radio plays, American  Search this
Call number:
disc 000203
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_549181

Pastrami [on] rye : an overstuffed history of the Jewish deli / Ted Merwin

Author:
Merwin, Ted 1968-  Search this
Physical description:
245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Delicatessens--History  Search this
Jews--Social life and customs  Search this
Jewish cooking--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1061846

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