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.
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.
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
Collection donated by Jane and Michael Stern, 2016.
Collection is open for research.
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.
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Collection, Acc. 1992.0023, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Growing tomorrow : a farm-to-table journey in photos and recipes : behind the scenes with 18 extraordinary sustainable farmers who are changing the way we eat / Forrest Pritchard ; photography by Molly Peterson