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Melrose Diner Collection

Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Names:
Jerry O'Mahony Company  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (5 boxes )
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Oral history
Audiotapes
Interviews
Place:
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Restaurants
New Jersey -- Restaurants
Date:
1938-1988
Summary:
Correspondence, advertisements, accounting records, and 19 audio tape interviews documenting the history and operation of Melrose Diner in Philadelphia, Pa.; interviews conducted by oral historian Scott Ellsworth, 1987; and notes written by him.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of material collected by contract researcher Scott Ellsworth during a 1987 historical study of the Melrose Diner. It includes correspondence with Kubach and D'Andrea and with lessees when D'Andrea was the owner; with former employees and patrons; and with the manufacturer of the diner, the O'Mahony company. There are also menus and flyers advertising the diner, as well as payrolls and other accounting documents relating to its operation. Nineteen audio tapes of interviews Ellsworth conducted with Kubach, D'Andrea and others are also part of the collection. In addition, there is a history of the Melrose Diner based on his recorded interviews.
Arrangement:
Collection arranged into three series.

Series 1: History of Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes

Series 2: Melrose Diner records, 1959-1983

Series 3: Audio tape interviews withowners and employees of Melrose Diner, 1987.
Biographical / Historical:
The Melrose Diner (the second structure by that name) was built by the Jerry O'Mahony Company of Bayonne, New Jersey and placed in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 1610 W. Passyunk Street. Constructed to the plans of owner Richard Kubach, a 33 year old German immigrant, the diner opened for business March 18, 1940. Kubach had been the owner of the predecessor diner at the same address which he had bought five years earlier and had quickly developed into a successful business.

The new diner with 54 seats had more than twice the capacity of its predecessor, cost $15,000 (less a 10% discount to Kubach for his planning) and was supplemented by a kitchen, bakery and storeroom. Under Kubach's skilled and enlightened management, the new diner rapidly acquired a reputation for excellent food and good service. It became a community fixture, open 24 hours a day and attracting industrial workers and merchants from the area as well as families and young people in the evenings.

In 1956, Kubach opened a third diner a few blocks from the original site and closed the older building. It remained vacant until 1959, when Jim D'Andrea, a construction foreman, bought the structure and moved it across the Delaware River to a site in Washington Township, Mercer County in New Jersey. This location on Route 130, a main highway between Philadelphia and New York, proved to be a good one for truckers as customers for the diner. D'Andrea and his son Gene leased the diner successively to more than a dozen different individuals in less than 20 years. Under this variety of managers and different names (although long term patrons continued to call it the Melrose) the diner physically deteriorated; a fire in 1979 finally ended its serviceable life. D'Andrea boarded it up in the early 1980s.
Provenance:
The material in this collection was primarily collected or created by Scott Ellsworth under contract with the National Museum of American History in 1987, as part of a project that originally envisioned the acquisition and display of the Melrose Diner by the Museum.
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:
Restaurateurs  Search this
Truck drivers  Search this
Truck stops  Search this
Restaurants -- 1940-1980 -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Diners -- 1940-1979 -- Philadelphia (Pa.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history
Audiotapes
Interviews
Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0489
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep851e48d1e-c64a-4ff5-9c46-9c2f249927c8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0489

History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1988
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0489, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d7fbfd11-b42b-43ae-a010-f33baef90f89
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref57

Ellsworth notebook (loose-leaf): personal contacts, deeds of conveyance, handwritten notes, memoranda, O'Mahony promotional material, correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938-1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83b5fb069-b7ab-4523-8c4d-7dbeff086273
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref58

News clippings regarding Washington Township (Mercer County, NJ)

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939-1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8acd98837-1c65-49a0-a650-fb9e7e74579d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref59

Melrose Diner: construction bank note, menus, press clippings

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c89f35b9-9a8f-4395-a11e-1fe2fddf8c71
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref60

Ellsworth notebook (loose-leaf): media sources, correspondence, clippings

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986-1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b0c6d1c3-3f27-4513-8b49-d2a9f1a7d4f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref61

Ellsworth notes and correspondence

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84f2900a5-3d0e-4456-83b0-8f114d28bee4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref62

Ellsworth notebook (spiral): notes on taped interviews

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8532a9471-b401-455a-bdca-570c71af0e0f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref63

Ellsworth notebook (spiral): notes on taped interviews

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86eb23aed-f008-4fb9-80ab-548407849dd3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref64

Ellsworth notebook (bound): names, addresses and appointments

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ba76b5c3-3b9c-4fc0-99fe-a74278973173
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref65

Melrose Diner: history by Scott Ellsworth

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1987
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 1: History of the Melrose Diner and Scott Ellsworth Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c50774ce-7c71-4378-9dcd-b903a8965572
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref66

Melrose Diner Records

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959-1983
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0489, Series 2
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Melrose Diner Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a78815e3-2a0b-4919-bc0c-ebe10a059d5e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref67

Washington Township Centennial booklet

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1959
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f408f410-8481-4e20-b0d2-eb739057eea5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref68

Leases of diner by Eugene D'Andrea

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep817287838-ee39-443c-9f5c-5faf737840a0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref69

Account journal

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bb366021-8c53-4042-b105-97cbfc30b3bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref70

Disbursement records (2 books of check stubs)

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep817eaf02c-5740-42c2-bf69-399657722b5d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref71

Log of diner expenditures

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep803fae1bc-f02d-4366-80f9-4389944123d9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref72

Log of diner receipts, sales tax

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83dd1352e-e0ea-43fa-81ce-17461bd5879f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref73

Payroll record

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d935b303-64ca-4c7f-824c-a2eeb6dbdcf5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref74

Cancelled checks, bank statement

Collection Creator:
Kubach, Richard  Search this
Ellsworth, Scott, Dr.  Search this
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Melrose Diner  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1974
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Melrose Diner Collection, 1938-1988, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Melrose Diner Collection
Melrose Diner Collection / Series 2: Melrose Diner Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b38a0b8e-334d-437a-924c-db50474b9725
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0489-ref75

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