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Library Opens Archives to Public

library archives open to publicThe archives at The Conrad N. Hilton Library on the New York campus are opening to the public for tours and discussions. A new program on the first Thursday of every month welcomes visitors to learn more about the library’s special collections. These tours provide an insider’s glimpse at rare menus and documents, as well as sneak peeks of newly discovered materials.

The October tour took a look at a rare, one-of-a-kind menu ledger by the famous caterer and restaurateur Louis Sherry. The ledger recorded details about events catered by Sherry in 1901 and 1902, including dinners for Stanford White and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. November’s open house will delve into Craig Claiborne’s clippings scrapbooks dating from 1949 to 1988.

First Thursdays in the Archives tours are free and are held from Noon to 2 p.m. The Archives and Special Collections room at the CIA’s Hilton Library houses materials from the college’s history, a collection of more than 30,000 menus from 80-plus countries dating back to 1855, and a rare books collection. Learn more at

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