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Guide to the Cafe´ Nicholson Archive
 MSS 165 MSS.165

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Collection processed by Processed by Jenny Pachucki, 2006.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 21, 2017
Finding aid written in English.

Scope and Content Note

The collection, consisting of photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, publications, and Cafe´ Nicholson memorabilia, gives a distinct sense of the character and culture of the restaurant and its significance to post WWII New York City social, cultural, and culinary history.

The collection is organized into four series. Series I is composed of materials from 5 scrapbooks compiled by Johnny Nicholson. Arranged in rough chronological order, the scrapbooks document the restaurant from the early 1950s through to the restaurant closing in 2000.  Series I contains clippings from newspapers and magazines as well as visual materials including small paintings and Karl Bissinger photographs of restaurant patrons including Paul Bowles, Hoagy Carmichael, Jenny Tourel, Jean Renoir and others.  Series II consists of correspondence to Johnny Nicholson from various restaurant patrons.  Series III contains printed materials and is organized into two subseries, one for articles, mentions, and reviews of the restaurant; the second for books with mentions of the restaurant.  Series IV consists of Cafe´ Nicholson objects and memorabilia.


Series I is arranged chronologically, and Series II, III, and IV are arranged alphabetically.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Scrapbooks
  2. Series II: Correspondence
  3. Series III: Printed Materials
  4. Series IV: Objects and Memorabilia
  5. Oversize Series I: Scrapbooks