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Guide to the Café Nicholson Archive MSS.165

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Collection processed by Processed by Jenny Pachucki, 2006.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 26, 2018
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 Edited by Abbie Auster for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.  , September 2018

Scope and Contents

The collection, consisting of photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, publications, and Café 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. Materials in this collection date from 1948 to 2005.

The collection is organized into four series with an additional series for oversize material.

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 Café Nicholson objects and memorabilia.


The records are arranged into four series with an additional series for oversize materials listed at the end. Series I contains five subseries which are arranged chronologically. Series II, III, and IV are arranged alphabetically. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series I: Scrapbooks

Subseries A: Scrapbook I

Subseries B: Scrapbook II

Subseries C: Scrapbook III

Subseries D: Scrapbook IV

Subseries E: Scrapbook V

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Printed Materials

Subseries A: Articles, Reviews, Mentions

Subseries B: Books

Series IV: Objects and Memorabilia

Oversize Series I: Scrapbooks