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Guide to the Four Seasons Restaurant Collection
 MS 3151

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 24, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

The VHS cassettes in Series VI are restricted because of their fragility and because N-YHS has no equipment on which to play them. Similarly, the digital media (i.e., CDs and DVDs), also in Series VI, are currently restricted from access in order to ensure that the digital files are not accidentally corrupted. For further information please contact the curator of manuscripts at

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024-5194
(212) 873-3400 ext. 282

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: The Four Seasons Restaurant Collection, MS 3151, The New-York Historical Society.

Separated Materials

Some objects from this collection have been transferred to the custody of the New-York Historical Society's museum division, including two neckties, a spool of ribbon, a Four Seasons table lamp, a wooden model of the new Four Seasons restaurant, and seven framed medals awarded to the Four Seasons by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is the gift of Alex von Bidder, co-owner of the Four Seasons from 1994 through 2019. Most of the material arrived in 2019 (accession no. MS-2019-039), except for the files under Series IV, and some of the objects in Series VII, which were received in 2016.

Processing Information

Archivist Joseph Ditta arranged and described this collection in January-February 2020.