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Guide to the Crago-Kramer Collection of Sugar Packets
circa 1939-1960s
 PR 354

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 23, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes a variety of sugar packets from New York City and New York State. There are also some artificial sweeteners. Most of the packets indicate a brand of sugar (e.g., Domino’s, River Valley, Jack Frost), but are also distinctive in that they can be linked to a particular venue, event, or other particular context. The earliest appear to date from the 1930s and include packets referring to exhibition buildings at the 1939-40 World’s Fair, including those of Borden’s, F&M Schaefer Brewing, and the YMCA. Other events represented in the collection are the 1964-65 World’s Fair and the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.

A variety of establishments are represented by one or more packets. These especially include hotels (e.g., Hotel Helmsley, Algonquin, Nevele Country Club, the Concord, Woodstock Inn & Resort) and restaurants (e.g., Stage Deli , Fraunces Tavern, Nedick’s Coffee Shop, Mamma Leone’s, Sardi’s). Some packets appear to be designed and branded for general distribution by suppliers; these often include imagery such as drawings of ships and New York State landmarks. Packets for miscellaneous institutions also appear, such as the New York Athletic Club, St. Mary’s Hospital (Troy, NY), Station WRGB-NBC, the United Nations, and the Corning Glass Center.

Images of many of these packets can be found at the web site of the collection's donor; click here.

Arrangement Note

The collection remains in the order as presented by the donor. Folder 1 holds what appears to be the original Martin Kramer collection. Folders 2-7 hold the contents of 5 binders, which appear to be the Priscilla Hayward Crago portion.