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CIA Opens its Archives and Special Menu Collections to the Public

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After years behind closed doors, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) archives and special collections is now available for public viewing.

cia-archivesThe Archives and Special Collections room is located in the Conrad N. Hilton Library on the CIA's Hyde Park, NY campus. It 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.

The treasures include a history of the college written by co-founder Frances Roth, handwritten recipes by famous chefs given to Craig Claiborne on his 70th birthday, and a menu signed by legendary late 19th/early 20th century chef Auguste Escoffier. These and other items, along with a selection of rare books, were on display at a grand opening held at the library on January 21.

The archives and special collections are available to researchers and campus visitors by appointment. Learn more about the archives at ciachef.libguides.com/archives. To schedule an appointment, contact Nicole Semenchuk at 845-451-1270.
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