The Seattle Room's Menu Collection began life as a small selection of lunch menus belonging to Seattle Public Library employees. It has grown into a collection of hundreds of menus, each reflecting the tastes (and prices) of the time period they are from. Most of the items represented are from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Descriptions for the menus were researched using The Seattle Times, the Seattle Room Northwest Index, restaurant websites when possible, and other historical resources.
A note on the metadata: The Cuisine field is filled using a controlled vocabulary list of terms which are based on categories used in the Poor Man's Guide to Seattle Area Restaurants (1978) by Mary and Marvin Braunstein.
Special Collections staff are adding to the digital collection as materials are digitized.