Jane and Michael Stern Collection
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1392
Creators:
Stern, Michael, 1946-
Stern, Jane
Dates:
1920 - 2005
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
17 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection primarily consists of the raw materials amassed by Jane and Michael Stern as they traveled the United States, researching for their books on American material culture subjects, with particular emphasis on food and dining. These materials include writings, jottings and notes from their various stops while traveling; photographs and slides of places they visited; vintage postcards collected in their travels; paper ephemera such as take-out menus, placemats, etc.; large quantities of trade literature such as product cookbooks (some dating back to the 1920s), food packaging and brochures on food-related subjects, under headings such as "Meat, Fish, Game", "Parties, Etiquette, How-To", "Baking" and numerous others; trade literature on other material culture subjects the Sterns wrote books about with headings which include "Rodeo", "Cowboys", "Indians" and many others; correspondence; business records, articles and clippings.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is unarranged.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Sterns are authors who compiled a popular series of books called Roadfood, in which they provide recommendations of restaurants, truck stops, diners, delis, bakeries and other food-related establishments in each U.S. state serving classic American regional specialties. They are also authors of books about other American material culture subjects including truckers, cowboys, kitsch, and dog shows. They are frequent guests on public radio, and are regular contributors to magazine columns.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Jane and Michael Stern, 2016.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jane and Michael Stern Collection, ca. 1920-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Automobile travel -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diners -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade literature Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bakeries -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Restaurants -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Truck stops -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cowboys -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notes -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menus -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cookbooks -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roads -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Delicatessens -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dining Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dog shows -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cookbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Truck drivers -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Writings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rodeos -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Food -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Local foods -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kitsch -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Material culture -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards -- 20th century -- United States Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menus -- 21st century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives