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Archives and Special Collections

Information about The Culinary Institute of America's Archives and Special Collections housed in the Conrad N. Hilton Library, Hyde Park, New York.

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The CIA Archives collects, preserves and provides access to selected records, papers, historical documents, and publications that document and/or reflect the history and mission of The Culinary Institute of America.  The Special Collections include a world-renowned historical menu collection, a collection of culinary-related rare books, historical recipe pamphlets, and much more! 

The CIA Archives and Special Collections are open to faculty, staff and students, as well as to outside visitors and researchers.

Because of the rare nature of the materials in the Archives, all materials must be used in the dedicated reading room.


Hours are generally Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Appointments are required for research visits.

The Archives and Special Collections are housed in the Conrad N. Hilton Library. 



Nicole Semenchuk, Archives & Digital Collections Specialist


Phone: (845) 451-1270


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I visit the Archives?  You may not need any of these materials for a class right now, but I guarantee you that you will be excited by what we have, and you may even be inspired by what you find.  I have personally witnessed ideas exploding from our students brains when looking at our collection of 30,000 menus.  You will connect with the material, too.  We provide a comfortable, informal atmosphere in the hopes of providing you with some inspiration.

Where are you located?  The Archives and Special Collections are  located on the main floor of the Hilton Library, beyond the computers.

When can I drop in?  It is always best to make an appointment if you are looking for something specific, but you may also drop anytime Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  If I stepped out or am at a meeting and the door is locked, try again later or send me an email and we can arrange a time to meet.  I look forward to meeting you and showing you around!

Why are the doors locked ? The doors are sometimes locked because there are rare, one-of-a-kind materials in the archives.  My job is to make these items accessible, but it is also to make sure that they are safe and secure.  So, when I am not in the room, I need to lock it.

What is in the Archives?  So many interesting things. Use these pages to explore. Or, come by to learn more!

Can I remove items from the Archives?  No.  All items from the archives must be used in the archives reading room.  I will pull materials before your visit, and provide you with direction on how to handle the materials.  You may also take pictures of any of the materials to use later for your research or in your presentations.

See you soon!

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