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Food History Exhibits

Guide for students in the CIA's Food History class working on creating an exhibit for the Tober Exhibit Room.

Using the CIA Archives

1. Consult the Archives webpages to familiarize yourself with the types of materials in the Archives. Please contact me if you have any questions.

2. Search the digital collections for menus (note: only 10% of the collection is online)  You may not find what you are looking for, but this will give you an idea of what you are looking for when we search the rest of the collection in the Archives.

3. Make an appointment with Nicole: Email, use this form, or drop in to make an appointment.


  • Write down ideas for artifacts while you are doing your research.
  • Consider the space of the display cabinets and what would fit.
  • Are there people on campus who might have something close to your idea that they might let you borrow?  Consider the vast culinary resources here at the CIA. (Please do not go to other institutions asking to borrow things—consult with Dr. Forrest.)
  • Think creatively. Out-of-the-box ideas are encouraged!
  • You are encouraged to brainstorm ideas with your classmates and Nicole and Dr. Forrest!

REQUIRED:  As you keep a list of artifacts, be sure to record which/whose collection each artifact is from and/or where it needs to be returned after the exhibit is over. When the exhibit is installed, email or hand Nicole a copy of this information.

Finding Images, Artworks and Other Primary Sources online

These are suggestions for getting you started. Be sure to search regional and local resources that might have stronger materials in your area of research.

Museum and Archives Collections (national)

Museum and Archives collections (international)


Printing Images

1. Send Nicole the image citation with URL to have image printed ( OR use this form)

2. See label instructions for making labels for images - you MUST include the source of the image (museum, website, etc.) on your label.

3. When sending the citation to Nicole, indicate which size you would like each image printed as

  • 8 ½ x 11 (letter size)
  • 8 ½ x 14 (legal size)
  • 11 x 17 (this is a good size for taping on mirror in background)
  • If smaller than 8 ½ x 11, insert into a Word document and manually size it.

4. Check resolution of image. Desired size for quality printing is 1000 ppi on the longest side of the image. If image is only 500 ppi, then you will need to print it smaller than 8 ½ x 11.  For 11 x 17 prints, images should be larger than 1,000 ppi. Ask Nicole if you are not sure.

5. If your images are not sent to Nicole by the deadline, you are responsible for printing your images at your own expense. If they are of poor quality, you will not be allowed to display them.


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