Oscar Michel Tschirky Papers,ca.1890-1958

Collection Number: 3990

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Oscar Michel Tschirky papers, ca.1890-1958.
Collection Number:
3990
Creator:
Oscar Tschirky, 1866-1950.
Quantity:
7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Scrapbooks of clippings, telegrams, correspondence, and forms; photographs, an etching, a sketch, a guest book, and a tribute book.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes six scrapbooks of clippings, telegrams, and correspondence on his career at the Waldorf-Astoria, ca. 1897-1950; one scrapbook of forms used at the hotel; two published booklets on staff functions; photographs of Oscar and his wife Sophie Bertisch Tschirky; and an etching and a sketch of the Waldorf-Astoria. Also scrapbooks, a guest book, a scrapbook of congratulatory letters from many famous personalities, and a tribute book given to the Tschirkys on their golden wedding anniversity, 1937.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Oscar Tschirky, Host of the Waldorf-Astoria, New York, was known as Oscar of the Waldorf.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes six scrapbooks of clippings, telegrams, and correspondence on his career at the Waldorf-Astoria, ca. 1897-1950; one scrapbook of forms used at the hotel; two published booklets on staff functions; photographs of Oscar and his wife Sophie Bertisch Tschirky; and an etching and a sketch of the Waldorf-Astoria. Also scrapbooks, a guest book, a scrapbook of congratulatory letters from many famous personalities, and a tribute book given to the Tschirkys on their golden wedding anniversity, 1937.
Also, photograph of the 1890 Supreme Court, signed by each Justice.

FAMOUS PERSONALITIES WHO WROTE CONGRATULATORY LETTERS TO OSCAR TSCHIRKY

SUBJECTS

Names:
Tschirky, Oscar, 1866-1950.
Oscar of the Waldorf.
Tschirky, Sophie Bertisch.
United States. Supreme Court.
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Hotels, taverns, etc. -- New York (N.Y.)
Presidents. -- United States.
Guest books.
Presidents

Places:
New York (State) -- New York
United States

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Oscar Michel Tschirky papers, #3990. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
15 photographs of Oscar and Sophie Tschirky and friends
Box 1
Mounted tribute to the Tschirkys on their Golden Wedding Anniversary [see also leather bound tribute book]
Box 1
Mounted sketch by "Ripley" [Believe It or Not] to Oscar of the Waldorf
1933
Box 1
Matted etching of the Waldorf-Astoria, by [Andrea Laroy?]
1929
Box 1
Booklet: "Behind the Scenes at the Waldorf-Astoria"
ca. 1935
Box 1
Booklet: "The Waldorf-Astoria 50th Anniversary Staff Party" [pages stapled together out of order]
1943
Box 3
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings, NO COVER
1897-1904
Volume 1
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings and correspondence
1904-1929
Volume 2
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings
1913-1929
Volume 3
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings, telegrams, articles on Tschirky, and correspondence
ca. 1924
Volume 4
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings on Oscar, 50th anniversary of the Waldorf-Astoria, and opening of "Culinarians Home" in New Paltz, NY [later the Culinary Institute of America?]
1924-1950
Volume 5
Oscar Tschirky's scrapbook; clippings
1937-1941
Volume 6
Scrapbook of forms used in the Waldorf-Astoria, especially in the back of the house
Volume 7
Scrapbooks from the Tschirky's 50th Wedding Anniversary
1937
Volume 8
Leather-bound guest book "Golden Wedding Sophie and Oscar September 18, 1937" (includes photos)
1937
Box 2
Leather bound tribute book, in mahogany case, with signatures of many famous personalities (F.D.R., John J. Pershing, Henry Luce, Fannie Hurst, Grace Moore, Alfred E. Smith, etc. etc.), includes seating plan for anniversary banquet
Box 2
Leather bound scrapbook of letters of congratulations to the Tschirkys on their anniversary
Box 2
Scrapbook of clippings and telegrams of congratulations of the Tschirkys' anniversary
Box 4
Slides - 50th Anniversary, Waldorf Astoria, Mar. 15, 1943
1943
Box 4
Slides - Farm, Aug. party for Dad's 79th Birthday, Sept. 28, 1945
1945
Box 4
Slides - "Oscar of the Waldorf Suite" Raleigh Hotel, Washington, D.C., Apr. 7, 1943
1943
Photo: Mrs. Antoinette Fassfind Tschirky, mother of Oscar Tschirky and grandmother of Leopold ('12)
Box 5-7
Correspondence, scrapbooks, photos, awards, clippings & menus
Box 8
Photograph albums (8)
Box 9 Folder 1-4
Recipes A-Z
1930s
Includes several famous dishes attributed to Oscar Tschirky, including typed versions of Waldorf Salad, Thousand Island dressing, and Eggs Benedict.
Box 9 Folder 5-6
Memos concerning the Waldorf-Astoria
1936-1938
Box 9
30th Anniversary of the Waldorf-Astoria
1893-1923
Box 9
Day Book - events at the Waldorf-Astoria
1893-1899
Box 9
Day book owned by Oscar
1901-1902
Box 9
Book concerning the set up of the ballroom at the Waldorf
Box 9
Waldorf-Astoria - book no. 2 - what was served
Box 10 Folder 1
Herbert Hoover
Box 10 Folder 2
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Box 10 Folder 3
Menu - St. Andrew's Society Anniversary Dinner
1854
Box 10 Folder 4
William H. Taft
1913
Box 10 Folder 5
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933
Box 10 Folder 6
Harry Truman
Box 10 Folder 7
Calvin Coolidge
Box 11 Folder 1
Signed poster for John J. Pershing honorary dinner
September 10, 1919
Box 11 Folder 2
Signed letter from Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres
Box 11 Folder 2
Envelope with writing and profile of Tschirky
1947
Box 11 Folder 3
Photograph and articles on Oscar's Swiss chalet model
Box 11 Folder 4
Newspaper articles
1925-1958
Box 11 Folder 5
Birthday celebration pamphlets
1935-1937
Box 11 Folder 6
Signed pamphlet and photograph by Eric Hauser
1926
Box 11 Folder 7
Menu notes and recipes, correct set up for table notes
1915-1917
Box 11 Folder 8
Pamphlets and advertisements
1932-1942
Box 11 Folder 9
Clippings from Redbook and Life
1939
Box 11 Folder 10
Photograph of Ye Pur Lee, Ching Dynasty ambassador
1897
Box 11 Folder 11
Personal letters
1930-1950
Box 11 Folder 12
Autographed photographs
Mapcase Folder 1
Award and medal from the French Minister of Agriculture
Mapcase Folder 1
Photograph of the 1890 Supreme Court, signed by each Justice
1890
Mapcase Folder 1
Portrait of Francis J. Spellman
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1
Signed photo of a couple, signatures illegible except for "George"
1941
Mapcase Folder 1
Photo of Waldorf-Astoria during parade
Undated
Mapcase Folder 1
Photo - first annual "Oscar" dinner, Geneva Executive Club, Waldorf-Astoria
1953-10-12
Mapcase Folder 1
Drawing of Madison Cottage print
Undated
Mapcase Folder 2
Photo - dinner offered by the Incorporated Association of Hotels and Restaurants to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky, the Savoy Hotel, London
1924-09-30
Mapcase Folder 2
New York Times article on Tschirky
1937-10-03
Mapcase Folder 2
American National Red Cross certificate
1916-07-01
Mapcase Folder 2
Societe Culinaire Philanthropique - certificate to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tschirky on their wedding anniversary - signed by president, vice president and secretary
Undated
Mapcase Folder 2
Menu for "Narsai's" restaurant
Undated
Mapcase Folder 2
Honorary membership certificate - International Geneva Association
1920-03-11
Movie films
7" reels
Box 4
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y.
1938-1940
Box 4
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., barns, cows and hurricane, Kingston, N.Y.
1938
Box 4
Testimonial Banquet at Waldorf; 50th wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie
September-October 1937
Box 4
Farm, New Chalet, and 82nd Birthday of Oscar
1938, 1941, 1947
Box 4
Farm, Christmas Eve, New Year, Dad & Major
1938-1939
Box 4
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Interiors
1938
Box 4
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Rathskeller, Dad's Chalet Model; birthday of Mrs. Oscar (Sophie); 51st wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie
c. June-September 1938
3 1/2" reel
Box 4
"Dad on Farm"
July 4, 1948