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.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
3990
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.
Creator:
Tschirky, Oscar, 1866-1950.
Quanitities:
7 cubic feet.
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.
Conditions Governing Use

Due to the fragility and potential degradation of moving image and sound recordings, viewing and listening is limited to items that have been digitized. If an item is in another media format, you may request to have the item digitized for access. Information on ordering access copies may be found on the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections webpage. Audio visual material that has been digitized: F-2361-2367, SR-34042-34046.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:

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

SUBJECTS

Names:
Tschirky, Sophie Bertisch.
Oscar of the Waldorf.
United States. Supreme Court (Date of work: 1890..)
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (New York, N.Y.)
Subjects:
Guest books.
Presidents. -- United States.
Hotels, taverns, etc. -- New York (N.Y.)
Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.

CONTAINER LIST
Container
Description
Date
Movie films
7" reels
Box 4 F-2366
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y.
1938-1940
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y. [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_t0vrq7t6
Box 4 F-2364
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., barns, cows and hurricane, Kingston, N.Y.
1938
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., barns, cows and hurricane, Kingston, N.Y. [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_189rd2d5
Box 4 F-2362
Testimonial Banquet at Waldorf; 50th wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie
September-October 1937
Digital
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Digital
Testimonial Banquet at Waldorf; 50th wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_3q1jfc5p
Box 4 F-2367
Farm, New Chalet, and 82nd Birthday of Oscar
1938, 1941, 1947
Digital
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Digital
Farm, New Chalet, and 82nd Birthday of Oscar [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_yzxu0hhv
Box 4 F-2365
Farm, Christmas Eve, New Year, Dad & Major
1938-1939
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
Farm, Christmas Eve, New Year, Dad & Major [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_vqli6fvk
Box 4 F-2361
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Interiors
1938
Digital
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Digital
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Interiors [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_hj2lbini
Box 4 F-2363
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Rathskeller, Dad's Chalet Model; birthday of Mrs. Oscar (Sophie); 51st wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie
June-September 1938
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
Farm, New Paltz, N.Y., Rathskeller, Dad's Chalet Model; birthday of Mrs. Oscar (Sophie); 51st wedding anniversary of Oscar & Sophie [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_bc9jlmi4
3 1/2" reel
Box 4
"Dad on Farm"
July 4, 1948
Vinyl
Box 8 SR-34046
No. 752 - Testimonial Dinner to Oscar (1937) of the Waldorf (Golden Wedding Anniversary Side no. 1
1937-1951
Digital
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Digital
No. 752 - Testimonial Dinner to Oscar (1937) of the Waldorf (Golden Wedding Anniversary Side no. 1 [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_kezvci23
Box 8 SR-34042
No. 752 - Golden Wedding Anniversary | Testimonial Dinner to Oscar of the Waldorf 1937 Side 2
1937-1951
Digital
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Digital
No. 752 - Golden Wedding Anniversary | Testimonial Dinner to Oscar of the Waldorf 1937 Side 2 [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_h6zq2mrm
Scope and Contents
No B Side
Box 8 SR-34043
No. 752 - Testimonial Dinner to Oscar of the Waldorf (Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1937) Side 3
1937-1951
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
No. 752 - Testimonial Dinner to Oscar of the Waldorf (Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1937) Side 3A [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_f8il4i76
Digital
No. 752 - Testimonial Dinner to Oscar of the Waldorf (Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1937) Side 3B [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_xfqxh909
Box 8 SR-34044
No. 4 - Dinner of "100% Club" of International Business [illegible] Corp at Waldorf Astoria Hotel 5-13-1940 "Mr Thomas Watson, Prest(sic) making presentation to Oscar of the Waldorf"
1940
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
No. 4 - Dinner of "100% Club" of International Business [illegible] Corp at Waldorf Astoria Hotel 5-13-1940 "Mr Thomas Watson, Prest(sic) making presentation to Oscar of the Waldorf" Side A [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_cjwiw4du
Digital
No. 4 - Dinner of "100% Club" of International Business [illegible] Corp at Waldorf Astoria Hotel 5-13-1940 "Mr Thomas Watson, Prest(sic) making presentation to Oscar of the Waldorf" Side B [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_5gjlhlgw
Box 8 SR-34045
No. 1 - Golden Wedding Anniversary Testimonial Dinner to Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Tschirky at Waldorf Astoria Hotel
1937-10-07
Digital
The digital preservation copy may be made available on request if a delivery copy is not already online.
Digital
No. 1 - Golden Wedding Anniversary Testimonial Dinner to Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Tschirky at Waldorf Astoria Hotel Side A [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_ft725czs
Digital
No. 1 - Golden Wedding Anniversary Testimonial Dinner to Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Tschirky at Waldorf Astoria Hotel Side B [Staff access]
Content is available online here: https://media.library.cornell.edu/media/1_av6ct3vs
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"
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
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
Correspondence, scrapbooks, photos, awards, clippings & menus
Box 6
Correspondence, scrapbooks, photos, awards, clippings & menus
Box 7
Correspondence, scrapbooks, photos, awards, clippings & menus
Box 8
Photograph albums (8)
Box 9 Folder 1-4
Recipes A-Z
1930s
Scope and Contents
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