The core of the collection was assembled by Oscar Tschirky (1866-1943), known throughout
the world as Oscar of the Waldorf. As maitre d'hotel of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New
York City, from 1893 to 1943, he began a lifelong hobby of collecting menus, some of
which were for functions he himself arranged, but most of which were of historical,
gastronomic, or artistic importance. Upon his death, his menu collection, papers, and
personal memorabilia were donated to Cornell University. The Hotel School Library has
continued to add to the collection.