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Guide to the Jefferson Davis Hotel (Montgomery, Alabama) Memorabilia MSS.3201

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

January 2011

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English

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Collection Title:

Jefferson Davis Hotel (Montgomery, Alabama) Memorabilia

Unit ID:

MSS.3201

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (2 menus, 1 postcard)

Dates:

1943 May

Abstract:

Two 1943 menus and postcard from the Jefferson Davis Hotel in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.

Access Restrictions:

none

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Preferred Citation:

Jefferson Davis Hotel (Montgomery, Alabama), W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2011

Biographical/Historical note

The Jefferson Davis Hotel in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, was built in 1927 and was part of the Dinkler Hotel chain in the 1940s. In the 1930s, the building housed the WSFA radio studio, where Hank Williams performed. Although the hotel remained segregated well into the 1960s, African-American preachers, including Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were allowed into the radio studio to broadcast Sunday morning sermons. The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Place on 13 March 1979 and is currently used as apartments for the elderly.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson Davis Hotel," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jefferson_Davis_Hotel&oldid=376149457 (accessed January 14, 2011).

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains two 1943 menus and a 1940s era postcard from the Jefferson Davis Hotel in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. The hotel was part of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Dinkler Hotel chain, which included the Ansley Hotel (Atlanta, Georgia), the O. Henry Hotel (Greensboro, North Carolina), the Tutwiler Hotel (Birmingham, Alabama), the Andrew Jackson Hotel (Nashville, Tennessee), the Savannah Hotel (Savannah, Georgia), and the St. Charles Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana).

The breakfast menu in the collection, dated 20 May 1943, lists a wide variety of available items including fruit and juices, preserves, eggs and omelets, potatoes, breads and cakes, beverages, and cereal, as well as a "Club Breakfast" (choice of fruit or juice or cereal with cream, rolls or toast, and coffee, tea or milk). It also features a selection of "Big Value" breakfasts, ranging from one egg fried with ham or bacon to chicken hash on toast, and breakfast specials of broiled ham or bacon, browned corned beef hash with or without a poached egg, broiled veal or lamb kidney, and breakfast sausage.

The luncheon menu, dated 26 May 1943, includes appetizers and soups, luncheon entrees, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, desserts and beverages. The luncheon entrees feature fresh ham baked in corn meal with cole slaw and blackeyed peas, scrambled eggs with fried bologna and new potatoes, old fashioned beef stew with vegetables, fresh vegetable dinner with a poached egg, fried Canadian bacon with apple rings, potato pancakes and blackeyed peas, and a "Special Luncheon" of red snapper cutlets with egg sauce, blackeyed peas and julienne potatoes.

The breakfast menu also features military-themed artwork and both menus define the Statement of Ceiling Prices as required by the Office of Price Administration.

The color postcard depicts the hotel sometime in the 1940s or early 1950s.

Source(s)

World War, 1939-1945 (lcsh)

Menus and postcard Box SC0041 Folder 3201.01