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Ivy House Restaurant Records

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2007.51

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The records of the Ivy House Restaurant in Williamsburg, Virginia include business records, guest registers, customer and business correspondence, legal documents, and a variety of ephemera from the local business including menus. This mid-20th century collection documents the history of this restaurant during a time when Williamsburg was going through changes and growth in the tourism industry.


  • Creation: 1906-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1948-1960


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Conditions Governing Access:

Box 4 contains confidential information pertaining to employees and is closed to researchers until 2035. All other portions of the collection are open to researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Historical Note:

The Ivy House was opened in 1948 by David and Emily Rutledge, alumni of William and Mary. Though the restaurant originally served three meals a day, it quickly became a breakfast only restaurant with the success of the Rutledge's "astronomical" pancakes. House Restaurant (Williamsburg, VA)"/>. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


3.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged by series: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Administrative Records.

Acquisition Information:


Related Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include: Ivy House Cup (Mss 2007.051.01)

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include: Ivy House Cup (Mss 2007.051.01)

Processing Information:

Jordan Ecker, SCRC Staff, arranged and described the collection in 2007. Peter Klicker, SCRC Staff, further arranged and described the collection in May 2010 and Alex Dodd, SCRC Staff, further arranged the collection in August-September 2010.

Guide to the Ivy House Restaurant Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository