Richmond Eats!: Richmond Library Pilots Citywide Menu Archive
From June 1 through June 5, the library is asking anyone who has historical materials related to Richmond District restaurants ― photographs, menus, recipes ― to bring them to the branch to be scanned.
The staff will make Russian and Chinese translators available, and the scanning shouldn't take too long. You can find more info on what they're looking for on the project's FAQ page.
According to Terry Carlson, the branch's adult services manager, Richmond Eats! is a pilot program. Once the Internet Archives processes all the data it receives and comes up with a template for making that information available to researchers and the general public, Carlson says, the project will roll out the program to other neighborhoods and branch libraries.
The possibilities are enticing: a massive, easily searchable archive of menus and photographs documenting the evolution of San Francisco food culture from 1850 to today. We'll keep you abreast as the project rolls out to other neighborhoods. No go hunt through your scrapbook for pictures from parties your parents held at the Russian Bear back in the day.