Guide to the Broad Street Club Papers 1961-1991MG 1538

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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Administrative Information

Container List

Diaries, Inventories, Financial Statments, Photographs and Other Documents

Guide to the Broad Street Club Papers 1961-1991MG 1538Inventory prepared by Jeanette Cafaro.

Guide to the Broad Street Club Papers
1961-1991

MG 1538



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Inventory prepared by Jeanette Cafaro.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Broad Street Club (Newark, N.J.)
Title: Broad Street Club Papers
Dates1961-1991
Abstract: Consists mostly of diaries, inventories, financial statments, photographs and other documentation pertaining to the Broad Street Club, a social club for prominent men, located in Newark, N.J.
Quantity: 5 linear feet/10 boxes
Collection Number: MG 1538

Historical Note

The Broad Street Club was an exclusive private dining club of prominent bankers, attorneys, politicians, and businessmen from all over New Jersey. The club catered parties and banquets for various businesses and organizations, which were held in their large dining rooms named after five counties: Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Bergen. The Broad Street Club began entertaining business executives, lawyers, and bankers in 1955. Music, as well as audio and projection equipment, was available for business meetings and conferences. Members of the club also had full access to a federal, state, law, and tax accounting library located on the fourth floor of the building. The Broad Street Club was housed on the 13th floor of the National Newark Building at 744 Broad Street in downtown Newark, New Jersey. The building was built in 1930 for the National Newark and Essex Banking Company. At the time, it was one of the country's first skyscrapers and New Jersey's tallest commercial tower. Membership began to decline in the 1960s when Newark's cultural and commercial prominence began to decline. The Broad Street Club had three sister clubs in Manhattan: The 200 Fifth Ave. Club, Inc., the 500 Club, and the 60 East Club. The Broad Street Club closed in 1991, the latest date of the records in this collection.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of decades worth of records kept of the Broad Street Club from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. These records consist of various items, such as floor plans of the building, business cards, photographs of guests, menus, matchbooks, and newspaper clippings. Menu suggestions from the restaurant include detailed descriptions of various menu items. Financial statements of the club are the bulk of the collection starting from 1961 to 1985. Within the financial statements are balance sheets, comparative statements of income, and an analysis of the expenses of the Broad Street Club. Store Room inventory books are included in the collection that kept record of different types of beverages and foods purchased from 1988-91. Daily Reminder Books (1986-88) and Standard Diary Books (1986-91) kept record of how many parties were to be held for each day, menu items to be served, and appointments with clients. This collection also contains minutes of annual meetings, correspondence, guest comments, and promotion letters. The Broad Street Club probably closed during the summer of 1991 because there were no written recordings of any operation during this time or after.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Organizations:
Broad Street Club (Newark, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Dinners and dining--New Jersey--Newark.
Upper class--New Jersey--Newark.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J).
Newark (N.J)--Social life and customs.
Document Types:
Business records.
Diaries.
Financial statements.
Menus.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1538, Broad Street Club Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dennis L. Frost, October 1999.

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Container List

 

Diaries, Inventories, Financial Statments, Photographs and Other Documents

Box TitleDate
1 Standard diaries1986-1988
Box TitleDate
2 Standard diaries1989-1991
Box TitleDate
3 Daily reminders1986-1988
3 Store room inventories1988, 1989-1991
Box TitleDate
4 Store room inventories1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
51Financial Statements1961-1962
52Financial Statements1963-1964
53Financial Statements1965-1966
54Financial Statements1967
55Financial Statements1968-1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
61Financial Statements1970-1972
62Financial Statements 1973-1974
63Financial Statements 1975-1976
64Financial Statements 1977-1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
71Financial Statements 1980-1981
72Financial Statements 1982
73Financial Statements 1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
81Financial Statements 1984
82Financial Statements 1985
83Miscellaneous
84Miscellaneous
BoxFolderTitleDate
91Menu Suggestions, Menun.d.
92Menus Cont., Check Pads, Reserved Table Cards n.d.
93Photographs, Floor Plans, Stationary n.d.
BoxFolderTitleDate
101Guest Comments, Letters1975-1991
102Minutes, Correspondence, Clippings 1975-1991
103Guest Book, Business Cards, Matchbooksn.d.
Box TitleDate
Ledger box Handwritten inventory ledger, listing foods and their prices.1991
Box TitleDate
OS Framed photograph, members of the Broad Street Club [ca. 1940s]
OS Two signs : "Breakfast Courtesy of the Broad Street Club" n.d.

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