Locke-Ober Cafe collection


A collection of materials related to the Locke-Ober Cafe of Boston. The collection includes ephemera, such as menus, gift cards, and pencils, as well as an account book.


Physical Description

37 items

Finding Aid Info

A print finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were acquired through two accessions. One was a gift from the Locke-Ober Cafe, and the other was a purchase from an auction of Locke-Ober Cafe items.

Collection Code


Collection Name

Locke-Ober Cafe collection

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Credit Line

Gift of the Locke-Ober Cafe, 2012; Library & Archives purchase, 2012.

Record Details


Locke-Ober Cafe


This collection is available for research.

Description Level


Location Note


Language Note

This collection is entirely in English.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification]. Locke-Ober Cafe collection (CC008). Historic New England.

Processing Information

This finding aid was prepared by Abigail Cramer, March, 2013.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

Related Items

Account books collection, ca. 1750-1880s
Ephemera collection, 1800s-2000s
Ephemera collection, 2011 donation

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

The Locke-Ober Cafe was established in 1875 and was the third oldest cafe in Boston, Massachusetts, until it closed in 2012. The cafe featured French cuisine and seafood, and it was a popular destination throughout the early- and mid-1900s.