Guide to the Westin Hotels and Resorts, Chef Walter Roth Papers circa 1951-1980s
Cage 820

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Roth, Walter.
Title
Westin Hotels and Resorts, Chef Walter Roth Papers
ID
Cage 820
Date [inclusive]
circa 1951-1980s
Extent
5.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Recipes, menus, and other culinary papers related to Chef Walter Roth's career with Westin Hotels and Resorts.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Westin Hotels and Resorts, Chef Walter Roth Papers, circa 1951-1980s

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

During his long career with Westin Hotels and Resorts, Walter Roth was instrumental in developing the culinary identity of the company. Born in Switzerland circa 1924, Roth apprenticed in Lugano at the Savoy-Richard Hotel, and soon accepted his first position at Western Hotels (later Westin) at the Oasis Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. His later assignments included several of Westin's most important properties: the Drake, St. Francis, Multnomah, Olympic, and Century Plaza Hotels. He developed the Culinary Apprenticeship Program for the company beginning in 1963, and served as head of the Westin Hotels Culinary Institute. Also in 1963, the American Culinary Federation established the Chef of the Year Award in his honor.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of recipes, menus, and other culinary papers related to Chef Walter Roth's career with Westin Hotels and Resorts.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: Recipe file, circa 1950s-1970s. This series consists of recipes on cards (manuscript and printed items). There are two groups of cards (file 1 and file 2). The files are arranged in their original order, with cards grouped according to type of dish.

Series 2: Recipes and menus (binders and loose items), circa 1970s-1980s. This series consists of recipes and menus (manuscript and printed items), most in larger formats than the recipes in Series 1. Approximately half of this series was organized in labeled binders, and approximately half was loose and unlabeled. They are arranged as received, in no apparent order.

Series 3: Culinary Apprenticeship Program binder, including instructor handbook, circa 1960s-1980s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Jon Hill, former Executive Chef for Westin Hotels and Resorts, donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2015 (MS.2015.02). Hill received the collection from Walter Roth in 2002, and used it in teaching and training students in the Culinary Program at Estrella Mountain College in Arizona.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Cheryl Gunselman in 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Westin Hotels and Resorts, the J. Wm. Keithan Archives (Cage 656)

Additional Westin Hotels and Resorts records, and papers received from Westin Alumni Association members (unprocessed accessions: MS.1999.48, MS.2001.14, MS.2003.12, MS.2006.11, MS.2007.12, MS.2008.31, MS.2009.01, MS.2009.02, MS.2009.04, MS.2009.08, MS.2009.09, MS.2009.17, MS.2009.25, MS.2014.25)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Westin Hotels & Resorts -- History -- Sources

Genre(s)

  • Recipes -- Specimens (aat)

Subject(s)

  • Businesses and Corporations.
  • Cooks -- Archives

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Recipe file circa 1950s-1970s 

Box Folder

Recipe file 1 

1 1

Recipe file 2 

2 2

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Series 2: Recipes and menus (binders and loose items) circa 1970s-1980s 

Box Folder

Menu Items (binder) circa 1980s 

3 3-4

Breakfast Items (binder) circa 1980s 

3 5-8

Sauces (binder) circa 1970s-1980s 

3 9-10

Desserts (binder) circa 1951-1980s 

3-4 11-14

Recipes and menus (loose items) circa 1970s-1980s 

4-5 15-25

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Series 3: Culinary Apprenticeship Program binder, including instructor handbook circa 1960s-1980s 

Box Folder

Culinary Apprenticeship Program binder circa 1980s 

5 26-29

Supporting documentation: biographical information about Walter Roth 

5 30

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