This time the focus is on Ira Silverman and his collection of 238 dining car menus assembled while he was a graduate student in railroad transport. Now digitized and housed by the Transportation Library at Northwestern University. Ira’s menus show a standard fare consisting of “charbroiled steak, lamb chops, and fresh filet of sole” and check out the prices!
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.