The New York Public Library has a Tumblr, in case you didn’t know, and that’s how I found out about the What’s On the Menu project. The NYPL has a collection of about 40,000 historical menus, and they’re recruiting help from the general public to transcribe the dishes listed on these menus to make them searchable.
You can help by going to the site and picking from the available menus to transcribe. You can also search through the site, or download the current list of data that’s been transcribed, if you’re interested in what would’ve been served at, say, a 25th anniversary celebration for a journalist at the New York Press Club in 1987. Authors of historicals, take note! 🙂