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Muriel Lee Collection on Caesar's Bar and the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood

 Collection
Identifier: M/A 0313

Description of Contents

The collection consists of two scrapbooks, one from Caesar's Restaurant, the other from a garden maintained by Muriel and David Lee. Both Caesar's and the garden were located in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood, near the west bank of campus. The collection also includes newsletters from Caesar's and some miscellaneous material.

Dates

  • 1965 - 2011

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.

History

Muriel and David Lee moved into the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in 1960. In 1962 the couple bought the buildings at 316, 320, and 324 Cedar Avenue. At the time, two of the buildings housed a bar, whose rent helped cover the deed payments. When the bar closed a year or so later, the Lees decided to re-open the bar in order to continue a source of income. Caesar's Bar opened in 1965.

By the early 1970s, Cedar Avenue was undergoing some drastic changes. Cedar Riverside Plaza, an apartment complex designed by Ralph Rapson, opened in 1973. And the University of Minnesota was expanding to the West Bank. Caesar's Bar was well-known and liked. The Lees rented apartments above Caesar's to students and also maintained a garden at 3rd St. and Cedar Ave. David Lee became ill and the couple closed the bar on March 28, 1986. The buildings were sold several months later.

David died of cancer in March, 1990. Muriel Lee no longer lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. She is a local author and editor and is actively involved with pet boarding and the Minneapolis Kennel Club.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Donor Information

Collection donated by Muriel Lee in September 2015 as accession 2015.05.

Creator

Title
Muriel Lee Collection on Caesar's Bar and the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood
Status
Completed
Date
November 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.
612-543-8200