Albert E. Dutrieuille Catering records

Collection MSS052

1873-1975, undated
(1.0 Linear feet ; 3 boxes, 1 flat file)

Summary Information

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Albert E. Dutrieuille Catering.
Albert E. Dutrieuille Catering records
1873-1975, undated
1.0 Linear feet ; 3 boxes, 1 flat file
EAD encoding of this collection’s finding aid in 2020 was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and by the Young Friends of HSP.
African Americans of French West Indian descent, the Dutrieuille family owned and operated a successful family catering business in Philadelphia from 1873 to 1967. The collection contains daybooks, a ledger, correspondence, biographies, and the original lease for the building.

Preferred citation

Cite as: [Indicate cited item or series here], Albert E. Dutrieuille Catering records (MSS052), Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Background note

African Americans of French West Indian descent, the Dutrieuille family owned and operated a successful catering business in Philadelphia for almost a century. The Dutrieuille catering operation was founded in 1873 by Pierre Albert Dutrieuille. Although Dutrieuille married into the Baptiste family, owners of the internationally-known Philadelphia catering firm Augustin-Baptiste, his business remained separate. Originally located at 108 South 18th Street, the operation later moved to 4001 Spring Garden Street, where it remained until its closure in 1967.

Albert E. Dutrieuille (1877-1974), Pierre's son, took over the business when his father retired in 1917. He catered dinners and banquets attended by upper-class Philadelphians, in both the black and white communities. Dutrieuille developed particularly close connections with Philadelphia's Roman Catholic churches, and much business came from church-related events and celebrations.

Albert married Florence May Waters in 1900, and together they raised four daughters, none of whom carried on the business. Albert E. Dutrieuille's catering firm closed with his retirement in 1967.

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Scope and content note

The Albert E. Dutrieuille Catering records document business activities between 1920 and 1957. Two daybooks and a financial ledger make up the largest and most useful part of the records. These volumes and the materials interleaved in them- correspondence, receipts, invoices, and news- shows the daily transactions and activities of the firm for the early part of Albert E. Dutreiuille's career. Other items include a few brief biographies of the Dutrieuille family's personal correspondence, and newsclippings related to African American affairs.

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Overview of arrangement

Series 1: Personal papers (1915-1975)

Series 2: Business records (1873-1957, undated)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Access restrictions

None. The collection is open for research.


Gift of Bernice Dutrieuille Shelton, 1973.

Accession numbers M73-29 and M88-08.

Processing note

Finding aid reformatted by Lindsey Schwartz, 2020.

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Related Materials

Related materials

At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Dutrieuille-Baptiste family photographs (PG 036)

Bernice Dutrieuille Shelton papers (MSS 131)

Bernice Dutrieuille Shelton photographs (PG 351)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Dutrieuille, Albert E.
  • Shelton, Bernice Dutrieuille
  • Waters, Florence May.


  • African American business enterprises--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • African American businesspeople--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Caterers and catering--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Cookery, American.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Personal papers (1915-1975) 

Box Folder

Dutrieuille-Baptiste biographical materials (1974-1975) 

1 1

Correspondence (1915, 1933-1967) 

1 2

Religious materials (1935, 1950, 1961) 

1 3

Newsclippings (1962) 

1 4

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Series 2: Business records (1873-1957, n.d.) 

Flat file 1
Box Folder

Receipts and invoices (1921-1929) 

1 5

Receipts and invoices (1930-1938) 

1 6

Receipts and invoices (1942-1957) 

1 7

Receipts and invoice (undated) 

1 8

Menus (1910, 1922-1950) 

1 9

Miscellaneous (1929-1940) 

1 10

Daybook (May 1920-June 1924) 


Daybook (December 1924-June 1928) 


Daybook (August 1933-May 1939) 


Financial ledger (December 1924-December 1941) 

Box Folder

Photocopy of 1837 lease to Peter A. Dutrieuille (undated) 

3 1

Lease to Peter A. Dutrieuille (1873) 

Flat file 1

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