Alvin A. Dunivent Photographs and Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Alvin Alonzo "Don" Dunivent (1897-1977) began working for the White Castle System of Eating Houses, Corporation in 1927. Starting out as an operator working the front counter and flipping burgers, Dunivent became the Assistant Manager for the Kansas City, MO location three years later. By the mid-1930s, he was the Supervisor of the St. Louis, Mo area for the company, working for White Castle System, Inc. until the 1950s.


Scope and Content Note

The Alvin A. Dunivent collection dating from 1904 to 1959 (predominately 1917 to 1936) includes family papers relating to Alvin Dunivent and Mabel Lindsey's courtship and marriage in 1919, family portrait photographs, as well as material relating to "Don"...

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The Alvin A. Dunivent collection dating from 1904 to 1959 (predominately 1917 to 1936) includes family papers relating to Alvin Dunivent and Mabel Lindsey's courtship and marriage in 1919, family portrait photographs, as well as material relating to "Don" Dunivent's years with White Castle® eating houses. This collection also comprises papers and photographs relating to White Castle restaurants, employees and managers, and company bowling leagues and picnics. This archival collection was given to The Henry Ford by his great-grandnephew on the Lindsey side of the family.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 2012.30.0
Creator: Dunivent, Alvin Alonzo, 1897-1977 
Inclusive Dates: 1904-1959
Bulk Dates: 1917-1936
Size: 0.4 cubic ft. and 1 oversize box
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The photographs and papers are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

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Alvin A. Dunivent outside the White Castle Plant in Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Alvin A. Dunivent outside the White Castle Plant in Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1930

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Creators

Elko (Firm) 

Object ID

2012.30.5

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Alvin A. Dunivent outside the White Castle Plant in Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Business Card for Alvin A. Dunivent, Supervisor, White Castle System, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, 1935

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Business Card for Alvin A. Dunivent, Supervisor, White Castle System, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, 1935

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Artifact

Business card

Date Made

1935

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Object ID

2012.30.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Business Card for Alvin A. Dunivent, Supervisor, White Castle System, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, 1935

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Magazine, "The White Castle House Organ," September-October 1932

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Magazine, "The White Castle House Organ," September-October 1932

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Artifact

Magazine (Periodical)

Date Made

1932

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Object ID

2012.30.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Magazine, "The White Castle House Organ," September-October 1932

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Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent Working in a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent Working in a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1927

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2012.30.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent Working in a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent outside a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent outside a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1927

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Creators

Unknown 

Object ID

2012.30.4

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

Orville "Abie" Best and Alvin "Don" Dunivent outside a White Castle Restaurant, Kansas City, Missouri, 1927

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Wedding Anniversary Portrait of Mabel and Alvin A. Dunivent, 1929

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Wedding Anniversary Portrait of Mabel and Alvin A. Dunivent, 1929

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Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1929

Summary

White Castle System developed fast food restaurants known for cleanliness, quality and customer service starting in the 1920s. The company also provided motivated staff opportunity for managerial positions. Alvin "Don" Dunivent started cooking hamburgers at one of the eating houses in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927. This job led him to a career as a regional supervisor in St. Louis, Missouri.

Creators

Cooley Studio 

Object ID

2012.55.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Steven and Brandy Lindsey.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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thehenryford.org

Wedding Anniversary Portrait of Mabel and Alvin A. Dunivent, 1929

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What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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