Nature's Table Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

T-shirt and Sweatshirt Collection

Paper Records and Photographs

Audio Cassette Recordings



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Finding Aid for Nature's Table Collection, 1979-1999 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Nature's Table Collection, 1979-1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/144

Primary Creator: Nature's Table (1971-1979)

Extent: 4.0 cubic feet

Arrangement:

Textiles are arranged by date, with undated items following.

Paper and photographic records are arranged according to the original order of the materials.

Date Acquired: 08/17/2015

Subjects: Art, Bluegrass Music, Blues-rock music, Clothing and Textiles, Jazz, Local History, Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign, Restaurants

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series 1 consists of t-shirts and sweatshirts highlighting Jazz and Rock performances that took place at the Nature's Table Restaurant in Urbana, Illinois. The t-shirts also highlight specific musical acts that performed at the restaurant including the Catfish and Carter Band and the Sorgum Quartet. In addition many of the t-shirts contain images of healthy foods and vegetables highlighting the restaurant's mission to serve natural and healthy foods. The textiles were collected by Jeff Machota.

Series 2 consists of records pertaining to Nature's Table as a restaurant (cookbooks, recipes, business records, health evaluations, and food supplies) and as a music performance venue. The latter category includes concert schedules, flyers, performer and band photographs, appointment books, set lists, and the promotional material and biographies of many artists including Tony Brown, Herb Ellis, Kristin Lems, Peter "Madcat" Ruth, and Guido Sinclair. This series also includes digital audio recordings and images. These materials were donated by Jeff Machota and Sean Kutzko.

Biographical Note

Nature's Table was a small health food restaurant and jazz club in Urbana, Illinois, that was operated by Terry Masar from 1979 to 1991. It was located on Goodwin Street across from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to providing customers in the local and campus communities with reasonably priced meals, inside the restaurant patrons could attend live shows and also view and purchase art produced by local artists.  Featuring live performances by many local and regional bands, the restaurant created a lively environment for budding new musicians and artists.  Nature's Table was known for attracting nationally recognized jazz artists, such as Von Freeman, Herb Ellis, Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Peter 'Madcat" Ruth, and Jon McNeil, who frequently performed there. It was also considered a home for many local jazz, blues, alternative rock, and bluegrass ensembles, including a young Alison Krauss. Nature's Table was built on campus property, and in 1991 the university forced the closure of the restaurant and venue to make way for a new Chemical and Life Science Lab building.  Numerous reunions of the Nature's Table staff and the artists who frequently played there took place after its closing until Terry Masar passed away on October 23, 2011.

Subject/Index Terms

Art
Bluegrass Music
Blues-rock music
Clothing and Textiles
Jazz
Local History
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Restaurants

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Donated by Jeff Machota and Sean Kutzko

Acquisition Method: Gift.


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Series 1: T-shirt and Sweatshirt Collection, circa 1987Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Nature's Table Food and Jazz T-shirt, 1987Add to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.001.

Black t-shirt with white writing and graphics. "Nature's Table" written across the top of the front of the t-shirt. The center graphic features the word "FOOD" in black on what appears to be white steam coming from a ladle pouring soup into a bowl. The bottommost graphic features the word "JAZZ" written in block letters on stripes that represent music streaming from a saxophone. Below the graphics there is the following text, in white letters: "509 S. Goodwin, Urbana '87."

Item 2: Nature's Table Food and Jazz T-shirt, 1987Add to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.002.

Black t-shirt with white writing and graphics. "Nature's Table" written across the top of the front of the t-shirt. The center graphic features the word "FOOD" in black on what appears to be white steam coming from a ladle pouring soup into a bowl. The bottommost graphic features the word "JAZZ" written in block letters on stripes that represent music streaming from a saxophone. Below the graphics there is the following text, in white letters: "509 S. Goodwin, Urbana '87." Black t-shirt fabric is faded and white graphics show signs of wear.

Item 3: Nature's Table Food and Jazz T-shirt, 1987Add to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.003.

Red/dark salmon colored shirt with navy writing and graphics. "Nature's Table" written across the top of the front of the t-shirt. The center graphic features the word "FOOD" in navy on what appears to be steam coming from a ladle pouring soup into a bowl. The bottommost graphic features the word "JAZZ" written in block letters on strips that represent music streaming from a saxophone. Below the graphics there is the following text in navy letters: "509 S. Goodwin, Urbana '87."

Item 4: Nature's Table vegetable T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.004.

Yellow t-shirt with multi-colored, mostly green graphics. On the front of the shirt, written in green, is "Nature's Table."  "Growing" from the text are orange carrots, red tomatoes, yellow corn, green peas, roots and root vegetables; a red bell pepper sits next to the text. On the back of the shirt is the same graphic, but in monochrome green.

Item 6: Nature's Table Jazz T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.005.

Very faded navy t-shirt with yellow, worn writing. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."

Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 7: Nature's Table Jazz T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.007.

Stained white t-shirt with black writing. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."

Item 8: Nature's Table Jazz T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.008.

Stained red t-shirt with navy, worn writing. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."

Item 9: Nature's Table Jazz T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.009.

Grey t-shirt with black writing. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."

Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 12: Catfish and Carter Band T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.012.

Very faded navy t-shirt with worn, white writing and graphics. Written on the front is "Catfish and Carter Band," with a catfish graphic swimming through musical notes and bubbles underneath.

Item 13: Sorgum Quartet T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.013.

Pink t-shirt with white writing. "Sorgum" is written in cursive across the top of the front of the t-shirt, with "QUARTET" just below.

Item 14: Sorgum Quartet T-shirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.014.

Red t-shirt with white writing. "Sorgum" is written in cursive across the top of the front of the t-shirt, with "QUARTET" just below.

Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 5: Nature's Table Vegetable Sweatshirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.005.

White sweatshirt with multi-colored, mostly green graphics. On the front of the shirt, written in green, is "Nature's Table."  "Growing" from the text are orange carrots, yellow corn, green peas, roots and yellow root vegetables; a red bell pepper sits next to the text.

Item 10: Nature's Table Jazz Sweatshirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.010.

Navy sweatshirt with yellow lettering. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."

Item 11: Nature's Table Jazz Sweatshirt, undatedAdd to your cart.

Accession number 2015.1209144.011.

Navy sweatshirt with aqua lettering. A cursive, underlined "Jazz" is written; underneath it, "Nature's Table."


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