Guide to the Lou Newman Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, 1895-1999
NMAH.AC.0696

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0696
Creators:
Newman, Louis
Dates:
1895-1999
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
4 cubic feet
6 boxes, 1 folder
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Baseball memorabilia, including postcards, of teams, players, venues and other baseball-related topics; team programs, 1930s-1990s, mostly for minor league teams but including a few major league teams; sheet music; advertising on baseball topics; posters; black-and-white photographs of baseball players and teams; and ephemeral items such as ticket stubs.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Lou Newman, a retired New York City businessman originally from Baltimore, is a third-generation baseball fan and collector of baseball memorabilia. He continued the tradition started by his grandfather and his father, of anything connected to baseball. Before he donated portions of it, Mr. Newman’s massive collection filled an entire room in his home, and included baseball books numbering in the thousands, baseball games and toys, coin banks, watches and charms, pennants, uniforms, advertising, baseball art, bats, balls, baseball cards, products with player endorsements, buttons, pins, and numerous other types of items. Mr. Newman, in his travels throughout the U.S., expanded on the collection by gathering souvenirs and memorabilia from games and stadiums in the many places he visited, collecting not just on the major leagues but the minor leagues and spring training.

Administration
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Cathy Keen, October 2000.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Cathy Keen
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Louis Newman, Gift, 1999.

General note
General note
OVERVIEW
SIRIS No.: AAY1660 AC NMAH 0696
LOU NEWMAN COLLECTION OF BASEBALL MEMORABILIA, 1895-1999 (2 DB, 2 Shoeboxes, 1 F/O, 1 large F/O, 1 OV Folder)
Biography
Lou Newman, a retired New York City businessman originally from Baltimore, is a third-generation baseball fan and collector of baseball memorabilia. He continued the tradition started by his grandfather and his father, of anything connected to baseball. Before he donated portions of it, Mr. Newman's massive collection filled an entire room in his home, and included baseball books numbering in the thousands, baseball games and toys, coin banks, watches and charms, pennants, uniforms, advertising, baseball art, bats, balls, baseball cards, products with player endorsements, buttons, pins, and numerous other types of items. Mr. Newman, in his travels throughout the U.S., expanded on the collection by gathering souvenirs and memorabilia from games and stadiums in the many places he visited, collecting not just on the major leagues but the minor leagues and spring training.
Provenance
Mr. Newman donated the archival collection to the Archives Center and numerous artifacts to the Division of Cultural History in 1999. He donated nearly his entire collection of baseball books to the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore a short time later.
Scope and content
The archival collection is divided into seven series: Series I: TEAM PROGRAMS, 1895-1999, mostly minor leagues; Series II, POSTCARDS, most undated but many go back to the turn of the 20th century, in addition to some before that date which are reproductions; Series III: SHEET MUSIC, 1908-1984, entirely on the subject of baseball; Series IV: ADVERTISING, with baseball images, including advertising for newspapers, soft drinks, beer, tobacco and other products, and many posters, including one movie poster for a 1928 silent film Warming Up; Series V: PHOTOGRAPHS, mostly black and white portraits of major league players; Series VI: MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS, undated and 1903, 1950, including a comic book, a short story magazine and a theater program; and Series VII: EPHEMERA, consisting entirely of ticket stubs.
Bibliography
Michael Benson's
Ballparks of North America
(McFarland and Co., 1989) was used as a reference guide for the postcards of baseball parks and venues.
Former Major League Teams: An Encyclopedia
by Donald D. Jones (McFarland and Co., 1997) was used as a reference guide for postcards on teams.
The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball
(4th Revised Edition) by Hy Turkin and S.C. Thompson (A.S. Barnes and Company) was also used as a reference.
Series List
I: Team Programs, 1895-1999
I-A: Minor league programs, 1895-1975
I-B: Major League programs, 1958-1999
II: Postcards
II-A: Postcards of baseball venues
II-A-1: Major League Venues
II-A-2: Spring Training Venues
II-A-3: Other venues, minor leagues, semi-pro, Little League, etc.
II-B: Non-baseball venues
II-C: Players and managers
II-D: Teams
II-D-1: Major League teams
II-D-2: Non-Major League teams
II-E: Miscellaneous postcards
III: Sheet Music, 1908-1984
IV: Advertising
V: Photographs, undated
VI: Miscellaneous publications, undated and 1903, 1950
VII: Ephemera, 1963-1999

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
Preferred Citation
Lou Newman Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, 1895-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Reproduction fees for commercial use. Contact collection specialist for copyright information.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Advertisements--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baseball Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera--1890-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--19th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Posters--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheet music Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tickets Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu