Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Aluminum
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Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
0.47 Cubic feet
consisting of 1 box, 1 folder, plus digital images of some collection material.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Aluminum forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This material consists primarily of catalogues, printed advertisements, price lists, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, newsletters, handbills, leaflets, recipe books and premiums from manufacturers and distributors of consumer products made of aluminum. Most of these products include cooking utensils and include baby food warmers, pots, pans, cookie sheets, molds, Dutch ovens, boilers, steamers, tea kettles, griddles, and fryers. Other products include tableware, institutional and hotel ware, small gadgets, containers, moulding and windows.
A number of materials are also concerned with the industrial process of producing aluminum and industrial uses. Most of these materials tend to be publications and cover a number of topics including physical properties of aluminum, history of commercial use, wrought alloys and types of castings. A number of the publications also contain tables. The bulk of the materials dates from 1940-1965.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Materials are organized alphabetically by name of company.
There are ten folders of materials grouped by type: articles, related publications, foreign materials and miscellaneous items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Aluminum is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.

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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Aluminum, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Materials in the Archives Center
Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)

Forms Part Of
Forms Part Of

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Ephemera Type 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