Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Architecture

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
3.86 Cubic feet
consisting of 3 boxes, 1 folder, 1 oversize folder, 3 map folders, 6 flat boxes (4 full, 2 partial), 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: Architecture 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 subject category- Architecture- relates to the design and construction of primarily residential architecture. Most of the materials date from the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. Some of the materials were created by architects. There is also a substantial amount of materials from manufacturers of pre-cut, prefabricated and even portable buildings and dwellings. This collection is rich in images of domestic architecture covering a century of design, especially in the oversize materials. Exterior and interior images, detailed plans are seen, often accompanied by glowing texts attesting to their charm and livability. A small group of publications relating to architecture is also included.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The arrangement has been created by the Archives Center. It is arranged in eight subseries.
  • Architects, circa 1850-1960
  • Manufacturers of Pre-Cut and Prefabricated Homes, circa 1910-1973
  • Residential Building Plans, circa 1906-1955
  • Manufacturers of Building Materials and Supplies, circa 1860-1910
  • Manufacturers of Portable Houses and Buildings, circa 1910-1920
  • Publications, circa 1843-1964; undated
  • General Information, undated
  • Oversize

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Architecture 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.

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Architecture, 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

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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