Archives Center, National Museum of American History

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

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
10.02 Cubic feet
consisting of 14.5 boxes, 10 oversize folders, 4 map case folders, 6 flat boxes (2 full, 4 partial).
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Art 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- Art concerns the creation, exhibition and selling of fine art; the manufac-ture and retailing of art reproductions and the manufacture and retailing of art supplies. There is also material relating to art education, art publications and art organizations, both professional and amateur. It further includes an image collection covering a number of subjects and a collec-tion of original works of art that includes a group of sketchbooks.
The bulk of the material consists of brochures, booklets, books, circulars, cards and catalogues; most are intended for instructional or advertising purposes. The images include prints and engrav-ings and some items in color. The original works are in a variety of media.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The material is divided into the following series:
  • Artists, circa 1840-1940
  • Academies, Institutes, and Museums, 1826-1980
  • Associations, Clubs, and Societies, circa 1820-1959
  • Miscellaneous Exhibitions, circa 1864-1940
  • Fine Art Dealers, Galleries, and Auction Houses, 1816-1965
  • Manufacturers, Publishers, Retailers, and Importers, 1855-1960
  • Art Education, 1869-1946
  • Art Publishers and Publications, circa 1850-1965
  • Commercial Art and Design, circa 1820-1950
  • Manufacturers and Retailers of Art Materials, circa 1850-1960
  • General Images, circa 1750-1910
  • Original Works, 19th century; undated
  • Foreign Materials, circa 19th century
  • Import/Export Documents, circa 1860-1900

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
Art 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.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Art, 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

Repository Contact
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