Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Barbering
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
0.53 Cubic feet
consisting of 1 box, 1 folder, 2 oversize folders, 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: Barbering 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
Scope and Contents
This subject category- Barbering consists primarily of printed advertisements, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, catalogues, postcards, business cards, premiums, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, order forms, books and a few packages and recipes from manufacturers and distributors of barbering supplies. The barbering supplies include furniture, shaving mugs, shaving cream, razors, strops, hair brushes, combs, hair preparations, clippers, shears, coats, towels, face lotions, talcum powders, barber shop signs, hat and coat racks, mirrors, and occasionally these companies also sold bath tubs and water tanks. Most of the business cards and some of the printed advertisements are from hair grooming saloons and barber shops. Materials from labor unions for barbers are also included. There are a number of images including photographs of individual barbers and some lithographs of hair grooming establishments. The material dates from 1750-1926, but the bulk is late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

This series is arranged into two subseries. Subseries 1 is organized by name of manufacturing company or hair grooming establishment. Subseries 2 is arranged by type of material including: patents, import/export documents, business cards, general images, etc.
  • Subseries 1: Manufacturing Companies
  • Subseries 2: General, 19770-1899, undated

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
Barbering 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.
Processing Information
Oversize material is unprocessed.
In 2016, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History implemented the use of minimal level processing standards to increase information about and facilitate access to more of our collections. A large portion of stored material from the original acquisition received minimal level processing, which resulted in additions to this Subject category. This effort included basic arrangement and replacement of non-archival housing for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed. Revisions to the encoded finding aid were made to reflect the added content in context to the previously processed material.
Minimal level processing and enhancement of the machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, September 2017.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Barbering, 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
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barbering Topic 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