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

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Birds
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Dates:
1738-1940
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.94 Cubic feet
consisting of 2 boxes, 2 folders, 3 oversize folders.
Repository:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Birds 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 collection consists primarily of images of birds including photographs, lithographs and engravings. Images of eagles, owls, and parrots make up the majority of illustrations. There are sets of cards printed in a series with images of birds on the front and a description on the back. These cards were published by manufacturers and dealers of products such as soap, tobacco, and baking soda. There are images that are not associated with a particular company or have descriptions on the reverse side. Also, some blank advertising cards with merchants names and locations, act as a form of advertising. A large portion of the material is from importers, breeders, and dealers of birds and manufacturers of bird supplies. Bird supplies include bird cages, food, medicine, and whistles for training birds. The material includes catalogues, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, bills, receipts, patents, postcards, newspaper clippings, and books. Bird dealers often sold other products including fish shells, animals, naturalists, zoologists, and taxidermist's instruments, flower seeds, aquariums, baskets, gravel, pictures, and frames. There is also a substantial amount of material from bird clubs and associations devoted to saving birds.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Subseries 1 and 2 are organized alphabetically by name of company. Subseries 3 and 4 are organized by type. Subseries 5 is arranged alphabetically by name of animal.
  • Subseries 1: Dealers of Birds and Supplies
  • Subseries 2: Clubs and Associations
  • Subseries 3: Publications
  • Subseries 4: Related Materials
  • Subseries 5: Images, undated

Administration
Processing Information
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.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Sponsor
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
Birds 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: Birds, 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
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Birds Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Animals 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives