Scope and Contents
This Coffee- subject category consists primarily of scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, bills, receipts, printed advertisements, advertising cards, envelopes, seals, labels, packages, business cards, premiums, photographs, caricatures, newsletters, articles and import/export documents from importers, roasters, and dealers of coffee. There are a few companies that sold imitation coffee. A number of these companies tended to be grocers and carried other products such as teas, spices, tobaccos, cigars, baking powders, salaeratus, mustards, cream of tartar, indigo, cocoa and chocolate. The bulk of the material is late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
There is very little information from companies who sold equipment needed to prepare coffee. Few references are made to coffee and tea pots, ums, coffee cleaners, stone separators, coffee huller and mill machinery.
Images include a richly illustrated atlas produced by Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company consisting of fifty principal nations of the world. They also produced a series of National Geographic cards depicting animals and cards depicting states or territories. On the reverse side of these cards was an advertisement for the coffee. Often these ads offered explanations about why Arbuckle's brand of coffee cost more or why coffee should be ground at home. These cards were included in each package of Arbuckles' Coffee and were meant as lessons for the young and old. There are a number of illustrations of children, birds, flowers and fruit which were on coffee cans and packages.
Publications include articles relating to some aspect of the coffee industry. Such topics include advice from an hygienist regarding coffee and auction mart coffee-rooms. There are a number of copies of the Coffee Newsletter which was published monthly by the Coffee Brewing Institute in New York. The newsletter often included recipes and some general articles on the production, distribution and preparation of coffee. The newsletters date from December 1963 to February 1967 and include most of the issues between these periods. For more periodicals and newsletters see materials under company names. There are also a number of books and pamphlets relating to the coffee industry. These publications cover such topics as the origin of coffee, blending coffee, vacuum packed coffee and roasting. Most of these pamphlets and books were published by coffee associations organizations.
Materials in boxes one and two are arranged in alphabetical order by name of company. Box three is organized by type of material and includes seals, labels, early hand written receipts, coffee packages, general images, newsletters, import/export documents and articles. Publications on the coffee industry are in box four and they are arranged by type.
This collection also includes patent information about coffee and tea. A coffee bibliography can also be found among these materials.