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

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
circa 1834-1951
Physical Description:
1.92 Cubic feet
consisting of 4 boxes, 1 folder, 1 flat box (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: Dairy 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 material consists primarily of advertising cards, catalogues, price lists, pamphlets, milk jar caps, brochures, bills/receipts, printed advertisements, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, circulars, labels, recipe books and business cards from manufacturers and dealers of dairy machinery and dairy products. Machinery and supplies include milk coolers, milk cooler-aerators, cream separators and testers, churns, cream gauges, milk pans, cheese presses, scales, curd mills, butter prints, thermometers, butter color, cans, skimmers, pullies and engines. A number of companies also sold machinery and supplies for farm use such as devices for watering stock in stables. Dairy products mostly include milk, eggs, cheese, cream cheese, lard, poultry, sherbets, and butter. Willet & Chandler is the only company that appears to manufacture ice cream. Occasionally confectionery, fish and beans were sold with these products.
There are a number of publications included among the material. Company publications discuss their own company's history, the means for producing good dairy cows, the history of cheese, principles and practices of butter-making, milk and cheese as healthy food particularly for children, how to prevent diseases caused by unsanitary milk, cow testing associations and handbooks on feeding cows. A number of publication s are from the Department of Agriculture along with some speeches, reports and addresses by various individuals which cover some of the same topics. There are a few catalogues from cattle shows and exhibitions. The Diary Museum in Philadelphia also has a few items, A copy of the Department of Livestock's Rules, Information and Premium List, (1892) is also included.
The bulk of the material is late nineteenth century. Materials in boxes one and two are organized by name of company. Box three is partially arranged by subject and then by type. Box four contains related publications and 693 milk jar caps. These caps are made of cardboard and are pasted in a book arranged in alphabetical order by name of company. Some of the companies listed in the container list may be included. There are companies that are not included in the list if the milk jar cap is the only item from that particular company.

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
Dairy 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
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.

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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, 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

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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
Dairy farms Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dairy products Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agriculture Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milk Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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