Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Dentistry
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Physical Description:
1.96 Cubic feet
consisting of 4 boxes, 2 folders, 6 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: Dentistry 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 includes dentists, dentifrices, tooth brushes, toothache remedies, pamphlets, news clippings, import-export documents, patents, trademarks and dental schools. This collection dates from 1731 to 1960, however, most materials are in the mid to late 19th century.
Box one, folders one thru 16 contains advertising cards for dentists and dental associations. Dental Schools are listed in folder numbered 17.
In folder number 18 are contained publications of various dental procedures and dental associations and organizations.
Folders 1 thru 11 in box number 2 are listed dentifrices and tooth brush manufacturers most of which are listed by trade names.
Folders 12 thru 19 are listed manufacturers of dental supplies targeted for use of the dentists in their practice, Tooth ache remedies are contained in folder number 20.
Box number 3 contains pamphlets, periodical s, catalogues and price lists in folders number one thru 10. Folders 1 thru 15 contains miscellaneous materials pertaining to dental and dentists.
Box 4 contains import-export documents, trademark and patents . Note: The terms plugging and filling are used interchangeably.

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.
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
Dentistry 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.

Digital Content

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

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
An inventory for Boxes 1-4 is available. Oversize material is unprocessed. Details for additional collection material can be found in the Contents/Container List.

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

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012