Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Family and Business Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Family
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Dates:
circa 1670-1926
undated
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.9 Cubic feet
consisting of 2 boxes.
Repository:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Family and Business Papers forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series 5: Addendum. 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 was segregated from the Paper Products and Poetry Subject Categories in a prior attempt to collocate the papers or records of a few select families or business entities.
It contains a variety of correspondence, financial, and legal documents pertaining to personal or business concerns, including military service. Some folders contain supplementary staff research notes which may provide insight to the materials of the person, family, or business. There may be additional documents related to these persons and entities elsewhere is the Warshaw collection, likely filed with the trade or industry in which they were involved.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Family and Business papers is arranged in two subseries.
  • Persons and Families
  • Business and Mixed Records

Administration
Processing Information
This material was not one of Warshaw's original subject categories. The content was segregated by prior NMAH Staff from the Paper Products and Poetry categories in an attempt to collocate the papers or records of a few select families or business entities. The effort was never completed but the following represents a general inventory of these folders. Note: this material is subject to reappraisal and reprocessing.
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. For this subject, minimal processing included arrangement to the folder level, based on prior processing and preservation action, with retention of the pre-existing arrangement when possible, if applicable. Otherwise, an order was imposed by the Processing Archivist. Some materials were consolidated to eliminate excess bulk but items within folders were not arranged further. The guide may or may not include a more refined lists of folder contents. Non-archival housing was replaced for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.
Minimal level processing and machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, 2017 August.
Author
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
Family and Business papers 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.

Administrative Research Notes Content
Administrative Research Notes Content
Some staff research notes and additional documentation may be present but has not been reviewed for accuracy or relevancy. The phrase "plus research notes" has been added to the folder title to help alert the researcher to the presence of this type of administrative material.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Family and Business Papers, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.

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

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