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

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
circa 1831-1937
Physical Description:
2.76 Cubic feet
consisting of 6 boxes, 1 folder, 2 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: Flour 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, invoices, bills/receipts, scattered correspondence on letterhead stationery, notices, circulars, announcements, recipe books, printed advertisements, market reports, price lists, printed advertisements, .patents and trademarks from manufacturers and merchants of various types of flour. Such types include roller flour and core flour for foundry use. The flour was produced for both commercial and home use. It could be acquired by the barrel and half barrel. Many of the manufacturers also sold machines for producing flour including sieve cleaning attachments, bran dusters, middlings dusters, flour packers, testing sieves, wire bolting cloths, grit gauzes, grain separators and brush machines. These manufacturers and also distributor would sell other products including grass seed, corn, meal, starch, hay, tallow, plaster, cement, hides, calk, lamb and sheep skins, lime feed, shorts, fish and salt.
Among these materials are unique forms of advertisements. The Freeman Milling Company created paper dolls. The company's name was printed on the clothing for the dolls. There are also a few pieces of correspondence from foreign countries. Among the advertising materials is information from the Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association. This program was established to. Of special interest to the researcher is Listers Diabetic Flour recipe book in box 2. Tylers Raw Food Cook Book found in box 4.
Materials are organized alphabetically by name of company. Materials in box five are arranged by ty e including import/export documents, foreign correspondence, envelopes, images of African-Americans, children products, legal actions, market reports, patents and trademarks and related publications.

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).
Processing Information
Oversize materials are unprocessed.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Flour 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.
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.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Flour, 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

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Business ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flour Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mills Topical 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