Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Ivory
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Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
circa 1843-1893
Physical Description:
0.23 Cubic feet
consisting of .5 box , 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: Ivory 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 subject category- Ivory consists of materials involving the manufacturing and sale of ivory or ivory goods. The bulk of the materials is from companies in the northeast United States and are dated from the mid to late nineteenth century. Researchers interested in the manufacture or sale of ivory during the last half of the 1800s will find this information useful.
Business records and marketing materials are focused on the papers of companies dealing in the manufacturing and/or sale of ivory or ivory goods. Items include receipts for materials sold, ad sheets, business cards, price lists, informational booklets, an ad sheet for "Ivory that grows on trees" from William Kingsley, and an article on "Eburnea, the Synthetic Ivory" from George Wright. The bulk of the companies are located in New York. Others are in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. There is also a company in Hamburg, Germany and one in London. The W. Kirsch company material shows Portland as a location but it is unknown what state. Materials are arranged alphabetically by company.
Amongst the other material are images plus a card with an elephant and an ad sheet showing various items made of Ivory Pyralin. There is also an invoice and import/export documents from Hamburg, Germany to Pennsylvania (1874). Materials are arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Ivory 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.

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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Category: Ivory, 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 Box 1 is available.

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