Scope and Contents
This subject category- Lighting-consists of numerous examples of business ephemera relating to manmade illumination. The material dates from the early-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, although the bulk of the material is from 1880 to 1910.
Manufacturers, dealers and distributors of lighting fixtures and supplies makes up the largest portion of this subject category. Items are organized alphabetically by the name of manufacturer, dealer or distributor. Materials in this section include advertising cards, scraps, trade catalogs, price lists, pamphlets, labels, business letterheads, bills, receipts, greeting cards, periodical illustrations, lithographs, printed advertisements, periodicals, newspaper clippings, broadsides, shipping documents, handbills, premiums, promotional items, announcements and business cards.
Items relating to municipal lighting companies deal with both gas and electric illumination, and is organized alphabetically by company name. Materials include bills, receipts, payment slips and announcements.
Lighting associations and societies correspondence, pamphlets, brochures and other literature is organized alphabetically by the name of the organization.
Export, Import and Patent Documents includes patent certificates and drawings organized alphabetically by the name of the patent holder, importer or exporter.
There is a significant accumulation of illustrations, lithographs and advertisements of lighting implements and paraphernalia that cannot be linked to a specific inventor, manufacturer, dealer or supplier. The bulk of this material consists of loose pages of trade literature, clippings from periodicals, trade cards, and advertisements.