Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Madison, James

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
bulk 1936-1942
Physical Description:
1.13 Cubic feet
consisting of 2.5 boxes.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Madison, James 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
The materials are focused on extensive correspondence related to his business dealings, along with advertisements, stock lists, price lists, etc. There are multiple folders for collector George H. Hess. Topics include but are not limited to magic, movies, and ventriloquism. There is also a listing of his estate (undated) detailing posters, scripts, and other paper-centric collectibles and memorabilia.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James Madison was a playwright, vaudeville author, publisher, collector, and dealer of collectibles and Americana with addresses and dealings out of San Francisco and New York City.
He published the quarterly Collector's Guide which was "devoted to First Editions, Americana, Autographs, Old Newspapers and Magazines, Sheet Music, Playbills, Dime Novels, Current Auction Prices, Etc.", the Rare Book Speculator, the James Madison's Gag Sheet, the Comedian, the Gag Album, Madison's Budget and others.

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
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
James Madison 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.

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

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