Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Men's Clothing
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Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
circa 1818-1973
Physical Description:
9.47 Cubic feet
consisting of 16 boxes, 1 folder, 13 oversize folders, 5 map case folders, 3 flat boxes (2 full, 1 partial), 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: Men's Clothing 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-Men's Clothing consists primarily of advertisements, price lists, receipts, correspondence on letterhead stationary, invoices, brochures, trade catalogs, patents, import and export documents, fabric samples, sample books, images and publications. The materials relate primarily to the production and sale of clothing for both men and boys in the United States. There are also some materials from England, Ireland, Canada, Japan, and France. The materials were created for the consumer market. Clothing items include shirts, collars, neckties, vests, suspenders, pants, overcoats, and hats. There are also fabric swatches included with the some illustrations of the clothing items, along with detailed descriptions. Oversize materials are comprised of printed advertisements, brochures, catalogs, displays, price lists, related publications and images that are primarily from periodicals.
Manufacturers and Distributors records include bills, receipts, business cards, advertising cards, printed advertisements, business correspondence on letterhead stationary and invoices from manufacturers and sellers of men's clothing. Businesses range in size from sole proprietors or tailors to large manufacturers like Cluett Peabody, makers of the Arrow shirt, and large retailers such as Brooks Brothers. The companies were located primarily in the Northeastern United States including New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, with several from other areas in the United States and a few from England and Canada. A number of the companies were located in Troy, New York, known as the collar city, as noted on the city of Troy, New York web site, Some of the materials document family owned and operated businesses. The materials also reflect the changing ownerships and partnerships for many of the businesses. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the company. When the name of the company was not available the materials were organized by brand name.
General Materials contains images of men's clothing on advertising cards, illustrations and advertisements for clothing stores and manufacturers. There are also unidentified items including receipts, business cards, fabric samples, and business correspondence where the name of the business is illegible or unavailable. Other materials include import and export documents, a list of merchandise (1896), a merchandise receipt (1896) and a parcel receipt (1896). There are a number of forms including an Immediate Transportation in Bond Without Appraisement form (1896), a form from Hampton & Larzelere, Custom House Brokers of Philadelphia (1876), a form "To be endorsed on, or attached by seal and tape to, each of the triplicate invoices" (1876), a notation of "Liquidated Duty" (1876), Receipt (1889), Receipt "for liquidation " (1890), "For Liquidation" (1897), advertisements, a business card, and an advertising coin, and forms for "Free Entry of Articles Intended for use of Colleges, Schools, &c"(1884). Patents for a rolling collar, 1882; a buckle 1883; a trademark for Shirtwaists and Drawers, 1879 and a trademark for shirts, (1882). Materials are arranged by type.
Publications include articles, magazines and books. Article subjects include the manufacturing of linen collars and clothes in general. Many of the magazines document what was occurring in the clothing trade for men and juveniles. The books are housed in two folders. Clothes Make The Man by Elliott White Springs of the Springs Cotton Mils in Lancaster, South Carolina, and maker of Springmaid Sheets contains eight several short stories, business correspondence about the mills 1934-1947, and illustrations: Miss Springmaid 1949, undated photographs of "The Weave Shed", "The Bennett Rice Mill in Charleston" and a photograph captioned "We Love to Catch Them on a Springmaid Sheet", photographs of the company headquarters, exterior image of the company headquarters and interior office shot, office furniture made out of old factory machinery, and photos of women models appearing with SpringMaid products, the 1948 SpringMaid Beauty Contest, advertisements from the early fifties, and a "brief history"of the Lancaster and Chester Railway (South Carolina). The other book, Holiday Amusements describes party games, riddles, and tricks for entertaining. Materials are arranged first by type and then in alphabetical order.

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
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 note
Men's Clothing 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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Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Men's Clothing, 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
A partial inventory for Boxes 1-14 and oversize materials is available. Details for additional collection material can be found in the Contents/Container List.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
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