Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Metals

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Metals
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Dates:
1857-1966
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1.86 Cubic feet
consisting of 4 boxes, 1 folder, 2 oversize folders.
Repository:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Metals 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 collection consists primarily of materials related to the smelting, alloying, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of metals and metal products. Processed metal products covered by the collection include machine tools, dies, and factory equipment; railroad and aircraft parts; metal ceilings and other architectural components, such as columns and grille work; and other items, such as safes and strongboxes. Also covered are brokerage and other firms which operate in the metals market. Types of metals mentioned in the collection include iron, steel, nickel, copper, bronze, gold, tin, lead, and aluminum, as well as various alloys. The collection's materials consist mainly of trade literature, such as catalogs and brochures, as well as correspondence, business cards, customs documents, invoices, order forms, patents, scientific papers and reports, market notices, and industry newsletters. The date span for the collection is 1819-1966, though there is only one item which is older than 1850, and few later than 1950; the bulk of the collection covers the years c1870-c1930. Most firms and other organizations represented in the collection are located in American industrial areas east of the Mississippi, especially New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois. A few items are of foreign origin or from other regions of the United States.
Companies and Firms records include brochures, catalogs, and other forms of trade literature, as well as correspondence, bills, business cards, flyers, circulars, order forms, and other paper matter related to companies engaged in the smelting, alloying, processing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of metals and metal products. Bulk dates for the series are c1860-c1920. The series is arranged in alphabetical order by company name.
Organizations and Associations matierals contain pamphlets, letters, reports, and other items produced by, or relating to, professional organizations or other groups existing in the metals industry, such as the American Society of Metals or the Metal Lath Manufacturers Association. Bulk dates for the series are c1910-c1930s. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by organization name.
General Information has a variety of printed matter concerning the metals industry, including import/export documents and customs forms, patents, caricatures of important figures in the trade, news clippings, and a few images. Bulk dates for the series are c1880s-c1900s. It is arranged in alphabetical order by type of material.
Publications directly or indirectly relate to the metals industry, such as scientific reports and papers, investment prospectus, advertisements for new journals and books, and reference guides to various aspects of metal manufacturing or processing. Bulk dates for the series are c1890s-1910, and it is arranged alphabetically by type of publication.

Administration
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.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Sponsor
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
Metals 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, 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 Boxes 1-4 and oversize materials is available. Details for additional collection material can be found in the Contents/Container List.

Keywords
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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives