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

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
circa 1836-1953
Physical Description:
0.27 Cubic feet
consisting of 1 folder, 1 oversize folder.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Minerals 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- Minerals consists of materials involving minerals. The bulk of the materials are from companies that manufactured or distributed either minerals themselves or information about minerals. There are also several publications on minerals. Most of the materials are from the late 19th century. Researchers looking for information about minerals, particularly what types of minerals were distributed and at what cost, as well as the study of minerals will find this information useful.
Companies and individuals records represent those involved in the distribution of minerals, manufacturing materials from minerals, or distributing information about minerals. There are informational booklets, business cards, ad sheets, and pamphlets but most of the materials are price lists and catalogues. There is a group of stock certificates from the Virginia Onyx Company. There is also a drawn diagram of a likely place to find Indian relics on Nantucket from F.G. Hillman (1906). Most of the companies are located in the Northeast United States but there is one company located in Los Angeles, California and another company with eleven offices all across the United States. There is also one foreign (German) company. The bulk of the materials are from the late 19th century and early 20th century with a grouping of catalogues from the 1940s. Materials are arranged alphabetically by company with the German company in the final folder of the series.
Related information provided additional industry insight through images, state documents, and custom documents. The state documents are from the Maryland legislature concerning the incorporation of two companies. The images are undated but show a mining site with a crane for the Allegany Sand & Gravel Company in Olean, New York. There are two sheets with advertisements for various mineral companies in the oversize folder and listed in the container list as "miscellaneous". Materials are arranged according to subject.
Related Publications vary from general to technical. There is an 1898 article "Some Methods of Determining the Positive or Negative Character of Mineral Plates in Converging Polarized Light With the Petrographical Microscope", three different copies of a periodical "The Naturalists' Leisure Hour and Monthly Bulletin" distributed by A.E. Foote, an 1882 booklet "First Lessons in Minerals", an 1885 booklet, "The Meteorites from Glorieta Mountain, Sante Fe, New Mexico", and an undated partial publication that appears to be an encyclopedia entry on minerals. Materials are arranged by subject.

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
Minerals 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: Minerals, 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 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
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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