Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Religion
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
1724 -1976
Physical Description:
3.56 Cubic feet
consisting of 8 boxes, 3 folders, 5 oversize folder, 1 map case folder, 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: Religion 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 books, periodicals, and other publications; ephemera such as programs, service leaflets, announcements, invitations, reports, circulars, letters, cards; and images, including photographs, engravings and color illustrations. This material relates to the promotion of religious education, religious organizations, and the dissemination of a great variety of religious viewpoints. A substantial amount of colorful printed material is present; especially in card form; a small amount of foreign material is also included. Virtually all of this material is from the North Eastern United States. The researcher may wish to consult "Churches" in the Warshaw Collection; it contains closely related materials.
This material is divided into twelve series:
SERIES 1: Religious Education: ca. 1838-1950 Series One includes materials for the use of a variety of institutions devoted to the teaching of religious ideas and Bible study. Most of these seem to be unaffiliated with a particular church or denomination. They are arranged alphabetically in the following subseries:
Subseries 1A: Sunday Schools: ca. 1858-1900. Letters, certificates, programs, service leaflets, announcements, invitations, reports, convention materials and tracts.
Subseries 2A: Theological and Bible Schools: 1838-1930. Circulars, publications, service leaflets, and letters.
Subseries 3A: Sunday School and Bible Lessons: 1856-1922. Arranged by title; some are in periodical form.
SERIES 2: Religious Organizations, Charities, and Missions: ca. 1817-1925 Series Two includes booklets, letters, circulars, programs, and announcements arranged alphabetically by name of organization. These groups engaged in a variety of charitable, evangelical and educational activities.
SERIES 3: General Religious Subjects: ca. 1850-1957 Series Three contains materials relating to other religious and quasi-religious activities popular in the second half of the 19th century.
Subseries 3A: Evangelists: ca. 1908-1957. Cards and announcements for individual evangelists, arranged by name; publications.
Subseries 3B: Camps and Camp Meetings: ca. 1884-1928. Announcements of camp meetings and locations, arranged by name.
Subseries 3C: Spiritualists and Spiritualism: ca. 1850-1904. Cards and announcements for individual practitioners and organizations promoting Spiritualism, arranged by name. Publications about Spiritualism, arranged by title.
SERIES 4: General Religious Books and Booklets: ca. 1791-1933 Series Four contains publications relating to a variety of religious opinions and ideas. Some relate to theological controversies, some are published sermons and addresses, the great majority are non-denominational. These are arranged by title; author and date are listed where available.
SERIES 5: Christian Science Books and Booklets: ca. 1890-1917 Series Five contains publications relating to Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) theology and practice. Some of these are critical of Christian Science. They are arranged by title; author and date are listed where available.
SERIES 6: Religious Periodicals: ca. 1811-1941 Series Six contains copies of magazines and newspapers devoted to religious subjects and activities. They are arranged alphabetically by title, with date of publication, if known.
SERIES 7: Publishers of Religious Books and Periodicals: ca. 1847-1950 Series Seven contains business materials related to the publishers of religious materials. These include circulars, receipts, subscription information, letters and catalogues. No copies of the publications are in this series.
SERIES 8: Religious Poems and Hymns: ca. 1870-1910 Series Eight contains small booklets; most are undated. Many of these items are prettily illustrated and may have been used as greeting cards, small gifts, or keepsakes. They are arranged alphabetically by title. Also included is a group of loose pages bearing poems or hymn lyrics.
SERIES 9: Religious Tracts, Articles and Leaflets: ca. 1830-1930 Series Nine contains numerous small religious booklets, known as "tracts", printed for distribution at small or no cost. Also included are published articles and leaflets; some of these relate to religious controversies. The materials are arranged as: Religious Tracts, United States; Religious Tracts, United Kingdom; and Religious Articles and Leaflets.
SERIES 10: RELIGIOUS CARDS: ca 1860-1030 Series Ten contains cards bearing Biblical or other religious texts and/or images. The first two folders contain a group of postcards and a series of views of the Holy Land. The bulk of the material follows these and is organized into categories: Bible Lesson Cards, Religious Poetry Cards, Scripture Cards, and Miscellaneous Religious Cards.
SERIES 11: Religious Images: ca 1800-1900 Series Eleven contains a variety of images arranged as follows: Illustrations of Biblical Scenes; Portraits of Clergy, Engravings and Photographs; Religious Artworks; and Miscellaneous Religious Images.
SERIES 12: Foreign and Miscellaneous Religious Materials: ca. 1641-1900) Series Twelve contains material arranged by country of origin as follows: Britain; France; Germany; Mexico, Roumania and Switzerland. This is followed by Miscellaneous Material.

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
Religion 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.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Religion, 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 1-8 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
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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