Scope and Contents
This subject category- Spas and Resorts consists primarily of business transactions, advertisements, chemical analysis, and pamphlets relating to spring water, spas and resorts. There is also documentation of foreign companies and locations dealing with this material. The bulk of the material dates from circa 1850 to circa 1910 and is from the Northeastern United States. The target audience for this material was the consumer.
Series 1, American Manufacturers, Distributors, and Dealers of Spring Water, 1836-1944, includes company documents from spring water companies. There are receipts, advertisements, company publications, and chemical analysis of water among these materials. There are variations on the term spring water, including, mineral and natural water. The companies are located throughout the United States, but are concentrated mainly in the northeast, specifically New York. Items in this series are arranged in alphabetical order by the company name.
Series 2, American Spas and Resorts, 1831-1912, includes advertisements, pamphlets, guidebooks, and miscellaneous information on (health) spas and resorts in the United States. There are variations on the names of these, including recreational springs, health springs, mineral baths, and sanitariums. Items in this series are arranged in alphabetical by company name.
Series 3, Foreign Spring Water Companies, Spas, and Resorts, 1866-1925, contains the types of documents listed in series one and two combined. These deal with foreign companies and locales and are organized alphabetically by the country name. Some materials are in a foreign language and others are in English. Items in this series are arranged alphabetically by country name.
Series 4, Publications, 1807-1955, contains books and pamphlets published on the topic of spring water and spas and resorts. These documents are not company publications. The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by type of publication.
Series 5, Related Information, undated, contains materials that are general in nature. They are not associated with any company, spa or resort, but are generally on the topic of spring water or resorts. Such materials include water analysis for a well, a miscellaneous receipt and a leaflet for a program discussing the Shakespeare Water Cure. Import/export documents are also among these materials.