Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Theater
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Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Physical Description:
9.54 Cubic feet
consisting of 19.5 boxes, 4 folders, 26 oversize folders, 8 map case folders, 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: Theater 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 material consists primarily of theater programs (leaflets and pamphlets) , images of performers and theaters, photographs, advertising cards, postcards, correspondence on letterhead stationary, theater tickets, newspaper clippings, articles, periodicals, pamphlets, catalogs and books. These materials are divided into eight series : American theaters, Foreign theaters, Performers, Managers/Agents/Agencies, Associations/Clubs, Theater productions, General works and Related publications.
The first series, American theaters, can be found in box 1-8 and consists primarily of images of theaters and of theater programs presenting plays, musicals, operas, minstrel shows and vaudeville acts. There are about 315 theaters listed, of which ca. 115 in New York City and ca. 35 in Boston, Massachusetts. The listing includes opera houses, music halls and entertainment halls.
The second series, Foreign theaters, is in box 9 and consists primarily of theater programs. There are 36 theaters listed of which ca. 20 in England and about 10 in France.
The third series, Performers, can be found in box 10-14 and consists primarily of images, photographs, correspondence on letterhead stationary and advertising cards of performers as well as products like tobacco and clothing. Soloists as well as companies are listed here, around 625 in total. Amongst them are actors, actresses, musicians, comedians, vaudeville artists and minstrels.
The fourth series, Managers, Agents and Agencies, is in box 15 and consists primarily of correspondence on letterhead stationary. There are 51 managers, agents and agencies listed.
The fifth series, Associations and Clubs, can be found in box 15 and consists primarily of leaflets and pamphlets. There are 28 associations and clubs listed, varying from nationwide associations like the "Association of Vaudeville Managers of the United States" to local clubs like the "Neighborhood Club".
The sixth series, Theater productions, can be found in box 16 and consists primarily of pamphlets and advertising cards. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Romeo And Juliet" are two of the eight theater productions listed.
The seventh series, General works, is in box 16 and 17. Here advertising cards, business cards, postcards, theater tickets and newspaper clippings can be found as well as leaflets on various subjects like charity performances, school performances, costumes, scenery and studios.
The eighth series, Related publications, can be found in box 18-20. The related publications include two articles, eleven periodicals, eight catalogs (some on theater production s, some on theaters and hotels), eleven pamphlets and 26 books. The books vary from biographies to year books to manuals for managing amateur theatricals or organizing bazaars and fancy fairs.

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
Theater 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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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Theater, 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 1-20 is available. Oversize material is unprocessed. 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
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012