Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Waterworks
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0060.S01.01.Waterworks
Creators:
Warshaw, Isadore, d. 1969
Dates:
circa 1832-1959
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
1.83 Cubic feet
consisting of 3.5 boxes, 1 folder, 2 oversize folders, 1 map case folder, 1 flat box (partial).
Repository:
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Accounting and Bookkeeping 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 note
Scope and Contents note
Contains a broad scope of freshwater capture and use topics, with particular emphasis on the machinery and systems required for managing water resources and business aspects of the costs of goods and services. Includes coverage of home and farm use, agricultural solutions, and large scale operations such as public utilities such as damns, watersheds, reservoirs. Some of the technologies used are drilling, wells, hydraulics, engines and pumps, in addition to natural power sources in the form of windmills and turbines, and water wheels. both as methods of conveyance of water and in powering other devices such as grinders and saws. Purification and softeners address make up the bulk of treatment. Some materials address legal and regulatory issues but water rights is not significantly covered.
Materials include business records, marketing and advertising, some informational documentation in the form of guides and reports. A few schematics are present. A small amount of regulatory publications provide a glimpse of how municipalities dealt with local water issues, including billing and taxation. Miscellaneous writings includes a few tangential topics such as inland waterways and swimming pools, and a perspective essay on water.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Waterworks is arranged in three subseries.
  • Business Records
  • Genre
  • Subjects

Administration
Processing Information note
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.
For this subject, minimal processing included arrangement to the folder level, based on prior processing and preservation action, with retention of the pre-existing arrangement when possible, if applicable. Otherwise, an order was imposed by the Processing Archivist. Some materials were consolidated to eliminate excess bulk but items within folders were not arranged further. The guide may or may not include a more refined list of folder contents. Nonarchival housing was replaced for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.
Minimal level processing and machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, September 2016.
Author
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
Waterworks 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
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Waterworks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Advertising fliers Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mail order catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Technical reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water use Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patents Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water -- Purification -- Filtration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water transfer Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Irrigation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Retail trade Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Water-supply Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Technical manuals -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Legislation (legal concepts) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Commercial correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water -- Purification Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustrations Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water-wheels Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Consumer goods -- Catalogs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertising cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Public works Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Turbines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertising mail Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Windmills Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water -- Filtration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dams Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water conservation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reservoirs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade literature Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waterways Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water pumps Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Periodicals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printed materials Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Receipts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pumps Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sales letters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publications -- Business Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water resources development Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Water supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sales catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Waterworks Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Filters and filtration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hydraulic engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manufacturers' catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drinking water Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Test reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business cards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Invoices Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Legal documents Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printed ephemera Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sales records Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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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