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

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
circa 1762-1929
Physical Description:
0.31 Cubic feet
consisting of .5 box, 2 folder, 2 oversize folders.
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Wills 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-Wills-consists primarily of last wills and testaments from nineteenth-century America. Other material dealing with property ownership and transfer and materials about wills makes up a smaller portion of this category. Most of the material is from the east coast primarily New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts though other location in America and the United Kingdom are represented.
Series 1, Last Wills and Testaments and Related Documents, 1762-1923, includes last wills and testaments, copies of wills, papers related to the creation and registration of wills, correspondence regarding wills, estate expenses and inventories. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by name
Series 2, Materials about Wills and Miscellaneous, 1800s circa-1928, contains two examples of wills and two printed volumes by the Metropolitan Trust Company and the Marine Trust Company, respectively, about how to write wills. Other materials are a grant for power of attorney from Joseph and Martha Warren in 1842 and a list of accounts from Jacob Stout relating to the guardianship of Rebecca Allu from 1796. Materials are arranged by examples then publications; other material is located in the oversized folder by name.

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
Wills 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.
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.

Using the Collection
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.
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Wills, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Materials in the Archives Center
Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)

Forms Part Of
Forms Part Of

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business ephemera Genre Form 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