Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers

Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
circa 1917-1966
Physical Description:
3.5 Boxes
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. Series 3 consists of three document boxes of materials relating to how Mr. Warshaw maintained the collection as a business. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana .

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This material consists of three and a half vertical document boxes that provide evidence of how Isadore Warshaw conducted his business. The bulk of this material is correspondence sent to Mr. Warshaw in response to his research inquiries. Often the individuals are informing Warshaw that they do not have the material requested by him. A number of these letters also state that the individual is not related to someone Warshaw is looking for. Printed advertisements and circulars produced by Mr. Warshaw to advertise his collection also are included among these materials. Magazine articles about the Warshaw Collection and articles that use reproductions from the collection, although not always cited, also are found among these materials. Memos, postcards, announcement cards, greeting cards, photographs, and letterhead stationery make up the remainder of the collection. The material dates from 1917-1966 and is arranged by type. Container List only available in repository at this time.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Arranged in 4 subseries.
  • 3.1: Correspondence
  • 3.2: Secondary Writings about Warshaw and the Collection
  • 3.3: Business Materials
  • 3.4: Miscellaneous

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060, was 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.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogs restricted due to fragile condition. Researchers should consult microfilm in NMAH library for 1880-1983 editions, drawer 692.
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

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