Guide to the David Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Hoffman, David
Boaz, Joyce
Hoffman, Iris
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.66 Cubic feet
2 boxes
The collection consists of 932 postcards with images of African Americans. Most of the postcards are illustrated with stereotypical images of Blacks depicted in drawings, cartoons, and similar forms.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Hoffman/Boaz African-American Postcard Collection was assembled between 1946 and 1970 by David and Iris Hoffman and Iris's sister Joyce Boaz. Most of the cards were purchased in antique shops during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. The donors created the collection as a way to visually document the historical changes in the way African Americans were treated and perceived in the United Statesart.

Processing Information
Processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, 1988.
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by David and Iris Hoffman, in December 1987.

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
David Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection, 1900-1933, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box X, folder XX, digital image file XXXXXXX.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use
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 table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Postcards -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picture postcards -- 20th century -- United States 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