Guide to the Olive Leavister 19th Century Handmade Valentine Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0376
Creators:
Lazerowitz, Seymour (dealer)
Leavister, Olive Mae, 1913-1990
Dates:
1830-1880
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.33 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of one hundred and fifteen handmade valentine cards. It contains examples of American, English and German cards dating from the 1830s through the 1880s. The cards are in excellent condition with many of them containing poems written on the inside and signed by the sender. In addition, there are a few envelopes found among these materials.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Olive Mae Leavister was born on December 16, 1913 in Kansas City, Missouri. She moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area sometime in the 1930s where she met her husband Charles D. Leavister. She was a charter member of the Maryland Doll Club and frequently gave lectures at doll and antique meetings. In addition, Mrs. Leavister also collected toys, children's books, holiday postcards, sewing objects, candy containers, Christmas ornaments and valentines. Olive Mae Leavister died on June 20, 1990.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 1991.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, on July 11, 1990, by Seymour Lazerowitz. Mr. Lazerowitz purchased the cards from Olive Leavister prior to her death.

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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Olive Leavister 19th Century Handmade Valentine Collection, 1830s-1880s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Seymour A. Lazerowitz in honor of Olive Leavister.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Mr. Seymour A. Lazerowitz, a dealer, purchased the collection from Mrs. Leavister. He retained approximately fifteen items and donated the remainder to the Museum in Mrs. Leavister's memory.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Children Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greeting cards -- 1830-1880 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Holidays -- 1830-1880 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saint Valentine's Day -- 1830-1880 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Valentines -- 1830-1880 -- England Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Valentines -- 1830-1880 -- Germany Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Valentines -- 1830-1880 -- U.S. 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives