Guide to the Lou Newman Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, 1895-1999
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0696
Creators:
Newman, Louis
Dates:
1895-1999
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
4 Cubic feet
6 boxes, 1 folder
Repository:
Baseball memorabilia, including postcards, of teams, players, venues and other baseball-related topics; team programs, 1930s-1990s, mostly for minor league teams but including a few major league teams; sheet music; advertising on baseball topics; posters; black-and-white photographs of baseball players and teams; and ephemeral items such as ticket stubs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The archival collection is divided into seven series: Series 1: Team Programs, 1895-1999, mostly minor leagues; Series 2: Postcards, most undated but many go back to the turn of the 20th century, in addition to some before that date which are reproductions; Series 3: Sheet Music, 1908-1984, entirely on the subject of baseball; Series 4: Advertising, with baseball images, including advertising for newspapers, soft drinks, beer, tobacco and other products, and many posters, including one movie poster for a 1928 silent film Warming Up; Series 5: Photographs, mostly black and white portraits of major league players; Series 6: Miscellaneous Publications, undated and 1903, 1950, including a comic book, a short story magazine and a theater program; and Series 7: Ephemera, consisting entirely of ticket stubs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Lou Newman, a retired New York City businessman originally from Baltimore, is a third-generation baseball fan and collector of baseball memorabilia. He continued the tradition started by his grandfather and his father, of anything connected to baseball. Before he donated portions of it, Mr. Newman's massive collection filled an entire room in his home, and included baseball books numbering in the thousands, baseball games and toys, coin banks, watches and charms, pennants, uniforms, advertising, baseball art, bats, balls, baseball cards, products with player endorsements, buttons, pins, and numerous other types of items. Mr. Newman, in his travels throughout the U.S., expanded on the collection by gathering souvenirs and memorabilia from games and stadiums in the many places he visited, collecting not just on the major leagues but the minor leagues and spring training.

Administration
Author
Cathy Keen
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mr. Louis Newman donated the archival collection to the Archives Center and numerous artifacts to the Division of Cultural History in 1999. He donated nearly his entire collection of baseball books to the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore a short time later.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Cathy Keen, October 2000.
Michael Benson's
Ballparks of North America
(McFarland and Co., 1989) was used as a reference guide for the postcards of baseball parks and venues.
Former Major League Teams: An Encyclopedia
by Donald D. Jones (McFarland and Co., 1997) was used as a reference guide for postcards on teams.
The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball
(4th Revised Edition) by Hy Turkin and S.C. Thompson (A.S. Barnes and Company) was also used as a reference.

Using the Collection
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.
Restrictions on Access
Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
Preferred Citation
Lou Newman Collection of Baseball Memorabilia, 1895-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Sheet music Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tickets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baseball Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Posters -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera -- 1890-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 19th century 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