Donald Rouland Ephemera Collection
Collection consists of restaurant placemats and menus (including some from hotels, motels, and tourist venues), and baseball and miscellaneous programs.
Elion-Weingarten Matchbook Collection
Matchbooks advertising stores, banks, restaurants, political candidates, hotels and motels, cigarettes, and many other topics; many novelty items included.
Cozy Inn Collection
Cozy Inn (Thurmont, Md.)
The collection documents the history of the Cozy Inn and Restaurant in Thurmont, Maryland.
Carvel Ice Cream Records
12 Cassette tapes
63 Video recordings
The records provide rich research material on many stories, including: American invention, enterprise, and entrepreneurship; the origins and growth of franchising; popular food and culture; the development of roadside architecture; radio and television advertising; product marketing and promotion; regional studies; and gender issues such as beauty pageants and the role …
Byron Fogel Placemat Collection
More than 400 placemats collected between 1961 and 2007 from throughout the United States and abroad. The collection consists of advertising placemat used by a variety of restaurants, hotels, casinos, and expositions.
Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists
The Andy Nasisse files relating to self-taught artists measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1979 to 1986, with additional undated materials. Included are artist files on twenty-five self-taught artists. Files consist primarily of black and white photographs of artists, their artworks, and photographs of unidentified artworks. Also included is a letter discussing artist Howard Finster's first dealer, Jeffrey Camp, and in which Nasisse offers his advice to Finster to limit production of his work. An audio recording of an interview with Miles Carpenter conducted by Nasisse, and a documentary about J. B. Murray, A Video Documentary of an Artist and His Work, are also present in these files. The documentary features many of Murray's paintings and drawings, as well as his comments on his art and visions. The artists included in the files are Eldren M. (E. M.) Bailey, Miles Carpenter, Tessie Carroll, Emanuel "Litto" Damonte, Samuel Perry (S.P.) Dinsmoor, Sam Doyle, John Ehn, Howard Finster, Laura Pope Forrester, Dilmus Hall, Irene Hall, Bessie Harvey, St. EOM (Eddie Owens Martin), Jeff McKissack, John Milkovitch, J. B. Murray, Grandma Tressa Prisbrey, Dow Pugh, W.T. Ratcliffe (or Ratliff), William Carlton Rice (Mr. Rice), Royal Robertson, James "Son Ford" Thomas, Mose Tolliver, Frank van Zant (Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder), and Brother Joseph Zoetl.
Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers
The papers of art collectors, art patrons, and philanthropists Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman measure 4.9 linear feet and date from 1837 to 1984, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1935-1979. The papers are comprised mostly of correspondence with artists, museums, and arts organizations. Also found are scattered biographical materials, artists' autograph letters purchased by the Fleischmans, exhibition files, notes and writings, printed material, and photographs.
James A. Baldwin Collection
James Baldwin was a writer and an activist and is one of the most prominent voices from his generation to bring light to issues of racial and sexual discrimination. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, and awards. The collection provides insight into his family, writing process, and travels during his lifetime.
Jane and Michael Stern Collection
Collection documents Jane and Michael Stern's travels across the United States collecting data for their books on American material culture subjects, with particular emphasis on food and dining.
This accession consists of posters created for Smithsonian Institution museums, exhibitions, and events. Museums include the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the National Museum of American History (NMAH), the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Some of these posters were created when the office was …