4.56 Cubic feet (consisting of 10 boxes, 1 folder, 1 oversize folder, 1 map case folder.)
Mail order catalogs
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Instruments forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana
Scope and Contents:
The Instrument category covers devices and tools used in arts and sciences, including but not limited to architecture, biology, medicine, geography, physics, chemistry and related laboratory investigation, navigation, in industry with machinery, astronomy, and a variety of optics including reading glasses. An emphasis on engineering and survey work is evident in the volume of Drawing and Surveying catalogues present.
Materials include a small sampling of business records, particular invoices and receipts, with also some advertisement, correspondence, financials, import/export documents. The bulk of material is comprised of product catalogues, many with detailed descriptions, specifications, and illustrations, plus pricing information. A number of catalogues are in German. A small portion of the catalogues are not instruments per se, but are accompaniments used with instruments. For example, specimen slides for microscopes. A few company publications are present as well. Several guides on the use of or history of some apparatus are present, as are a few stand-alone illustrations, though most catalogues are heavily illustrated.
No extensive runs or complete records exist for any single company, brand, and no particular depth is present for any singular subtopic though some publications may provide general and historical overviews of a person, company, or facet of industry. Separate folders were used for a few companies which have a small bulk of material. Companies of note: Bausch & Lomb, Sperry Corporation and Wheelco Instrument Company.
With the industries and trades represented in this category, there is overlap with Hardware, Tools, and Mensuration.
Instruments is arranged in two subseries. Researchers are advised to look both under the company name and under the category of catalogue of products it produces.
Business Records and Marketing Material
Forms Part Of:
Forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana.
Series 1: Business Ephemera
Series 2: Other Collection Divisions
Series 3: Isadore Warshaw Personal Papers
Series 4: Photographic Reference Material
Instruments is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 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.
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
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.
12 leaves (gathered matter components) (24 x 31 cm.)
Leaves (gathered matter components)
Pressed flower pictures
Album with seventeen specimens of flowering plants that were collected, dried, and arranged by Ralph L. Dixon and his wife, Hetty G. Dixon. The album contains specimens of 17 plants that were gathered by the Dixons, mostly in the vicinity of Washington D.C. (Georgetown, Great Falls, and the C. & O. Canal towpath) in 1924. Two of the final group of specimens were gathered in Montana and the Rocky Mountains in 1960.
The plant specimens are attached with thin paper strips to the blank leaves of a commercially-produced album ("The Montauk blotter book, for drying prints perfectly flat", produced by the firm of G. Gennert of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, consisting of sheets of cardstock paper overlaid with cream-colored fibers [probably silk], with tissue guardsheets of "paraffine paper").
Each plant specimen is accompanied by a typed paper label with scientific or common name, the area where the specimen was collected, and the month and year. It is unclear whether the date recorded on the label represents the month and year when the plants were collected, or the date when the plants were pressed and inserted in the album, or both.
Plants included in the album are identified on the labels as follows: Beech catkins; Spring beauty; Golden corydalis; Saxifrage; Gill-over-the-ground; Blue violets; Dutchman's breeches; Lance-leaved violet; White adder's tongue; Golden ragwort; Wild phlox, Blue bottle[?]; [Unidentified]; Bluebells; Jack in pulpit; Early meadow parsnip; and Toothwort.
The album was acquired with a typed note dated October 25, 2004 from the donor, Ralph L. Dixon of Billings, Montana (the son of the album's creators), who has provided some background information.
Leaves 7 and 9-12 are blank.
SCNHRB copy 39088011251311 has the original printed tan paperboard binding with black cloth spine.
SCNHRB copy was originally presented to Stanwyn G. Shetler of the National Museum of Natural HIstory Botany Department in 2004 by Ralph L. Dixon (Jr.), and was transferred to the Cullman Library in 2011.