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Descriptive inventory for the greeting cards collection, 1840s-1990s

Greeting cards collection

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Descriptive inventory for the greeting cards collection, 1840s-1990s

Prepared by Dana Lamparello, 2015.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Greeting cards collection, 1840s-1990s (inclusive)
Dates: 1840s-1990s (inclusive)
Accession numbers: 1986.0452
1951.0191
1989.0091
1990.0515
1995.0274
Bib number: 00004500
Call number: 1986.0452 PPL
Size: 67 linear feet, including approximately 2000 images and 14 albums (68 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Provenance statement:

Materials were brought togther as a composite collection with mostly unknown provenance except 7 boxes from accession # 1986.0452 (used as the collection's main call number), 1 folder from 1951.0191, 1 box from accession # 1989.0091, 1 folder from accession # 1990.0515, and 1 box from accession # 1995.0274.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research.

Please cite this collection as:

Greeting cards collection (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

Photomechanically printed greeting cards and paper cutouts, some grouped in albums or scrapbooks, that document over a century of commercial graphic design. Holidays primarily represented are Christmas, St. Valentine's Day, New Year, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, and Thanksgiving. Additional cards include birthday, get well, thank you, wedding, anniversary, new baby, congratulations, merit awards, sympathy, patriotic, graduation, friendship, vacation, invitation, and calling cards. Other paper materials like paper dolls, trade cards, and stationery also are included. The bulk of the cards are blank, but some are addressed, signed, and/or dated.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Birthdays.
Christmas.
Easter.
Father's Day.
Graduation ceremonies.
Graphic design.
Halloween.
Holidays.
Mother's Day.
New Year.
Thanksgiving Day.
Valentine's Day.
Organizations:
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Genre/Form:
Albums.
Christmas cards.
Greeting cards.
Photomechanical prints
Scrapbooks.
Valentines.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series based on greeting card genre or physical format.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Christmas cards, circa 1870s-1990s (Box 1-33)
Series 2. St. Valentine's Day cards, 1840s-1950s, 1986 (Box 34-46)
Series 3. Scrapbooks, 1880s and undated (Box 47-52)
Series 4. Birthday cards, 1900s-1980s (Box 53-56)
Series 5. New Year cards, 1880s-circa early 20th century (Box 57-58)
Series 6. Easter cards, circa 1890s-1970s (Box 59)
Series 7. Miscellaneous occasion cards, 19th and 20th centuries (Box 60-68)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Dana Lamparello using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:This composite collection was processed over many years by various CHM staff members; an inventory was first created by Lesley Martin in 2009, which served as the basis for the finding aid completed in 2015. The two boxes of greeting cards that were damaged in the 1986 flood at CHM were evaluated by Conservation staff in 2015. Items considered to be in the best condition were arranged back into the collection, while the severely damaged items were marked for 2015 deaccessioning and disposal.
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