0.49 Cubic feet (consisting of 1 box, 2 oversize folders.)
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Languages 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:
This collection contains materials used in the instruction of languages. The bulk of the materials are books that could be used by organizations or by individuals to teach themselves the language. Most of the materials are undated. Many of those that are dated are from the 19th century. Researchers interested in the study and instruction of languages in general as well as a few specific languages will find this information useful.
Instruction materials are from companies, schools or individuals used in the instruction of different languages. Items include ad pamphlets and cards, informational pamphlets, booklets on the "conversation" and "natural" methods of instruction, sample pages from an instruction booklet, and announcements of courses. The bulk of the dated materials are from the late nineteenth century. With the exception of one school in Boston and one individual at an unknown location, all of the other companies, schools or individuals are based in New York. Materials are arranged alphabetically by school or individual.
Manuals include books and learning tools used in the instruction of Arabic, French, Italian, and Mohawk. For Latin, there is an undated card "Rules for Latin Parsing", and an 1823 booklet "The Pronunciation of the Latin Language". The bulk of the material is from the nineteenth century but the Mohawk book is from the original manuscript circa 1700. Materials are arranged alphabetically by language.
General information contains assorted materials such as definitions of "language", and a 1923 newsletter or organization periodical from the Esperanto Association of North America. In the miscellaneous folder there is a German book published in 1800 that is most likely to instruct children ("kindern") in the rules ("regeln") of spelling ("orthographie"). There is an undated pamphlet in the oversize files with information on Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Other than the two mentioned previously, materials are undated. They are arranged by subject.
Materials in the Archives Center:
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)
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
Languages 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.
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Languages, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution