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[Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library postcard collection] [graphic]

Catalog Data

Hewitt, Amelia Bowman 1856-1922  Search this
Hewitt, Eleanor 1864-1924  Search this
Hewitt, Erskine 1871-1938  Search this
Hewitt, Sarah 1859-1930  Search this
Green, Norvin H (Norvin Hewitt)  Search this
Green, Eleanor Margaret 1895-1966  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Current owner:
Smithsonian Libraries Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library  Search this
Physical description:
Approximately 10,000 items in 50 card file drawers
Pictorial works
Greeting cards
[between approximately 1880 and 1989]
Collective title devised by cataloger. DSI
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library postcard collection began with from postcards collected by members of the Hewitt family (in particular, Eleanor G. Hewitt, Erskine Hewitt, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, and Amelia (Amy) Hewitt Green, as well as Amy's children Norvin Hewitt Green and Eleanor Margaret Green), starting in the late nineteenth century. The collection was donated by the Hewitt family to the library of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration (later known as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum). Library staff continued to add postcards to this collection until the late 1980s.
Most of the postcards were never written on or mailed, although a few have handwritten notes and postmarks dating from the first decade of the twentieth century.
Printed finding aid available in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library.
Drawers 1-5: Architectural details -- Drawer 6: Landscape architecture -- Drawers 7-8: Architectural landmarks -- Drawers 9-15: Domestic architecture -- Drawers 16-19: Educational architecture -- Drawer 19: Expositions and World's Fairs -- Drawers 20-21: Architecture for government and recreation -- Drawers 22-30: Religious architecture -- Drawers 31-32: Religious furnishings, etc. -- Drawers 33-34: Costumes -- Drawers 35-43: Countries and people -- Drawer 44: Miscellaneous furnishings -- Drawer 45: Miscellaneous graphic arts -- Drawer 46: Interior decoration -- Drawer 47: Miscellaneous occupations -- Drawer 48: Miscellaneous ships and sports -- Drawer 49: Miscellaneous transportation -- Drawer 50: Miscellaneous
Postcards of American and European origin on broad themes, including: the decorative arts, architecture, industrial design, World's Fairs, fashion, and geographic locations. The collection also includes a few greeting cards.
Postcards  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Costume  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Call number:
NC1872 .C66
Restrictions & Rights:
Unrestricted research use on site. The collection is housed in the Library's Newark off-site storage facility: contact Library staff if you wish to consult the materials.
Post-1922 material may have copyright restrictions.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries