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Approximately 10,000 items in 50 card file drawers
[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.