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Greeting Card Collection

Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (12 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Christmas cards
Date:
1920-1980
Summary:
The collection consists of greeting cards, over 95% of them Christmas cards, received from the 1920s-1980s by two Washington, D.C. families, those of Ruel Tolman and Nat Conn.
A collection of greeting cards, over 95% of them Christmas cards, received from the 1920s-1970s by two Washington, D.C. families, those of Ruel Tolman and Nat Conn. Pictorial subject matter includes the categories listed below.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of greeting cards, over 95% of them Christmas cards, received from the 1920s-1980s by two Washington, D.C. families, those of Ruel Tolman and Nat Conn. The Christmas cards are rich in imagery and contain the following subjects: angels, bells, birds, candles, cats, dogs, carolers, carriages, churches, children, deer, family photographs (black and white and color), hearths/fireplaces, holly, houses/barns, hunting dogs, mailboxes, music, packages, ornaments, pine cones, poinsettia, politics, religious scenes (Three Wise Men, Madonna and Child, manager scenes), Santa Claus, ships/boats, snowmen, trees, and wreaths. Other occasions and holidays include anniversary, birthday, Easter, father's day, get well, Jewish holidays (Passover and Hanukah), military, mother's day, thank you's, and valentines day. There are some Christmas letters/messages that were either sent alone or were inserted into greeting cards. Many of the cards are printed with greetings such as "Holiday Greetings," "Happy Holidays," "New Year's Greetings," "Season's Greetings," "Noel," and "Peace". The foreign greeting cards consist of cards sent to the Tolman and Conn families from family and friends residing outside the United States. There are several empty envelopes lined with paper depicting Christmas images and the miscellaneous folder contains parts of greeting cards, many of which are missing photographs. The collection is arranged into two series: Series 1: Christmas and Series 2; Other occasions.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into one series.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Christmas  Search this
Candles  Search this
Deer  Search this
Angels  Search this
Birds -- Pictorial works  Search this
Bells  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Genre/Form:
Christmas cards
Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0579
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0579
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Political

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref47

Religious

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 1-4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref48

Santa Claus

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref49

Season's Greetings

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref50

Ships

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref51

Snowmen

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref52

Trees

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 1-3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref53

Wreaths

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 10, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref54

Anniversary

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref55

Birthday

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref56

Easter

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref57

Birthday Cards

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref570

Father's Day

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref58

Ethnic and Gender Stereotypes

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref581

Miscellaneous

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref582

Seasonal Cards, Corporate

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref583

Get Well

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref59

Jewish Holidays

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref60

Military

Collection Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Graphic Arts  Search this
Collection Creator:
Conn, Nat  Search this
Tolman, Sarah  Search this
Tolman, Ruel P. (Ruel Pardee), 1878-1954  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
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.
Collection Citation:
Greeting Card Collection, 1920-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Greeting Card Collection
Greeting Card Collection / Series 1: Occasions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0579-ref61

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