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Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection

Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Extent:
4 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Trademarks
Shopping bags
Date:
circa 1980-2004
Summary:
Shopping bags from a variety of businesses, including department stores, museums, book stores, libraries, hotels, banks, and specialty shops. Additional material will be added to this collection periodically.
Scope and Contents note:
Collection represents department stores, book stores, antique stores, banks, libraries, museums, art institutes, toy stores, and hotels and were gathered from a variety of sources to create a wide regional selection. The research value of these bags is as forms of advertising and promotion. The shopping bages present a view of how businesses choose to represent themselves.

The shopping bags are arranged in alphabetical order by name of business since they were collected to relate to advertising more so than their relationship to art or graphic design. Researchers interested in a particular type of art style or technique or one artist should consult the shopping bag collection at the Cooper Hewitt Museum where they are collected as art forms.
Biographical / Historical:
Many businesses use shopping bags as a less expensive form of advertising and promotion rather than print advertisements or television commercials. The shopping bags illustrate the creative aspects of the businesses and convey a brand message. These bags are made of a variety of materials including cloth, heavy paper, and plastic. In addition, retail stores, restaurants, book stores, museums, libraries, coffee houses, grocery stores, and social groups create shopping bags with the hope that the consumer will reuse it.
Related Materials:
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection (AC0729)

Cooper Hewitt Museum

Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Collection
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Topic:
advertising -- Business ephemera  Search this
Libraries and museums  Search this
Department stores  Search this
Museums  Search this
Taverns (Inns)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Trademarks
Shopping bags
Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0570
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Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep828ea74d1-619a-493c-bb66-054b7c9cb322
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0570

ABC Sports, gifts and books, New York

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8418181b6-b4b5-4402-9b47-06f4e94fdec3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref747

Abercrombie & Fitch, clothing and sporting goods retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1999
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85e701b72-cbee-49b6-951f-bc84a99146ae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref748

Abraham & Straus, department store

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d97450ed-fd31-4a21-a726-e5cb0c8ca372
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref749

Adirondack Museum, museum gift shop, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fc9cb333-1078-4b95-9f44-66c54f8d1ddd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref750

Ahlens

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep85b5ce702-b04c-435f-a145-dc6f4072582b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref751

Altman, luggage and travel accessories retailer, Orchard Street, New York, New York

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8025ac97d-9129-4dbd-9be7-e8dbe642ea27
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref752

American Airlines Bistro, restaurant

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
2000
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8723b19ee-728b-4583-bca1-fe17a75a045c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref753

American Plant Food Corporation, fertilizer retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83e64ed19-fc78-45fa-9688-319ae764be3b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref754

Anne Taylor, women's clothing retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep819626ecb-d720-49ff-9596-57375d7fe1ab
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref755

Appalachian Spring, fine handcrafted product retailer, Washington DC

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82f5dc715-86f6-455a-bcfe-b61c0762fadd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref756

Arche Chaussures, shoe retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87beccd98-0b3a-4383-9464-d1ba766635b7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref757

Aubergine, Bethesda, Maryland

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1998
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d2823827-3ac2-4428-80f7-9786e44d8d45
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref758

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, Indiana

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8af7d3bed-7230-4b77-a3fc-3fe57c5619cf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref759

Aveda Corporation, holistic beauty retailer and salons

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d9794c7a-8730-4aea-8a58-b961642083b8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref760

B. Altman and Company, luxury department store

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83e8715b6-2f14-4557-a07b-22ab86d4c540
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref761

Banana Republic, LLC, clothing retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89a8c1d26-7c91-4b04-95d0-0531cc5af852
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref762

Barnes and Noble, Incorporated, book retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b7764eb0-7a46-48e6-9afb-1ee69804fbb8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref763

Barnes and Noble, Incorporated, book retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1995
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84c879951-e09c-4925-8ee1-4d2b80c69477
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref764

Barnes and Noble, Incorporated, book retailer

Collection Creator:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection open for research.
Collection Rights:
Fees for commercial reproduction. However, there are copyright and trademark restrictions.
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Archives Center Shopping Bag Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c2ffee7f-b619-454a-96c6-d31b4c8ab0cc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0570-ref765

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