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Guide to the Clipper Ship Card Collection
1858-1880, undated
(Bulk 1850s-1860s)
  PR 116

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 03, 2011
Description is in English.

Administrative Information


Cards in the collection came from various donors (1911) and purchases: Naval History Society Fund (1962, 1963), Leonard Milburg Fund (1990).

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Clipper Ship Card Collection, PR 116, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Clipper ship cards may also be found in the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 31).


General note


  1. Forbes, Allan. "The Story of Clipper Ship Sailing Cards" Proceedings of the American Antiquarian SocietyOctober 1949.
  2. Roberts, Bruce. "Clipper Ship Cards: the High-Water Mark in Early Trade Cards." The Advertising Trade Card Quarterly(date unknown.)
  3. Shadwell, Wendy. "American Clipper-ship cards." The EphemeristMarch 1981: 180-181.
  4. Shadwell, Wendy. "Commercial Printing and the Maritime Industries." American Maritime Prints.Ed., Hall, Thomas. Portsmouth, N.H.: The Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1985.
  5. Shadwell, Wendy. "George F. Nesbitt: Maritime Specialist." Billheads and Broadsides: Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport.New York: South Street Seaport Museum, 1985.
  6. Shadwell, Wendy. "A Selection of A-1 Clipper Ship Cards." The LookoutOctober/November 1980.