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Guide to the Bella C. Landauer Writings and Reference Collection
Ca. 1856 - 1972 (bulk 1926-1950)
 PR 149

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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 26, 2017
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Collection Guides and Indices

Scope and Contents note

This series includes Landauer's various efforts to keep records of her growing collection. She grouped and listed items by their physical location, by type of media, or by subject. This series is composed of three subseries: Bound catalogs, Card catalogs, and Notebook catalogs.

Subseries I: Bound Catalogs

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is sixteen typescript and manuscript catalogs, bound into hard covers with embossed titles. Some of these are guides to different types of ephemera in Landauer's collection ("fans," for example) and some are lists by location in the New-York Historical Society. These catalogs no longer provide accurate access to the collection but show how Landauer managed her collection. Several of the catalogs ("Some Theater," for example) also include lists of ephemera in Landauer collections not at the New-York Historical Society. Catalogs are grouped into those organized by general themes, those organized by type of media, and those providing indices by location, and are thereunder organized alphabetically.

Two catalogs are organized by general themes. "Interiors" is further titled "Interior Views in the Landauer Collection" and is a manuscript list, alphabetical by subject, with locations provided under each entry. "Some Theater" is largely a typescript inventory by subject, with manuscript additions and a typescript explanation of the organizational method used. Landauer includes "[Theater] Programs at Dartmouth" as a separate heading.

Most collection catalogs are organized by media format. The titles accurately reflect the list of contents. "Boxes, Glasses, Bottles" is a manuscript list by subject of these three-dimensional items (these materials are now part of the New-York Historical Society's Museum.) "Funnies, Calendars, Artists, Director[ies]" also includes a list of Christmas Cards. This catalog is extra-illustrated with colored trade cards, bubble gum comic wrappers, clippings, and other ephemera relating to the subjects listed within. "Menus" and "Paperweights, Fans" are manuscript list by subject of each format. "Photostats, Photographs, Fans" contains a typewritten and manuscript list of "Material from the Landauer collection that has been photographed" with accompanying New-York Historical Society negative numbers. Several catalog cards with the negative numbers for specific items have been pasted in. Other photographed items are listed by subject with no negative numbers recorded. The listing of fans in this catalog is a duplicate of that in the previous catalog.

Five catalogs are lists of sheet music by topic. "Beverages" is further titled "Catalogue of Beverage Music, Boxes I and II" and is an alphabetical manuscript list of song titles like "Fill a glass with golden wine" and "I married the bootlegger's daughter." "Dance, Press Music" includes a manuscript listing of sheet music related to dancing or specific dance steps, as well as those with references to newspapers or magazines. In addition, it contains list of music sheets which mentions the comics, and which are related to the Western United States. "Firemen, Panama Canal, U.S. Presidents" is a manuscript listing of music relating to those topics. Unsuccessful presidential nominees are included under the "U.S. Presidents" heading. "New York Music" is a manuscript listing by subject of titles relating to New York City. Landauer has included references to her publications on music titles and to other collections of New York-related sheet music. "War Sheet Music" is a manuscript list arranged alphabetically by title.

Four catalogs list collection items based on their location. "Corridor list" is a manuscript list by subject of items that were stored in the corridor outside Mrs. Landauer's room at the New-York Historical Society. It is unclear whether these items were stored in frames on the wall or in a display case. "Fashions and Office" includes a manuscript listing by subject of "Materials framed or hanging on wall in Landauer Room" and an item list of "Landauer Material in the Fashion Room." "Table List, Left" is a manuscript listing of "Posters in large table" in drawers on the left side of the table. Posters were foldered by subject; this is an individual title listing. "Table List, Right, Big Case" is a manuscript listing of posters found in drawers on the right side of the table. Oversize posters were found in the "Big Case" and are listed here as well. A list of "Fashion in Music Box," or sheet music relating to fashion, is also included in this catalog.

Titles have been transcribed from the spines of the catalogs. In some cases, this title is not a sufficient description, and notes in brackets have been added.

Organized by Theme
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 73 Interiors
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Some Theatre
undated
Organized by Type of Ephemera
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Boxes, Glasses, Bottles
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Funnies, Calendars, Artists, Director[ies]

General note

[includes Christmas Cards]

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Box: 1 Folder : 4 Menus
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Paperweights, Fans
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Photostats, Photographs, Fans
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Sheet Music--Beverages
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Sheet Music--Dance, Press Music

General note

[includes Comic and Western]

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Sheet Music--Firemen, Panama Canal, U.S. Presidents

General note

[includes Presidential nominees]

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Sheet Music--New York Music
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Sheet Music--War Sheet Music
undated
Organized by Location
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Corridor List
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Box: 3 Folder : 13 Fashions and Office
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Box: 3 Folder : 14 Table List, Left

General note

[Lists posters]

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Table List, Right, Big Case

General note

[Lists posters and sheet music relating to fashion]

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Subseries II: Card Catalogs

Scope and Contents note

The Card catalog is another of Mrs. Landauer's access methods for her collections of ephemera. This catalog lists books and trade catalogs in the collection, by subject. The books referred to in this catalog are now accessible through New-York Historical Society's library online catalog.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Advertising-Household
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Box: 5 Insurance-Yukon
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Subseries III: Notebooks and Collection Records

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is material from four three-ring binders that comprise a "Catalogue of American Business." This is a handwritten list of business ephemera, alphabetical by subject. A lot of cross-references exist among the four volumes. Typescript lists and business ephemera are pasted in. During processing the pages were removed from these binders and foldered.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 16-17 Catalogue of American Business, A-E
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 18-19 Catalogue of American Business, F-O
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Catalogue of American Business, O-R
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 21-22 Catalogue of American Business, S-Z
undated

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