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Jacquelyn A. Ottman Collection of J. Ottmann Lithographing Company
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Collection processed by Paula Wagner with additions by Susan Kriete. Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 25, 2020
Finding Aid is written in English.
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard


J. Ottman Consulting, Inc. "J. Ottman Consulting Celebrates J. Ottmann Lithographing". New York, J. Ottman Consulting, 2009.

"Large Fire in Warren Street", New York Times. 17 Mar, 1882:8

Last, Jay T. The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography. Santa Ana, CA: Hillcrest Press, 2005:112-113.

"Notable Manufacturers", King's Handbook of New York City. Ed., Moses King. Boston: Moses King, 1892:885.

Scope and Content

The Jacquelyn A. Ottman Collection of J. Ottmann Lithographing Company contains items produced by the J. Ottmann Lithographing Company (and its predecessor Mayer, Merkel and Ottmann) between 1880-1911. The bulk of the collection is comprised of complete issues of, and tear sheets from, Puck magazine.  Puck, founded in 1871 in St. Louis by Josef Ferdinand Keppler, began as a weekly humor publicaton and was the first magazine in America to offer color illustrations. Examples of these illustrations, including political cartoons, caricatures, and comic strips, can be found in Series I-III.

The collection also includes examples of the wide variety of other work produced by J. Ottmann Lithographing Company, including board games, paper doll kits, advertising cards, and postcards. The items in this collection items were gathered and preserved over the course of three decades by Ottmann's great-niece, Jacquelyn A. Ottman. The collection also includes a copy Jacquelyn A. Ottman's 2016 memoir, "Ottman and Company: One Daughter Remembers."

Many pieces in this collection were part of the exhibit, "J. Ottman Consulting Celebrates J. Ottmann Lithographing" at the Puck Building, September 14-24, 2009. More information on the exhibit and specific pieces in the collection can be found in the collection file, held in the Print Room.


The collection is arranged into 6 series by format:

Series I. German language magazines (full issues)

Series II. English language magazines (full issues)

Series III. Tear Sheets from Puck Magazine

Series IV. Toys and Games

Series V: Cards and Prints

Series VI: Publications

The material within each series is arranged chronologically.