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Guide to the Graphic Arts Collection
circa 1700-circa 1950
  PR 22

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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 29, 2022
The finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

The Graphic Arts Collection (known as the Graphic Arts File prior to 2020) spans the period from ca. 1700 to ca. 1950 and primarily contains samples of commercial and experimental printing produced in the United States and Europe. The collection is divided into two series: American Graphic Arts; and European Graphic Arts. In 1937, The New-York Historical Society bought the entirety of Elie Nadelman's Folk Art Museum; therefore many items in the Graphic Arts Collection, especially in the European Graphic Arts series, comprise that acquisition. It has not been possible to totally recreate the Nadelman collection as items have been dispersed throughout this and other PPACrint room collections. Most Nadelman materials are stamped on the back with the Nadelman name. When possible, items with this provenance will be identified below.

Series I. American Graphic Arts is organized by genre or object type, these are listed chronologically. Miscellaneous materials are filed at the end, and include etchings and engravings.

Series II. European Graphic Arts is divided by format, which are listed chronologically. This series includes a lot of material from the Nadelman Collection of Folk Art.


Materials are filed chronologically within series. The collection is divided into two series:

Series I. American Graphic Arts

Series II. European Graphic Arts