The manuscripts and ephemera collection augments and complements other elements of the Museum’s collections, spanning the mid 18th century to late 20th century. Everyday paper-based objects such as trade cards, menus, programs, postcards, tickets, broadsides, music sheets, and advertisements illustrate both mercantile and recreational activities of New York City, and the close connection between the bustling port and graphic arts. Examples of New York City job printing connect to the printing history collection utilized by the Museum’s contemporary printing outfit Bowne & Co.
Highlights include the Harry Handly Caldwell Collection, the Barkentine Herbert Fuller Document Collection, Trade Card and Clipper Card Collections, Fulton Fish Market and South Street Seaport Business Documents, and the Ocean Liner Museum Collection.
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