Western postcard collection
Scope and Contents
The Western Postcard Collection consists of picture postcards depicting locations and scenes of the American West.
- circa 1893-2000
Language of Materials
Postcard captions in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This material are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Western Postcard Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Thomas C. Klopp on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3, and the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 1998-2015.
July 1998 Acquisition: purchased from Ronald Rayman on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund.
June 2000 Acquisition: source unknown.
July 2004 Acquisition: purchased from Sindell and Company on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3.
November 2004 Acquisition: purchased from Sindell and Company on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana.
March 2006 Acquisition.
October 2006 Acquisition: gift of Michael Vinson.
May 2009 Acquisition: purchased from Ray C. Chasteen on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund.
October 2010 Acquisition: purchased from Ronald Rayman on the William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3.
December 2010 Acquisition: gift of George A. Miles.
April 2011 Acquisition: gift of Michael Vinson.
May 2011 Acquisition: gift of Peter Sindell.
July 2011 Acquisition: purchased from Thomas C. Klopp on the Ramona Lazare Fund.
August 2011 Acquisitions: purchased from Thomas C. Klopp on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund and Ramona Lazare Fund.
September 2011 Acquisitions: purchased from Thomas C. Klopp on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund.
October 2011 Acquisitions: purchased from Thomas C. Klopp on the Winlock William Miller, Jr. Memorial Fund and William Robertson Coe Fund No. 3.
August 2012 Acquisition: purchased from Vigilante Rare Documents on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana.
July 2014 Acquisition: source unknown.
October 2015 Acquisition: purchased from Michael Maslan on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2015.
Organized into twenty-six groupings: July 1998 Acquisition; June 2000 Acquisition; July 2004 Acquisition; March 2006 Acquisition; October 2006 Acquisition; May 2009 Acquisition; October 2010 Acquisition; December 2010 Acquisition; April 2011 Acquisition; May 2011 Acquisition; July 2011 Acquisition; August 2011 Acquisitions; September 2011 Acquisitions; October 2011 Acquisitions; November 2011 Acquisition; December 2011 Acquisitions; January 2012 Acquisitions; February 2012 Acquisitions; March 2012 Acquisitions; April 2012 Acquisition; August 2012 Acquisition; March 2014 Acquisitions; April 2014 Acquisition; July 2014 Acquisition; October 2015 Acquisition; and Removed from Printed Materials.
14.51 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Western Postcard Collection
- by Beinecke staff
- June 2019, updated February 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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