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Art Poster file

Call Number

PR 55-1


circa 1890-1910 (bulk, 1895-1896), inclusive



0.42 Linear feet

Language of Materials

This collection is primarily visual. Any text is likely to be in English.


The Art Posters include advertisements for books, magazines, and newspapers

Historical Note

The Art Posters include colorful advertisements for books, magazines and newspapers. They were produced during a brief American art poster craze, launched in the 1890s when New York publishers hired illustrators Aubrey Beardsley, Elisha Brown Bird, William H. Bradley, George Reiter Brill, William L. Carqueville, George Wharton Edwards, Charles Dana Gibson, Archie Gunn, Ernest Haskell, Edward Penfield, Nelly Umbstaetter, Henry Sumner Watson, Charles Hubbard Wright, and others to create striking graphic advertising posters to sell their monthly magazines. The bold, clever images, inspired by French art styles and the Arts and Crafts movement, became so collectible that publishers switched to monthly pictorial covers.


This collection is organized in three series:

Series I. Magazine and Journal Posters
Series II. Book Posters
Series III. Newspaper Posters

Scope and Contents

The Art Posters File consists of approximately 612 striking prints used to advertise magazines, books, and newspapers. Notable artists include Edward Penfied and Joseph J. Gould. Art Posters make up Series I of a larger Poster File (PR 055) held by the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections.


Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Art Poster File, PR 55-1, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, the New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The posters come from a variety of donors.

Related Materials

Art posters from this same time period can also be found in the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Advertising and Business Ephemera (PR 031). Other posters can be found in the Poster File (PR 055).

Collection processed by

N-YHS staff; database migrated to Archivist Toolkit by Jennifer Gargiulo, 2016

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:50:21 -0400.
Language: Finding aid written in English.


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