Austin History Center

Greeting Card Collection

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin History Center
Title: Greeting Card Collection
Dates: 1902-1960
Abstract: This collection contains greeting cards celebrating a variety of holidays such as: New Years, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries, along with special occasions of friendship greetings, dances, postcards, tally cards, advertisements, and miscellaneous cards ranging from 1902 to the 1960, with majority undated.
Identification: AR.R.002
Quantity: 1.20 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Creator Note

In 1980 a donor gave the Austin History Center a scrapbook of cards which had belonged to his family which were included in this collection. Over time as greeting cards have been donated they have been, and will continue to be, added to the collection.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of greeting cards and postcards celebrating holidays, occasional events, and miscellaneous cards from 1902-1960, with majority are undated. The holiday cards are from New Years, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. Also included are greeting cards for friendship greetings, dances, tally cards, advertisements, and other miscellaneous events. Some of the cards contain handwritten greetings and postmarked, but most are blank and undated.


The greeting cards are grouped by holiday.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Tobin, John Jenkins.
Condit & Davis.
Ekdall & Nelson.
Warren, J.W. & Son.
Greeting Cards.
Geographic Location:
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.

Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.1994.046 J.B. Bagley Scrapbook
  • AR.2005.011 Jones and Simpson Families Papers
  • AR.R.016 Sarah Margaret Robbins Family Papers

Austin Files

  • Postcards P6150

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Greeting Card Collection (AR.R.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1955/070 and DO/2000/020

Donation Date: 1980 February and 2000 March

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Samantha Cook/2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Greeting Cards, 1902-1960

Box Folder
2 7 Advertisements (local), undated
8 Advertisements (non-local), 1908, undated
2 Anniversary, 1935
11-12 Assorted, undated
5 Birthdays, 1906, 1908, 1912, undated
Box Folder
4 1-5 Christmas, 1900-1950
Box Folder
2 13 Christmas, undated
Box Folder
3 1-3 Christmas, undated
4 Christmas-Price Daniel and Family, 1957-1960
5 Christmas-Allen Shivers Family, 1957
Box Folder
2 6 Dance, 1909, undated
Box Folder
4 8 Easter, 1907, 1910
Box Folder
2 4 Easter, 1916, undated
3 Friendship greetings, 1915, undated
Box Folder
4 6 New Year's Day, 1905-1910, undated
Box Folder
2 9 Postcards, undated
Box Folder
4 7 St. Patrick’s Day, 1908
Box Folder
2 1 St. Patrick’s Day, 1902
10 Tally cards, undated
Box Folder
1 1-12 Valentine's Day, undated
Box Folder
4 9 Valentine's Day, 1907, 1910, 1911