Tree thumbnailPostcards are extremely common and can tell a great deal about the culture that produced them.

Due to their prevalence in every personal collection, local history organizations will indubitably encounter them as part of their collection.

This leaflet provides a history of the postcard, beginning with its production in the 1840s and methods for interpreting post cards as historical documents.

Charles J. Semowich and Enid T. Thompson provide tips for organizing a postcard collection with examples of subject heading lists.

Practical suggestions for accessioning and storing postcards will help local history organizations make their collections accessible to researchers and interpreters.

Technical Leaflet #116 (1979)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 15, Collections Management II.