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Curt Teich & Co. : Curt Teich Co. Records, 1898-2002 bulk 1900-1978

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection is the nation’s largest public collection of postcards and related materials. The core collection in the Teich Archives, acquired by the Lake County Discovery Museum in 1982 and subsequently transferred to the Newberry in 2016, is the industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which operated from 1898 to 1978 as the world’s largest printer of view and advertising postcards. The Teich Company saved examples of nearly every image printed, as well as company records and the original production materials for each card. The core collection consists of over 360,000 images, from 1898 to 1978, relating to more than 10,000 towns and cities primarily in the United States and Canada, and more than 115 other foreign countries. Original production materials exist for about 110,000 postcards, dating from 1926 to approximately 1960, including photographic prints and negatives; letters; pencil and watercolor sketches; other layout materials; and physical remnants such as wallpaper, flooring and textiles, which had been sent to the Teich Company to serve as color and pattern samples.
Extent: 5000 linear feet - (size approximate and subject to change)
Subjects: Business, Chicago, Ephemera, Postcards
Call Number: Midwest MS Teich Co.
Finding Aids:
The Curt Teich Co. Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III). Many parts of the collection are in process and not immediately available for research; it is advisable to contact the Newberry to set up an appointment before visiting.