Clyde N. Bowden Postcards Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
Bowden Postcard Collection

Dates

  • Late 19th Century - Early 21st Century (Creation)

Extents

  • 250,000 Items (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    Collection of an estimate of 250,000 postcards depicting an array of geographic locations. Collection also includes postcard scrabooks, postcard folders and special edition boxes of postcards.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

  • Statement of Arrangement

    The arrangement scheme for the bulk of the postcard collection retains the order of the collector. Arrangement changes limited to accommodate oversized postcards which were rehoused in appropriate containers.

    Series I. United States Postcards
    Subseries I: Alabama; Subseries II: Alaska; Subseries III: Arizona; Subseries IV: Arkansas; Subseries V: California; Subseries VI: Colorado; Subseries VII: Connecticut; Subseries VIII: Delaware; Subseries IX: Florida; Subseries X: Georgia; Subseries XI: Hawaii; Subseries XII: Idaho; Subseries XIII: Illinois; Subseries XIV: Indiana; Subseries XV: Iowa; Subseries XVI: Kansas; Subseries XVII: Kentucky; Subseries XVIII: Louisiana; Subseries XIX: Maine; Subseries XX: Maryland; Subseries XXI: Massachusetts; Subseries XXII: Michigan; Subseries XXIII: Minnesota; Subseries XXIV: Mississippi; Subseries XXV: Missouri; Subseries XXVI: Montana; Subseries XXVII: Nebraska; Subseries XXVIII: Nevada; Subseries XXIX: New Hampshire; Subseries XXX: New Jersey; Subseries XXXI: New Mexico; Subseries XXXII: New York; Subseries XXXIII: North Carolina; Subseries XXXIV: North Dakota; Subseries XXXV: Ohio; Subseries XXXVI: Oklahoma; Subseries XXXVII: Oregon; Subseries XXXVIII: Pennsylvania; Subseries XXXIX: Rhode Island; Subseries XL: South Carolina; Subseries XLI: South Dakota; Subseries XLII: Tennessee; Subseries XLIII: Texas; Subseries XLIV: Utah; Subseries XLV: Vermont; Subseries XLVI: Virginia; Subseries XLVII: Washington; Subseries XLVIII: West Virginia; Subseries XLIX: Wisconsin; Subseries L: Wyoming;

    Series II. International postcards
    Series III. Scrapbooks and postcard albums (1876-1980)
    Series IV. Correspondence and personal greeting cards (1920-1970)
    Series IV. Subject






  • Oral History of Clyde N. Bowden July 2016

    Miami Stories Oral History Collection; Clyde Bowden, July 2016 Clyde Bowden, July 2016

  • Scope and Contents

    The initial 180,000 postcards donated by Clyde N. Bowden in 2009 began as a geographically focused set of postcards with about 110,000 depicting U.S locations. This collection has grown significantly over time due to addition donations from Allen Bernard and other postcard collectors.

    The collections strengths are in the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky postcards.
    The Ohio postcard collection has been fully digitized and is available at Clyde N. Bowden & Charles D. Shields Postcards Collections

  • Index Created by Clyde N. Bowden

    This filing system was set up by Clyde N. Bowden as a way to find topical interest within the schema for postcards filed by State then City.

    TOPICS

    LARGE LETTER WORDS

    AERIAL VIEWS

    SQUARES (alphabetical order)

    GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS    Sub Topic of Gorvernment Buidlings   Capitol Buildings (if State Capitol); Courthouses; City Halls; Police and Fire Stations; Post Offices;

    OFFICE BUILDINGS (alphabetical order)

    RETAIL BUSINESS

    HOTELS (alphabetical order)

    APARTMENT BUILDINGS (alphabetical order)

    AUDITORIUMS

    THEATERS

    FRATERNAL SOCIETIES, CLUBS, ETC

    RAILROAD STATIONS

    BUS STATIONS

    AIRPORTS

    PUBLIC LIBRARIES

    MUSEUMS, ART

    MUSEUMS, NATURAL HISTORY

    ZOOS

    HOUSE MUSEUMS

    HISTORICAL SITES

    STATUES

    FOUNTAINS

    INSTITUTIONS

    HOSPITALS (alphabetical order)

    PRISONS

    COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (alphabetical order)

    SPECIALIZED SCHOOLS

    HIGH SCHOOLS (alphabetical order)

    GRADE SCHOOLS (alphabetical order)

    CHURCHES (alphabetical order by denomination)

    CEMETERIES

    MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

    ARMORIES

    INDUSTRIAL VIEWS

    FACTORIES (alphabetical order)

    OCCUPATIONS

    FAIRGROUNDS

    COUNTRY CLUBS

    YACHT CLUBS

    PARKS (alphabetical order)

    BOTANICAL GARDENS & ARBORETUMS

    SPORTS and RECREATION   Examples: Stadiums, Ball Parks,Swimming Pools, etc

    BEACHES

    AMUSEMENT PARKS

    BRIDGES and TUNNELS

    STREETS, RESIDENTIAL

    HOUSES (Non-Historical)

    CANALS and LOCKS

    DAMS

    RIVER SCENES

    BOATING SCENES and BOATS

    WORLD'S FAIRS and OTHER EXPOSITIONS

    DISASTERS

    POSTCARD FOLDERS

  • Biographical / Historical

    Clyde N. Bowden (1930-2020) was a Miami University Alumni class of 1952 and spent his career as a Cincinnati Public Librarian at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. He began his postcards collection as a child and the interest continued throughout his life. In the late 1980’s he worked with the King Library to donate the Charles D. Shields Postcard and Trade Card collection to the Walter Havigurst Special Collections and Archives. In 2009 he donated his own collection of postcards, albums, and ephemera. In 2016 recorded an oral history for the Miami University Oral History project. This interview is available in the digital collections.

    Other postcard collectors have donated to the collection, including a friend of Clyde’s, Allen Bernard.

    Succinct Summary of Donors

    Allen Bernard – 475+ 110 Mercer Co. postcards to be scanned and returned (See MCC collection)- July 2014
    Columbus Metropolitan Library- July 2014
    Allen Bernard- 1500 US postcards, 700 int’l and 300 unsorted- May 2015
    Allen Bernard – 1k plus historic postcards- October 2015
    Paul A. Oelkrug -100-150 postcards- August 2016
    Barbara Parker- 50 historic postcards – April 2017





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