Collections

AEF/Ad Council Collection

For over 65 years, the Ad Council has developed hundreds of public service advertising campaigns. Initially formed in 1942 as The War Advertising Council, the organization changed its name to The Advertising Council in 1945 and continued its work during peacetime. The selected campaigns described below are more than memorable -- they have made a measurable difference in our society. From "Loose Lips Sink Ships" in 1942 to "Think Before You Speak" in 2010, these PSAs prove the tremendous impact of public service advertising in America.

Items in Collection: 1

Asian American General Collection

Browse Collection

Items in Collection: 155

Ayer Collection

N.W. Ayer Advertising Agency Records, 1849-1851; 1869-1996 is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. N.W. Ayer is one of the oldest and largest advertising agencies in the U.S. We have selected a sample of images from the large collection of more than 400,000 proofs of advertisements. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 4

Bank Of The West

Items in Collection: 2

Breck Girls Collection

The Breck Girls Collection, ca. 1936-1995, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection contains original advertising art (mostly pastel drawings) and photographs. The ads featured here are a small sample of the images available in this collection. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 4

CDC Dr. Know

Items in Collection: 1

Caroline R. Jones Collection

The Caroline R. Jones Collection, ca. 1942-1996, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The bulk of the material was donated by Caroline Robinson Jones, who worked in advertising for over 25 years. In 1986, she opened her own advertising agency, Caroline Jones Associates. Many of the ads here are from her tenure as head of Caroline Jones Associates, as well as her work at Mingo-Jones. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 30

Cover Girl Advertising and Oral History Documentation Project

The Cover Girl Advertising and Oral History Documentation Project is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. In addition to advertisements, the project also includes photographs, oral history interviews and scrapbooks. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 1

Goya Foods, Incorporated Collection

The Goya Foods, Inc. Collection, 1960-2000, Is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Goya Foods is a popular food brand and company that dates back to 1936 as Unanue, Inc. The name was officially changed to Goya Foods, Inc. in 1961. We have selected examples of Goya Foods print and tv advertisements. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 10

Hartman Center - Ad*Access Collection

The Ad*Access Collection is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University. The collection is a database of U.S. (and Canadian) advertisements from 1911-1955 focusing on five product categories: beauty & hygiene, radio, television, transportation and World War II propaganda. Work must be sought from the Hartman Center at Duke University.

Items in Collection: 152

Hartman Center - Emergence of Advertising in America Collection

The Emergence of Advertising in America Collection is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University. The collection is a database of advertising items from 1850-1920 that illustrate the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry. Work must be sought from the Hartman Center at Duke University.

Items in Collection: 108

Hartman Manuscript Collection

Browse Collection

Items in Collection: 79

Hartman Road 2.0

The Hartman Road 2.0 Collection is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University. The collection is a database of over 27,000 images of outdoor advertising dating from the 1920s through the 1990s. Work must be sought from the Hartman Center at Duke University.

Items in Collection: 91

Harvard Business School - Baker Library Trade Cards Collection

Browse Collection

Items in Collection: 51

Hoffman/Boaz

The David Hoffman/Boaz Postcard Collection, 1900-1933, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection contains more than 900 images of primarily African Americans in the early 20th century. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 19

Ivory Soap Collection

The Ivory Soap Collection, 1883-1900, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection covers the history of Ivory Soap ads since its founding in 1879. The collection includes print advertisements dating back to the 1880s. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 7

Latino/a General Collection

Browse Collection

Items in Collection: 153

Maidenform Collection

The Maidenform Collection, 1922-1997, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes print advertisements, tv commercials and photographs. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 4

Muse Communications

Muse Communications, a U.S. based advertising agency based in Culver City, CA, is a multicultural advertising agency. Its clients have included American Honda Motor Company, California Lottery, Farmers Insurance, Wells Fargo and California Department Of Health Services. The advertisements are part of private collections and work must be sought from Muse Communications.

Items in Collection: 2

NMAH Archive Center Collection

The Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, holds more than 1,200 collections. Its advertising collections are some of the richest collections. Many Archives Center collections document entrepreneurial activity in which invention and marketing are inextricably linked. The creation of nationally recognized brands, corporate identities and commercial depictions of race, ethnicity, gender and other cultural categories are well represented in the holdings.

Items in Collection: 1

Native American General Collection

Browse Collection

Items in Collection: 125

Nike Advertising Oral History & Documentation Project

The Nike Advertising Oral History and Documentation Collection, 1976-1992, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes commercials, advertising fliers and oral history interviews. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 1

Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music

The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, ca. 1790-1987, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection contains more than 100,000 pieces of sheet music. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 2

Sandra & Gary Baden Collection of Celebrity Endorsements in Advertising

The Sandra Gary Baden Collection of Celebrity Endorsements in Advertising, ca.1897-1979, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. It has a wide-ranging collection of over 1,000 celebrity advertising endorsements from high-end magazines, including Fortune, McCalls, Playbill and Vogue. The bulk of the collection covers the 1920s-1970s with a specific focus on the 1930s-1940s. Most of the ads are in color. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 1

The Vidal Partnership

The Vidal Partnership, Inc. (TVP) was founded by Beatriz Ferrer-Vidal in 1999. It is a New York-based agency that specializes in advertising to the growing Hispanic demographic. TVP's clients include Remy Martin and Heineken. For Heineken, TVP created a Keep it Legendary campaign that has won numerous awards. The advertisements are part of private collections and work must be sought from TVP.

Items in Collection: 8

Uniworld

The Uniworld Group, Inc., is an award-winning multicultural ad agency headquartered in New York. Founded by Byron Lewis in 1969, it is considered the longest-standing agency owned by people of color in the U.S. Its clients have included Lincoln-Mercury, Colgate-Palmolive, The Home Depot, Time Warner Cable and the U.S. Marine Corps. The advertisements are part of private collections and work must be sought from Uniworld.

Items in Collection: 17

Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection

The Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, 1880s-1970s, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes photographic and photomechanical postcards from around the world. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 6

Warshaw Collection

The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, ca. 1742-1977, is one of the collections that make up the holdings of theArchives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. It is one of the largest advertising ephemera collections in the U.S. The images we have selected are a sample of the more than 1 million items in the collection. Work must be sought from the Archives Center at NMAH.

Items in Collection: 211

Wieden + Kennedy

Wieden+Kennedy, a U.S. advertising agency based in Portland, was founded in 1982 by Dan Wieden and David Kennedy. Wieden+Kennedy have been recognized and awarded for dozens of advertising campaigns over the past 30 years. They have produced award-winning campaigns for Nike, Coca-Cola, Old Spice and the American Indian College Fund. The advertisements are part of private collections and work must be sought from Wieden+Kennedy.

Items in Collection: 5