Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library has announced a new digital collection, its Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery. The gift of Robert Biggert in honor of Lisa Ann Riveaux, the collection features over 1,300 digital images of ephemeral items that include architectural imagery. The images -- printed on letterheads, invoices, envelopes, checks and business cards -- span the latter part of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, dating from 1850 to 1920. The buildings represent nearly all fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia. The collection is searchable by business name, city, state, medium and date. For access, click http://biggert.cul.columbia.edu/.
Image above: A&B Moog Wholesale Grocers, Mobile, AL, letterhead, 1880-1899 (detail). The Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries.