Matchbook Cover Collection

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US TxSaT SC.040

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Matchbook Cover Collection


  • 1930-1944 (Creation)


1 box, 0.5 linear feet.

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Three scrapbooks containing collections of matchbook covers, primarily from the 1930s and 1940s. Two scrapbooks are inscribed with the names of their respective collectors, Norman Strain and Charles C. Bush III. While the collections contain matchbook covers from around the country, the primary source is the American Southwest.

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Conditions governing access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

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      Custodial history

      The source of acquisition for this collection is unknown. It has been in the Coates Library holdings since at least 1998.

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      • Conservation: The pages of one scrapbook were removed from their binding at an unknown date prior to 2016. One scrapbook contained unused matches that had been glued onto pages; the heads of these matches were cut off in 2022.
      • Citation: Matchbook Cover Collection. Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).

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      Archivist's note

      Processed by Colleen Hoelscher, February 2022.

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