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Michael Ehrmann collection of postcards of Massachusetts, Ireland, and Northern Ireland

 Collection
Collection BC-2022-006: Michael Ehrmann collection of postcards of Massachusetts, Ireland, and Northern Ireland

Dates

  • 1960-2012

Scope and Contents

A collection of over 6,000 postcards from a variety of locations in Massachusetts, organized by county. Also included are approximately 500 postcards from the Republic of Ireland and another approximately 50 postcards from Northern Ireland. The postcards depict various historical and cultural sites, hotels, restaurants, recreational activities, and artwork. Fewer than 10 are written on and postmarked.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical / Historical

Michael Ehrmann was born in New York City, grew up predominantly in Boulder, Colorado, and has also lived in Berkeley, California; Paris, France; McLean, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Jersey City, New Jersey. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and Masters Degrees from Cornell University and George Washington University.

During the first 15 years of professional life, Ehrmann worked on various government housing programs. Then, he and his wife worked together in a real estate appraisal practice that they owned, specializing in appraising historic properties.

Ehrmann collected postcards from around the world over seventy years, beginning with postcards brought to him at the age of eleven by his father, who traveled on business.

Source:

Michael Ehrmann Collection of Postcards of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, PH1650, University of Washington. https://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:80444/xv847394. Accessed January 5, 2023.

Extent

4.7 Linear Feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

A collection of postcards collected by Michael Ehrmann from Massachusetts, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, depicting various historical and cultural sites, hotels, restaurants, recreational activities, and artwork.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series: I. Ireland; II. Massachusetts; III. New England; and IV. Northern Ireland. The Ireland and Massachusetts series are further arranged in sub-series by county.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michael Ehrmann, 2022.

Related Materials

This is part of a larger collection that has been broken up and donated to other institutions with regional affiliations to the postcards, including:

Michael Ehrmann Collection of Postcards of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, PH1650, University of Washington.

Michael Ehrmann Georgia postcard collection, ms4328, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Michael M. Ehrmann Post Card Collection, WH2413, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.

Michael Ehrmann – South Dakota Postcard Collection, H2020-001, South Dakota State Archives, South Dakota State Historical Society.

Michael Ehrmann postcard collection, Modern-MS-Ehrmann. The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts.

Michael Ehrmann Postcard Collection, Record Group 998.501; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.

Michael Ehrmann Postcard Collection, Mss C 2035, Utah State Historical Society.

Michael Ehrmann Wyoming postcard collection, 12785, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Michael Ehrmann Collection of Idaho Postcards, Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed while maintaining Ehrmann's arrangement and using his labelled dividing tabs to delineate groupings of cards. As such, some labels have misspellings or crossed out former headings. The archivist reordered some groupings to reflect actual alphabetical order, but did not rearrange postcards within groupings. A few dividers were removed because there were no postcards in that category.

Title
Michael Ehrmann collection of postcards of Massachusetts, Ireland, and Northern Ireland
Subtitle
1960-2012
Status
Completed
Author
Elizabeth Peters
Date
2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

Contact:
John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States
617-552-4861