As one of the largest advertising history collections in the world, the Hartman Center has built a reputation for its resources documenting advertising, sales and marketing. The Center maintains the records of several advertising agencies and trade organizations, the professional papers of a number of marketing executives, collections of advertising ephemera created by private collectors, and a growing library of related books and periodicals.
The Hartman Center has many print ad collections from the mid-1800s though the twentieth century. Some such collections are associated with advertising agency archives, including JWT or Bates World Wide. Other collections were created by advertisement collectors, and still others are part of individual advertisers’ archival collections.
In addtion, many of the Hartman Center print ads are available online. See our digitized collections: