HISTORY: In recent times the Mercantile Library has begun assembling from its archives and acquiring through sale or donation Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day greetings among other cards. An adjunct to the book arts collection, these colorful vestiges of the past give a unique glimpse of American holidays and customs surrounding these special days.

SCOPE: The collection includes mostly twentieth century items; also included are printed keepsakes, gift books and Christmas books traditionally distributed by private presses during the holidays.

HOLDINGS: Approximately 1000 items, partially inventoried and catalogued.

ACCESS: Special Collection M-158 is stored archivally, and arranged by format, typology, and holiday. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed depending on condition.