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Curt Teich Postcard Archives

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How to Use the Archives and Library

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Library includes books and periodicals on postcard history, collecting, and appraisal, a complete series of Postcard Collector magazine; the American roadside; American popular culture; archives administration; and preservation of paper and photographs. No appointment is necessary to visit the Archives' Library. It is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The postcards are cataloged by city, town, or other geographical locations, such as rivers or lakes (not by county) and by subject. There are approximately 175 major and 2,100 minor subjects listed in the Subject Heading Index. Standard computer lists are by either subject or location, but cross-reference searches combining subject and location are possible -- such as all the court houses in Illinois or all the theaters in Chicago. The production number on each Teich postcard reveals the year, and a guide to this dating system (PDF file) is available.

Photocopies from the original Geographic Indices, records kept by the Teich Company during its years of operation from 1898 - 1978, are also available. These indices are alphabetical by state and then by town. The entries are hand written in chronological order and include the entire title or subject matter of the postcard, and may also include the customer name, printing style, how many were ordered, and the date. This can be helpful when a researcher wants to know more than what the computer subject heading reveals. For example, postcard 0B372 is cataloged by the location, Quincy, Illinois, and the major/minor subject heading STREET VIEWS/General, but the geographic index contains the full title, "Main Street Looking West Showing Memorial Bridge and Mississippi River."


Researchers May Request:


Computer Printout Lists by Location $.25 per page
Computer Printout Lists by Subject $.25 per page
Computer Cross-Reference Searches $3.00 per search
Computer Subject Heading Index $5.00 each
City and Town Lists (list of location names available for each state) $2.00 each state
Guide for Dating Teich Postcards (PDF file)
   (Hard copy by mail)


Photocopies of postcards (usually 3 views/page) $.25 per page
Canon Laser Copies 8½"x11"
(3 views/page)
(9 views/page)
    Color $3.00 $4.50
    Black & White $1.00 $1.00
Photographic reproductions  
35mm or 4"x5" format, or black and white prints Call for price

Usage Fees

Non-profit research time is billed at $18 per hour. Lake County residents receive the first hour of research time at no charge, each additional hour is billed at $18.

For-profit use is billed at $25 per hour when the work begins.

There is a minimum charge of $10 for photocopying, computer printouts, etc. (materials generated on behalf of the research project). This does not include research time, which is calculated separately according to the rates shown above. Postage is added to all orders; express services (Federal Express, etc.) are used only when the researcher's account number is provided for direct billing.

Friends of the Lake County Discovery Museum receive a 10% discount on all research services.


For Postcard Collectors

The Teich Archives does not compile "checklists," however, we can provide computer printout lists for any location by town or state, and major/minor subject headings listed in the Subject Heading Index. The cost for this service is 25 cents per page with a minimum charge of $10.

The Archives Library is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An appointment will provide staff assistance and access to the Collections. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Telephone, mail and e-mail research requests are encouraged.