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Valentines collection

Identifier: MS-0989

Scope and Contents

The Valentines collection is an artificially assembled collection which spans from approximately 1850 to 1940. The collection consists of both handmade valentines meant for a sweetheart and vinegar valentines designed to insult the recipient. See file descriptions for more information on individual items.


  • Creation: 1840 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


0.31 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches), 1 clamshell binder (12.25 x 12 x 2.5 inches))

Language of Materials



The Valentines collection is an artificially assembled collection of handmade valentines and vinegar valentines which spans from approximately 1850 to 1940.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection consists of purchases from various antiquarian dealers and booksellers. Please see individual file descriptions for more information.

Processing Information

Processed in January 2024 by Jenelle Clark and Kristen Diehl.

Genre / Form

Guide to the Valentines collection
Jenelle Clark
January 2024
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA