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Pauline Knobbs Greeting Card Collection

Identifier: MS K7

Scope and Contents

Greeting and holiday cards gained popularity in the early 1900s when stamps became more available to all social classes. Valentines are some of the oldest forms of holiday cards, and are typically more intricate and detailed because of the importance attached to the Valentine holiday. Postcards became one of the most popular and easiest types of cards to send in the mail during this period.

This collection contains a variety of Valentine, holiday, and greeting cards, in postcard format as well as standard and pop-up cards. A majority of the noted cards are addressed to the Anderson family, while some remain unknown. The cards were donated by Pauline Knobbs and the cards range in dates between 1910 through 1928, with the bulk from 1910 through 1915.


  • 1910-1928
  • bulk 1910-1915


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Biographical Note

Pauline Knobbs (1903-1987), born in Palmyra, Missouri, spent her life dedicated to teaching after graduating from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now Truman State University. Knobbs taught at Kirksville Public Schools (1925-1939) as a social sciences teacher, then at NMSTC (1939-1974) as a social sciences professor. She retired as Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences. Not only did she spend her life teaching for Kirksville and NMSTC, but was active in many different organizations in the NMSTC and Kirksville community. Some of these organizations included Cardinal Key, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Outstanding Women, and Sojournors Club, to name a few. Knobbs published educational and historical writings that further advanced her contributions to the educational realm. Some examples include The Development of the Separate System of Education in Missouri (1946) and The Civil War in Marion County (1924). Among other things, Knobbs is credited with organizing the current Truman State University Archives.


0.2 linear feet

Language of Materials



A collection of Valentine, holiday, and greeting cards, in postcard format as well as standard and pop-up cards, collected by Pauline Knobbs. The cards date from 1910 through 1928.


This collection is organized into 2 series.

  1. Valentines Cards
  2. Holiday Cards

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pauline Knobbs donated the materials to the Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Knobbs greeting card collection has been digitized and is available to view in our digital library.

Related Materials

Related collections found in Special Collections, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University include Knobbs Sheet Music Collection (K5), Knobbs Paperweight Collection, and The Big Fire.

Processing Information

Arrangement scheme for the collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. Organization: Type, Subject.

Knobbs Vintage Greeting Card Collection
Finding aid prepared by Emma Christensen.
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Repository Details

Part of the Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections Manuscripts Repository