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Dear Mr. Morris,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Records of Contingent Expenses for Publishing and Advertising, 1835 - 1856; the Letters Received Relating to Advertising and Stationery Expenses, 1833 - 1848; and the Letters Sent to Publishers of Newspapers, 1840 - 1854 in the Records of the Bureau of Land Management (Record Group 49) that may include what you seek. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located the Passenger Ship Posters, documenting 1906-1932 in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that include advertising passenger services and schedules for assorted German, Italian, British, and U.S.-owned shipping lines The posters have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
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Next, we searched the internet and located The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 by Duke University; Advertising The Dream by the National Park Service; and Land and Opportunity in the Midwest by the Smithsonian that may have examples of early advertising.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Dear Mr. Morris,
I would also suggest in terms of secondary sources, if you have not already done so that you try getting ahold of a copy of Land of Savagery, Land of Promise: The European Image of the American Frontier in the Nineteenth Century by Ray Allen Billington. While not everything it covers would necessarily be what you think of as advertising in the modern sense, it does cover what was effectively being received by Europeans at the time and the bibliography would identify allot of additional sources.