Broadsides and Ephemera Collection

Broadsides, pamphlets, form letters, posters, newspapers, tickets, and other printed items on a wide range of topics from across the World More »

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A nation mourns over the honored grave of a... bdsmd30949
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... a dir le mie virtu basta un sorriso.... bdsit06028
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Italiani, l'inverno è alle porte. bdsit08027
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For Company E., Col. Owen's 2nd Regiment,... bdspa064069
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A proclamation by the governor of North Carolina bdsnc031696
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Academy of Music. The Lingard Burlesque Co. bdssc022708

About the Digital Collection

The Broadsides and Ephemera Collection contains broadsides, pamphlets, form letters, posters, newspapers, tickets, and other short printed items dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century (with the majority dating from the nineteenth century). Truly an interdisciplinary collection, the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection includes materials related to political campaigns, politics, theater, dance, popular entertainments, immigration and emigration, advertising, travel, expositions, military recruitment and campaigns, as well as issues related to race, class, gender, and religion.


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Specks of history : the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection

by Marta Conde about 2 years ago

A broadside is a single-sheet notice or advertisement, often textual rather than pictorial. The historical type of broadsides called ephemera (the Latin word, inherited from Greek, referred to things that do not last long) are temporary documents created for a specific purpose and intended to be thrown away. The Broadsides and Ephemera Collection (David M. … Continue reading Specks of history : the Broadsides and Ephemera Collection


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